(CLOSED) Starbucks Bistro Boxes Review – and a $20 Starbucks Giftcard Giveaway!

Have you seen the new Starbucks Bistro Boxes?  For a while I thought I’d only be able to see them on their website, rather than in person at a local Starbucks:

Don’t they look yummy?  There are eight different choices of Bistro Boxes, with something for everyone – including those that might be on a low carb, vegetarian or high protein diet.  I also liked the ingredients – things like fruit and vegetables, whole grain breads, cage free eggs, and even a piece of dark chocolate.   They have the Nutritional Value listed on their website, too:

Not too bad – definitely better than grabbing a Value Meal at McD’s.  After drooling over the selections on their website, it was time to see about getting one to try for myself.  You know, so I could be the guinea pig and let you know if you would really enjoy them too.  You’re welcome.

There are 3 Starbucks within a half-hour drive from me – you’d think that one of them would carry these new Bistro Boxes, but you’d be wrong.  At least I was.   Since things can be so iffy in my neck of the woods, I figured I’d better call around first, just in case.  The first two I called disappointed me, because they don’t carry them (though my usual Starbucks said they’ve been trying to get them, so here’s hoping they actually do at some point).

Hoping I wouldn’t be in for ‘strike three’, the third one I called said they had them – since this one happened to be in the newest Super Target that recently opened, I figured it’d be worth the 30-minute drive to check out the new Target, and get a new Bistro Box.  Unfortunately, as I was standing in the check-out line to purchase the things that jumped into my cart of their own free will, I scrutinized the Starbucks and noted that my chances of getting a Bistro Box were slim-to-none.

I was right.

Even though I had been told they carried the new Bistro Boxes, not only did they not carry them, but they didn’t even have  the typical pastries or biscotti I’m so used to seeing at every other Starbucks I’ve ever frequented.  I was so disappointed at striking out that I didn’t even buy my usual latte, leaving completely empty-handed.

Back to widening my search and phone calls.  I finally got confirmation at a Starbucks that’s a good 45-minutes from me, but luckily it’s not (too) out of the way from where my hubby works, so I recruited him to pick one up for me.  He came through in the clutch, though even he was disappointed that they only had the Chipotle Chicken Wraps left:

Since I wasn’t hungry, I stuck it in the fridge to try the next day, only to realize the freshness date had already passed.  By two days.  Which means it was one day past it’s freshness date when hubby picked it up.  I did taste-test everything, though (except the lettuce which was looking sad) because I wanted to give you a complete review, so I took a bite out of everything – and was impressed (aside from the sliced chicken itself seemed to harbor the most amount of salt overall).

While it’s considered a healthy option (and it is), I have to say I was really disappointed by the amount of sodium  in it – here’s what the full Nutritional Value on the Chipotle Chicken Wraps I got:

970 mg of sodium?  Much higher than I personally prefer for just one meal.  I have enough issues as it is retaining water without encouraging that mode with excessive salt.

Overall I think these new Bistro Boxes are a great idea for Starbucks, though I think they need to look at making sure more of the choices they show on their website are actually available in a live store, and should drop their price point by a dollar – I think $5.95 vs. $6.95 would encourage more people to purchase them vs. going somewhere quick(er) and easy(er).

Does your Starbucks stock most (or all) of the new Bistro Boxes?  Have you tried them yet?  Want to try them?  Here’s your chance!  Mom Central and Starbucks were very generous in sending me a $20 Starbucks Gift Card so I could purchase the Bistro Box for my review – only I forgot to give it to the hubby when he went on my Super Secret Starbucks Mission – so I’m offering it up to one of my readers instead.

Since Rafflecopter is not being very cooperative on my Blogiversary Giveaway, I’m keeping this as simple as it gets – just leave a comment telling me you want to win.  How simple is that?  So, what are you waiting for?

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You have until Midnight EDT on September 25, 2011 to enter. 1 lucky winner will be randomly selected. I will email the winner who will have 48 hours to respond to the notification email or a new winner will be chosen. Open to U.S. Canada, and everyone who happens to have a Starbucks in their area – yes, that means (for once) any of my international friends can win, too. Good luck!

Note:  I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Starbucks Bistro Boxes and received a gift card to facilitate my review and thank me for taking the time to participate.  See my Disclosure Policy here.

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About Stacy (the Random Cool Chick)

After 20+ years in the Corporate World and years of infertility, Princess Nagger made her miraculous appearance and I chose to become a SAHM and WAHM - I love every minute of it. We added Little Dude through adoption, adding a whole new dimension to our family. We have an eclectic mix of pets: dogs, cats, birds and fish. I love to cook and try new techniques to turn ordinary into extraordinary. Crafty by nature, I take on a lot of unique projects and enjoy seeing the end result. My favorite, of course, is making my own wine out of fruits and grapes. Experiments with water currently underway. I blog about the joys of parenting, family, friends, life, love and anything else that strikes my fancy. I do enjoy doing reviews and giveaways for products I use, believe in and can stand behind.
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43 thoughts on “(CLOSED) Starbucks Bistro Boxes Review – and a $20 Starbucks Giftcard Giveaway!

  1. Well, of course I want to win that Starbucks giftcard! It’s Pumpkin Spice Latte time!!!!

    I saw some of these boxes while I was traveling this summer, but I thought it was just something that particular Starbucks had since it was in a truckstop type of town. I’m glad to see that these are more widespread, they really are a good idea. Though, I agree with you on that sodium being quite high.

    I’ve got quite a few Starbucks near me so I’ll have to go investigate and see if any of them have them. That just means extra Pumpkin Spice Lattes for me ;-)

  2. I would like to win that card for me because all that looks scrumptous and doesn’t look fattening at all or if I feel like being nice my youngest daughter LOVES Starbucks & she lives in Iowa right now, but she’s moving to Missouri where they DO have Starbucks. Ooops Oh & there’s none where she lives now.

  3. As a huge Starbucks fan, yes – I’d love to win! :)

    And they look pretty good. Sorry you got a bad one, though. I usually really enjoy their food. Mmmn. YUM!

  4. we love starbucks! 2 out of 3 of my daughters love starbucks, and we go at least once a wk. my hubby gives me “starbucks” allowance every wk! LOL so we would love this gc!!!

  5. I did not know they had salads! Im a salad fanatic!

    I want to win!!!

    lola_violets_2010{at}yahoo{dot}com

  6. OMG you are so funny – and dedicated! I’ve only seen the cheese bistro box at my Starbucks, I think the sodium content should be low on that. At least not as bad as chicken. I too watch sodium and it’s amazing what’s packed into fast food. One meal at Chick Fil A is like triple your daily intake of sodium! Anyway, on the random chance that I win, contact me through my email: rubberbacon@bellsouth.net

  7. I appreciate the honest review! :) Props for that. Also, I would love to enter your Starbucks giveaway. So generous – thanks for the chance! :)

  8. OH- I would so like to win this! Starbucks is my mommy treat, and I have to sneak it, as my older girls love Starbucks too! I love the peppermint mochas and the white chocolate mocha with raspberry syrup!
    Good luck all!

  9. Hi,
    I would love to win and try some of the new items at Starbucks. Thanks for giving me a chance to win.
    Mendy
    mendyd15 at yahoo dot com

  10. I adore Starbucks, so I’d love to win this gift card. I’ll have to check out those bistro boxes – although I may end up picking some things out of them. Normally I try to eat fairly low-carb and even the lowest carb one at 22 carbs could be considered kind of steep for one meal, depending on what kind of diet you are following and/or your carb tolerance level.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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