The Keto Box Review | October 2020

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What is this WEATHER?! It's freakin' amazing!

If you live in Minnesota specifically, you know what I'm talking about. It's November, yet somehow it's been getting up to the 70's! Like... what?! I can't remember the last time that was a thing. And trust meus Minnesotans are looooving it.

The funny part is that Thomas & I just got back from Florida recently, and it was almost the same temperature back home in MN as it was on vacation in FL. Crazy!

Anywho, this month’s shipment was a special one because it marked our three-month testiversary of reviewing The Keto Box! My mom and I told ourselves at the beginning of this that we would give ourselves three boxes to test before formulating an ultimate opinion on this subscription service and deciding whether or not to continue.

So here we are! In this post, I will do the ushe: review the individual products in this month’s box, tell you our opinion of this month’s box as a whole, and then tell you our opinion of The Keto Box subscription service as a wholeand whether we are gonna keep it going.

Sound good? Let’s get to it!

1. ChocZero's Dark Chocolate Pumpkins

These were yummy! They didn’t taste sugar-freejust like regular dark chocolate. The packaging was the cutest ever. Perfect for Halloween. Also, the chocolates were individually pre-packaged, so you can carry a few in your purse or put them out in a candy dish without them going bad/stale. (Also perfect for Covid). Mom liked these enough to go on the website and order some of her own!

Retail Value: $5.99

2. Kalifornia Keto's Pumpkin Spice Cookies

I enjoyed these! I didn’t get to eat them all because I must've made them a little too big, and they therefore didn’t cook thoroughly enough. Even after cooling, they stayed VERY softalmost too soft. But taste-wise, they were delicious! I would eat them again for sure. Mom said they were good, but maybe something you could make at home. I liked these better than the pecan bites by Kalifornia Keto from the first month.

Retail Value: $9.49

3. Lillie's Q's Carolina Barbeque Sauce

This is one we still have yet to try. This product was small—definitely sample size. It reminded me of something you would get as a hand-out at a grocery store. Mom said it didn’t really count as a product, but oh well. I was still happy to receive this because it showed variety, something other than keto snacks.

Retail Value: $10.13 / 20 oz.

We received a smaller sample size than in the photo.

4. Shrewd Food's Sour Cream and Onion Protein Puffs

I was so disappointed in these puffs. :( I love sour cream & onion flavored snacks, so I had high hopes for these. However, they were NOT good. They tasted like old books. Mom said they had a cheesy taste but that they were weird. She didn’t hate it as much as I did, but she certainly didn’t enjoy them. I wouldn’t happily eat a bag… ever.

Retail Value: $1.87

5. Palmini's Hearts of Palm Lasagna Sheets

This was probably the best product we received. Items like these make The Keto Box seem well worth it. This was a full-size, heavy, substantial product that we were able to use to make a whole (very tasty!) lasagna. To me, this is what a dietary subscription box should really focus on: alternative products to replace “typical” ones that the diet restricts against. In this instance, the palm sheets were a great substitute for pasta lasagna sheets, and even Thomas who is picky as all heck barely noticed the difference. There may have been a slight textural difference, but nothing obvious that detracted away from the lasagna. This is a healthy & creative solution for a no- or low-carb diet. Would highly recommend!!

Retail Value: $4.17

6. SlimFast's Fat Bomb Real Cheddar Cheese Crisps

This one reminded me of some of the cheesy snacks from last month. I love a good “cooked” cheese flavor (if that makes sense).

Retail Value: $1.67

7. Laguna Salt Company's Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

Even though Mom already had pink Himalayan salt, I was very happy to receive this product because it can be used multiple times, as opposed to a snack or bar of chocolate that can be consumed in one sitting. Another product that makes The Keto Box seem well worth it!

Retail Value: $6.49/2 oz.

We received a larger 3 oz. bottle.

8. FattBar's Coconut and Macadamia Bar

Mom likes the high fat count in these. They were not bad, but they did have that taste you get when something is oldnot rotten but more-so expired. It maybe had something to do with the coconut, or the coconut oil?

Retail Value: $2.44

Converted, originally sold in Euros.

9. Ketofit's Chocolate Nutrition Bar

My thoughts on this nutrition bar was that it was tasty, but the sweetness in it came through as somewhat artificial (although, should that really be surprising?). Also, although the chocolate component did shine through, it was otherwise a little absent in taste, in complexity.

Mom disagreed. She really liked this!

Retail Value: $3.33

10. Think Jerky's Grass-Fed Original Beef Stick

ANOTHER BEEF STICK?! You guys, there has been one every month so far. Gets very repetitive. This one was rather yummy and well-seasonedbetter than the first month’sbut to me, it still had nothing on Costco’s.

Retail Value: $2.25

11. Pyure's Organic Chocolate Drink Mix

This wasn’t very rich, but it was tasty! One of the biggest issues with a product like this, though, is that while it itself may be keto, it is meant to be stirred into milk, which isn’t keto-friendly. I suppose you could find a dairy substitute thoughor use heavy cream mixed with water? It also didn’t mix well together. The powder partially clumped up. So overall, not perfect… but good enough.

Retail Value: $5.48

12. Love Good Fats's Chewy-Nutty Salted Caramel Nut Bar

This bar reminded me of the nut bars you can buy at ALDI. I love both this style of “granola” bar (even though there's no granola in it) and this specific brand’s bar. It was tasty, had good textural variety, and is something I would definitely throw in my purse to snack on. Thumbs up from me!

Retail Value: $2.33

13. Professor Nutz's Peanut Butter

This was a fun product to end off with because we had a LOT of thoughts regarding it. At first we wondered what was even in it… No carbs? Okay good. But no fat? What?? Why’s it even in a keto box then? And how? Peanuts have fat? Do they separate the fat from the protein? Somehow this peanut butter is basically just made up of protein and fiber.

Now taste… It’s goooood. Creamy, smooth, more liquidy than regular peanut butter but also richer. It also sticks to your palette more, which can make your mouth feel even drier than with regular PB.

Overall, this was a success in our book! Again, it’s relatively substantial and can be used more than once, it’s delicious, AND it’s something unique we haven’t seen before. Love it!

Retail Value: $5.99

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