Honest Review – Amazon Surprise Sweets
Amazon has been promoting their Dash buttons ever since they launched the product in 2015. Personally, I’ve never really been interested in any of the Dash button offerings until I saw Amazon’s new Surprise Sweets Dash button…
They launched the program earlier this year by invitation only – yet when I requested an invitation, it only took about a day to receive mine. Once you receive an invitation, the email lets you know that you have a limited amount of time to purchase the Dash button, which will set you back $4.99. However, after you get your button and press it the first time, you’ll receive a credit on your Amazon account for $4.99, essentially making the button free.
The Surprise Sweets Dash button works differently than other Dash buttons because rather than knowing what you’re getting when you press this one, which is the case with other Dash buttons that are generally used to reorder frequently purchased products, with the Surprise Sweets button you’re shipped a box of curated gourmet candies or dessert items. Each box costs $18.00 plus applicable taxes, charged each time you press the button.
You set up the button itself through the Amazon app which allows you to connect it to your home wifi network, and shipping and payment are connected to the default 1-click methods for your Amazon account. Upon pressing the button, first it blinks white to signal that it is transmitting the order, then it blinks green when the order has been sent. After the order gets sent successfully, you’ll receive a push notification from the Amazon app.
The box itself is shipped to you using the same 2-day shipping method that is standard for Prime account members. It features frustration-free packaging, utilizing an easy pull strip on the outside of the box (I assume to help you get to your Sweets faster), and the items inside are packed with seemingly recycled, yet I can’t tell for sure, paper shred. Overall I thought it was a very nice presentation and it seemed to hold up well during shipment too.
In case you want to check out where your treats come from, each Surprise Sweets box includes an information sheet that describes what the included treats in your box are as well as the story behind the company they originated from.
The first box I received contained four items:
- Britt’s Fav Whoopie Pie (Cape Whoopies) – This was a great whoopie pie. It’s chocolate cream, encased in chocolate cake with chocolate chips. It was basically chocolate inception in whoopie pie form. I reached for this treat first and it set the bar high for the rest of the items in the box.
- Key Lime Snaps (Flathau’s Fine Foods) – These shortbread cookies were definitely interesting. There’s crushed key lime candy mixed into the shortbread which gives these cookies an extra zing. I’m not usually a shortbread fan or a key lime fan, but these tasted exactly like a piece of key lime pie, so they were intriguing.
- Epic Sea Salt Caramels (Chocolate Twist) – Now this was something I wasn’t originally interested in when I opened my box, since I’ve never been a big fan of caramels in general. However these totally changed my perspective. They have a perfect combination of creamy, buttery caramel and sea salt and they literally melt in your mouth. To my surprise, these became my favorite item in the box.
- Cocoa Concoction Crispycake (The Crispery) – This was one of the most unique rice crispy treats I’ve ever seen. It had a little bit of everything: cocoa crisp cereal, chocolate marshmallow fluff and chocolate chips, sandwiched into a huge cake that was so gooey and chocolatey that I had to cut it into quarters to eat it – but make no mistake, it was 100% delicious.
Overall, I’m happy with my Surprise Sweets Dash Button experience. I do think that part of what drew me to the box was the $4.99 discount off the first one, so I’m not sure if I’ll be trying it again for the full $18 price, but I could see a Surprise Sweets box making a great gift item to have on-hand for the foodie or sweet tooth in your life.
You can learn more about Amazon’s Surprise Sweets box here.