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Taste Trunk Review + Giveaway

When Taste Trunk asked if I would like to sample one of their curated monthly subscription boxes, I headed to their website and Facebook page to check it out.  Here’s how it works: first, you choose a theme – Gourmet, Health, Sweet or BBQ (you can even pick a different theme each month). Then, once a month, you receive a “trunk” full of 5 -10 hand-picked full-sized products. If it sounds pretty cool so far, you’ll have a chance to win a free trunk of your very own at the end of this post!

Taste Trunk Gourmet Review

My trunk arrived beautifully packaged in a sturdy box. All of the items were wrapped in bubble wrap and then tissue paper, and finished off with a ribbon. There was also a small packet of cards included – the cards gave information about the companies that produced each product, as well as a recipe to make using each product.
Once I assessed the bounty, I realized it was like someone had gone shopping in a gourmet grocery store and picked out a bunch of treats just for me. It was like a birthday present from a far-away aunt with foodie sensibilities. I don’t have such a relative, but if I did, this is what she would send me.

 

Taste Trunk Gourmet Review

 

The August Gourmet Trunk included:

  • Susan’s Gourmet Salsa Relish
  • The Jam Stand Drunken Monkey Jam
  • Iveta Gourmet Apricot Scone Mix
  • Cucina & Amore Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto
  • The Girl & The Fig Lavender Sea Salt
  • Two Snooty Chefs Kansas City Steak Seasoning

I absolutely loved the variety of flavors and purposes of the things in this box. Some could be eaten immediately out of the package, while another offered a fun baking project. One could be tossed with pasta to make a complete meal, and another could be turned into a party dip using the provided recipe. I was so inspired by all of these products that I got started using them right away.

Taste Trunk Gourmet Review

 

I tossed the Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto with some cheese tortellini and crumbled Italian sausage that I had leftover from my sangria party. I topped it with a little fresh basil and Parmesan, and dinner was ready. The pesto had such a bold, fresh tomato flavor that really livened up something as boring as frozen cheese tortellini.

 

Taste Trunk Gourmet Review

 

For a simple dessert, I spread a little Drunken Monkey Jam on some crackers. This stuff takes the cake for most unique jarred jam I’ve ever had. Full of roasted banana and rum flavor, it was great on crackers, but I bet it would be even better on pancakes. Or waffles. Or ice cream. Or as the J in a PB + J.  Or eaten with a spoon.

 

Taste Trunk Gourmet Review

 

Next up, breakfast time. I whipped up a batch of scones using the Aveta mix, and they were wonderful. I actually didn’t even follow the instructions properly (I used buttermilk instead of cream because that’s what I had on hand), and they STILL turned out great. I loved that the cream/buttermilk was the only ingredient I needed to add (I didn’t even need an egg!). Everything was right there in the mix. These couldn’t have been simpler or tastier – slightly sweet with a great dried apricot flavor.

 

Taste Trunk Gourmet Review

The final product I’ve had a chance to try so far is the Kansas City Steak seasoning. I whipped out the trusty cast iron skillet I inherited from my grandma, picked up a few New York strips, and sprinkled them with the seasoning. A quick sear later, I was enjoying a perfectly seasoned and flavored steak. I loved that this seasoning is the only ingredient you need to make a great steak, and the little tub of it is literally overflowing with the seasoning mix. It’s really packed in there, so you’ll be sprinkling dozens of steaks with this product!

All told, I’ve had a chance to try 4 of the 6 products I received in my Taste Trunk, and all of them were truly gourmet items that I would gladly buy again, given the chance. I think Taste Trunk would be great for any home cook that wants to embark on a new culinary adventure each month. It’s so much fun discovering new products, and coming up with ways to use them. These ingredients would really spice up any meal routine!

Interested in trying a Taste Trunk of your own? Enter the Rafflecopter below to win a free trunk of your very own. Don’t want to wait, just want a Taste Trunk now? Click HERE to order and enter the discount code “FOXESLOVELEMONS25″ at checkout to save 25% off your first trunk!

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This post was written by me on behalf of Taste Trunk, who provided me with a free box for review. All opinions are 100% my own.

20 Responses to “Taste Trunk Review + Giveaway”

  1. The Hubs — September 4, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Those steaks were delicious. And, as you know, from previous guest posts – I like meat. I also enjoyed the drunken monkey jam. I could die happy with a dessert plate of crackers and various spreads – drunken monkey jam, speculoos spread, almond butter, and pumpkin butter.

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  2. Kathia Rodriguez — September 6, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Delicious recipe I can’t wait to have all the products.

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    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — September 6th, 2013 @ 2:14 pm

      Thanks Kathia. If you entered the giveaway – good luck!

  3. Gina Guthrie — September 7, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Awesome giveaway. I would love to try the drunken monkey jam.

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  4. Joye Foote — September 9, 2013 at 9:38 am

    The Drunken Monkey Jam!!!!!

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  5. Deb C — September 10, 2013 at 9:13 am

    I would like to try the Gourmet Trunk the most.

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  6. Susan — September 10, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Yeah, I have to go with the Drunken Monkey Jam. The name alone begs a taste (or three!).

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  7. Paula Tavernie — September 10, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    The Drunken Monkey Jam!

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  8. Stephanie V. — September 10, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Aveta mix

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  9. Angela Amenta — September 10, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    The drunken monkey jam :)

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  10. Mya Murphy — September 10, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    The gourmet trunk would be awesome!!! myamurphy@mail.com

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  11. Jessica — September 10, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    I would love to try the drunken monkey jam… Thanks for the giveaway!

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  12. Tanya White — September 10, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Just like everyone else I would love to try the drunken monkey jam

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  13. Deb Smith — September 10, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    I want to try the Drunken Monkey Jam. With a name like that it has to be good.

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  14. Sherry Conrad — September 10, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    I would like to try the drunken monkey jam.

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  15. pepperqueen — September 10, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    I NEED to try the drunken monkey jam

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  16. Lynne T. — September 10, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    I most want to try the apricot scone mix.

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