Petit Amuse is a online marketplace of artisan treats and fun foods that focuses on helping small producers succeed. They also offer a monthly subscription sample box of the products they offer in the marketplace. At just $10 a month shipped to your door, your Petit Amuse sample box is a bargain and truly fun experience for any food connoisseur.
Each monthly sample box includes 3-4 samples of hard-to-find foods. Mine included 5 items, but I'm assuming they were counting the two cookies as one. Since I'm gluten-free, I had my Hubby sample the ones I (sadly) could not enjoy.
- Original Kettle Corn by Oogie's Gourmet Popcorn - You all know I'm a popcorn addict!! This sweet kettle corn is reminiscent of a butterscotch flavor and each little piece was well coated to bring on a lot of sweet and salty goodness with each bite. While not organic, at least there aren't GMO's or anything artificial in Oogie's. It was also delicious and I cleaned up the bag in no time.
- Ice Wine Jelly by Caramoomel - Initial reaction, "What on earth is THIS?!?" After checking out the marketplace and reading up on this product, I learned it can be used like you would a jam, jelly, or honey. It has the aroma of wine, but tastes like a light honey. It's quite interesting and I actually quite enjoyed it!
- Garukabar by Garukabars - Hubby said this was a fantastic bar! He's getting into the whole "primal" diet thing so he liked the ingredients. It definitely has a strong aroma of a peanut base, and Hubby said it tastes like sweet honey-roasted peanuts.
- Cha-Chas & Salted Rosemary Shortbread by Lark Fine Foods - Hubby said these were tasty little cookies. The Cha-Chas one is a spicy, rich chocolate flavor and he described it as tasting like a chocolate gingerbread cookie. The Salted Rosemary Shortbread is a savory cookie that he said tastes like a buttery, savory cookie that quite unique and unlike any cookie he's ever tried.
The sample box I received was pretty good overall. I've seen Oogie's around in many stores so for me they aren't hard to find at all, but perhaps it is for others around the country. The rest of the treats I've definitely never heard of before. The Ice Wine Jelly is by far the most interesting and unique food product I've tried and written about on my blog before. It was a fun experience and my Hubby enjoyed his little taste testing session too.
Petit Amuse sample boxes are a loss-leader, which means you aren't paying for any markups. Their profit comes from the hope that you'll enjoy what's in your box, and use their convenient online marketplace to buy more. They strive to gain your business by offering unique, highly desirable, hard-to-find samples of artisan foods in each box. Because they are banking on you loving what's in your box and wanting to buy more from their marketplace, this gives them the drive and motivation to seek out the best high quality artisan foods possible. That way, it's a win-win for them and for the producer. It's quite risky for Petit Amuse to be making no profit on their sample boxes, but it's quite admirable what they are doing to support these small businesses through their partnerships with them.
My box had a rough value of about $10, so I can see where there was potentially no profit (shipping costs probably balance out any bulk discounts they received). However, sample boxes apparently have a value upwards of $20 so I was sad to see it was no where near that. I'm hoping that as Petit Amuse gains experience they will be more mindful of the the value since I know subscribers would most likely be expecting more too.
Although the sample box was not entirely gluten-free, you can shop their online marketplace and search for gluten-free products only (or other dietary/allergy needs) if necessary.
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