Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Subscription Box Review - Nibblr

As you know, I recently tried (and raved about)  While on the hunt for boxed mystery snacks, I also came across Nibblr.

Nibblr is a similar concept, so I gave it a try.  I got my first box for free, and so can you - just go to and enter the code FBFIRSTBOX (full disclosure - I just googled to find a free code, and this one worked for me).

In fairness, I had already been through the process with Graze, so I wasn't exactly looking at this with fresh eyes.  When I look at Nibblr, I can't help but compare to Graze.

Nibblr's website is not as easy to navigate.  I found it more difficult to categorically remove snacks (things too high in calories, things that contain nuts, etc).  I also found that I wasn't enticed by many of the snacks offered, so I trashed a lot of them.  I was downright annoyed by how difficult it was to determine what was in each snack - the information is all there, but it takes multiple clicks to find it.  And a nitpick - there are a lot of peanuts, which I don't eat.  There's no referral bonus system, so while Nibblr offers a free box to new signups, there's no incentive for me to refer you.  Try one, or don't, it doesn't matter to me.

On the positive side, Nibblr is definitely more "artsy" - the box is very cute and it came with a cute little mini-poster.

Yes it is!
I do like that the site shows how others are rating each snack.  Though it does make me wonder if I'll hate something that shows up in my box if only 29% of other users liked it.

My box came with the following snacks.  I don't know if it was coincidence, but all four of my snacks were only 2 PP+ each

Cheddy at the Ready - 2 PointsPlus - cheddar cheese crisps.  40% of others loved it.  I don't know who these people are, because I really disliked them.  They had a really bitter aftertaste - almost like burnt cheddar - and were way too hard and crunchy to be pleasant.  I had high hopes, but I ate half of one and threw the rest in the trash.  Still craving cheese, I tried the next snack.
Cheesy Crostini - 2 PointsPlus - Cheddar asiago crisps.  48% of others loved it.  These were ok.  The asiago flavor definitely comes through.  There's a bit of a spicy kick to them.  Texturally, they're good - not jawbreakers like the Cheddy at the Ready.  I ate them because they were available and I wanted something cheesy, but I would likely not seek these out again on purpose.
Neopolitan - 2 PointsPlus - dried strawberries, shortbread cookies, and cocoa ladyfingers.  56% of others loved it.  Eh, I didn't hate it.  Similar to the Cheesy Crostini, I ate it because it was open, but I wouldn't seek it out.  The shortbread cookies were pretty flavorless.  The cocoa ladyfingers - also fairly flavorless.  Most of the flavor comes by way of aftertaste.  It wouldn't be such a problem if it weren't for the strawberries.  They're freeze-dried, but they taste stale and mushy.  Blegh.  Freeze-dried fruit should be crunchy, Nibblr!  Fail!
Punchy Fruit - 2 PointsPlus - Pomegranite infused cranberries, pineapple, and passionfruit lemon fruit pieces.  29% of other users loved it.  This was my favorite, by far.  I actually wish I could get this from Graze.  Raw pineapple gives me Oral Allergy Syndrome - itchy mouth, rash, sometimes hives - but the dried pineapple didn't bother me and was actually pretty flavorful.  The pomegranite cranberries were delicious - a really sweetened-up version of a cranberry, which isn't normally something I enjoy.  The passionfruit lemon fruit pieces were interesting - texturally, kind of like a fruit snack, maybe a bit softer.  Very tasty.  All in all, just a nice fresh fruity snack.  

In conclusion, I will not be keeping this subscription beyond the initial free box.  I'm glad I didn't try this before I found Graze - it might have soured me on the subscription snack box idea entirely.

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