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discover our america review

We always make it a point to try new foods when we travel.  Stink has tried Skyr yogurt in Iceland, escargot in France, gingerbread in Germany and of course ice cream EVERYWHERE.

Unfortunately we haven’t done as much traveling across the US with her, sticking mostly with New England, Pennsylvania and Florida where we have family.  So when Discover our America sent me an email asking me to check out their new boxes full of delicious foods I jumped at the chance.

Discover our America is a subscription service that sends out boxes every month highlighting one state.  In each box you’ll find 5-7 food items as well as booklets about the products and the state itself.  You never know what state you’ll receive each month so there’s always an element of surprise.  The box I received was Michigan.

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Now I’ve been to 39 states in the US but not Michigan.  We came so close to driving through the southern portion on our second cross-country trip from Washington to Connecticut.  Unfortunately by the time we got to that part of the country we were ready to get to our new home so we skipped it.  So for us everything in this box was a brand new experience.  We were really excited to see what was inside!

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Stink helped me open our box and sort through the goodies, ooh’ing and ahh’ing at everything she picked up.  The first thing she grabbed was the caramel popcorn from Detroit Popcorn Company.  She was in heaven already.

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Any caramel popcorn is worthy of a hug

She sorted through some other stuff, a Faygo soda that she declared was Daddy’s, a sea salt caramel from Sanders Candy which I claimed for myself and then she saw it…

The salt water taffy from Martha’s Fudge.

This kid went ballistic over candy that she’s never even had before.  Feeling amused I opened the bag and she picked a green taffy.  I was a little concerned it would be too hard for her to chew so I told her to just lick it like a lollipop.  It turns out she didn’t need to because this salt water taffy was nice and soft and very flavorful.  She tore into that candy like it was the first time she’d ever had sugar.  I picked a pink taffy which I thought would be strawberry or cherry but turned out to be cinnamon.  It was delicious!

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Stink claimed the salt water taffy for herself

With Stink on a full sugar high I continued unpacking our box, refrigerating Brandon’s Faygo soda for later while making a cup of wild cherry tea for myself, courtesy of Cherry Republic.  I’m a tea traditionalist, mostly sticking with black tea and Earl Grey tea, so this was a big leap of faith for me.  This tea has a strong cherry smell but a mild taste, not too tart.  I promised my mom that I would bring a few bags to England to share with her and the rest I’ll save for summer because I think this would make some excellent iced tea.

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Each box comes with a booklet with information about the products you’ve received

Stink and I enjoyed reading through the booklet that Discover our America includes in every box.  There’s educational information about Michigan such as the history, geography and industry of the state but there’s also some trip-planning suggestions too.  Did you know that Mackinac Island doesn’t allow cars?  Instead you’ll be enjoying the sights on bicycle or horse-drawn carriages!

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The Michigan booklet includes useful information for trip planning

There were other items included in the box as well.  A What the Fudge? bar that was so sweet that one bar was enough to last me a few days and a bag of Detroit Bold coffee that’s great new option for my morning cup of joe.  Thank goodness I’m the only one who drinks coffee in my household, it’s the one thing in this box I can have all to myself!

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Mine, ALL MINE

My favorite part of the Michigan box was the caramel popcorn with the Sanders sea salt caramel coming in a very close second.  This fresh and delicious bag of popcorn was the perfect blend of sweet and salty.  We’ve eaten caramel popcorn at Disney World, in Hawaii and many other places but I have to say that this was the best I have ever tried.

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Proof that I shared some of the caramel popcorn with the rest of the family

I’m excited to see what next month’s box will be and what’s going to be included.  And when the Connecticut box finally rolls out I hope there’s some Pez candy and apple cider included in it!

The Verdict:  Discover our America is a great idea for people who want to experience the flavors of America without leaving the comfort of their homes.  The company did a great job including a variety of ready-to-eat foods and beverages in their boxes but since our family LOVES to cook I hope that future boxes will include recipes, soup mixes or baking items as well!

Good to Know:  If you love the idea of Discover our America but don’t want to commit to a monthly subscription then you can order individual boxes instead.  Did you take a family vacation years ago and want to take a trip down memory lane?  Order a box from that state and relive all those great memories!

Where to Buy:  You can subscribe to Discover our America directly on their website.  Use promo code TRAVEL15 to get 15% off your first subscription (ends 7/31)! Unfortunately it’s only currently available to residents in the US but in the future these products may be open to Canadian residents as well.

Discover our America was gracious enough to not only provide a free box for our family to try but is also giving away a free box to one lucky reader!

Discover our America Subscription Box- Michigan

I received a complimentary box from Discover our America in exchange for an honest review.  All photos and opinions are my own.

27 Comments

  1. This sounds so cool! I am going to check it out!

  2. I would love to see a state Ive never been to like Connecticut or Maine.

  3. That’s a tough question, New York would probably have some nice products as would Maine and Wisconsin.

  4. Awesome! I would love to see Texas next!

  5. I wonder what’s in the Connecticut box!

  6. Great write up. I’d like to check out the Georgia box

  7. I would love to see a Virginia box! That’s my home state, and things like peanuts and salty country ham are king around there! So many yummies!

  8. Very cool! Hawaii or virginia

  9. What a fun concept, sounds great!

  10. How cool! I had not heard of this type of subscription box before, but really like the idea. I had the same thought as Jessie – I wonder what is in the CT box!

  11. How about Georgia?

  12. I would like to see a New York or Florida one

    Thanks for the chance to win

  13. Virginia would be great!

  14. Colorado because it is an interesting state I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting.

  15. This is so neat. I would like to see New York, Washington, or Alaska.

  16. I would love to see a southern state like Georgia in the box, I’m from the West coast and it’s fun to try stuff from different areas of the Country.

  17. I love this idea. South Carolina or Tennessee would be fun.

  18. This is a fantastic idea. I get a monthly subscription through Ipsy for awesome makeup and I’ve heard of several other options for monthly boxed subscriptions but I have never heard about this gem. I am a flight attendant and I love to travel. The pamphlet that comes with these boxes alone would be worthy of receiving monthly just for new travel tips, getting food would make it exceptionally better!

  19. Would love to see Maine featured!!~

  20. Michigan sure has some great stuff, but I’d really love to see a box from my home state of Illinois.

  21. I would like to see the state of Alaska featured as I have always wanted to visit there.

  22. Florida would be a great choice, oranges, key limes, seafood etc
    Yum!

  23. Would like to see NC

  24. love to see Hawaii next

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