L’Epicerie Box delivers the best gourmet food from France directly to you door every month. Camille and Petronille, two French foodies, curates a monthly box filled with high-quality and local French goodies for only $55.95 per month.
Within the outer shipping box is a pretty box containing your treats.
The items, cushioned gently with black squiggles, fill the box.
An information card lists of all the tasty French items inside.
The information card is in French and English. I like this approach – translations found in authentic, foreign food boxes can be choppy – here you get the translation, but the original sentiment is preserved for those Francophones among us.
There’s also a recipe printed at the back of the card.
Everything in my April 2017 L’Epicerie Box!
Paris Print: A Paris themed print featuring a design by Little Pétronille was placed on top of our squiggles.
The back has a cute poem, Le Pont Mirabeau, by Guillaume Apollinaire.
Le Nougatier Provençal White Nougat: This version of the sweet, chewy, sugar and honey-based bar has an orange flavored band running down the center.
The bar is studded with almonds, pistachios, and candied orange peel. This is quite fancy version of nougat!
Infuz Infusion Detox: This tea blend combines green tea, dried apples, and passion fruit essence with flower petals and other fragrant bits.
The scent is enchanting, with the passion fruit being the most powerful component.
Côté Guarrige Risotto: This packet blends Arborio rice with dried vegetables and spices, ready for transforming into a creamy delight for two.
We were excited to see that the blend wasn’t just mushrooms, as is often the go-to for risotto. Instead, this blend incorporates tomato, zucchini, leeks, carrots, celery, onions, and basil. Yum!
Terrine Forestiere: This rustic terrine combines pork with mushrooms and egg.
Pork ingredients include throat, liver, and fat.
The texture is both chunky and saucy.
Maison Delice A Tartiner Homard Et Fleur De Sel: This “delightful” spread is made primarily of lobster.
Carrot, Salmon, creme fraîche, and egg add beautiful color, richness of flavor, and a creamy texture.
It is smooth and creamy, like a mousse.
Fossier Raspberry Macaroons: These beautiful macarons are flavored with raspberry and have a lovely sweet and fruity flavor.
They are made by the oldest biscuiterie in France, with a lineage dating back to 1756!
The macarons are not the typical sandwiched style – they are piped onto a tray and look more like meringues.
The outside is a lovely light pink, with a delicately crunchy texture. The domed portion has a light, almost powdery texture. The base has a firm crunchiness.
The center contains bits of almond surrounded by a slightly chewy, deep pink meringue. These are a textural delight from top to bottom!
Free Gift – Element Faugier Chestnut Spread: We aren’t sure if this was included as a thank you for Instagramming or just out of generosity, but it is certainly welcome. This sweet and flavorful chestnut creme is made using a 19th century recipe. It sweet, creamy and decadent, a favorite filling for crepes.
I love this subscription! This month was definitely my jam – with rich terrine, meringue-style macarons, and even crème de marrons! This box has proven reliable for delivering very high quality, absolutely authentic, French fare. I love the choice of items, as they are both iconic and remain popular among the French. Everything is high-end (you won’t get the latest mass produced canned drink or candy bar) – the kind of food you’d be proud to serve at an elegant tea or to dinner guests.