March The Jungle Stand Tasting Bar Review

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I received the March Jungle Stand – Tasting Bar (they call the box a “bar”) in the mail today and I wasn’t at all sure what to expect. All I really knew was that the BAR was $9.92/month and would “have bite-sized samples for you to taste…and most certainly…to EXPERIENCE”.

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The Box

The Jungle Stand – Tasting Bar comes packaged in a plain white plastic envelope. And inside is this fun bright box! I was shocked at box big the box was. I expected a little Love With Food type box. Wrong. This was a great size and I was already pleased!

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First Look

Everything was nicely packed and look like someone really took the time to make it look good.  I always enjoy that kind of thing because it means the person packing the box really took their time with it and likes what they do.

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The Information Card

The March Jungle Stand – Tasting Bar theme was “The Baker’s Trip Around the World” and is called The Globe Trotting Bar.  The Globe Trotting Bar included 6 pastries from 6 different countries and is designed to open your eyes to how the rest of the world lives.  The card says that while you “may NOT enjoy your 1st taste, but with an open mind, your 2nd one may be better.  And who knows?  You may fall in love by your 3rd”.

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A close-up

B’s class happened to get canceled tonight, so in between college basketball games, we decided to have a little tasting of everything.  Here’s what was included and what we thought.

~Hopia (from the Philippines): Hmm. I had no idea what this was until I read the card. Turns out it’s a bean filled pastry. Sweet yellow beans in this case.  I am not 100% sure how the saltines come into play, but I’ll GTS and see what I can come up with.  Maybe they are to cleanse the pallet?  B and I tried this and agreed it was okay.  Not amazing.  Not bad.  Okay.

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Hopia (from the Philippines)

~Pineapple Cake (from Taiwan): Now this sounds delicious.  It’s billed as the most popular pastry in Taiwan and it’s a cake with a buttery crust and a pineapple jam filling.  I’m was unclear what could be wrong with this treat when I read about it and I totally thought the same after I tried it. It’s like a pineapple fig newton.

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Pineapple Cake (from Taiwan)

~Pastelitos de Mango (from Cuba): Pastelitos are pastries with fillings – mango in this case.  The card says they are similar to American turnovers.  I’m not overly found of turnovers but this was very good.  We both tried a little and then B snatched up the rest!

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Pastelitos de Mango (from Cuba)

~Macaroon (aka Glazed Anise Fingers) (from Lebanon): I’ve had these before and yeah, they are amazing.  They are a described as a very indulgent dessert with a lot of sugar (which probably explains why I like them so much) and are glazed with honey.  We have a  large Middle Eastern population in the Metro Detroit area and every so often one of my clients or co-workers would bring in treats like these.  The packaged ones aren’t as good as the fresh out of the bakery ones, but come on, what do you expect?

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Macaroon (aka Glazed Anise Fingers) (from Lebanon)

~Baklava (from Greece): I feel like most people know what Baklava is, but I’ll tell you anyway. It’s a pastry with light, flakey layers of crust and a sweet filling.  I can’t tell you the last time I have had Baklava, so when I tasted it tonight I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it (as did B).

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Baklava (from Greece)

~Rice Cakes (from Vietnam):  Man, these scared me.  They are a chewy sponge cake made from rice flour, water & sugar.  The taste offered two flavors, banana and pine-leaf and neither were as bad as, I thought they’d be.   B thought they were horrid.  Remind me never to take him on the Amazing Race or to anywhere we might be forced to eat weird local foods.  The texture on these were off though.  Sort of like a gummy bear.

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Rice Cakes (from Vietnam)

I gotta tell you, I wasn’t so sure what I’d think about this box because everything sounded a little out of my comfort zone, but I’m in love.  B and I had such a good time tasting everything and reading about the different tastes, etc.  I could totally see us enjoying this box every month as a sort of stay-home date night.  And for only $9.92/month?  Come on.  How can I not subscribe?

Do you subscribe to The Jungle Stand – Tasting Bar?  What’d you think?  If you are interested in subscribing or want to learn more, click here.




Disclosure: I received this box from The Jungle Stand for review purposes. As always, all opinions are my own.   No compensation was received.
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This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. Braden

    LOVED it! Such a fun box.
    The green was surprisingly good. I would be very curious to try a “real” one some day. I didn’t think that there was quite enough filling in this one – who knew I would like beans in my pastry! …that makes it healthy right?
    The yellow was, exactly as you put it, a pineapple fig newton. Pretty darn tasty. I can see why it’s a national favorite in Taiwan!
    The pink was my partner’s favorite – I enjoyed it as well – the mango added just the right amount of sweetness.
    The red was incredible – and, I think, part of the reason that I’m feeling a bit jittery right now… Holy Diabetes! …I could eat an entire box of these (I’ll have to keep an eye out for the fresh baked kind next time I’m out and about).
    The blue was, well, baklava, and to be honest, I’ve had better.
    …and for the orange… these were, um, unique… I hope to never have to eat such a thing again… the texture was strange and the flavor, although mellow, was not my thing at all…

    All in all, I think I’ll definitely give this box a couple of months – I enjoyed this MUCH more than I enjoy Love with Food.

    Thankfully I have Alteril sleeping pills on hand – I’m flying high from eating all of that sugar this late at night!

  2. Shannon

    Fun! I’ve been waiting to see a review of this. I am SUPER intrigued. I like that it stretches you out of your comfort zone. 🙂

  3. Tia

    What is the item next to the baklava?

  4. Alexia561

    Have heard about these and it sounds like a great idea, but think I’ve reached my subscription box limit for now. Glad to hear that you and B enjoyed your tasting experience! Looking forward to seeing what your next box brings!

  5. Ashley C.

    If I were to get a foodie subscription box, it sounds like this one would be right up my alley! I love trying different culturally authentic stuff. [Which is why living in the middle of nowhere is a bummer … no good ethnic restaurants!]

  6. Angela

    Just signed up! (using your link of course) Thanks Jennifer! This box looks like something I would really enjoy…I love random pastries 🙂 I want that Hopia (I’m Filipino lol)

  7. Larkin

    This might be old news, but I looked into the Saltines thing on their website and you are correct – it’s a palate cleanser. It’s meant for you to take a small bite of between each taste. 🙂

  8. Karen

    Isn’t it illegal to sell Cuban products in the US? The bar sounds interesting, but I can’t have illegal products in my home. Please elaborate.

    Maybe they are making products that are popular around the world and providing the cultural history? I think that needs to be clarified in your review. The products are representative of cuisine around the world.


    1. Jennifer

      Oh goodness, sorry for the confusion! I don’t know about other boxes from them, but I believe all of these items were made in house (they were all baked goods) and not imported. Hope this helps!

  9. Crstina

    Was this box discontinued? I click on the link to chekc out the webiste, but it says the page can not be found.

    1. Jennifer

      You know, I don’t know. The last update from them was in February 2014 on their Facebook wall saying that the box was paused. There haven’t been any updates since so I just don’t know??

  10. Kestelle

    In jungle stand still around? Do you know? My link was not working.

    1. Kestelle

      Oops. I should have read the comments. Ha!

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