I've mentioned here before my love of certain monthly subscription boxes, so when I got an email with an offer for a free one from Kona Kase, I accepted happily! When the box came, I opened and was interested with what was inside, but in truth I was a little unsure of some of the stuff.
I had seen other bloggers mention Perky Jerky, but other than that there wasn't anything in the box that I recognized. In the past I had seen boxes with more recognizable products, and that was kind of what I was hoping to receive in my box.
As I packed the items in bags, fuel boxes, purses, or carry ons, I have ended up eating everything from the box in the time they were created to be eaten except the Body Glove Surge. I haven't tried that yet, because I get nervous about coffee flavored stuff when I'm out riding or running, even though I love coffee. I'll try it at some point, I'm sure, when my fuel drawer gets low.
In the box, my favorite things were the Garuka Bars and the Barbara Llewellyn Granola. I had each on different days for a snack, and they tasted amazing. The granola was the best I've ever had, without a doubt, and the bar didn't taste like a bar. Both are items that I've already looked into ordering again. I just can't figure out why Barbara Llewellyn doesn't have a website for ordering and instead requires you to email her.
My next level of items that I really liked were the Pro Bar Organic Chews and the Perky Jerky. The chews are something I would absolutely buy again, because their orange flavor was just right and not overpoweringly sweet like some chews can be. I ate the whole bag of those over the course of a 33 mile ride, and I didn't bonk at all and only had water otherwise. The Perky Jerky was good, but the bag wasn't big enough. I don't know if I'd order it again, because I looked online and it's expensive!
The Caveman Cookies were really interesting. They're made of just honey, fruit, and nuts, and yet they still looked and had a similar texture to a cookie. At first bite I wasn't sold, but they grew on me a little as I kept eating them (I ate both in the same sitting, even though they were individually wrapped). I don't know if I'd look into buying on my own at this point, but I did like them and would eat them again.
The Enjoy Life trail mix was just seeds and fruit, and it was very clear on the package that there were no nuts in the mix; it'd be good for someone with a nut allergy who wanted trail mix. I, though, didn't love it. I didn't finish the whole bag, because somehow I found it too sweet. I kind of missed the nuts. I didn't check the ingredients before I threw away the package, so I can't say if there was added sugar.
I did not like the Health Warrior Chia Bar at all, though I did eat it after dinner one night when I was hoping for something sweet. I don't know why, but it didn't have a lot of flavor, I didn't like the consistency that much, and I didn't finish the bar. I wouldn't buy them again, and unless I was forced one, I probably wouldn't try it again either.
And like I mentioned above, I haven't tried the Body Glove Surge gel.
And there you have it. I'm planning on subscribing to Kona Kase. I really liked it a lot and appreciated that I ate all the items at times they were meant to be eaten. I didn't feel like I was forcing myself to try anything at any point that didn't work. And, it introduced me to new products that I wouldn't have tried on my own. Each month is only $15, and I thought the value of it was greater than that. I would spend more than $15 at the grocery store on healthy snacks and fuel.
If you want to subscribe, I have a referral link that will get you $5 off your first month. Again, I received this box for free, but they didn't pay me to write about it. As you can see if you read the product reviews, I am always honest with my opinions.