TreatCrate Review

TreatCrate Snack Box Review

Treatcrate is an exciting subscription box that delivers snacks and treats to your door each month, focusing every month’s experience on a different country. They have been running for well over a year now, visiting countries as varied as Indonesia, South Korea and Ireland. This promises to be a snackers dream so read our TreatCrate review to see if it’s a TreatYay or a TreatNay (sorry).

TreatCrate Snack Box Review

Summary

TreatCrate is a snackers dream, perfect for anyone adventurous with their food habits. Experience snacks from around the world without the exorbitant import costs.

Overall
6.8/10
6.8/10
  • Ordering - Website - 6/10
    6/10
  • Products - Quality & Experience - 9/10
    9/10
  • Ordering - Delivery - 5/10
    5/10
  • Value For Money - 7/10
    7/10

Pros

  • Interesting, genuine snacks that are really exciting.
  • Well curated with product information.

Cons

  • Not suitable for allergies or intolerances.
  • Delivery could be sharpened up.
  • Long term subscriptions not great value.

The concept behind TreatCrate is really very simple. For the monthly subscription fee, you’ll receive a box with 8-10+ different snacks each imported from a specific (unknown) country. This allows you to experience the flavours and snacking profile of a country without leaving your home. You’re going to get a lot of variety in these snack boxes, so they aren’t particularly suitable for people with allergies/intolerances.

Getting Started with TreatCrate

The TreatCrate website is super simple, with their only current offering being the Classic TreatCrate box. This is available at 1, 3, 6 and 12 month subscription timescales.

With the 1 month box, be aware that it will automatically auto-renew. This is super easy to cancel through their website if you need.

For new subscribers, all purchases need to be made by the last day of each month to receive the next months TreatCrate box. Your crate will be due to arrive in the first half of the month, depending on where you live. I’m in Sydney and my box arrived on the 9th.

Be aware that for any ongoing subscriptions the payment is conducted on the 15th of every month, in preparation for next months box.

Where do TreatCrate ship to?

Excitingly, TreatCrate ship all across Australia.

Shipping is completely free for metropolitan areas although there is a $5 surcharge for anyone in rural areas. I think this is a shame but it’s also fairly standard practise and a reasonable surcharge.

My TreatCrate Snack Box

Here at Food Box Mate, I ordered the March 2020 box which arrived on Monday 9th March, in line with the promise to deliver in the first half of each month. There was a slight hitch with the delivery where the driver wasn’t sure if he could leave the box by my front door or not. Having provided that confirmation, the box duly arrived a couple of hours later. I do think there’s a bit of tightening up that TreatCrate can do here to make sure delivery drivers have the most accurate delivery instructions.

TreatCrate Delivery Box
Our TreatCrate box – definitely won’t fit in a letterbox!

The box itself was slightly dirty but otherwise generally in good condition. Upon opening it, I found the contents absolutely packed in – TreatCrate really like to fill their boxes with lots of goodies! You only discover the location of your box after you receive it, so it’s an exciting moment discovering what contents are inside.

For the March 2020 box, it was themed around snacks from Colombia. 11 different items that included sweets, crisps and drinks felt like a good amount of food to explore. I received:

  • Jet Wafer
  • Colombiana Soft Drink
  • Bocadillo
  • Supercoco
  • Bon Bon Bum
  • Choco Brownie
  • Plantain Chips
  • Frunas
  • Trocipollo
  • Coffee Delight
  • Lemon Crisps

You can check out my thoughts on some of the products through my Instagram page.

The snack box also came with an information booklet and menu, both really useful and interesting additions.

The information booklet contained facts about Colombia, famous people and a short quiz about the country. The menu helped guide you by explaining each item and why it’s important to that country.

I think it’s a fair assessment to say these supporting documents aren’t professionally made/printed, but they’re clearly created with love, care and attention. I feel that’s far more important and I enjoyed the more personal touch.

TreatCrate Snacks

Whilst I can’t profess to be an expert in Colombian snacking, the products were definitely imported from Colombia and felt like an accurate reflection of the snacks that would be available. I see this as a real positive that TreatCrate deliver on their promise to help you experience different foods from around the world. For example, I think I’d definitely struggle getting Lemon flavoured crisps here in Australia!

How much does TreatCrate cost?

TreatCrate comes in at $41/month for the single month recurring subscription. If you opt for a longer subscription, you receive a small discount down to $37/month for a 12 month commitment. I really don’t think that’s a big enough incentive to pay over $400 for 12 Snack Boxes and would like to see them make the longer subscriptions more appealing.

As mentioned, shipping is FREE to all metropolitan areas, so what you see is what you pay.

Is this worth what you get? That’s a really difficult question. One factor that’s really important here is the often crazy import costs associated with these products. They’re really hard to get in Australia! Based on that alone, it’s certainly good value to buy TreatCrate based on the products inside. To get the most value out of your TreatCrate experience, you’ll need to be adventurous and try everything that arrives!

Gifting TreatCrate

This would be a perfect gift for any adventurous foodies. Treatcrate offer Gift Packages at the same rate as their 3, 6 and 12 month subscriptions.

I love giving food boxes as gifts because the experience lasts much longer than a normal gift, with regular packages arriving for many months after their birthday.

Conclusions

TreatCrate is genuinely an exciting exploration into the different snacks available in a country. The fact this could be any country in the world and you don’t find out until you open your box, makes the experience even better. I really enjoyed tasting the different snacks in my box and sharing that experience with my friends.

Because of the unknown nature of what you receive, whether it’s good value will depend heavily on how adventurous you are in trying new food. If you have any dietary restrictions or are a picky eater, you’ll probably find yourself disappointed with leaving some products in the box. Instead, I’d really recommend this box to anyone who’s adventurous, enjoys trying new things and likes snacking. If that sounds like you, then TreatCrate is definitely a good deal.


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