Mix Box By Homemade Bakers Review
Mix Box by Homemade Bakers is a dessert subscription service that delivers monthly baking kits with easy, step by step instructions and quality pre-measured ingredients. Each Mix Box includes 1) pre-measured non-perishable ingredients, 2) recipe booklet, 3) ingredient card with measurements to remake each dessert and, 4) items including parchment paper, toothpicks, canned & jarred ingredients needed for dessert, for example, pumpkin puree, sweetened condensed milk, peanut butter, etc. Additionally, Mix Box sources its ingredients from local stores in Berks County, Pennsylvania.
I subscribed to Mix Box because I love food subscription boxes and had never tried a dessert subscription box before. Also, I liked that I was able to preview the recipes that were going to be sent in the upcoming months, so I could make sure I would get a recipe I was confident I could make and would love!
How it Works
Mix Box offers 4 subscription types: 1 month ($28.95), 3 months prepay ($83.85), 6 months prepay ($161.70) and 12 months prepay ($299.40). All subscription options come with free shipping and the monthly subscription option allows members to skip a month or cancel anytime. Mix Box also offers members the option to swap from the Featured Monthly Dessert to cinnamon buns, by filling out a Box Swap form.
Boxes ship around the 7th of the month and subscribers receive an email reminder 1 day before the renewal of their plan. Monthly subscriptions renew on the 15th of each month and prepaid plans renew on the 15th of every 3, 6, and 12 months, respectively.
For those who do not want to commit to a subscription, Mix Box also offers a 1-time shop, where you can buy one-time boxes that do not renew and ship within one week. Shipping is not free with one-time boxes.
Getting Mix Box
I subscribed to Mix box on November 1, which was the first day that I could sign up for the December Box. I received an email on November 29th asking me whether I wanted to receive December’s Box or receive cinnamon buns instead. I decided to keep December’s recipe, Peppermint Bark Fudge Cookies, which I received on December 11th. The subscription box arrived in attractive winter themed packaging, which unwrapped to reveal a light blue and white box with Mix Box's name and logo on the front of the box. The box contained the following items:
Bag 1 – Sugar and Cocoa mixture
Bag 2 – Flour mix
Bag 3 - White “chocolate” chips
Card with packing list, shopping list and baking tools needed to complete the recipe
Card with optional suggestions for completing the recipe
What I Liked and Didn’t Like
There are quite a few things I liked about my Mix Box. First and foremost, my hubby and I loved the Peppermint Bark Fudge Cookies, they were delicious and quick and easy to make. Another thing I love, love, loved was the recipe booklet! It was printed on high quality paper with an easy-to-read font, photos of the main steps of the baking process and simple step-by-step baking instructions complete with highlighted text to make sure you don’t overlook something important. The recipe booklet was well-organized with instructions on what to do before you start baking including a list of extra ingredients and baking tools needed to complete the recipe.
Additionally, the booklet included tips on when to bake and how to store the cookies, for example, it was recommended that subscribers bake the Peppermint Bark Fudge Cookies within 2 months of receiving the box in order to ensure freshness. Instructions on where to find a video tutorial for those who needed a little extra help was also included in the booklet. Relatedly, I loved that the other written material in the box included instructions on how to make the recipe again on your own, a quick recipe card for more experienced bakers, allergen information and suggestions on what to do with leftover ingredients like the white “chocolate” (I am using quotes around “chocolate” because Mix Box also uses quotes around the word “chocolate” in the recipe booklet, which is likely an indicator that the chocolate content is very low).
I loved that the ingredient bags were either numbered or labelled making it even easier to use the ingredients in the correct order. The ingredients were well-packaged and there was no spillage in the box despite containing liquids like vanilla and vegetable oil. I was impressed by the quality of ingredients, for example, I believe that the vanilla included in the box was either real vanilla or a high-quality imitation vanilla because it smelt almost exactly like the real vanilla I purchased from Costco.
Other things I loved about Mix Box is that they let you know a few months in advance what the upcoming recipes are, so you can time when to start your subscription or which months to skip. I also loved that they always provide the default option of cinnamon buns because who doesn’t like cinnamon buns?! In fact, the cinnamon buns option was so tempting that I had to weigh whether I wanted to “risk” making cookies that I may not like or choose the cinnamon buns that I knew I would love. It was a tough choice, but I am happy I went with the cookies, although I know those cinnamon buns would have been divine!
I had to get really nit-picky to find things I didn’t like about Mix Box. But one thing I didn’t like about Mix Box was the large number of cookies that the box made. Mix Box said that the ingredients would make about 32 cookies, which is a lot for only my hubby and me, so I made the cookies on the larger size but I still ended up with 27 cookies! I wish there was a way to easily portion out half of the ingredients so that I could have made the cookies in smaller batches. One option was to set aside a portion of the dough but because of the raw eggs in the dough, I wouldn’t have felt comfortable saving the dough in the refrigerator for more than 24 hours anyway.
I highly recommend Mix Box for those who want to learn how to bake but need more help than you can find on online recipe websites. It is also a great box for those who don’t bake often and so they don’t have the all the ingredients for recipes found online, for example, I don’t bake very often and so I hate when recipes call for only a teaspoon of some expensive ingredient that I don’t usually have in my cupboard, for example, vanilla. I also recommend Mix Box to those who find online baking videos as annoying as I do, due to the multiple 30 second ads, or those who have a hard time following along with a baking video in real time because the host talks too fast. There are so many reasons to try Mix Box, and what better time to subscribe than during a global pandemic when most people are forced to be at home most of the time anyway?