Okay, not really.
But guess what guys?! My first review has finally rolled around and I'm SUPA excited! Honestly, I never thought I'd be doing one of these, reviews are only for those big time blogs with all of the sponsors and ridiculous amounts of daily views. LSM doesn't quite fit into that category.
But lo' and behold, I magically made it on to some mass e-mailing list [sorry, it's the truth!] of Petit Amuse and received a note asking if I would like to review their product. Or products, I should say. I was a tad skeptical at first because who knows what's floating around the internet these days, but I gave it shot. And both Robbie and I are glad I did!
So what is Petit Amuse? Well literally, the words are a French term that means 'mouth amusement' (a.k.a amuse-bouche for you Top Chef watchers). But as a company, the words represent a business that searches for the best artisan food producers that the general public isn't familiar with and brings the tasty bites of food to your doorstep.
Not only can you shop their Marketplace but you can also sign up for a monthly sample box filled with three to four hard-to-find artisan goodies for only $10. And this is what I got to experience. Except for free, yo.
After I signed up, I promptly received a little box filled with five treats from companies I had never heard of. Love it. So here's what I got:
Cha-Chas from Lark Fine Foods
Ice Wine Jelly from Caramoomel
Garuka Bar from Garukubars
Sun Dried Tomato and Parmesan Popcorn from Oogie's Gourmet Popcorn
Salted Rosemary Shortbread from Lark Find Foods
So for a true review I need to be honest, right? Right. I actually really liked everything in the box except for the Ice Wine Jelly. The only reason is because I'm not much of a drinker and that jelly literally tasted like wine. A dry wine at that. I could totally see the jelly at fancy party though, it would make a great conversation piece and it's definitely a unique product. So don't let my opinion deter you.
As for the rest of the products? YUM! Even Robbie went to town on these samples! The Garuka Bar was by our favorite item though. The bar had a wonderful flavor of honey, cranberries, peanuts, peanut butter, and oats. So not only are these bars ridiculously good, but crazy enough they're healthy and a wonderful source of energy. Ugh, was it good! Robbie and I both agreed we should indeed purchase some we loved them that much.
Let's see...both of the cookies were also fabulous. I personally loved the Salted Rosemary Shortbread because it was so interesting. It was both a savory and sweet cookie and kept me wanting to take just one more bite. The chocolate cookie was great, too. Of course it was chocolatey but also had a slight hint of spice that hit you towards the end of your bite. Definitely yummy but not sure if I would purchase them?
And last but not least is the popcorn. For you popcorn lovers, get this! The popcorn was light, crunchy, and slightly seasoned. Again, something that kept my mouth wanting more and that's always a good sign! And this product comes in multiple flavors.
Not gonna lie, this was such a fun experience! I wouldn't mind getting these little packages of treats every month and for such a great price, too. If anyone tries this out, please let me know! I'd love to hear about your experience.
Thanks Petit Amuse!