KarePax is a brand new subscription box that will be officially launching in March. It will contain a fun selection of goodies including indie comic books, unique snacks, and other neat stuff. Interested? Read on!
KarePax wants to make sure they send you a box that you’ll totally enjoy. (What fun is a box full of crap you hate, right?) So when you sign up, you’ll get to fill out a questionnaire to let them know a little more about you… your age, dietary preferences (such as peanut allergies), etc. Not a fan of comics? Not a problem. You can nix the comics and get some extra snackage instead. Each box will typically contain 2 indie comics (often times the first issue) and a variety of cool snacks from around the globe.
Subscriptions are $26/month or less with multi-month commitments. Shipping is included.
While they don’t officially begin shipping until the first week in March, you can still order anytime before then and they’ll hook you up with a little sampling of what you’ll expect to receive in the months before the big launch. Cool!
Let’s see what’s in the “sneak peek” box!
First look. The actual box was just your standard white shipping box, but they’ve assured me that they’ll have “official fancy custom boxes” come March. Looks aside, this box was PACKED.
Comic #1: The Humans (#1) from Image Comics – I’m not going to pretend I know jack about comics, so I’ll just share a snippet from the Image Comics site: “THE HUMANS is a high-octane, no-holds-barred, ape-biker-gang chopper ride into ‘70s exploitation genre bliss. Follow Bobby, Johnny, and all The HUMANS as they fight and fly down the road to oblivion on a ride filled with chains, sex, leather, denim, hair, blood, bananas, and chrome.” (Random side note: Every time I see the title, I think it says Subhumans and I get a sudden urge to smash the system… Then I remember I’m not 16 anymore and the only thing I smash is the occasional spider.)
Comic #2: Sundowners (#3) from Dark Horse Comics – Again, just gonna borrow a snippet from the Dark Horse site: “The pasts of the strange “superteam” known as the Sundowners begin to unfold as the Citizen tries to protect a family that no longer wants him, Arcanika is visited by an old boyfriend, and Crowlita experiences visions of a life she prays isn’t hers!”.
Glico Collon Chocolate Biscuit Rolls – These are from Thailand and look to be similar to chocolate wafer cookies, but in little “roll” form. Sadly, they do have milk so I’m not able to sample them. They’ll make a nice after dinner treat for the kids though.
Euro Ellse – Two of these were cakes included, which also appear to be a product of Thailand. They’re banana flavored layer cakes with a white cream filling.
Bocadin – A chocolate flavored wafer cookie with a chocolate coating. A product of Mexico.
Pulparindo – Another Mexican snack. This one actually appears to be vegan, but I’m a little nervous to give it a try. It’s “extra hot” candy made with tamarind pulp, sugar, and ground chilis. Yikes!
Lemonhead & Friends Breath Mints – Fruit flavored breath mints from our pal Lemonhead and his fruity buddies.
Lotte Koala’s March – Another snack from Thailand. These are cute bear-shaped cookies filled with strawberry cream. They flaps of the box has matching trading card pieces that are “A great fun to collect”. 😉
Charleston Chew “Big Bar” – Yeah, they’re not kidding when they say this is a big bar. It’s HUGE — over a foot long and about 1 1/2 inches wide. That’s a whole lotta Charleston to be chewin’. I used to eat these as a kid, but never thought to stick ’em in the freezer. If I remember correctly, it was hard enough to eat as is with all that chewy nougat.
GGE BBQ Cube Wheat Crackers – No matter how many times I look at this, I keep reading it as “EGG”. Ironically, it happens to be one of the few vegan-friendly items in the box. These lil’ wheat cubes are a product of Taiwan and contain no preservatives or trans fat.
Danbi Roasted Seaweed Snack – Oh, seaweed, how I wish I liked you.
Milkita Milkshake Candy – These candies are made with real milk, are gluten free, and low in fat. They’re supposed to taste like a real vanilla milkshake.
Super Natilla Candy – Pecan flavored candies made with real milk.
Jack ‘n Jill Roller Coaster Potato Rings – This is a big bag of cheddar cheese flavored potato rings from the Philippines. The description on the back of the package is kind of hilarious: “Experience the thrill of your life as you allow your tastebuds to soar through loops and hoops of crispy potato rings… hear the thunder of each crunch and hang on for more breathtaking twists & turns…”. Way to be dramatic, potato rings.
Vintage Italia Pasta Chips – I’ve gotten these in another subscription box (Love With Food maybe?) and I don’t think I was a fan. It may have been a different flavor though, so I’ll give them a second chance. They’re basically baked chips made with durum wheat semolina flour — hence, “pasta” chips.
Sheila G’s Salted Caramel Brownie Brittle – These were inspired by the “edge” pieces in a pan of brownies. They taste like a brownie, but have the crunch of a cookie. My mom loves these things, so I’ll pass them along to her.
Various Candies: Hi-Chew, Corn Candy, and Cocoland Mango Gummies. The corn candies look just like baby corn and I’m super curious what they taste like. Not curious enough to actually try them though… I’m pretty sure they’re not vegan anyway (which I’m totally okay with). 😉
KarePax is the perfect subscription box for anyone into indie comics and/or hard-to-find snacks. It’s cool that they try to include first issues and the snacks seem like they have a nice variety of sweet, salty, spicy, etc.
If you’d like to sign up, you can save $10 off any 3, 6, or 12 month KarePax subscription just by entering the coupon code “KPXRV459” at checkout!
December 2014 Sneak Peek KarePax Review
This seems like a fun box for fans of Loot Crate and other “geeky” boxes, but with a focus on comics & snacks instead of toys & collectibles. I didn’t do a cost breakdown since it would be pretty hard to find values for all the foreign snacks. It seemed like a fair price for all the hard-to-find snacks and comics though.