New England’s Hidden Treasures December 2016 Subscription Box Review + Coupon

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New England’s Hidden Treasures is a brand new subscription featuring locally made products from the northeastern portion of the U.S. This subscription is $34.99 a month plus shipping.

New England’s Hidden Treasures is a locally founded company in Massachusetts, with an owner that is passionate about locally made products. Supporting the local small business and economy is extremely important and it is our mission to help small businesses get discovered!

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DEAL: Get $5 off your first box. Use coupon code FIVEFUN.

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I received 4 different items in my box!

I received two pillow boxes of McCrae’s Caramels in Classic Vanilla ($7.90). McCrae’s goal is to make simply the best caramel in the world. The ingredient list is short and sweet with milk, cream, sugar, and other pronounceable food items.

Each pillow box had 5 caramels and I brought some along to my work friends to see what they thought. I didn’t hear any complaints.

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How beautiful is this Seasphere Crushed Seashellglass Ornament ($20)?

This ornament gets its color from crushed lobster shells! Other ornaments from this crafter are made with clam shells and crushed beer bottles. This will make a nice, unique addition to my Christmas tree.

I love granola and was excited to try Giacomo’s Maine Vacation blend ($5). This version is vegan and features almonds, blueberries, maple syrup, and nutmeg. I think one of the ingredients was off and there was an unappetizing flavor which is too bad because I usually love granola.

This granola features whole almonds and sunflower seeds among the oatmeal. I took this to work to see if my friends thought it smelled weird. I heard that it had a musty smell and/or smelled like smoke or concealer, so 4 out of 4 of us thought it was off.

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Chubby’s Candles Jelly Jar Candle in Winter Hideaway ($5) has a fresh scent that is described as having notes of “frosted mint leaf, coriander, and snow flurries with mid notes of Arabian lavender, cedarwood, and baltic amber on a base of cypress, wintergreen tree, and smoky vetiver.” I’m not sure that it smells particularly winter-like, more like a man’s aftershave, clean and brisk.

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This was a nice, classy box from New England’s Hidden Treasures and the items are suitable for men or women. This box had a value of $37.90 which is less than the price of the subscription plus shipping. I was disappointed in the granola which made my value even less. I enjoyed the caramels and the ornament is unique and lovely. I hope to see an improvement in the value and quality of the products in future boxes and love that they feature items that are local to New England!

What did you think of this box? Let me know in the comments and I also want to know if there is a New England brand that you adore most!
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  • Samantha
    12.25.16

    Absolutely loved this New England Treasures box that was received as a Christmas present. I found the items to be top quality and am actually thinking of ordering a subscription for friends birthdays in the upcoming year.

    • Deb
      12.26.16

      Samantha, I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  • New England's Hidden Treasures
    12.12.16

    Hi Hello Subscription!

    I am so sorry to hear that you had problems with the granola!

    We want to be proud of our products and businesses that support this box.

    As a new business, we do need to work out all the kinks.

    With the shipping included to purchase each item individually, the value is actually higher than the cost of the box.

    Small local businesses spend a lot of time on their products & because of that we spend a lot of money to bring these great things to our customers.

    We’re looking forward to another great month & we encourage any customers that had problems with our granola to reach out directly to New England’s Hidden Treasures so we can fix this problem! We never want disappointed customers and this review is heartbreaking for us – as we want to give people the very best!

    Much love & thanks for your honesty!

    The NE Hidden Treasures Team

    • New England's Hidden Treasures
      12.12.16

      We just did a taste test of the granola left in inventory… We have not discovered any problems here. We will be investigating on shipping & if there something related to the transport that upset the granola.

      As a new small business, having a disappointed customer is really upsetting for us and we want to make it right.

      We’re going to do our best to evaluate our business model & make this box even better for customers after receiving feedback.

      • Deb
        12.12.16

        Thank you so much for your comments! It is wonderful to hear that you are taking your customers concerns to heart and I am sure you will knock it out of the ballpark next time around! As for the value, it seems like most subscription box subscribers feel like they are getting a fair value if the price works out to at least the cost of the box plus shipping. Others may be willing to accept less “value” if it is something that they truly appreciate, and still others want a box with a huge value for the subscription price paid (although inflated values can skew the value). Again, the rest of the products were perfectly lovely and I appreciate you taking the time to reach out!

        • PA Anna
          12.12.16

          It’s been my experience that candles can throw off food tastes. I am not saying it happened here, but it could be a possibility. I miss New England Sack and am waiting to see how NE Hidden treasures pans out.

    • Elena
      12.13.16

      Please keep in mind that most people are willing to take a chance on a subscription box because the value usually far exceeds what they pay.