Foodstirs is a monthly baking subscription box created by Sarah Michelle Gellar. Every month you’ll receive family-oriented baking kits made with premium and real ingredients, free of preservatives, artificial dyes and flavors. The mixes use organic and non-GMO ingredients when available. You can also choose to subscribe monthly to their sugar cookie, brownie, or vanilla cupcake mix. You can choose to get the monthly kit or start your subscription with one of the kits in the store.
The theme for May was Chocolate Chip Cake. When the treats have a holiday theme, this subscription comes way in advance of the holiday, so you’ll have it not only in time to make for the holiday itself, but also in time for pre-holiday parties, if you like.
The box includes a card letting you know the ingredients needed, tools, baking time, quantity, etc. I liked that it broke down the ingredients you need twice (the second time being what you need at home). The kit includes all dry ingredients and decorative items — you supply eggs, butter, and other dairy when needed.
The information card also has useful tips written on it.
The box includes complete nutritional and ingredients information.
The instructions. They are step by step with a photo for each step. We’ve found them to be a bit awkward in the past (having you separate eggs only to recombine them, or chilling butter , making it difficult to blend), but this recipe was better-designed.
The contents arrive bundled in a Foodstirs cloth sack and nestled in squiggles. We got a pastry bag, star tip, and chocolate chips.
Each bag is labeled, though it’s fairly easy to tell what the contents are through the bag. Here we have a bag of cupcake mix, food coloring, and frosting mix.
Dad and the kids were in charge of making this one. It went together pretty easily and they were done quickly.
However, it took a really long time to bake the cake. My husband is an excellent chef but he doesn’t have his head around baking. He took the loaf out too early, and I made him stick it back in. He did bake it on top of a cookie sheet, which lengthened the cooking time, but it needed a ridiculous extra amount of time. This has happened before with this cake – it calls for only 25-27 minutes of baking time but takes substantially longer to cook.
They decorated the whole thing themselves. We’re in the middle of a mini kitchen renovation, but refusing to lose access to our kitchen, so it’s really messy. Like crazy. Ignore everything on the counter.
They were so proud of their creation. The frosting itself had a great cream cheese flavor even though you made it with greek yogurt, but I don’t think that it went well with the cake, and I think the chocolate chips were too dark for the cake. My family had no objections. I ate the leftover frosting from the pastry bag.
FYI – I did finally call to cancel this one last month, which was surprisingly easy (you leave them the information on a voicemail and they email you back) and they offered to let me keep the subscription for a lower price, so I did.
I like that this subscription doesn’t use artificial ingredients and the new lower price point (they dropped it by $5 last month) makes it easier to stomach. However, our results are regularly pinterest-failworthy. This subscription would benefit from a substantial beta tester program to send out boxes to testers in advance to test in actual home kitchens. It’s not ok that a cake comes out of the oven half baked! The feedback on this subscription in the comments have been mixed – some people agree with me that the subscription is very pricey, others love it as a fun craft box for their kids. At least you get to eat the results.
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The Description: Get curated themed baking kits delivered straight to your door every month. A convenient, delicious and healthier way to bring families together in the kitchen. Get family-oriented baking kits made with premium and real ingredients, free of preservatives, artificial dyes and flavors. Organic and non-GMO ingredients when available.
The Price: $19.99