One of my favorite things to do when traveling is to explore local restaurants and shops, trying out foods and products that I might not find anywhere else in the world.
These discoveries, to me, are a huge part of what makes travel so incredible and memorable.
And now, I can bring a little bit of that experience home with me.
I recently had the pleasure of trying out Hole in Wall Box, a bi-monthly subscription box service based out of San Diego, California. Starting with farmers markets, mom and pop shops, and other local businesses, Hole in Wall Box aims to bring subscribers the spirit of each city they feature with a variety of products.
The boxes are $35/each if you buy them individually, $32.50/each if you sign up for 3 boxes, or $30/each if you opt for a year long membership (6 boxes).
Unboxing Hole in Wall Box
The first thing that I noticed about Hole in Wall Box is the nice variety of items included. Not only were there a variety of food products, but there was also a candle and soap.
You can see my initial thoughts about the box in the video below.
What was included in the box:
Pine Tree Road Shop Oats & Honey Facial Soap Bar // I really loved the smell of this soap and I’ve been using it ever since I opened up my box. It seems like it will have a really long life – I’m not going through it very quickly with normal use – so I love that about it as well. It also seems to work as well as the normal face soap that I use, so I’m pretty happy about that!
Nibble Chocolate // 72% Cocoa Dark Chocolate. This chocolate bar is made with only two ingredients and so it’s a nice healthy option for those craving something sweet. Personally, I wasn’t a fan, but I’m sure it’s something chocolate fans would love.
M.J.’s Market Bar PC Bar // I enjoyed eating this energy bar. It had a nice flavor to it and you could really taste both the fruits and grains included in it. I usually opt for peanut butter flavored energy bars, so this was a nice change from what I would usually choose for myself.
Hopkins AG Lime & Salt Almonds // When I first tried these in the video, I could really only taste the salt, not the lime, but when I went back to snack on them later, I quickly found myself holding an empty bag.
True Gentleman’s Jerky // This Korean BBQ flavored beef jerky was ridiculously delicious. I love spicy foods and this jerky definitely fit into that category for me. This is definitely something I’d buy again.
Bella Vie Scented Soy Candle // This little candle packed quite a bit of punch. When I lit it, it had our entire home smelling of jasmine. It also lasted several hours over multiple uses.
Arrogant Bastard Ale Chipotle Hot Sauce // Anything chipotle flavored (okay, nearly anything) is a winner in my book, this sauce included. I was vaguely familiar with the brewery (I’ve seen their ads and trucks all over), but I didn’t know they had other products. San Diego has quite a few micro-breweries, so it was really appropriate that this was included as part of a box that is intended to introduce subscribers to the city’s culture (Hole in Wall Box can’t ship beer).
Maw N’ Paw Caramel Kettlekorn // I love Kettlekorn, so it was no surprise that I really liked this item. The caramel wasn’t too overpowering (as it can sometimes be with caramel popcorn of any sort), so this treat had a really nice balance. And I wasn’t the only one to think so, the bag “mysteriously” disappeared from the cupboard before the day was up, so I know M enjoyed this one too.
Overall, I really liked everything in the box with the exception of the chocolate. I am not a huge fan of chocolate to begin with and it had a very distinct character, so it wasn’t really my thing, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t good! I have no hesitation in saying that chocolate lovers will likely enjoy the chocolate bar even though it wasn’t my favorite.
I really like that each of the items come from local businesses and that subscribing to Hole in Wall Box helps support small shops across the country (and potentially, the world). I think that it’s a fantastic way to get an introduction to some of what a variety of cities have to offer without having to leave your home (although I also love getting to explore these places first hand).
If you’d like to try Hole in Wall Box for yourself, you can enter below. The giveaway is only open to US Residents 18 and older and it will be handled by Hole in Wall Box directly. Upon the closing of the giveaway, I will contact the winner who will have 48 hours to respond to claim their prize. If I don’t get a reply, a new winner will be selected.
What cities would you like to explore through Hole in Wall Box? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!