Review: Try the World Spain box

Tonight I got home from work planning on logging my time for the entire month of August. I am a job-haver!

As it turns out, I am also a package-haver.

I had one package from my lovely parents. It was chock-full of German treats from their recent trip to Deutschland.

I had another package from Try the World, the monthly subscription box that sends you snacks, sauces, and treats from another country. This month is Spain! Spain box!

As it also turns out, I am also a culture-haver!

The German bag became a guessing game called, “I wonder what that word means….”

Top left: I’m not sure about scharf, but it’s definitely extra. 

Top right: Haaaazlenut wafer treat? Is ‘rezeptor’ German for hazelnut wafer treat?

Bottom left: The natural mascot for salami- Robin Hood and a soccer playing fox.

Bottom right: Because I think it’s a solid life choice to avoid drinking mysterious liquids, I will probably end up Googling this one. For now, one can only assume it’s a potion for something. That’s the only thing one can assume.

But because I’m not reviewing my parents,** let’s chat about Try the World.

I was given a sixth month order for my birthday, and Spain box marks month #4. I’m already a little bummed that I only have two months left. The boxes are fun monthly surprises. You get more food than you would expect. The food is better than the Flaming Hot Cheetos you were eating before. What more do you want?

And Spain looks like it might be my favorite yet!

The inventory:

  • Espinaler canned mussels
  • Oleum Hispania Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • El Navarrico Tumaca sauce
  • El Avion paprika
  • P. Listo Jam
  • Turron El Almendro
  • Ines Rosales citrus crumble cakes
  • The Spain culture guide

Gut reaction…

What I’m most excited about: I love paprika so much! Plus my new paprika comes in a charming collectible tin. You know what they say…nothing turns the day around like a charming collectible tin! The tumaca sauce also looks like it has potential. And by “potential”, I mean it looks like something I would eat with a spoon.

What I’m less excited about: I’m pretty excited about everything? I feel like Spain box is teaching me about having an attitude fantastico!

What I’ll probably be surprised by: The mussels. They could go wrong, but I love pickled things enough to be intrigued by pickled mussels. Currently, the intrigue is outweighing the fear. (I’m telling you, Spain box is making a new person out of me!)

What I don’t know what to do with: While I’m totally down to try them, how do you try mussels in pickled sauce? The culture guide says to eat them on their own or as a pizza topping. I’m having a hard time envisioning both, but I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt, culture guide. This time….

The culture guide tucked in the lid. Both well-designed AND educational. Live the dream, culture guide!

Review: Guys, I really love Try the World. Eternally antsy, it provides an exotic outlet every month to shake up the routine. The one downside is they occasionally repeat boxes for those who haven’t yet received some of the company’s more popular ones.

Eh- it’s a box of snacks. I think we’re all doing ok.


**They’re mine! Back off!

Review: Try the World subscription

“SWEDEN BOX!” I yelled at my coworker as we were walking to the parking lot. He just asked me if I was doing anything fun tonight.

Don’t worry. He was confused too.

Recently I got a subscription to the monthly service Try the World for my birthday. Every month they send you a box full of foods and recipes from a different country.

I love a good snack, and you’re telling me I not only get a snack, but I get a cultured snack? It’s like Flaming Hot Cheetos got their degree in Art History? Salt & Vinegar chips that listen to NPR? It’s perfect!

Except it’s actually not at all like that. It’s actually really cool! I’ve spent the last week googling, “Try the World boxes”, “Try the World reviews”, “Try the World what’s in them”, “where is my Try the World box”, “Try the World what do you mean I need a life?” Really purposeful and effective googling.

I’ve refreshed my UPS tracking information at least once an hour, every waking hour for three days. Even Sunday. Because what if the postmen want to see what’s in Sweden box too?!

They didn’t.

But today, my Sweden box finally arrived!


This is my excuse to work my patio garden into a post. It also helps that my patio furniture is currently my cleanest furniture.

The boxes come in a surprisingly sturdy, delightfully colored box, and this thing is packed.


The inventory:

  • Nordic rosehip fudge
  • Gille double chocolate crisps
  • Mörsjö Deli flatbread crisps
  • Tillman’s elderflower daft syrup
  • Lakritsfabriken sweet licorice
  • Hafi lingonberry jam
  • Liss Ellas sweet and hot mustard
  • Lofbergs ground coffee
  • A Sweden culture guide that gives shows you a map of where your goodies come from, how Swedes eat them, different Swedish recipes, and even a link to a playlist of Swedish music

The culture guide is tucked into the lid of the box. And is also adorable.

Gut reaction…


I actually couldn’t wait to crack open the crackers.

What I’m most excited about: The fancy crackers gourmet crisps! Or the mustard! Maybe the coffee! Too many choices! SWEDEN BOX!

What I’m less excited about: The licorice. Sorry, licorice.

What I’ll probably be surprised by: The double chocolate crisps. I don’t love chocolate, but these look like they’re destined to be best friends with the coffee.

What I don’t know what to do with: The elderflower syrup. What even is an elderflower? I probably wouldn’t be able to pick it out of an aged-floral line up. #respectyourelderflower

And after a slow graze, the predictions mostly pan out:

The Winner: The crisps! As I suspected!

A little history lesson: Swedish women have been baking barley flatbread for thousands of years. To revive stale pieces, women would cook them in oil. These crackers are made utilizing similar methods to keep that tradition going. Thanks, culture guide!

The One I’m Going to Share with My Coworkers: The licorice. Sorry, licorice. (And also, my coworkers.) I’ll admit, I tried it, and it wasn’t as horrible as one would expect out of something that looks like a science experiment, but why eat a science experiment, when you could eat delicious crackers?

The One I Continue to Not Know What to do With: The elderflower syrup….Stay tuned?

I knew from all the googling that these boxes were full, and there was a culture guide to explain everything. But I’m really impressed! I have to admit, these are the things I knew about Sweden before today: It’s one of those countries up there with the other countries that are also up there. End of list.

Not only do I know more about the country, but I have a whole box of snacks to go with my new box-learning.

What more could a girl ask for?*

*A trip to Sweden. I could ask for that.