Love with Food

What could be inside?

What could be inside this box?

Open sesame….

A whole lot of Love with Food, that’s what.

The Santa Clara company sends out red boxes to your door each month, brimming with gourmet samples to try. It’s way better than lining up and taking your chances at Costco.

The delicious contents.

For $10 a month plus $2 shipping, you get to try all manner of candies, chips, condiments, teas, chocolates and jams. If you like them, you can go back on the Love with Food site to order full-size products at a discount. What’s more, every time you purchase a box, the company donates a meal to hunger organizations, Feeding America and Share Our Strength. So far, more than 8,500 such meals have been donated.

The boxes can be shipped throughout the United States, including Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico and U.S military bases overseas.

Recently, I had a chance to sample the July box, which contained:

Mighty Leaf Organic Jasmine tea

Mighty Leaf Sunburst Green Iced Tea bag

Whale Tails Blue Corn Tortilla Chips

Montebello Chipotle Ketchup

Sanders Milk Chocolate Hot Fudge sauce

Sensible Foods Sweet Corn Crunch

YummyEarth Fruity Organic Lollipops

Patriotic Poppers candies

Former software engineer Aihui Ong started the company late last year, after taking a break from technology to go on what she called her own “Eat, Pray, Love” journey of backpacking around the world.

When she returned to the Bay Area, she decided to come up with a way to help small food producers foster greater brand awareness in a fun and useful way.

The name for the company came to her when she spent a year helping to care of a friend who had been diagnosed with breast cancer. During that time, Ong cooked for her ailing friend, showering her with “Love with Food.”

You can do the same. “Love with Food” boxes are a great way to show someone you’re thinking of them.

Discount For Food Gal Readers: Use the code “FOODGALVIP” to receive a $2 off coupon for an order at Love with Food. Coupon good through Aug. 31, 2012.

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