NatureBox snack boxes make working from home more fun
Because the best part of going into the office is frequent snacking.
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We've all been working from home for almost an entire year now, and if you're like me, you're probably open to any and all suggestions to shake it up when it comes to home office life. Enter: NatureBox, an online snack delivery service that specializes in curated snack boxes featuring healthful, nutritious snacking options.
I tried ordering three different NatureBox snack boxes to see if these goodies could help break my mid-winter pandemic slump. Here's what happened.
What is NatureBox and how does it work?
Founded in 2021, NatureBox began as a snack startup and grew into a popular online snack subscription site. Users can shop nuts, bars, chips, pretzels, dried fruit, energy bites, and more snacks, browsing by category, dietary restriction, or snack box.
You can make a one-off purchase of individual snacks you'd like to try, or you can choose to do one or both of the following: try out a free 30-day trial of the NatureBox membership (save 20% to 40% on every item), and/or make your order a subscription so it's automatically delivered monthly (you save 10%).
After the free 30-day trial ends, a membership will cost $30 per year with unlimited discount benefits, a $5 monthly credit, and the signature NatureBox Snack Guarantee. This guarantee applies to all orders—membership or not—and states that, "If you don't love a snack, we'll replace it!" I didn't take advantage of the snack guarantee for my order, but I was impressed with the NatureBox customer service overall.
These one-off orders, snack subscriptions, and curated snack boxes are certainly one way to stock your home office with snacks. But if you're looking for a more structured solution, NatureBox has a SnackPass option designed for corporate settings that allows group ordering for when you're back in the office IRL or for gifting snacks to homebound coworkers.
One other perk is the free shipping for all orders over $25, which means all snack boxes ship free.
I tried three NatureBox snack boxes—here’s what happened
A bestsellers collection is a great place to start if it's your first time trying a brand like NatureBox, assuming you have no dietary restrictions. This box is $33.99 for non-members and $28.99 with the member discount, so each of the four snacks included costs about $8.50 (or $7.25 for members).
- Honey Dijon Pretzels
- White Cheddar Caramel Popcorn
- Sweet Jalapeño Lentil Loops
- Shortbread Cookies
Honey Dijon Pretzels were my favorite because they tasted like a slightly healthier version of Snyder’s Honey Mustard Pretzel Bites, one of my favorite snacks. The White Cheddar Caramel Popcorn is also delicious, the absolute perfect balance of sweet and salty and crunchy. My “Shortbread Cookies” were actually chocolate chip cookies, which were delicious and highly snackable, but shortbread and chocolate chip cookies definitely aren’t interchangeable so this was a bit confusing.
Movie Night Box
Ever since we invested in a smart TV, movie nights have become a big deal in my house, so this box in particular caught my eye. At $34.99 ($29.99 for members), each of the five snacks in this box costs $6.99 (or $5.99 if you're a member).
- White Cheddar Caramel Popcorn
- Blueberry Almond Quinoa Bites
- Salted Honey Butter Pretzels
- Kettle Corn
- Gluten Free Mini Pretzels
This box wins movie night with not one but two types of sweet and salty popcorn. I appreciated the thoughtful inclusion of a gluten-free option in this box! However, like most gluten-free pretzels I've tried, these were incredibly hard to bite into. The Blueberry Almond Quinoa Bites were a swing and a miss for me—less movie snack and more healthy on-the-go breakfast.
Less Stress Box
While there were parts of this box I enjoyed (hello, turmeric popcorn!), most of it fell victim to the banality of stereotypical wellness ingredients. There was entirely too much turmeric in here—from popcorn to cookies to nuts—and I didn't feel any less stressed after eating munching on these. At $49.99 for non-members ($34.99 for members), each of the five snacks in this box cost $9.99 ($6.99) for members).
- Two bags of Turmeric Black Pepper Popcorn
- Banana Maca Energy Bites
- Lemon Turmeric Cookies
- Turmeric Black Pepper Almonds & Cashews
This was the most expensive NatureBox snack box I ordered, and the bang was sadly not worth my buck. And while this is comparable for what you'd pay for a package of healthy snacks at say, Whole Foods, I personally won't be reordering this box as I prefer to get my fill of turmeric in meals rather than bite-sized munchies.
Is NatureBox worth it?
Sometimes when a brand offers a huge variety of products, we'll see a huge range in product quality, too. This is the case with NatureBox: Some snacks were delicious, highly snackable, and cost effective, while others missed the mark entirely.
If you order more than one snack box at a time like I did, your order won’t be shipped in NatureBox branded packaging. Instead, it arrives in a nondescript cardboard box. Another drawback to NatureBox is that they don’t include any literature or an information sheet with your order, so you have to refer to the website if you ordered multiple snack boxes and are curious to know which products go with which box.
The Bestsellers Box was the best by far, followed by the Movie Night Box—the price felt right for both of these snack boxes. Even though some of the individual snacks are priced above average compared to their grocery store counterparts, this feels like a case where you're paying a bit extra for the convenience of delivery. The membership and subscriptions options are where you'll see savings, and in some cases it'll be pretty significant (remember: members save 20% to 40% on snacks).
Despite minor inconsistencies in appearance between what was pictured on the package vs. the contents inside, most of the snacks I tried were pretty tasty. My three NatureBox snack boxes certainly elevated my work from home experience, and I liked that it saved me a trip to the grocery store.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.