Cooking With Kids | August 2018 Foodstirs Review!

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I love cooking and baking with my kids! It’s always fun and we always get to enjoy some great food afterwards! I’ve been wanting to more fun baking projects with them, almost pinterest-y type projects, but let’s face it – those are pretty hard to do from scratch. Then I heard about this subscription box called Foodstirs that send you baking projects straight to your door! I had to test them out! This was my first month using this subscription and I am definitely a fan and can’t wait to see what next month involves!

Foodstirs is a baking subscription box that ships baking mixes kits to your door! Co-founded by Sarah Michelle Gellar, this subscription is all about high-quality, pre-made mixes with no preservatives or artificial ingredients. They feature ingredients like organic heirloom flour, all-natural food dyes, and fair trade chocolate. It costs $18.99 + shipping each month.

This month, we are making a Brownie Explorer Cruise Ship! These are so damn cute and Monroe loves brownies, Gibson loves boats. It’s a win win! This kit came with a Foodstirs Organic Chocolate Lovers Brownie Mix, 6 Organic OCHO Caramel Minis, 6 cupcake liners, 6 Brownie Cruise Ship cutouts (mine only came with 2, so that’s all I was able to use in this review, but they did send me out the other 4 in a separate shipment!), 6 Toothpick Cruise Ship Masts, 1 Explorer Activity Sheet, and a back to school coupon bundle!

The information card tells you what wet ingredients and tools you will need to provide yourself. Everything is very easy to read and the tools list even includes pictures in case you aren’t familiar with any specific tools.

The first step was to preheat the oven, get the cupcake liners ready and whisk your eggs. Then you’re supposed to add oil and water, and then the brownie mix – stir to combine. Monroe was my primary helper for this project, and she loved mixing everything up!

Then we poured the batter into our cupcake liners!

The OCHO caramel minis went into the center of the brownies as a hidden “treasure”. They were easy to push in and easy to “hide” under the chocolate. Then we put the brownies in the oven.

While our brownies were baking, I got started on the paper part of the project – the ship cutouts and the masts + flags. These were kind of tedious to cut out and put together, but they do add a nice pinterest-y touch.

After our brownies cooled, we put everything together and ended up with a pirate ship fleet! These are so cute and my little helper couldn’t wait to dig in!

She was totally trying to eat part of the brownie in this picture.

In addition to looking super cute, these tasted amazing! The caramel minis in the center were such a nice flavor surprise! I took a couple to my husband at his work and my kids snacked on the rest for the next couple of days.


This is such a cute subscription! The project was easy to do, even with a toddler helper! It tasted great and was a lot of fun! I can’t wait to see what next month has in store. The cost is slightly high for what you are getting, and I could recreate this by myself for a much cheaper cost, but the curation and removing the prepwork is really worth it to me. This helps me find the time to do these types of activities with my kids on a regular basis, so it is worth it to me.

What do you think about a box like this? What’s your favorite thing to bake?

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Wifey. Blogger. Mommy. Subscription Box Hoarder. Shopper. Cleaner. Organizer. Doggy-Lover. Cook.

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