About Try The World

Working directly with expert chefs and sourcing products from local producers in dozens of countries, Try The World’s subscription service enables customers to discover—and shop for—some of the best foods from around the world.

Each Try The World Signature Box includes 7-8 authentic international gourmet items (e.g. cooking ingredients, snacks, drinks, and more), along with a unique Culture Guide featuring stories behind each product and easy-to-follow recipes. In addition, each of the company’s Snack Boxes includes 5 snacks from 5 countries, along with a card describing each product.

Want to purchase more of a specific product? You’ll be able to do just that on Try The World’s website, where you’ll also find additional recipes and exclusive content.

Since writing our original Try The World review, 100+ HighYa readers have chimed in about their experiences, which provided some on-the-ground feedback (we’ll talk more about this shortly). We were also pleased to speak with the company’s co-founders recently, where we learned more about their vision for Try The World, as well as their responses to some of the most common customer feedback.

We’ll cover all this (and more!) here, so you can decide if Try The World is the right choice for you.

How Try The World Works

Similar to Beauty Box 5, Birchbox, and other discovery commerce websites, Try The World ships different products directly to your door at regular intervals. Unlike these other companies though, Try The World currently focuses only on gourmet foods and cultural items from around the world, which are hand-picked by Try The World’s staff of highly selective team of travelers, curated by celebrity chefs, and produced by artisanal, family-owned companies from around the world.

After signing up for a Try The World Signature subscription (more about this in the Pricing section below), you will receive the current box of the month, which is featured on Try The World’s Our Boxes page. Your first box will ship within 10 days of purchase.

After opening your box, you’ll find that it features 7-8 local gourmet items for you to enjoy (or, 5 snacks if you choose the Snack Box option). In addition to these foods, the included Culture Guide will provide a brief history about the products and how they should be used, as well as recipes that feature the special products included in your box.

Love the products you received? If so, you can buy them individually through Try The World’s online Shop. And as a subscriber, you’ll receive 20% off!

As we mentioned previously, Try The World’s website also features a regularly updated e-magazine that highlights many of the foods they offer, as well as tips and advice.

Every 2 months you’ll receive a new Try the World box (beginning with the Paris Box), which features USFDA approved products from various cities throughout the world, but ones that are otherwise difficult to find in the U.S. These include:

  • Paris – Jams, traditional hot chocolate powder, snacks, and more.
  • Tokyo – Red bean jelly yokan, Morinaga milk caramels, traditional bamboo chopsticks, and more.
  • Rio – Jabuticaba jam, senhor de bonfim wish ribbons, passion fruit tea, and more.
  • Rome – Orange pastille candies, spaghettata mix, Cantuccini biscotti, and more.

How Much Does a Try The World Signature Subscription Cost?

Try The World customers can choose to receive their boxes once per month or once every other month, which are priced as follows:

Receive Boxes Every Month:

  • Pay every month: $19/box, auto-renews every month
  • Pay every 3 months: $54 ($18/box), auto-renews every 3 months (Save 5%)
  • Pay every 6 months: $102 ($17/box), auto-renews every 6 months (Save 11%)
  • Pay every 12 months: $180 ($15/box), auto-renews every 12 months (Save 21%)

Receive Boxes Every 2 Months:

  • Pay every other month: $39/box, auto-renews every other month
  • Pay every 6 months: $105 ($35/box), auto-renews every 6 months (Save 10%)
  • Pay every 12 months: $198 ($33/box), auto-renews every 12 months (Save 15%)

All boxes come with free shipping. However, keep in mind that your subscription will automatically renew when the time comes, although you can cancel, pause, or skip a box any time by logging into your account and clicking the “Manage Subscription” tab. Although this might be the easiest option, you can also speak to a live representative by calling customer service at (855) 841-0303.

Are Customers Happy With Their Try The World Boxes?

To date, many HighYa readers have talked about their experiences with Try The World.

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In the past, most negative feedback seemed to revolve around long shipping times (more than one customer claimed their shipment was skipped altogether) along with customer service issues. However, the company has made a tremendous effort to resolve these issues (we’ll go into more detail in the next section), and the reality is that even the largest, most reputable companies will accrue reviews like these at some point. Based on our dealings with the company, we’d have no problem recommending Try The World to others.

In addition, while many customers claimed to have been pleased with the selection and quality of the products in their boxes, others claimed they were “boring” and “not exceptional.”

Our Conversation With Try The World’s Founders

Recently, we had the pleasure of speaking with Try The World’s co-founders, Kat Vorotova, who is originally from Russia, and David Foult, originally from France. The two met several years ago at grad school in NYC, where they learned that they shared a love for food, but also wished they could travel and discover more products.

As a result, Try The World was born to help others in the same position. To fill the niche, Kat and David focused on affordable, enjoyable, delicious, and authentic products from artisanal producers all around the world (which they’re constantly updating), and the idea caught on like wildfire.

In fact, Try The World was such a hit that the budding company went from 1,000 subscribers to 50,000 in the past year alone, leading to some admitted hiccups in the process. However, Kat and David refocused on implementing numerous internal improvements, all aimed at providing ultra-important customer service.

Because of this, Try The World now has a large in-house customer service team at their offices in New York City, who are intimately focused on customer feedback and are constantly improving their model. This includes a 5-hour response time (3 hours for social media), which has skyrocketed the company’s approval rating to 96%.

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In the end, Kat and David told us that Try The World is completely focused on customer satisfaction, and will gladly bend over backwards to ensure an excellent customer experience.

What’s the Bottom Line About Try The World?

Whether you’re new to discovery commerce or are a veteran of the subscription box industry, should you sign up for Try The World? By all indications, the company appears to offer unique products that can help you explore different parts of the world without ever leaving your home. However, consider the following before finalizing your subscription:

Unlike many other discovery commerce companies, Try The World doesn’t allow you to customize the products in your box (e.g. vegetarian, gluten free, etc.), or the order in which you’ll receive them. However, if you’d like to purchase products individually, you can easily search through their online Shop by category, such as “All-Natural”, “Dairy Free”, “Gluten-Free”, “Vegan”, and “Vegetarian”. Many of these products seem to be difficult to find in the United States

Finally, although most of Try The World’s customers appear pleased with their products, keep in mind that they’re not the only foodie subscription service in town. Don’t believe us? Try typing “subscription food boxes” into your favorite search engine and watch how many options pop up.

Granted, none of these will offer the same products and services exactly like Try The World, but the point is that you have options.

Bottom line: Although Try The World experienced a couple big speed bumps due to rapid growth (mostly related to customer service), our phone call with Try The World’s founders really helped put the situation into perspective, and went a very long way toward showing us that they’re a legitimate business with a single-minded focus on providing a top-notch customer experience.

Given this, if you’re a foodie, we think it’d be hard to go wrong with Try The World. However, you might want to start with a month-to-month description and try out a few boxes before committing to a longer—and more expensive—plan. After all, if you love it, you can always upgrade later and save on your subscription.

What’d you experience with Try The World? The products? The customer service? Whatever it is, be sure to tell the world about it by writing a review below!

Editor's Disclosure: The Try The World Paris box as shown in the video was sent to HighYa by Try The World free of charge. There was no money/goods exchanged in return for this review and there is no material relationship between HighYa and Try The World. The review in the video reflects the honest opinion of the subject. Click here to learn more.

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  • 96 Customer Reviews
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  • Surprising, Delicious, Well Packaged

    • By Vincent Zanzi ,
    • New Jersey ,
    • Jan 9, 2015
    Overall Experience:

    My wife got me a subscription for my birthday, and so far we've had a pleasurable experience. We have tried Blue Apron in the past, but this box seems to be more versatile – you can use the product in many meal combinations. There are a lot of spreads, jams, oils, spices, and so on, so it really gives us a kick with many meals.

    The packaging is beautiful, and we got our boxes on time. Also, we have had good experience asking for a change in delivery date when we went on vacation. Michael from their live chat was accommodating (as expected from a subscription box company.)

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


    • By Elyse,
    • New York,
    • Feb 15, 2015
    Overall Experience:

    Incredible product and service. I just received a box and am in LOVE with what I got. There was seamless delivery and great customer service. I highly recommend Try the World!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • It's the real deal.

    • By Social Foodie,
    • Vancouver WA,
    • Mar 3, 2015
    Overall Experience:

    As a chef and leader of social foodie, I highly recommend this bi-monthly package. We just got the France box and have already used a few things in our recipes. Well worth the 39 bucks every two months.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Thank you Try The World

    • By Elena,
    • New Jersey,
    • Mar 12, 2015
    Overall Experience:

    I want to say a big thank you to the TryTheWorld.com team! It's an excellent product with a delicious taste. Try The World refers to people who would love to travel but don't do it as often as they wanted to and enjoy getting a taste of a dream destination. It is a wonderful idea to give such a pleasure to people.

    However, I have to say, I am a very well traveled person and everywhere month when I receive packages reflect the different countries where I have been brings me a lot of good memories.

    Truly, I am waiting for every package because there's is always an intrigue there.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Perfect gift idea from the packaging to the delicious contents!

    • By John & Erin,
    • Vermillion SD,
    • Mar 21, 2015
    Overall Experience:

    The customer service is amazing! We ordered a box to see if it was as wonderful as it looked and it was even better. So we just sent a year of boxes as a gift to a friend. We shall send many gifts of Try The World during the holidays. Well done.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Such a great gift!

    Overall Experience:

    A friend of mine got me the Try the World Box for my birthday and I absolutely love it.

    I get delicious products from all over the world and I love the fact that each box has a specific country-theme. I get to discover new tastes and great food every month.

    I highly recommend it to anyone looking to experience new things, looking to discover more about food or simply looking for a yummy moment to share!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Ordered 2 Sets as Gifts

    • By Laura ,
    • Atlantic City NJ,
    • Apr 19, 2015
    Overall Experience:

    Highly satisfied with the package. I sent two subscriptions as Easter Baskets and the Paris box was first. Quality merchandise with excellent packaging. I received shipping confirmation for one and when I emailed customer service about the other shipment, they replied immediately with information. No reservations recommending and will use them again. My adult kids love it.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Love my boxes

    • By Sophie Jeandet,
    • Santa Barbara, CA,
    • Jul 18, 2015
    Overall Experience:

    I'm always very exited to receive the beautiful boxes. They offer a great selection of products from a different country each time. The online magazine and shop are a great complement as well. I've impressed my friends and family with new easy to follow recipes, and serving specialties from abroad. I just love it, and look forward to a new travel experience with my next box.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Appreciate the variety and trying the tastes of the world

    Overall Experience:

    Good experience for those that like to try a little bit of the world from their own armchairs but don't have the ability or means to visit those places first hand.

    My girlfriend gifted me a subscription to Try the World and I've appreciated getting to try little nibbles of the world since I haven't recently been able to get to these exotic places myself due to work. So trying the cuisines and tastes is certainly a part of the amazing experience of traveling and they've offered me a great substitute until the time when I can get back on the road and in the air!

    Also, just love the Spanish crumble cake "Ines Rosales" I had. If you get a chance to try, wow!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Great experience!

    • By Denise Llamas,
    • Culver City, CA,
    • Nov 12, 2015
    Overall Experience:

    I've never heard of Try the World until a friend of mine had told me about it. Hesitant at first, I decided to contact them and try it out. I have tried 2 of your boxes so far, the Argentina one and the Japan box. I've always been skeptical about ordering food online, especially since I am rather picky when it comes to food. When I received the boxes, they were well packaged. The presentation is really nice and the box you use is nice enough to use to put a gift in if you wanted to.

    The snacks you put in the boxes are a nice mix of different flavors from that country. It gives you a nice idea of the food from that country, not to mention the flavor is very pleasant. I love the cookies that come with the Argentina box and the Japanese box has food that I've never tried but I actually came out to love.

    I would definitely recommend this to my friends.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Amazing products and cute packaging

    • By Jessica Ng,
    • Boston, MA,
    • Nov 18, 2015
    Overall Experience:

    Had a three month subscription and received the Argentina, Morocco and Paris boxes. They are such a nice surprise every month. I love everything from the packaging to the descriptions they put in with the products. When I travel, I like to buy local snacks and cooking ingredients. This is just perfect because I get to sample things in smaller quantity without taking the risk of having lugging it on the plane. Perfect cure for my travel bug and just waiting for them to add more countries on the list.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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