As I write this, I am munching on chocolate shortbread ‘fingers’ from England. They’re from MunchPak, a company that delivers an assortment of snacks from around the world to your home, dorm room, or office as often as you’d like. It’s a way for people who love to snack to taste the world without leaving home!
MunchPak began as a subscription-only service, delivering snacks from near and far. Now they offer not only weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly subscription delivery of treats, they also have on-demand sales of treats (through their online store), and gift delivery of snack boxes.
What makes MunchPaks different is that their staff scours the planet for unique candy, cookies, chips, jerky, sodas, juices, and other drinks, teas and coffees, and more to put together their boxes of treats. MunchPaks come in three sizes—Mini, containing 5-6 snacks ($9.95); MunchPak Original, with 10+ snacks ($19.95); and MunchPak Family Pak ($39.95), offering 20+ snacks. If you want to know more about the snacks in your MunchPak, you can download the MunchPak app that allows you to scan the bar code on each treat for a full description, including country of origin.
MunchPak treats aren’t run-of-the-mill snacks. They come from places like Japan, Great Britain, Pakistan, Spain, Mexico, the U.S. and elsewhere. Each snack box is different. My Mini MunchPak, personally packed by Justin, contained a Nugg toffee milk chocolate bar (from Mexico); Broderick’s rice crispy peanut butter bar; Bronoir Brownie Chocolate Cookies (Japan); Pizza flavored Doritos (U.S.); Koska hazelnut bar (Turkey); and Crown grape-flavored gum (Japan).
The original MunchPak, assembled by Anthony, offered Flake, flaky milk chocolate (Spain); Mrs. Crumbles Chocolate Macaroon (England); Pepperoncini Kettle Chips (U.S.); Gamesa caramel Florentine cookies (Mexico); Piper’s Crisp Chips, Wild Thyme and Rosemary flavor (Britain); Tarbot Yogurt Blueberry Drink with a superhero robot toy on top (Korea); animal cookies (Japan); Buffalo Bill’s Teriyaki Beef Jerky (U.S.); Crown Hi-Chew Lime-flavored Sour candies (Japan); and grape gum (U.S.).
The Family Pak was even crazier, containing Guinness Toasted Cheddar Potato Chips (United Kingdom); Crown Rice Puffs (Korea); sandwich cookies (Japan); Megaload Peanut Butter cups (three, one covered with a chocolate chip cookie, another with candy coated chocolate candy, and one topped a chocolate sandwich cookie) (from the U.S.); Costa Fruit Yoghurt Cereal Bar (Bolivia); Lee’s Chocolate Mint (Scotland); Simsek C’est Bon white compound wafer with hazelnuts; Tunnock’s Milk Chocolate Caramel Wafer Biscuit (United Kingdom); and another 10 items from places like Mumbai, Pakistan, and Turkey. The variety was amazing and fun.
The staffers at MunchPak keep up with global trends in snacks to bring customers interesting snacks. There’s always something new popping up in their inventory. However, they don’t just look for new and different; they also hang onto classics you love that may not be readily available anymore in your local grocery or corner store. For instance, in one of my packs, I received Pearson’s Bun Maple Chocolate Peanut Nougat Bar. This classic, which is made in Minneapolis, isn’t available anymore in most stores, but you can find it at MunchPak.
MunchPak snacks are selected individually by a staffer for each MunchPak. While you can’t completely customize your Pak, you can make your preferences known. The packer will include your favorites, but will also add some surprises to keep things interesting. On the site, they say for someone who is allergic to peanuts: “We do not offer fully customized MunchPaks. However, we do offer “preferred” and “non-preferred” options on our checkout page. For example, if you are allergic to peanuts, you can select “nuts” under “non-preferred” during checkout and be much less likely to receive products containing nuts.”
If you’re not comfortable or adventuresome enough to allow someone else to select your snacks, you can buy MunchPak snacks individually at their online store from a selection of more than 3,000 snacks. The snacks range in price from $1 to $8. One of the advantages of buying the treats individually is that you can completely control what you purchase. The online store also contains product descriptions and customer reviews to help you decide. The downside is that you may be inclined to ‘play it safe’ and select only snacks that sound familiar.
However, if you want something different, you can order snacks like the $3 Bento Squid Snack Sweet & Spicy Flavor. They describe this snack as “all the chewy flavor of your average jerky, mixed in with savory goodness and a butt-kicking amount of spicy flavor, this squid snack is here to give you more squid power than you can shake a tentacle at!”
Or, for $5/bottle, you can buy a Chocolate Covered Maple Smoked Bacon Soda that they call “breakfast in a bottle.” It’s bacon and chocolate in a big, sweet and salty gulp. for $1 you can get a Kabayaki-san Taro Seafood Snack, which one review gave three stars and wrote, “Weird. Smelly. Intimidating. Chewy. Sticky. Squid…but ultimately didn’t taste too bad. The soy sauce was very sticky, but it has a nice salty flavor.”
MunchPak snacks are shipped within 72 hours; custom MunchPaks require up to five business days to ship.
Real Bottom Line: MunchPak takes snacking to the next level by encouraging you to try snacks from around the world. They offer one of the most fun benefits of traveling (eating cool snacks) without all the expense. You never have to leave your home to enjoy treats from all over the world. We found the snacks not only interesting, but also fresh and tasty. And now I don’t have to wait until I travel to Canada for my Canbury Crunchie Bar or to Mexico for those delectable Mazapan Peanut Candies. Whoo hoo! – by Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor; Photos by Anne Weaver, RFT Editor