Appetizers

NatureBox delivers a concept: Sweet ’n’ savory snacks-to-home subscription

Some of the 100-plus snacks from the online subscription service NatureBox.
Some of the 100-plus snacks from the online subscription service NatureBox. apierleoni@sacbee.com

NatureBox offers something different, an online subscription service to 100-plus snacks ranging from jerky, popcorn and granola, to nuts, chips and dried fruits. As www.naturebox.com explains, “When you join NatureBox, you'll receive different snacks every month. You can choose the snacks you want or let us surprise you with our carefully curated selections.” The three-snack box is $14, the five-piece box is $20.

The company guarantees its “nutritionist-approved” products are free of high-fructose corn syrup, trans-fats, partially hydrogenated oils, and artificial flavors and colors.

Our taste-testing panel sampled four complimentary snacks (4 to 5.1 ounces each): Southern BBQ Sunflower Kernels, Sourdough Cheddar Pretzels, Guacamole Bites (guacamole-flavored corn sticks) and Praline Pumpkin Seeds. All of them were crunchy and tasty, though we thought the pretzels and corn sticks were way salty. Would we subscribe to the service? We’d have to taste other snacks before committing, but we like the concept.

Allen Pierleoni: 916-321-1128, @apierleonisacbe

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