Bon Recipe is a monthly recipe subscription service that sends five printed recipe cards to you each month.I have a thing for monthly recipe subscription services, and have tried several over the years; this post about the meal planning service Plan To Eat talks about those.
But five recipe cards a month doesn’t sound like much, does it?
In fact, it’s just the right amount of new recipes. I’ve been working these in between standard meals and other recipes I find online. And if they’re a hit, they’ll get added to Plan To Eat.
Edit: Update September 2016: Bon Recipe Closed
There were three key points in the email I received on 28 September 2016.
- This week we confirmed the military deployment of half of our leadership team, and so after much discussion, we have decided to shut down operations at Bon Recipe. We simply won’t have the resources to maintain and grow the service at its current rate.
- We will be systematically cancelling all subscriptions and issuing refunds. (I got mine asap!)
- We are in talks with our partnered bloggers about the publication of a Recipe Collection book.
- As a result, I’ve removed links to their website. This was a nice little subscription to receive each month, and I’m sorry to see them go.
Signing Up Is Easy
There are three steps to getting started with Bon Recipe monthly recipe subscription service. Why so many steps?
You also determine the quality of the recipe cards, the size of the recipe cards, and the kind of recipes you want to receive.
The recipes can be printed on a basic paper, card stock, or laminated card stock. Then you pick the size of recipe card, which also contributes a bit to the cost.
I opted for standard 4″x6″ recipe cards, which fit into my trusty recipe box. You could select 8.5×11 cards (err, sheets of paper or card stock) that are three-hole punched and have nutritional facts. While all recipe cards have Weight Watchers points, not all have nutritional facts.
Once you’ve determined paper and size, it’s time to pick the kind of recipes you’re interested in: omnivore, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or paleo. I opted for the vegetarian.
At that point, you know what your cost per month will actually be. For example, if I picked laminated card stock in 4×6 size, and opted for a recurring 12 month plan, the cost is $5.99 per month.
But The Packaging
Bon Recipe is a natural fit for me. But honestly, I was skeptical when the package arrived. There was no box.
Instead, I received a plain, padded manila envelope stuffed with a sparkling white envelope. Hmm, not too promising – despite the hand-written “Something amazing inside” on the manila envelope. Further hand-writing on the white envelope encouraging me to use a letter opener to lift the label-sealed envelope disappointed..
Fortunately, my fears ended once I pulled contents out of the envelope.
First, a simple letter introducing Bon Recipe and an explanation for the lack of fancy packaging: we’re “about saving time and money for everybody that cooks.” They even encourage subscribers to re-use the white envelope. More importantly, Bon Recipe works directly with and promotes food bloggers and includes links to their blogs.
The June Bon Recipe
This month the vegetarian recipes are:
And I did say five recipes, right? Yes ma’am. Here’s *both* sides of the fifth recipe. Gingered sweet potato egg bake? Yes please!
I’ve already made and devoured the Gingered Sweet Potato Egg Bake – it is as delicious as it sounds.
And the Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade? Wonderful!
Take a closer look at the bottom of the Gingered Sweet Potato Egg Bake recipe. On the bottom left you see blogger information; the right side shows Weight Watcher points – SmartPoints, PointsPlus, and OldPoints.
Each box also has a customized grocery list. And thank goodness they’ve broken down ingredients based on what recipe they’ll be used in!
The website says that they also sometimes include coupons, promotional codes, and giveaways. Not in June, so perhaps it was a tougher month for them to gather these kind of things; in fact, due to customer feedback, BonRecipe is temporarily discontinuing coupons.
The box also contained an informational flyer on Michigan cherries, but I already know those are fantastic.
More Fun With Food
Bon Recipe also encourages social media participation. There are two contests in the month of June:
- Doodle Contest: By using the front of the white envelope to doodle and posting a picture to social media, you can win a $15 gift card towards a Bon Recipe subscription renewal.
- Photo Contest: Every photo tagged with #bonrecipe earns you an entry into a drawing for a $10 gift card good towards a subscription renewal.
- (I know I said two, but this is kinda similar and not a contest.) If you refer a friend, they give both you and the friend a $5 gift card. The only hitch here is that your friend has to email Bon Recipe. Hrm, another minor wrinkle that needs ironing.
Though I wish the packaging was more lush (even white padded envelopes would beat the boring manila) and that calligraphy replaced the handwriting, this subscription box is a winner for me. Bon Recipe has poured money into great food photos, so these minor tweaks would increase the overall visual appeal of the monthly subscription service.
I love that they’re working with food bloggers for recipe development. Five recipes is just enough, and I like the laminated card stock. I also really like that a portion of the proceeds are donated to Feed The Children, and that they have monthly contests; Zentangling the white envelope was fun! I’m looking forward to see what my six-month subscription brings.