Island Discovery Box 2015 Holiday Box Review

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island discovery box holiday november 2015 box

Island Discovery Box is a new quarterly box from the producers of Taste the Islands, a PBS cooking series.  Each box contains gourmet delights from the Caribbean.  This box is their holiday box! This box isn’t set up as a subscription (yet!). Rather, You can order each box individually. This is their holiday box and is available to order for gifting (or in bulk for corporate orders).

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The info card includes a description of all the items in the box.island discovery box holiday november 2015 IMG_0922

The back features a great recipe for Coffee Rum Cake, using the Xaymaca coffee included in the box.

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The contents came safely buried in squiggles.

island discovery box holiday november 2015 review

Everything in the box.


Wicked Jack’s Tavern True Jamaican Rum Cake ($29.94) Made in the USA using authentic Jamaican rum. Sweet and buttery — and you can certainly tell that there is a generous splash of rum in it!

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The cake was commercially packaged — this was a good thing, as it meant it was hermetically sealed and the rum hadn’t evaporated.

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A very cute cake and totally delicious. We ate the entire thing!

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Cornelia Confections Gourmet Brittle Crunch:  Fiery ginger and toasted coconut are a great combo.  I was really impressed with the even, smooth texture of the brittle, and how well it retained its snap.  Super delicious.

island discovery box holiday november 2015 IMG_0928Tobago Pepper Sauce – Spicy Pineapple:  Given that this was Spicy Pineapple, we expected a sweet and tangy such.  We were wrong.  This was incredibly spicy, leading me to believe the “peppers” in the ingredients must be scotch bonnets.  Wonderfully hot.
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Belcour Blue Mountain Preserves Sorrel Chutney:  Hibiscus is known as sorrel in Jamaican, so I am unsure if this is a hibiscus chutney, or a “sorrel” chutney as we would use the name.  Very tangy and spicy. We’ve been eating this with toasts spread with tangy goat cheese. Excellent.

island discovery box holiday november 2015 IMG_0930Xaymaca Coffee Traders Jamaica Blue Mountain Blend:  wonderfully aromatic ground coffee from the Blue Mountains.

This was a nice collection of products.  A couple of the items were made in the USA, so it is a Caribbean themed box, not a box containing strictly items made in the region, but absolutely brought wonderful Caribbean flavor into our home.  Everything was great quality and brimming with bright Caribbean tastes. We had a hard time locating some of the items online, so we’re confident that this is a great way to collect some of these artisan food products because you simply cannot find them anywhere else. A really fantastic holiday box and that rum cake was amazing!

Visit Island Discovery Box to get this box or find out more!

The Subscription: Island Discovery Box
The Description: A quarterly collection of delectable food items inspired by the Caribbean. Quarterly boxes are themed for the Holidays, Comfort (through the cold months), Spring, and Summer. Each box includes a combination of gourmet snacks, sauces, preserves, desserts, drink products, and more – reminiscent of signature island flavors.
The Price: $50.00 per quarter


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