When I first heard that a subscription box for Mexican candy and snacks exists, it was like music to my ears. I admittedly have a terrible memory and there are few things that really trigger certain moments from my childhood, but thankfully, food is one of them.
After seeing Mexitreat on Instagram, I decided to give it a try to see if it could take me back to the good days when my sister and I would fight over mazapan because there was only one left.
I was also curious to see if it lived up to the positive hype it was getting; the internet's a brutal place but when something's good, it's good.
"We are putting an end to a world without Mexican candy at your fingertips. A simple and affordable subscription would bring a box full of delicious Mexican treats to you. It's like having your own personal piñata delivered right to your door, except it comes in a discreet box, so you don't have to share unless you want to!" its site reads.
I ordered the month-to-month plan for $18.95 (with free shipping) because it gave me the option of canceling my subscription at any time without any fees.
Plus, I wanted to see if it was worth it — and if it was, I could always renew it. Before committing to something, you gotta know if it's "the one."
You can see all of the options here.
When I opened the box, I noticed that it had a super helpful visual list of everything it came with.
When I got to the goods, it felt like Christmas morning.
I immediately recognized some things that I loved but hadn't had in a long time. Other items were completely new to me, but I was excited to try them out.
But if I'm being 100% honest, after looking through the box I thought paying nearly $20 was steep for what I received.
But that thought immediately disappeared as I went through all the items.
I also want to note that this post doesn't include photos of every single product in the box. It definitely comes with a lot of stuff.
There she was in all her glory: mazapan.
It isn't extremely difficult to get in Chicago supermarkets, but it's not that easy to score in my particular neighborhood, either.
Of course it came with the push-up tamarindo (tamarind).
When I was younger, I HATED these things. I don't know what it was (maybe the texture? or the fact that it looked like weird hair coming out of the packaging?) but I wasn't a fan.
So when I reluctantly tried it for this post, I was pleasantly surprised to realize it tasted amazing. I finally understood why my friends were all about it.
Tamarindo also seemed to be a big theme in this box.
I was a little shocked to see a juice box included in the mix, but you do get thirsty when you're in ultimate snack mode.
I was also taken aback by the inclusion of Doritos (???).
The nacho flavor was savory AF, though, and that makes it a winner in my book.
Then there was my precious Duvalin in the vanilla/chocolate combo.
This is one of my guiltiest pleasures; you don't want to ever interrupt me eating this stuff. It's pretty much just frosting spread and it is delicious.
Duvalin will forever be the GOAT — NUTELLA WHO?!
Then there were things I had never tried before, but vaguely remembered the packaging from grocery trips with my mom.
It makes sense why #mexitreatyoself is written on the actual box. I didn't want to share.
But I did.
Thankfully, I thought it was all super tasty, and so did my girlfriend, who's never had any Mexican sweets in her life.
It would make an amazing gift for friends or family members, too.
Oh, and I also almost cried tears of happiness when I saw the Vero Elotes lollipops.
Just looking at this photo makes my mouth water.
Lollipops with chili coating may seem weird to some people, but it reminds me of home.
The people who curate this box know exactly what they're doing.
Mexitreat's site states, "We love to travel, and our adventures throughout Mexico have allowed us to come across treats we hadn't seen around in years! We also happen to live in Americas Finest City, sweet home San Diego and our proximity to Mexico allows us constant access to all of the staples, you know, the rebanaditas, the pelon peloricos, ganzitos, all that good stuff."
That's why the company nailed every selection it made.
So, is it worth it? YES!
I know I could probably get bags of these candies at a cheaper cost, but having a variety of snacks as a surprise each month makes up for it.
After all, can you really put a price tag on that warm, fuzzy feeling nostalgia brings?