Gourmet Spotting: A Tasting Box

I was provided a Tasting Box from Gourmet Spotting in exchange for my honest review. Who doesn’t enjoy trying new foods, especially chocolate, but all opinions shared are 100% my own.


I recently had the privilege of being introduced to a new subscription box service: Gourmet Spotting.  This type of box is different from any I have tried previously because it is geared towards the foodie lover in your life!  Their box service is referred to as a Tasting Box, because you will be doing just that, tantalizing your taste buds with specialty curated products that are sourced from all over the states and even world.


The founders of Gourmet Spotting, Sandro and Aman believe in reaching out and doing good in all we do.  I was even more intrigued by Gourmet Spotting when I learned that for each box that is shipped they donate a meal to charity.  The sad reality is, 1 out of every 6 Americans face hunger so they have firm beliefs in using the power of community to make changes!  So not only do you receive the privilege of getting specialty, gourmet food items, you also get the satisfaction in knowing your purchase is benefiting others as well!

Gourmet Spotting: Modern Day Food Hunting

I will start with one of my favorites from the box!  Chocolate!

Askinosie Chocolate from Missouri (close to home).  The chocolate could actually come from Tanzania, Philippines, Ecuador or Honduras.  Their chocolate is not only incredibly delicious but also provides meals for families in Philippines and Tanzania and through their Chocolate University teaches students about entrepreneurship.

The company’s founder, Shawn Askinosie was a criminal defense attorney who despite his success, left his career to pursue his love of chocolate and cupcakes.  As a result, this amazingly delicious dark chocolate was born!  If you are a dark chocolate fan, I can’t tell you enough just how delicious this chocolate is.  I am a huge fan of dark chocolate, rich and bittersweet.  My chocolate was actually from Tanzania, where I have a friend who is currently visiting.


The next item was a Bel Frantoico 100% Organic white truffle extra virgin olive oil from Italy.  I love olive oil and use it almost daily.  This was my first experience with white truffle olive oil and I was pleasantly surprised.  White truffles are known for their powerful aromas and distinct flavor and therefore requires very little to add extra flavor.

It can be added to add flavor to salad dressings, eggs, macaroni and cheese, grilled fish, pasta and mashed potatoes.  We found that with shrimp it was amazing!


Then was a very neat bottle of Heartbreaking Dawns Classic Gold hot sauce.  I have to be honest, I am excited to try this but with the indigestion I have right now with my pregnancy, it will have to wait until after our Bethany is born.   This hot sauce features Gold and Red Habanero Peppers with a touch of tomato and brown sugar.  Created by a Chef and his wife, they won 1st Place Red Sauce in the New Orleans Hot Sauce Show.


The last item in the box was fresh artisanal pasta from Italy.  If you have never had fresh pasta you do not know what you are missing!  It is delicate and light and was perfect with a small amount of white truffle olive oil, salt and pepper, Parmesan cheese and shrimp.


Gourmet Spotting Discount Code

You can get $5 off your first month’s Tasting Box by using code FRUGAL5MAY if you want to see what delicious offerings will arrive on your doorstep each month.  I highly encourage you to head over and check out Gourmet Spotting.  The boxes are $29.99 a month with $7.99 shipping.

Do you have a Foodie in your life that would enjoy a Gourmet Spotting gift?

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