Back again with another review for US Family Guide. Monthly Pepper Box (to which I was given a three-month subscription in exchange for my honest review) is NOT a box full of pepper shakers or a box full of jalapenos and habaneros! Rather each box contains three bottles of what I would call hot sauce.
This service will normally run you $20 per month, but with this special link, you can get 10% off your three-month subscription. Here's the company spiel: Your best friend in the pursuit of all things hot sauce, Monthly Pepper Box is like having a miniature hot sauce festival delivered to your door every month. Each month discover savory gems of artisan hot sauces. Every box, you’ll get 3 bottles of succulent heat ranging from a “Low Burn” to “Call the Fire Department” from hot sauce companies you’ve never heard of.
For me one of the most fun aspects of this particular subscription service is seeing the creative names and labels on the sauces I've received so far. This month's shipment of High River Sauces included Tears of the Sun, Hellacious Hot Sauce, and Foo Foo Mama Choo. Their ingredients were as individual as their names--of course they all include peppers of one kind or another, but you will also see mango, papya, peach, agava, lime, and ginger in the ingredient list which is helpfully included in each shipment along with a description of each variety. Last month's selections included two Captain Assjack selections (Minorcan Ghost and Minorcan Gold) and one from Frankie Flamingo & Company (Flamingo Fire). I can't wait to see what they send me this month!
A note on customer service: I didn't even notice this because who looks at this kind of thing, but the Flamingo Fire in the first box was past its expiration date. The folks at Monthly Pepper Box were extremely apologetic about this, and a replacement bottle was shipped out the same week. In addition to the original email apologizing for the error, I received at least two updates regarding how the company was working to correct the situation. I don't know about you, but I find it easy to forgive mistakes when a company provides that kind of follow up.
Now, I am probably not the best person to review these sauces because I have a very low tolerance for hot and spicy things. But my spice-loving oldest son who loves to cook with hot sauces was very excited about them. What I appreciate about them is the variety, which honestly I didn't even realize existed! I am looking forward to experimenting with them more (I'm making chili tonight) especially when it's warm enough to start grilling again.
The value and variety of these boxes are undeniable; my one question would be whether a monthly subscription is necessary. I mean, how much hot sauce can a family use? But that's probably a matter of personal taste, and a three-month subscription will stock up your kitchen with a nice variety of sauces to use.