Review and *Giveaway*: Tasterie Gluten Free Allergy Friendly Sample Subscription Boxes

Today I’m reviewing Tasterie – an allergen-friendly sample box subscription service. I received a box from them to review, so an extra thanks goes to the kind people at Tasterie for letting me try out the service.

Here’s what my sample box looked like:

Their signature box is $20.00 (like the one I received, but they also offer a snack box for $15) and they come in a variety of food allergy or dietary preferences:

  • Top 8 allergen free
  • Dairy Allergy
  • Dairy & Soy Allergy
  • Dairy & Egg Allergy
  • Egg Allergy
  • Gluten & Wheat Allergy
  • Gluten, Wheat & Dairy Allergy
  • Gluten, Wheat Allergy and Vegan
  • Healthy and Nutritious
  • Peanut & Tree Nut Allergy
  • Soy Allergy
  • Vegan

Seriously, is that not amazing? This is the only box I’ve seen so far (and please correct me if I’m wrong) that goes THIS deep into allergens. I mean, you can get gluten-free boxes (and we’re reviewed them here), but this is intense! You FINALLY know what to give your vegan or highly-allergic friends for their birthday or holidays – a subscription to Tasterie!

My Tasterie box included:

  • Two Gorge Delights Just Fruit Bars: Apple Cherry and Pear Strawberry. You can buy it here. For 16 40 gram bars they retail for $27.00 online. I loved the apple cherry but the pear strawberry was kind of weird. I really liked the idea of these bars though – just fruit! Definitely interested in these.
  • Two bags of Brothers All-Natural Fruit Crisps: Apple and Banana Strawberry. You can buy it here. They retail for around $22 for a 24 pack. Each pack has 1/2 cup of fruit in it. They are freeze-dried fruit – that’s all. Freeze-dried is so much more awesome than dried fruit, because it always reminds me of astronaut food that I used to buy in the Discovery store as a kid (do you remember those stores that your mall had as a kid?). I loved these, but I could eat like 10 bags in one sitting. These could be dangerous for me.
  • One bag of Mini Pops in Sea Salt flavor. You can buy it here. It retails for $2.98. I’ll be reviewing several flavors of Mini Pops in a later review, but these are pretty cool. They’re more nutritious than regular corn popcorn because they’re actually sorghum. And they’re tiny – so there’s an extra cool factor in there as well.
  • One small bag of Beanitos. You can buy it here. The small bags retail at full price for $1.98. I love love love Beanitos. They’re corn-free and have a low glycemic index. They are so unique tasting. We stock up on these at our house.
  • One jar of jam. Kind of a random addition, but I like the variety of adding a jam into the mix. It was really sweet – too sweet for me!
  • A small bag of chocolates. They were also dairy-free and reminded me of Enjoy Life’s chocolate chips, but these were really dried out. I had to throw them away. I’d be disappointed if I paid for the box and the chocolates (often my favorite part of anything) were bad.
  • One bag of Gluten Free Mama’s Pancake Mix. You can buy it here. It retails for $8.99 online. I haven’t had a chance to try this yet, because we clearly don’t make enough pancakes. It seems like every company under the sun has been sending us pancake mix lately!
  • One package of Alive & Radient Foods Kale Krunch. You can buy it here. It retails for $5.99. It’s the Quite Cheezy flavor – but it’s raw and vegan, so you know what that means, fake cheese. It’s nutritional yeast, cashews, and red bell pepper flavoring. Yikes, this was NOT what I was expecting. I was kind of grossed out by the flavor – but I’m not a big fan of vegan cheese anyways. It left a terrible taste in your mouth, but that’s not unlike many kale chips that I’ve tried! I would actually really like to try their chocolate flavor, a chance for this kale chip company to redeem themselves for tricking me with fake cheese. What’s interesting is that by the end of the bag (yes, I ate the whole thing), I found myself addicted to it. I guess I don’t mind the flavor of fake cheese after all!
  • One 2013 calendar. I honestly have no idea why this is in here, but okay!

Murph the cat really liked the box – although to be fair, I didn’t let him try any of the food.

I really like that each of the products that are in the Tasterie pack have been verified by Tasterie as gluten-free. Thank you for doing the due diligence so we don’t have to! On their email to me they said they are “Rigorously screening manufacturers and products for allergens via a peer reviewed multistep protocol.” Awesome!

Here’s some background on what Tasterie’s mission:

1. Provide great tasting food from vendors all over the world that met rigorous allergen testing/manufacturing protocols.
2. Encourage a healthy and nutritionally balanced lifestyle for kids & adults regardless of their food allergies, intolerances or other dietary preferences.
3. Provide a service that was so easy, convenient, and delightful that it would seamlessly become a part of daily lives.

Here are some FAQ’s from their website:

How long will it take to get my box of delicious food once I submit an order?

We ship our TasterieBoxes on the 15th of every month. If you placed your order by the last day of the month, your first TasterieBox will ship on the 10th of the following month. Once your order ships, it should take 3-8 days to arrive.

What should I expect to see in a box?

Each month, you can expect to receive 6-7 high quality hand-picked foods. Our products are not sample sized and you’ll likely receive many servings out of each snack that your whole family can enjoy.

So what do I think of Tasterie? I think it’s AWESOME! It definitely gets a 5 out of 5 for me.

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Here’s more details on our Tasterie giveaway!

TASTERIE BOX GIVEAWAY:

PRIZE:

1 Tasterie box of your choosing from the listen allergen-friendly boxes

WINNER:

1 winner, picked randomly (via Random.org) based on valid entries. 

HOW IT WORKS:

Each person can be entered into our contest only once

  • HOW TO ENTER: 1 entry (Limit 1 per person) on Celiacandthebeast.com. Comment on THIS post and tell me what box you’d most like to receive if you are the lucky winner! Why should you win a Tasterie box? Make sure that you input your email address in the form so we can contact you if you’re the winner!

CONTEST ENDS:

Friday November 16th, 5pm PST.

Make sure that you fan Tasterie on Facebook and follow them on Twitter too! Tell them that you heard about Tasterie from Celiac and the Beast!

Comments: 69

  1. Mary October 15, 2012 at 7:24 pm Reply

    I never win anything and to win anything gluten free would be divine!!

    • Erica October 15, 2012 at 8:06 pm Reply

      What box would you like to win if you win the giveaway?

  2. Tammy Towery October 15, 2012 at 7:51 pm Reply

    I new to Celiac Disease and of course am trying to learn
    and eat safely. I love your site and love that you review
    different things. Thank you so much for ALL your help!

    • Erica October 15, 2012 at 8:07 pm Reply

      Hey Tammy, if you win, do you only want the gluten-free box? Or do you have other allergens?

  3. Kirsten October 15, 2012 at 7:59 pm Reply

    Tasterie box sounds yum!

    • Erica October 15, 2012 at 8:07 pm Reply

      Hey Kirsten, what box would you like to win if you win the giveaway?

  4. Jocelyn October 15, 2012 at 8:02 pm Reply

    I would love to win the gluten and wheat allergy box. I am fairly new to living g-free and I love trying new products! My town is fairly small so there are not many things right at hand. This would be a treat 🙂

  5. Carly October 15, 2012 at 8:09 pm Reply

    I’d love the gluten, wheat and dairy free tasterie box to try. Only recently being diagnosed with this disease hasn’t been an easy adjustment as I ate everything! Knowing there’s treats that could help suppress the cravings for “normal food” would be an awesome help to my new lifestyle!

  6. Katherine D October 15, 2012 at 8:43 pm Reply

    I’m super excited for the Kale Krunch! Vegan and gluten-free eating is not only what I have to do, it’s what I love to do 🙂 Vegan and gluten-free meals can be, and are, DELICIOUS, and I get excited each time I try something new

    katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com

  7. Summer October 15, 2012 at 10:03 pm Reply

    I’d have to go with the Top 8 box, and it would probably contain somethings that I was allergic to (all my weird fruit/vegetable allergies) but how awesome would it be to have even one new safe treat a month?!? And I could share (the not safe for me) with my local allergic friends – we have a small crew here.

    This is super neat!

  8. Karen Brady October 16, 2012 at 1:39 am Reply

    I would love to win one of their Snack Boxes, although the Signature Boxes are amazing too. I would need mine to be vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free. I have never heard of this and I am completely fascinated by the concept.

  9. Debra J. Gowlland October 16, 2012 at 6:36 am Reply

    Kale crunch sounds so good! 🙂

    • Erica October 16, 2012 at 10:14 am Reply

      What type of box would you like to win if you would win, Deb?

  10. Amanda S October 16, 2012 at 7:44 am Reply

    I would love to win the Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free box. I’m new to the whole food allergen thing. I’ve only been living this way since the end of July. I would love to try some of the stuff in that box. It sounds delicious!

    aschrauth (at) gmail (dot) com

  11. Catherine D October 16, 2012 at 10:10 am Reply

    Oh, this is such a great idea. We’re always looking for snacks for our Milk/Soy intolerant daughter and I know that will just get harder as she gets older (she is one now). I would love the milk/soy free box. Even better would be a milk/soy free or possibly a top 8 free (we’re awaiting judgement on wheat and corn as I write). I’m looking forward to the sorghum and, dry or not, the chocolate!

  12. Jessica October 16, 2012 at 5:56 pm Reply

    Gluten free box would be ahh-mazing right about now. I’m starting to get a bit depressed about food. Not being able to eat what I want anymore is really starting to suck. Everything I have besides my new sweets and pastas are so bland.

  13. Yvette October 16, 2012 at 11:02 pm Reply

    I would like the vegan gluten and wheat free box. I would like to win because it would be nice to have food I can eat without having to wait to get a call back on if a product is safe.

  14. brandy c October 17, 2012 at 9:24 am Reply

    I’d love to have the vegan box! I’ve heard of this company before and keep meaning to order..

    bncrainer[at[yahoo.com

  15. melissa g October 17, 2012 at 9:28 am Reply

    I would love to win the Gluten, Wheat & Dairy Allergy box. I have tried the top 8 boxes before and they were great!

  16. Anne L October 17, 2012 at 9:30 am Reply

    What a great giveaway!! Thanks for the opportunity- I would just need the Gluten-free box 🙂

  17. Adria October 17, 2012 at 9:54 am Reply

    I found Tasterie a little bit ago but have yet to order a box yet. I am hoping to try the dairy free box and would love to win one!!

    As a side note, one of my friends would really like to see a corn free box!

  18. Jill Simon October 17, 2012 at 10:00 am Reply

    We’d love to win a gluten free box for my 4 yo with Ceilac!

    • Jill Simon October 17, 2012 at 10:00 am Reply

      *Celiac!

  19. Joyce Kvanbeck October 17, 2012 at 3:27 pm Reply

    I would like to win the Gluten Free box. I don’t have any other allergies, but I can’t seem to handle even gluten-free oats. I’m not sure I would like these every month because I am always fighting calories as well as gluten. Just found your site and it’s going to take a lot of time to check out all your reviews.

  20. Elena Vo October 17, 2012 at 10:44 pm Reply

    Thank you so much for the giveaway, and your cat is too cute!
    As for the box, I’d like to try the Gluten and Wheat Allergy box. Just a few months ago I stumbled upon some research on wheat production here in the States and it left me astounded. The next day I eliminated wheat from my daily ration completely, and today, almost five months later, I feel AMAZING and have much more energy.
    But I am constantly hungry and in search of new snacks, so that’s where Tasterie comes in. Do they ship cute red-haired kitties, too?
    🙂 Thank you again, Elena

  21. Monique B October 18, 2012 at 10:30 am Reply

    I would love to win the gluten and wheat allergy signature box because I’m new to the g-free world. I’ve been navigating through the grocery aisles for the past few weeks and I’m overwhelmed every time. I’m also skeptical on how things taste and the price of gluten free items leave me stunned! Winning will help me get an idea of what’s good and worth the extra cash.

  22. Stephanie Robins October 20, 2012 at 8:46 am Reply

    Would be honored and interested to try a Gluten & Wheat Allergy box. Thank you for writing this review. I found it very helpful!

  23. Stefannie October 21, 2012 at 6:06 pm Reply

    I never win anything. In fact my husband and I joke that we put two unluckys together!! But I would love to break the streak with a yummy GF box!!

  24. Kirsten October 22, 2012 at 3:10 pm Reply

    How cool! I don’t have celiac but I do have some form of gluten intolerance and a dairy intolerance (I live in Wisconsin so I don’t follow that too much!). Both seem to really aggravate the symptoms of my systemic onset juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. I’ve really only lived GF for a year now and the first while was definitely very tough. Now I feel almost like a master at finding GF things! I would really love to get a GF, WF, and DF box so that I can try some new things.

  25. Jacqueline October 23, 2012 at 3:26 pm Reply

    If I were to win, I would like the Healthy and Nutritious box. So far, I have no allergies to any food items (but totally allergic to everything else. Ughh). Why should I win? Well, I wish to improve my diet greatly. I have developed an interest in healthy food, however my local stores don’t tend to sell any of them. Thanks for the giveaway~

    Also, cute cat (: My cat does the same thing- steal all my packages and hide inside I mean. Except, she tends to break the boxes during said process. Hehe.

  26. Jenny G October 24, 2012 at 9:38 am Reply

    The gluten and wheat allergy box sounds perfect for me! Finding new, interesting and “safe” foods to eat with this type of allergy can be challenging. Being able to try new things in this way would be amazing! Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway!

  27. Tracy October 24, 2012 at 10:54 am Reply

    I love the idea of getting a box of things to try because I am not very adventurous when it comes to buying gluten free…I mostly make everything at home because it is safe! I am gluten/wheat free!

  28. margarita October 24, 2012 at 11:32 am Reply

    If I were to win I would like the gluten and wheat allergy box. This sample box would be a great way to try out new gf products.

  29. Jenny A October 24, 2012 at 3:52 pm Reply

    I would love to win the gluten/wheat free box! My boyfriend recently found out he has celiac disease. Adjusting to a gluten free lifestyle has been extremely hard for him. While I do not have celiac or any food allergies I’ve turned my apartment gluten free for him in hopes to make this easier for him. I figured if I go gluten free with him the transition would be easier. I am trying to show him all the great gluten free products I am finding and that he can still eat a lot of things he used to – just modified! I also spend a lot of time trying to research celiac since I don’t have it I want to have as good of an understanding as I can so I never unknowingly give him something he can’t have. I would really love to win this so I can show him he has so many options still of what he can eat and hopefully brighten his day since the transition has been difficult for him.

  30. Claudia L October 25, 2012 at 10:10 am Reply

    I would LOVE to receive a vegan box. I’ve only just become vegan and am still exploring snack and a box full of them would be a great way for me to find new ones. I am a first-generation Mexican-American and my Mexican family thinks I am crazy for having given up anything that derives from an animal. My mom refuses to change any of her meals for me. I live in a predominantly Mexican immigrant neighborhood and the closest health foods store to me is about 7 miles away from home, making it extremely difficult for me to get to those yummy snacks!

  31. elizabeth p October 31, 2012 at 4:06 am Reply

    I would love to try the gluten free/dairy free box! Sounds like a great way to find new foods!

  32. Lori Williams November 2, 2012 at 9:42 pm Reply

    I would love to try the gluten and wheat allergy box. My son was recently diagnosed with Celiac, and I have a gluten intolerance. We have been finding it especially diificult to make the switch to a gluten free diet. Mostly because we have eaten gluten for so long, but also because of the expense. This would help us to be able to try some GF foods first before purchasing them. Thanks! Anything I can do to help my son I will do.

  33. LisaL November 12, 2012 at 2:37 pm Reply

    I would love to try this for my peanut allergic son – nut allergy box.

  34. Cristi Perkins November 12, 2012 at 2:56 pm Reply

    Would love to win a Gluten Free box. I love the concept.

  35. Seraphina N November 12, 2012 at 3:39 pm Reply

    OMG! I would LOVE to win the Gluten Free, Wheat Allergy, and Vegan box! I was at the store the other day for over an hour just reading the back of EVERY SINGLE bag and box of gluten free mix, cookies, pretzels, ect… I found that almost all the items carried by my local retailer are EITHER gluten free OR vegan but NOT both. I have been vegan for a while and just recently found out that I’m also gluten intolerant and this box would enable me to try new things without fear of getting sick!

  36. Maria R November 12, 2012 at 5:41 pm Reply

    I would love the peanut and nut free box since I have a son with severe peanut allergy.

  37. Emily November 12, 2012 at 6:16 pm Reply

    This is such a neat concept! I would love to win the Gluten Free, Wheat Allergy and Vegan box! It’d fit all of my dietary needs!

  38. Margaret Clegg November 12, 2012 at 6:19 pm Reply

    As i’m starting to wonder if I should cut dairy out of my diet, I would love to receive the gluten , wheat and dairy free box.

  39. Anna November 14, 2012 at 3:21 pm Reply

    Gluten/Wheat/Dairy free box. My oldest child is celiac and allergic to dairy and we’re always looking for new snacks to keep up with his teenage metabolism!

  40. Kate November 15, 2012 at 8:19 pm Reply

    Thanks for letting us know about this! I would love to check out the gf box. I have Celiac Disease, along with my 5 year old son. My younger daughter and newborn son haven’t been tested yet but we are a strictly gf household so I’m always on the look out for new items.

  41. Meghan Varner November 16, 2012 at 1:18 pm Reply

    I love this review and giveaway!! I am lactose intolerant and gluten sensitive/intolerant..but trying to find foods that are decent/good can be expensive (I have tried some yucky ones plenty of time) and this seems like such a good way to learn/try more!

    I would like the Dairy allergy box or the Gluten, Wheat and Dairy allergy box

  42. Alyx LaGassa November 16, 2012 at 1:30 pm Reply

    I would love to win the top 8 allergy free one. Along with having Celiac Disease I am also soy and dairy intolerant and I can’t always afford to buy myself goodies.

  43. Jessie November 16, 2012 at 1:36 pm Reply

    I would love a tasterie box with a bunch of grab and go crunchy snacks. I work 60+ hours a week and would like to know what I’m grabbing is gf– and have some news snacks to try other than than my regular that I am already comfortable having. I don’t have the time in my busy life to be playing around getting glutened! Safe, yummy, new and gf sounds like a dream in a box.

  44. Jo Ellen Bishop November 16, 2012 at 1:43 pm Reply

    I was very ill 6 years ago and had doctors puzzled. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism,pernicious anemia and liver disease. The last test was a scope that showed CELIAC DISEASE !!! My health improved somewhat with a gluten free diet. I had a liver transplant 5 years ago and I’m healthy now. I probably had Celiac for years and it was slowly attacking every organ in my body ! I attribute my health now to a gluten free diet. I would love to try new gluten and wheat free products !

  45. April November 16, 2012 at 1:45 pm Reply

    I would be honored to win the gluten free box. I also have gastroparesis, so eating in general is very difficult. The box contains so many amazing humming snacks. Thanks Tasterie!

  46. Diana Padilla November 16, 2012 at 1:49 pm Reply

    I would love the gluten, wheat and dairy free box! I have intolerances and I’m always looking for new, healthy and delicious snacks! 🙂 thanks for all the great giveaways you set up!

  47. Stacey November 16, 2012 at 1:49 pm Reply

    I would LOVE to try the Gluten and Wheat free box. I am a new Celiac and it’s been a very difficult road. I am having trouble finding products that I like, are healthy and not going to break the bank. With the holidays coming up, it’s hard to get excited knowing I can’t eat most of the things I love. This would be very helpful.

  48. Heather S November 16, 2012 at 2:10 pm Reply

    I’d love the gluten free box! I never win and would love to have some gluten free food around the house that I can snack on after I have surgery in a couple of weeks!

  49. Susi Norman November 16, 2012 at 2:18 pm Reply

    I would really like to win the Gluten, Wheat & Dairy Allergy I have 2 daughters ages 8 & 11, plus myself that are always on the search for tastie new things to eat. They are always hoping that I am finding them something new to try. 🙂

  50. Stephanie Blanton November 16, 2012 at 2:19 pm Reply

    I would love to win the gluten & wheat allergy box! I was diagnosed about 5 months ago and it’s been a struggle.

  51. Siobhan G November 16, 2012 at 2:45 pm Reply

    I would love to win the Gluten and Wheat free box. I am recently GF and am always on the lookout for new foods to try.

  52. Rachel November 16, 2012 at 2:47 pm Reply

    I love following your blog!! I would love to win this!! I’m always looking for new gfree treats for my kids!!

  53. Meghan O November 16, 2012 at 2:47 pm Reply

    I would love love love the gluten and wheat free box!

    I’ve was only diagnosed with gluten intolerance this summer, right before I left for college. It’s been really hard to adjust living away from home, without my own kitchen.It isn’t easy to find food that is both tasty and safe and cheap to eat at college, and this would be awesome to snack on as I study for finals!

  54. Julie Branyan November 16, 2012 at 4:01 pm Reply

    The gluten, wheat and dairy free box would be amazing! Thanks for another great review.

    • Erica November 28, 2012 at 10:55 pm Reply

      CONGRATS JULIE! You are the winner! 🙂

  55. Whitney November 16, 2012 at 5:11 pm Reply

    I would love the vegan box or maybe the healthy and nutritious! I’m vegetarian but always looking for new products that I can eat. Plus, all these treats look great!

  56. Jenn November 16, 2012 at 5:35 pm Reply

    I would love to win a gluten/wheat free! I was diagnosed with celiac in 2008 and struggled with this as my family was not supportive at all! Then when I was pregnant I had zero symptoms which made me be even more reluctant… now 6 months post partum I am 100% gluten free because I literally felt like my body was shutting down. My husband races and we can’t always plan meals so to try new items to have on hand would be amazing!

  57. Rozelyn November 16, 2012 at 7:07 pm Reply

    I would love to win the Top 8 Allergen Free box. As a mom of kids with multiple allergies, it’s always a challenge to find food items that are tasty, affordable and yes allergy friendly. This sampler box will definitely help cut my grocery time tremendously.

    • Erica November 18, 2012 at 9:22 pm Reply

      Sorry, you didn’t make the time cut-off, but I highly recommend ordering a box – especially with your family! Enjoy and best wishes!

  58. Kari Frazier November 17, 2012 at 3:03 am Reply

    I’d love the gluten free/dairy free box! I live on a US military base in Japan and it’s so hard to find gluten free things here!

    • Erica November 18, 2012 at 9:22 pm Reply

      Sorry, you didn’t make the time cut-off, but I highly recommend ordering a box! Good luck over there finding awesome and safe food!

  59. Sydney Vandenbusch April 29, 2014 at 8:24 am Reply

    I would love to have Gluten, Wheat & Dairy Allergy box! i have been really sick and my doctors think I may have a gluten allergy and i want to change my diet so im not miserable all the time and this will be a great start!!

  60. Tamra Holley August 20, 2015 at 7:07 am Reply

    I would be most greatful to try a sample box of your Gluten Free items. My daughter has just been recently diagnosed and is in the 5th grade. We are trying to learn as much as we can so that she and her friends and family still experience all the wonders of her childhood!! Thanks in advance.

    T. Holley

  61. Leigh bishop October 2, 2015 at 11:45 am Reply

    I would love my 7 year old son to try out your gluten and wheat tastes box as I find it very difficult to find gluten free food he enjoys eating

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