This is our last month as subscribers to Taste Trunk. I want to stress right up front that it’s not about the quality of the goods. A lot of things we’ve gotten have been really tasty, and I’m going to be sad to not get a box of delicious treats every month.
The problem is that it’s impossible to set a preference for gluten-free goods, and it’s not really fair to Joel to get such a yummy box full of things he can’t eat. This past month was particularly bad, as the bulk of the box was cookies and one of the other two remaining items was a tin of hard candy, which is fun to have but not that exciting as far as treats go.
Before I canceled I perused the other Trunk options, and none of them felt like something we’d enjoy. The Gourmet Trunk comes with oils, tapenades, sauces and seasonings which have a lot of potential to sit in the cabinet waiting for the perfect moment that never comes. The BBQ Trunk appears to be mostly sauces and rubs. We’re just not big enough outdoor grillers to make it worthwhile. And the Health Trunk looks to be mostly nuts and other healthy snacks. One of my ex-colleagues got a box like this each month, and there were so many weird combos – chili lime pistachios! – that I’d never eat. I’m just not feeling it.
So. We canceled. (But don’t worry, I’ve already added another monthly box to make up for the utter disappointment.) Here’s what showed up in the last Taste Trunk:
- A tin of pomegranate and nectarine hard candies from Torie & Howard. We have received either a tin or a handful of these in every Taste Trunk we received, and while I think they’re delicious, I’m just not that into hard candies. It was really exciting the first time, but I’m kind of over it and have a backlog of them piling up.
- Lemon Daisy Shortbread Cookies from Dancing Deer Baking Co. Like the Just Desserts items from the last box, these were disappointing to me mostly because I’ve bought them before in a grocery store. Specifically, I have had the iced sugar cookies, which always seem like a good idea around holidays like Easter and Halloween, but just aren’t that great. The shortbread cookies had a hint of lemon and were tasty enough, but if I saw them on the grocery shelf again I wouldn’t buy them.
- Three kinds of Carol’s Cookies: Oatmeal Raisin with Pecan, Toffee Crunch and Peanut Butter Combo. These cookies are GIGANTIC. The website says they each weigh in at around half a pound, which is ridiculous. This means that I should have eaten each cookie in two sittings, but. You know. Instead I sat down on the couch with one and watched all the teen TV off my DVR, which took the better part of a Saturday. Oops? Let’s get the raisin one out of the way first. No one has eaten it, because raisins in cookies are gross. I had the toffee crunch one first, and found it to be extremely sweet and oddly offputting…until it magically became delicious. I don’t even know. The peanut butter one, though, was divine. The “combo” is chocolate, and I wish I had gotten three of these.
- Strawberry Chocolate Dessert Sauce from New Canaan Farms. We’ve been really into caramel-swirl ice creams lately, whereas we’d normally buy good old vanilla. It seems like a natural to pair with this sauce, though the strawberry crepe recipe that came in the Trunk seems like it would be delicious. Now that I think of it, I’ve never made crepes! Maybe this would be a good time to start.
The best thing that came out of this entire Taste Trunk thing is the second box, which Toby still sleeps in all day every day on the end of the kitchen table. I swear, that box changed everything when it comes to that cat. When it appeared he started spending more time upstairs and not hiding in the basement, and the more time he spent hanging out in the dining room the more the dogs got used to him. As I type this, Cooper is next to me on the rug and Toby is sitting on the back of the couch. We’re not quite to the point where he can come upstairs and get in bed with us, but I feel like we’re close!