Friday, December 2, 2011

Go Picnic Review


I recently got to review a product called GoPinic, which is a pretty neat idea once you understand what they are trying to accomplish. It is a pre-packaged meal to go! They are good for older children or teens all the way up to adults. Of course, I am judging this based on the two meals I got to try. They were:

1. Salmon & Crackers
2. Hummus & Crackers

The reason I said that was I don't know too many younger children who would eat hummus and the salmon is rather spicy. Of the two I enjoyed the Hummus & Crackers the best. I have always loved Hummus served on pita bread or crackers so I was more open to Hummus & Crackers. It is a balanced meal featuring Wild Garden Hummus Dip, Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Crackers, Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame, Sweet Perry Orchards Baja Blend Fruit & Nut Mix and an Endangered Species Dark Chocolate Square. All-Natural, Gluten Free, Vegan & Kosher. I love Dark Chocolate also so I was a happy camper to finish off the quick and easy meal with my favorite kind of chocolate. We also loved the Fruit and Nut mix because we are also pretty keen on trail mixes and that is what this reminded me of. The Dry Roasted Edamame reminded us of dry roasted peanuts. So, that should give you a broad idea of what this little gem of a box holds.

Now, the Salmon & Crackers was a little different story. I normally love salmon and it's not that this was bad but that I could not eat it because it was so spicy hot! That is why I said this would not be a good choice to give a young child to take to school for lunch. If you love hot and spicy food then this would be a great bet for you, too. My husband liked it and he loved spicy hot food. The Salmon & Crackers is balanced meal featuring GoPicnic Chili Lime Salmon Spread, Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Crackers, Sweet Perry Orchards Ginger Zip Fruit & Nut Mix, Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame and Brown & Haley Almond Roca Buttercrunch Toffee. All-Natural & Gluten Free. I did love the Fruit and Nut mix and most definitely I loved the Buttercrunch Toffee! Mike ate the Chili Lime Salmon along with the crackers.

The other kinds of meals that you can get are: Peanut Butter & Crackers (which would be awesome for kids), Tuna & Crackers (another great choice for children), Sunbutter & Crackers (also good for children) along with the Deli GoPicnic meals which have Salami & Cheese, Turkey Stick & Crunch and Turkey Pepperoni & Cheese. They also have Special Diets if you need it.

Here is my "little" History lesson for GoPicnic:

Founder and CEO Julia Stamberger first launched GoPicnic in November 2006, serving up a shelf-stable meal box solution to the costly fresh food service available for purchase onboard major U.S. airlines. Stamberger’s ready-to-eat box lunch concept enabled airlines to offer quality, in-flight food options that reduced waste and required zero prep time. The airlines were also able to increase efficiency and improve customer satisfaction with GoPicnic boxed meals.

The success of the ready-to-eat boxed lunches and meals with onboard airline clients led the way for GoPicnic’s growth into new markets. In addition to airlines, GoPicnic has created meal boxes for hotels, tourism, corporate events, and college and camp food service programs. GoPicnic’s Care Packages debuted in May 2010, which allowed consumers to send flavorful food boxes to faraway family and friends. In January 2011, GoPicnic introduced eight new ready-to-eat boxed lunches for the retail market, which are available at nationwide grocery, specialty, and mass merchandise stores, as well as online.
Connect with GoPicnic in several ways:

Mailing Address:
4011 N. Ravenswood Ave, #112
Chicago, IL 60613
Phone: 773-328-2490
Fax: 773-345-0734
Email: service@gopicnic.com
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Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monitary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. The pictures used in this review were taken by me and my cranky old camera!