Package from Portland is a new subscription box that sends you an assortment of Portland-made dry grocery items on a quarterly basis.
Each box will contain 4 to 6 curated items from Portland-based artisans. Every quarter will feature a different theme which all of the products will be chosen around. One of the items will be announced before shipment, while the rest will remain a surprise. Quarterly boxes will be released in March, June, September, and December.
Subscriptions are $49 every 3 months.
Let’s see what’s in the December 2015 Package from Portland box!
A peek inside.
A 2-sided info card let me know that the theme for December’s box (Package No. 1) was “Hot Cocoa on the Homestead” and featured a collection of cozy, winter-inspired treats.
Treehouse Chocolate Co. Drinking Chocolate ($14) – Yep, a variety pack of these four flavors really does sell for $14 on their site… This must be some seriously good hot chocolate! It’s crafted using organic cacao sourced from Oro Verde farmer owned cooperative in Northern Peru. The flavors include sea salt, coconut (vegan!), dark chocolate, and coffee.
Quin Vanilla Bean Marshmallow ($4) – A perfect addition to hot chocolate, this package contains one whole foot of vanilla bean marshmallow. These are made in small batches with real vanilla beans.
Albina City Nuts Sweet & Salty Hazelnuts ($4) – Ooh! You don’t see hazelnuts in subscriptions boxes very often. Almonds and peanuts, sure… but not hazelnuts. These ones are combined with organic sugar, honey, salt, cinnamon, and chili for a sweet & spicy treat. Yum!
Albina City Nuts Candied Pecans ($4) – Another rarely seen nut in the subscription box world — pecans! These candied pecans are coated with a mix of organic sugar, honey, water, and salt. (I love the warning on the package — “Contains pecans”. Good to know. 😉 )
Portland Bitters Project Super Spice Bitters ($15) – My husband has been all about experimenting with new cocktail recipes lately, so this came at the perfect time. The Portland Bitters Project website describes this as “concentrated holiday peace, goodness and joy”. Works for me. You can add it to your favorite cocktail, or even to hot chocolate for a nice kick.
Portland Bitters Project Recipe Book Vol. 2 ($5) – A helpful resource for figuring out “what the heck to make with Portland Bitters”. This handy little book contains over 20 recipes, tips, and more.
I thought the theme for the Package from Portland debut box was great! Sweet, comforting treats for the cold winter months ahead. I personally would have liked to have seen more vegan-friendly items — especially it being Portland based ‘n all, but no biggie. The total value was right in line with the cost of the box ($46), but as with most regional type boxes, it’s definitely more about the curation than the actual retail value.
What do the stars mean?
★ = Crummy ★★ = Just Okay ★★★ = Good ★★★★ = Awesome ★★★★★ = Extraordinarily Awesome
Disclosure: I received this box for review purposes. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own. Post may contain affiliate and/or referral links.