Try the World is a subscription box service that sends a monthly sample of gourmet foods and snacks. Boxes feature international gourmet products from countries around the world. Subscribers can experience international cuisine for a fraction of the price of a trip to another country. All orders will be shipped within 30 days of the date of purchase.
This service offers two subscription plans that can be purchased monthly, every three or six months, and yearly.
At the cost of no more than $39.00 per month, the Countries plan offers seven or eight carefully selected food items from each destination country. The collection of foods is chosen to represent the cuisine of each featured country. Each box contains a culture guide suggesting ways to use the product and a description card for each item. The culture guide also features original recipes using the items in the box.
At a budget-friendly $19.00 per month, the Snack box brings six delicious snacks, from different countries to your door. Each box has a collection of unique snacks with individual description cards telling the story behind each item.
It is possible to purchase a single box, without an ongoing membership, through the gift options page. The website also has an online store, where you can purchase past boxes individually.
In addition, subscribers have access to the site’s magazine, which features recipes for the diverse ingredients in the boxes, information about the culture of the countries, as well as articles about the chefs associated with each box.
Try the World has mixed reviews on three major online review sites. On trustpilot.com the company has 2 of 5 stars, a poor rating, with over 600 reviews. On the Better Business Bureau website, the company has a rating of F and is not accredited. Finally, on Highya.com Try the World has a ranking of 3.5 of 5 stars.
The trustpilot.com ratings seem to be equally split between excellent and every other rating. Fifty-five percent of reviewers found the service worthy of the five-star rating. It appears that the company was doing quite well in ratings until about September of 2017, at which point ratings began to drop.
Most of the complaints are due to delays in shipping, some delays as long as four months. The responses from the customer service representatives indicate that the company was making a transition between warehouses that was causing the delays.
This change in rating and customer satisfaction was consistent with all three of the online review sites. Most of the negative comments on both Highya.com and bbb.org were related to shipping delays and the difficulty of contacting customer service.
The BBB rating of F is based on the number of complaints and the high number of complaints that the business did not satisfactorily address or resolve.
However, there are also hundreds of positive reviews. Most complimentary reviewers raved about the variety and novelty of themed items in the box. Many of them described the delight they felt when they experience foods from different countries. Those who were happy with their boxes were very happy.
According to the website, all orders of boxes will be shipped within 30 days of the purchase. Customers should expect an email with tracking information and arrival date once the box is shipped.
Shipping is free for most subscription members. However, members who live outside the continental US may expect additional shipping costs.
If you have a question or concern that is not addressed in the website’s FAQ, you may contact them. Here are three ways to contact Try the World.
If you decide that foods from around the world are not for you, you can easily cancel your subscription. To cancel your subscription, log into your Try the World account, then go to the tab labeled subscriptions. Under subscriptions, select “View Details” and select “Cancel Subscription.”
Once the cancellation is complete, you should receive an email confirming the cancellation.
Try the World was founded in 2013 by Kat Vorotova and David Foult. Kat is originally from Russia and David from France. They met at grad school in NYC and discovered their shared passion for foods, wishing they could travel and eat the various foods from different countries.
They formed Try the World to help satisfy those longings for the many other people in the US and Canada who desire foods from other parts of the world. The focus is on affordable and enjoyable products from authentic artisans. The young entrepreneurs strive to provide the best products from 30 countries around the world.
Try the World experienced stellar growth during its first couple years, and they have recently acquired a competitor. The company continues to develop and expand and has partnered with Wal-Mart as a source for international food products. The company does seem to be changing the way people eat.
Try The World has a presence on social media, and you can follow them on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.
They also have a YouTube channel where they share videos about the international chefs that select products, unboxing videos, and even recipes that can be made from the ingredients in the Try the World boxes. Here is a video featuring India Chef Hemant Mathur:
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