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    9 Spice Subscription Boxes You'll Probably Wish You'd Known About Sooner

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    1. Piquant Post sends you a box of three to four hand-selected spice blends from a specific country or region *and* curated recipes with shopping lists and in-depth instructions that highlight each spice's unique flavor.

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    What you get: Each monthly box comes with three to four spice blends from a single country or region, as well as chef-developed recipes that can be cooked quickly — a plus for anyone with a busy schedule. You also get access to more recipes online plus ingredient substitutes and suggestions for alternative uses for your spices. Past recipes and spices include Herb Garlic Pork Tenderloin using Herbs de Provence, Tangerine Firecracker Shrimp, Citrus & Mint salad, and Egyptian Dukkah crusted fish.

    Who it's great for: Busy people looking to put a delicious meal on the table after hectic weekdays, as well as anyone who wants to broaden their culinary palate with spice blends they may not usually use in their cooking. Plus, Piquant Post sends you only enough spice blend for the recipe (sometimes they provide extra but not always!) so you won't have a lot of leftover spices sitting in your kitchen unused.

    Price: $9.99/month for a 12-month subscription, $10.99 for a six-month subscription, or $11.99/month for a monthly subscription through Piquant Post's website or CrateJoy.

    What else to know: You can also get single spice packets and reorder spice blends you loved. They also offer a gift subscription if you'd like to surprise someone else with this thoughtful present.

    Check out our review of Piquant Post for more deets!

    2. The Spicery adds an international flair to your meals with its handcrafted blend of spices inspired by regions like Yucatan, Marseilles, and Tamil Nadu.

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    What you get: Each monthly box comes with two recipe kits with pre-portioned spice blends and easy-to-follow recipes, enough for four people. You also receive a free sample (the best two words you can read when food's involved) in every box.

    Who it's good for: Picky eaters! The Spicery offers eight different types of spice boxes — including a meat-free option, a world kitchen box, and a date night subscription — so you can find the one that makes your mouth water.

    Price: ~$22+/month through The Spicery's website or $12/month through CrateJoy

    What else to know: The Spicery ships its boxes from the UK at the end of the month, and its subscription is giftable. If you fall in love with the flavors of a specific spice or want to recreate a kit, you can buy all that and more from The Spicery's online store.

    3. Spice Madam takes the sometimes boring act of cooking and transforms it into a deliciously fun learning experience, complete with music, fun facts, and, of course, mouthwatering meals.

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    What you get: Each monthly box comes with three to four spice packs (four to six servings) from a specific country or region, four to six local recipes, a sheet of fun cultural facts, and a music playlist featuring artists from the region so you'll basically feel like you're halfway across the world when you're really just in your kitchen making dinner. Past recipes and spices include m’hammara (a sweet, savory, and spicy dip made of red bell peppers, olive oil, and walnuts), Moroccan veggie tagine, aloo tikki with mint chutney, and lavender French madeleines.

    Who it's great for: Anyone with dietary restrictions (the recipes include vegetarian (a majority of the cards come with vegetarian-friendly swaps), pescetarian, gluten-free options) as well as eaters who want to take their tastebuds on a culinary adventure.

    Price: $20/month (that price goes down if you prepay for a subscription of six months or longer) through Spice Madam's website or Cratejoy.

    What else to know: Orders ship the second week of the month, and you have until the last day of the month to sign up for the next month's box. Spice Madam offers a gift subscription and has a spice store on their website so you can repurchase individual spices. A portion of all proceeds go to charitable organizations that support children through education.

    Check out our review of Spice Madam for more deets!

    4. BBQ Box gets you in the ~moo-d~ for grilling with a monthly supply of dry rubs and spices. Subscribe and your stomach will thank you for a job ~well-done~.

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    What you get: Each monthly box comes with one sauce or marinade, one rub or spice, one edible treat (jerky, snack, etc.), one sample pack of wood chips, and one custom recipe using the ingredients in your box

    Who it's great for: Barbecue buffs who're always looking for an excuse to smoke some meats. I mean, the dry rub is basically begging to be used.

    Price: $22.99/month for the 12-month subscription, $24.98/month for the six-month subscription, $25.96/month for the three-month subscription, and $26.99/month for the monthly subscription.

    What else to know: Orders must be placed before 11:59 EST on the 24th of each month to receive the next month's box.

    5. SpiceBreeze simplifies cooking and maximizes flavor with recipes from two to four regions so your tastebuds are always on vacation.

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    What you get: Each monthly box comes with spice packets and recipes from two to four regions of the world (depending on what size box you order). If you opt for the quad size box, you get to choose two of the four recipes you receive. Past recipes and spices include Korean bibimbap and Israeli za'atar; Cambodian soup with lemongrass, galangal, and makrut lime and Moroccan pie with ginger and saffron; and Turkish pizza and Peruvian barbecue.

    Who it's great for: Curious eaters who want to explore the world — and fast — through their cuisine.

    Price: Starts at $6.80/month through the SpiceBreeze website or $6.55/month through CrateJoy (use the promo code BUZZFEED20 for 20% off any plan).

    What else to know: SpiceBreeze spices are made without MSG and artificial or natural flavors and colors. It also sells individual spice kits in its online store.

    Check out our review of SpiceBreeze for more deets!

    6. All You Can Spice transports your tastebuds down south to Louisiana with its flavorful spice mixes. Deciding to subscribe is a ~big, easy~ decision.

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    What you get: Each monthly box comes with one of three spices: Salt Free Creole (not spicy), Cajun Seasoning Salt (has a slight kick), and Solo Jazz (not spicy), and three recipes for that month's spice. Once you get all three, subsequent deliveries will just be refills though there are new recipes for each three-month cycle.

    Who it's good for: Anybody who loves Creole flavors as well as eaters who are worried they'll end up with a spice rack full of seasonings they either don't like or don't know how to use. This subscription is simple; there are only three mixes and the only thing that changes are the recipes you receive.

    Price: $8.99/month

    What else to know: All You Can Spice's seasonings are made without silicon dioxide, MSG, and additives, and are gluten free. Kosher salt is used instead of table salt.

    7. Culinarie Kit delivers the spices and a whole host of other goodies straight to your door every three months — plenty of time to taste test everything in the box.

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    What you get: Each quarterly box comes with an always changing assortment of gourmet products, including a Culinarie-exclusive spice blend. Past boxes have contained black truffle sea salt, Thai chili oil, Umami Dust, raspberry pear vinegar, Hawaiian black salt, cajun spices, and raspberry rose preserves. Oh, and you can't forget the rubber duckie decked out in a chef's hat and apron.

    Who it's great for: Cooking enthusiasts who love discovering artisanal ingredients and experimenting in the ktichen.

    Price: $49.95/quarter through the Culinarie Kit website or $47.49 through CrateJoy.

    What else to know: Your package will ship within seven business days of purchase, and you can shop Culinarie Kit's online store between months if you want to try something new. Boxes do *not* include any animal products.

    Check out our review of Culinarie Kit for more deets!

    8. Spice Club surprises you each month with its special blend of seasonings that'll inspire you to cook more and eat out less.

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    What you get: Each monthly box comes with one signature seasoning blend (two to four tablespoons), one complementary herb or spice (two to four tablespoons), and a new recipe to try. Past boxes have included Barnegat Bay Butcher's Rub, a sweet-spicy rub for meats and veggies, and Herbs Duxelles, a mushroom, shallot, lemon, and herb concoction to add to soups, sauces, stuffings, and omelets.

    Who it's good for: Anybody who enjoys the thrill of opening their box and not knowing what they're going to get.

    Price: $75 for six months or $125 for a year (both subscriptions come with a free month and two bonus quarterly spices)

    What else to know: Savory Spice ships boxes on the 15th of each month, so you must sign up before the 10th to receive that month's subscription. You can reorder any spices you loved or buy individual spices through the online store.

    9. The Spice Pioneer spares you from the stress of planning a meal with its comprehensive recipe box. Dinner is saved!

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    What it comes with: Each monthly box comes with spices, a recipe card for a three-course meal meant to serve four people, a post card introducing the region that inspired your box, and instructions to find The Spice Pioneer's complementary playlist to enhance your meal. You can choose the recipes you receive or let The Spice Pioneer surprise you.

    Who it's great for: Eaters who want to enjoy an authentic meal from start to finish — not just an appetizer or a main.

    Price: ~$33 for three months (also available in six- and 12-month subscriptions)

    What else to know: You can also buy individual recipe kits and power pods through its online store.

    Gordon Ramsay checking out your spice-less pantry:

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