Try the World review Brazil, 2016

Try The World is a subscription box that delivers a variety of foods from a different country to your door, every two months.

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This box is filled with authentic food and snacks from Brazil.

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The Goods

  1. Paraná Coffee Grounds – Cáfe do Centro. Regular price: $7.80

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Panana’s cafe is known for it’s excellent quality. Grown on level fields in an area with a 900 meter elevation, this cafe is rich with a caramel aroma, moderate acidity and a slight bitter accent. It has a light flavor with a thick body. It is recommended to drink in the afternoon to stay awake. My boyfriend was surprised at how flavorful it was and he enjoyed it. I gave it to him because I prefer my coffee flavored Starbucks style, AKA not coffee haha.

  1. Churrassco Sauce – Bazzar. Regular price: $7.00

Brazilians are world-famous for their churrascos (barbecues). Bazzar, an acclaimed restaurant in Rio de Janeiro, makes this easy-to-use sauce that’s delicious as a marinade or dipping sauce. This barbecue sauce was delicious! It reminded me of Sweet Baby Rays with how sweet it was, but had a much richer and strong spicy flavor as well. In my opinion this sauce has a one-up on Sweet Baby Rays (Gasp!).

  1. Churrassco Spice Mix – BR Spices. Regular price: $4.15

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Committed to healthy living and natural ingredients, BR Spices specializes in creating traditional seasonings that make it easy to add Brazilian flavor to any dish. This spice blend is excellent with meat and poultry—use it as a marinade or mixed it into sauces and other dishes. This spice mix has onion, garlic, thyme, paprika, basil and more. All the ingredients blend in to a perfectly spicy and flavorful meat rub that is guaranteed to make you un-kissable for at least 8 hours :).

  1. Jabuticaba Jam – Terra Moriá. Regular price: $3.95

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Holy MOLY this jam is amazing!! I am a huge jam fan, I have peanut butter and jam sandwiches for lunch at least once a week (I’m 29, what of it), and I’m very particular about my jams. This blew my mind, I really wish it was available around here. It was so sweet and fruity, so smooth and delicious… whew! This is made with Jabuticaba, a fruit native to Brazil. I consider it heaven’s fruit!

  1. Páo De Queijo Mix – Grani Amici. Regular price: $5.00

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Crunchy on the outside and doughy on the inside, pão de queijo is a ubiquitous snack—and breakfast food—throughout Brazil. The recipe emerged in South America during colonial times, when people used soaked manioc (or tapioca) flour to make bread rolls. I don’t have the ingredients to make these right now, but they look great. Crunchy on the outside and melty on the inside… yum!

  1. Brazil Nut Cookies – Frutos da Amazónia. Regular price: $4.80

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These cookies reminded me a little bit of Pecan Sandies from Walmart except with Brazil Nuts. I’m already a huge fan of Brazil nuts, I buy them by the pound but am careful never to eat more than a serving (7-8 nuts), because they can make you sick if you eat too many. This is because the selenium content of the nuts. Selenium is a trace mineral that supports your immune system and thyroid gland function, but too much can cause brittle hair and nails or digestive complications from selenium toxicity. The recommended dietary allowance of selenium is 55 micrograms per day and a one ounce serving of Brazil nuts has 544 micrograms, although the body Can tolerate up to 400 mcg. Ok I’m getting off track lol! These cookies are a perfect snack or desert, they have a light, sweet taste and satisfying crunch. If you are a fan of flour heavy cookies like Mexican Wedding Cookies or Sandies, you’ll love these Brazil nut cookies!

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I ate these cookies with the Jambuticaba Jam on top and it was scrum-diddly-umptious!

  1. Goiabada – Val Alimentos. Regular price: $3.50

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Guava paste – also known as guayabate or goiabada – is a very thick puree of guava fruit and sugar, often with added pectin. It tastes like a sweet jam, but is very thick and not spreadable. Cheese is a common pairing for guava paste. Guava empanadas are often made with cream cheese, queso blanco or farmer’s cheese. Or, you can simply cut it into squares and serve with cheese for a quick appetizer. When I tried it I imagined a melting gummy bear… firm but soft at the same time. It was sweet and fruity, I imagine the cream cheese empanadas made with this are a real treat. Another interesting fact- sometimes it is sold in small bite size squares as candy.

  1. Paçoquita – Santa Helena. Regular price: $3.50

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These are so soft and crumbly that they’d fall apart if I took the wrapper off, so I ate them piece by piece out of the open wrapper. They are Delicious, and taste like a cross between peanut butter fudge and the peanut butter in a Reeses cup. There is a tiny bit of crunch from the peanuts that weren’t completely pulverized. It’s funny because I make peanut butter fudge out of powdered sugar and peanut butter, and I thought “I bet that’s what these are made of” because it tastes so similar.. Low and behold the ingredients are peanuts, sugar, and salt. So the recipes are pretty similar. I wish these were sold in America because I love them oh so much!

Value

The Try The World subscription box costs $39.00 every two months. I came up with a total value of $39.70 for the items in this month’s box. The cost of the box is about equal to the value of what’s inside, which is normal for a food subscription. The experience of getting to try foods from another country and culture that I never would have gotten to try otherwise makes this box invaluable, you can’t put a price on experience!

Sign up for Try the World today and get an additional box FREE! Just use this link!

Ease of Cancellation

Cancelling is easy, Just go to Account>Manage Subscriptions>Cancel Subscription. When I went to cancel, they offered me my next box for 50% off to stay, so obviously I did! I like this subscription, easy to use and considerate to the customers.

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