Dishes made from the items in the Try the World - India box - Try the World

When You Can't Travel: Food Subscription Boxes Transport You

By Megan Giller

The Harper Way | June 14, 2017

Perhaps you’re tied down with meetings for the next month or nursing a bad knee; whatever the reason, sometimes it’s just not possible to pick up and leave the country. But as an inquisitive traveler, you still want to learn about other cultures, sample exotic foods and feel transported. Enter gourmet food subscription boxes, which introduce you to new worlds through an array of culinary treats. These four offerings are much more than food in a box; they’re a journey that arrives on your doorstep.

Try the World Country Boxes

A Try the World country box featuring Thailand Try The World

Try the World works with local experts and renowned chefs to discover the best specialty foods on the globe, then sources them exclusively. One month you may taste the most exquisite dolmas from Greece and another month sample rare wine jelly from Chile. You’ll enjoy cuisine from a different country each month as well as a culture guide, a selection of recipes and a music playlist. Plus, if you find a new favorite food, you can order it individually from Try the World’s online marketplace. (Boxes are $29 to $39 per box, depending on your subscription plan.)

Bon Appétit Box

The Cafe Gourmand box from Bon Appétit Box Bon Appétit Box

When those long, sun-kissed days and airy crepes on the Côte d'Azur feel far away, don’t despair. This Francophile collection from Bon Appétit Box will satisfy those cravings: The company features some of the country’s most beloved food artisans, such as Rougié, which has been making indulgent Périgord duck rillettes and foie gras since 1875. Send a single box to yourself or someone special, or sign up for a monthly delivery of curated boxes of your choice. In addition to a handful of treats like French butter cookies from Normandy and fleur de sel caramels, each package includes discovery and French cultural cards in a lovely souvenir box. (Boxes start at $30.)


A Tasting Box from Snakku Snakku

Delightfully chewy mochi, crisp roasted-rice crackers and sake-flavored hard candies will transport you to Japan via its irresistibly quirky snack foods. Each delivery from the Snakku subscription service contains about 20 items and focuses on a different area of the country. One month you’ll taste treats from Osaka, Japan’s biggest foodie city, while the next month you’ll nibble on delicacies from specialty shops in Tokyo. Also learn the stories behind the snack shops and enjoy a traditional Japanese furoshiki wrapping cloth guide. (Boxes start at $38.95.)

Food Trip To …

Dishes derived from the Food Trip To ... Colombia box Food Trip To ...

Host a dinner party in another part of the world without leaving the comfort of your own house. Each box from Food Trip To ... focuses on a different country, with six products and four ingredients to make an authentic meal for six people. It also comes with cultural cards to learn more about the place you’re “visiting,” a music playlist to set in the mood and a small bonus gift from the founders’ travels. You provide the fresh ingredients; Food Trip To … takes care of the rest. Only one caveat: The box currently only delivers to Canada. (Individual boxes start at $39.90 CAD.)

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