Escape Monthly is a subscription box which sends monthly foods and lifestyle items from locations around the world. Each month is a different location. December’s theme was Christmas in Europe. There were 8 items in the box.
Stash Christmas in Paris Herbal Tea – This was an ok tea. It has mint undertones but it’s nice that it’s herbal so you can drink it in the evening.
St. Dalfour Raspberry & Pomegranate Fruit Spread – This is still sitting in my refrigerator unopened. But I like that is has no added sugar and how wrong can you go with a fruit spread.
These exact same two items are in the Try The World Paris Box.
Nougat de Montelimar – This little nougat bar is quite good and I liked it. But in Try The World you get two.
Chestnut Spread – I had tried this from my Try The World box and I thought it was a bit sweet and not really my thing so with this one I gifted it to a friend.
Mini Madeleines French Sponge Cakes – These were good. They reminded me a little bit of a twinkie. I felt like there should be whipped cream inside.
Bisschopswijn Mulling Spices – I have not tried these yet but it says they can be steeped with 3 gallons of apple or cranberry juice. It also says made in Pella, Iowa USA.
The last two items in the box were:
Rick Stevens European Christmas – I have not read this yet but I plan to at some point.
StivoTex Christmas Tree Ornament – I went ahead and put this on my tree but it’s not a super sturdy or spectacular ornament. At least though it says Made In Germany.
Verdict – I really want to like Escape Monthly but month after month their curation is just poor. The theme said Christmas in Europe but the items are centered mainly on France with only a couple of German items. Where’s the rest of Europe? Also it would feel better to me if it didn’t feature items Made in the USA. I can buy Stash Tea at my local supermarket. They’ve been around for over a year now and it seems their products are getting worse rather than better and I don’t feel like they always deliver on what they promise. I also would have liked to have seen some lotions or other non food items in this box. The main problem is that all of these feel like cheap items. They don’t have a luxury or authentic feel. I’ve been to Paris and this box didn’t remind me of it.