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Hard to rate this without knowing the price...
on May 26, 2012
It's weird that they have no price for this here yet. First time I've ever seen that on a food item. Are they hoping to get some good reviews via Vine and then price it crazy high?
Well, not from this food lover. If this cost 15 delivered, it might be an okay value. 20, meh. 25 or more, no way.
Here's why: the food is simply not that good. It's all snacks, and they come in that faux-fancy packaging favored by boutique hotels and first class airline hostesses, the kind of gilt-edged gold-embossed wrapper that says, "Hey, you've made it! You don't need to worry about price anymore, so just eat the half ounce of mediocre snack food herein and rest assured that it must be really good, even if it tastes barely above average."
The only exceptional flavor here was in the shortbread cookies, and even those are no better than Walker's, if that. Everything else had the fancy name and package and trendy ingredients (truffle oil on popcorn?) but none of the exceptional quality those things should signify. All they really signify is marketing, frankly.
And that's what this basket is: marketing. It's about marketing yourself to others by sending a very-likely-overpriced gift basket that looks great (it really is a nice little basket, with a "hand-wrapped bow"...come on, they really had to mention that? I don't know, sometimes a good robot-wrapped bow is what I really need) and signifies success and care, but is actually just a big piece of mid-level quality merchandizing.
But then this is exactly the sort of thing that mega-corporations send out a thousand of at Xmas and write off on those taxes they never pay, so who cares about actual content and quality? It's appearance that matters! And this does look mighty fine, and if you eat the stuff without thinking much, it's all pretty good, especially when free.
But, truth be told, almost all of this food is a rip-off, wasting tons of packaging on a couple bites of merely fair chow. Lots of sizzle, not much taste.
Want to show your friends you care? Pick one truly great gourmet food item and send it to them. It'll be way cheaper and way better than this.
And hey, let's see a price next time before we have to rate something for those who WILL be paying for it. Just because I got it for free doesn't mean I'm going to be your shill. I shop here too! And that means I want all the facts, not just the promise of goodness wrapped up in a little bow. Even if it is hand-tied.