TopMunch Review May 2017
TopMunch is a food subscription box that allows you to experience the world one country at a time with exotic food, music recommendations, travel recommendations and more. They kindly sent us this box for review.
This will be my third TopMunch review and so far I am LOVING this box. It came as a bit of a surprise because I certainly wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I do.
When you sign up for a TopMunch Subscription you have a few options to choose from:
- Pay As you Go Plan – $22 per month
- Multi-Month Prepaid Plan – from $19.60 per month
- One-Time Purchase – $24 per month
The TopMunch Cultural Experience Box will provide items from a different country each month:
- 5-7 Exotic and Hard-to-find Full-size treats
- A collection based on the local music, to listen to (TopMusic)
- A travelogue with travel tips and recommendations, for places to see (TopTravel)
- A language guide to help you pick up local phrases (TopPhrase)
Note: Their boxes are almost always full (packed to the brim) and typically weigh around 2+ pounds.
May Theme – Indonesia
Our journey, this month, has brought us to Indonesia. Situated between the Indian and Pacific oceans, Indonesia is the world’s largest island country with more than seventeen thousand islands – the largest are Java, Sumatra, Borneo, New Guinea and Sulawesi. With over 260 million people, it is the world’s fourth most populous country. Its capital and country’s most populous city is Jakarta, which is also the most populous city in Southeast Asia and the second in Asia. Indonesia’s size, tropical climate, and archipelagic geography, support the world’s second highest level of biodiversity after Brazil.
I have really been loving the monthly themes TopMunch comes up with. For March we traveled to Italy, for April we traveled to the UK, and this month we get a taste of Indonesia. Some of their past themes have included trips to Japan, Germany, Turkey, Spain & Thailand. I’m sad to have missed the Germany box……that’s where my Grandpa was born.
The TopMunch product card is on point! It’s one of the best product cards I have seen in a subscription box. It’s full of information, it’s easy to follow, and it’s interesting. I honestly think a product card adds value to a subscription box. It’s part of the unboxing experience.
Here’s a look at the snacks we received this month:
Astor Wafer Stick
Astor Wafer stick is a product manufactured by Mayora Co., a pioneer in Indonesian confectionary products since 1977. Thisproduct is essentially a crispy wafer filled with oodles of rich tasty chocolate cream with two chocolate lines drawn across on the outside of the wafer. Each bite brings with it a full and crunchy flavor, which makes snacking a delight.
Originated from Central Java, this is a light snack that could be enjoyed at all times. Basically, Bagelen is a round-shaped dried bread with sweet butter as the topping. This is one of the old-time favorite snacks that still exists, and is hunted down by the culinary lovers of Bandung snacks – all because of its exclusive taste.
Kopiko – Capuccino Candy
With a full and robust cappuccino flavor, this Indonesian candy is a fan favorite. You will be able to enjoy a caffeine-filled coffee punch with its flavors well accented by the taste of creamy milk and a hint of vanilla. Kopiko Cappuccino Candies are a deliciously addictive treat, which you can enjoy throughout your day.
ACS Kerupuk Casandra Tapioca Crackers
These crispy crackers take inspiration from the preparation style of prawn crackers, except that these are primarily made from tapioca starch and palm oil. The tapioca chips in this recipe are called “glasses” in the puffed-snack industry. We think these chips are the perfect gateway (and game-day) snack.
Kusuka Saos Balado – Glazed Tapioca Chips
Tapioca is a form of staple diet in South East Asia and due to this abundance in availability, it is not uncommon to see the tapioca cut up and fried into chips. The coalition of caramelized sugar mixed with fresh spicy chili will tingle your taste buds like no other. The dual flavors ensure that spiciness is subdued, and this somehow enhances the flavor.
Rotary Medan Style Peanuts
Medan is the fourth largest city in Indonesia, with all ethnic groups living there contributing to the thousands of mouth watering dishes found all over Medan – making it well-known for its local food streets and tasty road-side snacks. This particular style of peanuts preparation literally can evoke images of strolling down the markets of Indonesia, popping a peanut every now and then while completely lost in the wares being sold around you.
Taro Net Chips – Seaweed Flavor
This is a popular Indonesian snack and it is quite addictive. Taro Net Chips are crackers that are shaped like nets and have a nice seaweed flavor associated with them, bringing about a mouth-watering snack, which will keep you asking for more.
TopMunch Review May 2017 – Final Thoughts
I am just so impressed with TopMuch. I really, truly, enjoy this subscription service. I find it exciting and educational at the same time. They definitely create an experience with each box, and for me that adds value. I am willing to pay more for a box that is themed well, packaged well, and thoughtfully curated. Yes, you might be able to purchase these items for less than the box…..maybe……but if you factor in the time it would take to find them, group them together, research the country, and put together all the information provided in the product card, then you can’t beat the price. As for the snacks we received this month? Well, I am excited about all of them. We received wafers, chips, peanuts, candy, and crispy treats. It’s a nice mixture and I am looking forward to testing all of them out. Personally I love this box, and I can’t wait to see what country we are traveling to next month…..and the month after……and the month after that!
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