Tuesday, June 16, 2015

30 Days of Candy Review, June 2015 + FREE Shipping Code! (Hurry...expires 6/30/15)

Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls of ALL ages!  Step right up and let me tell you about the best candy subscription box (if not best sub box in ALL categories) that I've ever reviewed! This enormous "circus in a box" arrived on my doorstep just five days after ordering. The concept here is unlike any other. Each month, they send 30 candies in individual portion controlled packages, all centered around a fun theme.  For your first month, you will receive the "Around the World in 30 Sweets Box", a jaw dropping assortment of international treats!

The cost of a 30 Days of Candy box is $29.95 plus $5.95 for shipping via FedEx.  They do not offer discounts for longer term subscriptions.  Shipping to Canada is a flat $21.70 per box.

Let's explore what arrived under the red and white striped Big Top!  This whopping big box is 20 inches in length and weighs a bit over two and a half pounds.  As you can see, I had trouble fitting it all into one picture.

Things get quite exciting when the lid goes up! There is an amazing panoply of stripes and 30 individually packaged candies plus a bonus item.  This is, without a doubt, the most colorful and FUN subscription box presentation ever!  

Across the top of the box is a printed banner announcing the theme, "Around the World in 30 Sweets!", with silhouettes of lots of famous buildings.

Here are all the candy bags laid out; the stripes reflect the colors of the represented country's flag.  Each pack shows the country and its flag on the front and has a card inside which gives a brief story or description plus a calorie count (about 100 calories per bag).  As if that weren't enough, each card also has a thought provoking quote by a famous personality from the featured country.

First is a bonus item...a cute Donald Duck Pez dispenser with two packs of Pez inside. From Austria, there are three packages of Pez in grape, raspberry and cherry. Did you know that Pez originated in Vienna in 1927?  I sure didn't!

Since there is such an overwhelming amount of candy (not to mention, a LOT of packaging) in this box, I thought I'd break them up into groups of five so you can get a better look.  The back sides of the packages are shown so you can see what's inside.  From left to right and top to bottom, we have:

Indonesia - Milkita, milky hard candies in strawberry, chocolate and melon
Malaysia - Okio Gummies in grape, strawberry and orange
Latvia - Laima hazelnut and praline chocolates
U.S.A. - Bit-O-Honey (the recipe has remained unchanged for 90 years!)

Poland - Solidarnosc cream fudge (refers to the Solidarity Confection Co., NOT the political movement!)
Japan - Aha!  The famous green tea KitKat bar!
Thailand - Kopiko coffee candy, 4 or 5 pieces have the caffeine content of one cup of coffee
Switzerland - Milka "Milkinis" milk chocolate bars
Morocco - Fresch, candies with hard outer shells and chewy mint or fruit centers

Turkey - Haribo Gold-Bears gummies (who knew these came from Turkey?)
Germany - Hirsch Fruit Basket taffies from the Black Forest region, very fruity and very chewy
Netherlands - Perfetti van Melle, eggnog toffees based on a Dutch drink called Advocaat
Russia - Milk chocolate almond praline wafers are called Mishka Kosolapy (clumsy bear)
Canada - Oakleaf Confections purchased the Sixlets brand from Hershey's in 2003. (I haven't had these since I was a kid and there truly were six in a pack!  Guess inflation hit in a good way; there are eight per pack now.)

Ireland - The Jelly Bean Factory, lots of assorted flavors!
Colombia - Colombina chocolate filled caramels
Sweden - Mondelez International, Daim, a crunchy almond butter toffee bar covered in milk chocolate
France - Maison Pecou, Jordan almonds, one of the oldest candies in the world
China - ABC Candy Company (called Mickey Mouse Sweets before the Communist Revolution), creamy milk-flavored taffies have an edible inside wrapper made of rice paper

Singapore - Meiji, Hello Panda chocolate creme-filled cookies (easily available on Amazon; don't ask me how I know this)
England - Walkers "Nonsuch" English cream toffee
Belgium - Napoleon bonbons, a hard candy with a sour center
Italy - Perugina, Spicchi di Sorrento (wedges of Sorrento), lemon, orange and tangerine hard candies
Ukraine - Roshen Confections, a stiff gummy exterior with a jelly center, flavors include cherry, orange, strawberry, lemon, grapefruit and cranberry

Taiwan - Hi-Chews, the ubiquitous chewy fruity candy that comes in zillions of flavors
Finland - Fazer, Marianne mints have a hard peppermint shell with either a creamy caramel center or a creamy chocolate center
Hong Kong - Garden brand, strawberry flavor with a hard outer shell and a soft taffy center. Traditional Chinese New Year good luck candy.
Norway - Seriously strong licorice caramels (Even if you offer me a free trip to Norway, I will not eat these!)
Argentina - Arcor, fruit flavored taffy candies

The flip side of the banner in this month's box gives a colorful pictorial representation of what we can expect in next month's box.  The theme will be "30 candies with delicious, albeit unusual flavors".  There are indeed some odd things pictured; a few that I recognize are rhubarb, pancakes (PANCAKES?), serrano peppers, star anise, a pickle and absinth. Yep....July's box is going to be interesting!

There aren't enough superlatives to describe this 30 Days of Candy box!  The intriguing concept, amazing curation and spectacular custom packaging set this subscription pretty much above and beyond any other that I've tried.  The visual appeal is undeniable, the candy is delicious and the touches of history and notable quotes are fun extras!

If you're interested in trying 30 Days of Candy (how could you NOT be?), use code FREESHIPTX when checking out for free shipping on your first box.  Please Note:  This promotion is good for U.S. shipments only and expires at midnight on June 30, 2015.

It is hard to imagine how 30 Days of Candy is going to top or even match this box in the future.  Whether they manage to do that or not, the "Around the World in 30 Sweets" box significantly raises the bar....sub box competitors should take note!

Thanks for reading,


Disclosure:  Views and opinions expressed in this blog are strictly my own.  Product discussed in this post was purchased by Lone Star Shopper. Post does not contain referral or affiliate links.

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