In Japan, mochi has been eaten to celebrate the start of the New Year since the Heian period (794AD - 1185AD). Mochi is a Japanese rice cake made from mochigome, a short-grain glutinous rice. It is traditionally made by pounding and folding hot steamed rice cake into sticky mochi using a mortar (usu) and a wooden mallet (kine).
From gingerbread houses to The Gingerbread Man, nothing quite symbolizes the holidays like gingerbread. One of the popular decorations for Christmas in Croatia is Licitar heart, a hand-decorated gingerbread cookie that was recognized by UNESCO in 2010 as the "Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage" for Croatian culture. Medenjaci (also made with honey, ginger and spices) is a local, melt-in-your-mouth cookie often served at Christmas.
Austrian Linzer cookies
Austrian Linzer cookies (Helle Linzer Plaetzchen in Germany) are named after Linzer torte, a pastry originated in the Austrian city of Linz. Linzer torte is one of the oldest known cakes believed to have been discovered in an Austrian abbey in the 1600s. It was later introduced to the US in the mid-1800s by an Austrian immigrant, Franz Holzlhuber, who was a baker.
Each Explorer Box Includes
3 Recipe Cards
(4 servings each)
3 popular dishes from each country with easy-to-follow instructions for chefs of all ages
Essential spice/sauce/grain mixes
unique seasonings that will transform your basic fresh ingredients into a culinary experience
(for fresh ingredients)
have fun at grocery stores or farm stands with the list and find your preferred fresh ingredients that meet your dietary preferences or restrictions
Country Explorer Brochures
exploration guide that teaches your budding chef about the culture, history, and food traditions of the country
Educational Activity Sheets
word puzzles, math problems, and thematic quizzes await in this fun, interactive activity sheet
Fun Cooking Tools
start your collection of fun cooking tool that will come in handy for all of your culinary explorations
track your culinary journey with our eat2explore passport and country sticker; and start your collection of country flag pins
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Frequently Asked Questions
What explore box packages do you offer?
There are 3 ways to participate: (1) explore a country (1 or 3 countries), (2) explore a continent (4 countries), or (3) explore the world (12 countries). With every package, you will receive a new country box each month. With one country box, you can try us without any obligations. The longer your package, the greater the discount!
What items are in each explore box?
Every month you will receive a new explore box complete with: 3 easy-to-follow recipes, our pre-measured spice/sauce mixes for each recipe, shopping list, explore country brochure, activity sheet, country sticker, flag pin and a fun collectible.
What is the recommended age for eat2explore explore box?
The recommended age for our explore box is 5 years old or older.
Do you accommodate food allergies?
Our ingredients are handled in facilities that process milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soy, gluten, and sulfites. We recommend you use your best judgment when considering dietary restrictions, but you can easily modify recipes by omitting ingredients you’d like to avoid.
To help you make as informed a decision as possible, all of our sauces or spice mixes include a breakdown of ingredients and any of the eight major allergens as recognized by the FDA are clearly identified.
What countries are currently available?
The countries change periodically. Some of the countries included are: France, Spain, Italy, Greece, USA, China, Japan, India, Mexico, Singapore, Israel, Morocco, Lebanon, Ethiopia and Brazil.