I hope you are enjoying this fine summer weather as much as I have been! I’ve been having some major blog and internet-related issues for over a week now, and the good weather certainly makes it a little easier to deal with as I can sit outside or go for a walk to clear my mind. I’m hoping things will continue to improve this week…but in the meantime, I’ve had some extra time and help to taste my way through the April Degustabox! It’s been fun sharing all of the treasures in this month’s box with our special guests who are visiting from overseas. They’ve been getting a ‘taste’ of the review life!
You never know what you’ll find inside the cardboard box wrapped with care. This one came just the day before our guests did, so we had just a little peek inside, and then waited a day for our special guests to settle in and then they had some fun opening up the box and seeing what was inside!
The Full April Degustabox Contains:
- £1.50 Sabrook Lattice crsps in Sea Salt and Black Pepper flavour
- £1.49 POLO Sugar Free Pot
- £2.49 CELIA Organic Lager
- £2.19 Garofalo Whole Wheat Penne Pasta
- £4.49 GOOD HEMP Hemp Seed Hearts
- £4.89 Dorset Cereals in Machu Picchu flavour
- £1.75 Doisy & Dam’s Quinoa, Smoked Tea & Vanilla Chocolate
- £1.20 x 2 Nothing But freeze-dired fuites
- £1.50 Whitworths Full of Super Vanilla Maca-Roons (gluten free, soya free, and suitable for vegetarians)
- £1.45 ViPnuts in Hot Toffee flavour
Keep in mind that the contents may vary – so when you order your box your contents may not be exactly the same as mine (as a reviewer, I received a couple of extra items that wouldn’t have been in a regular box so we could try them out for you).
- Fentimans Pink Grapefruit Tonic Water (this is included in the non-alcoholic version of the April Degustabox)
The total retail value of the April box is £24.15, which is a great haul for a cost of only £12.99 a month (with free delivery!), and of course, if you use the coupon code X2OEC you’ll get your first box for only £5.99! (For my lovely US Readers click here for a 50% discount) You can’t beat that.
April Degustabox Favourites:
There were some good items in this month’s box, as always. Here are my top three items:
I have always loved potato chips (crisps, I know…but I still have the vocabulary from Canada most of the time), so I did gravitate to the Seabrook Lattice crisps. The lattice design makes them pretty and perfect for parties…but the flavour meant that I didn’t want to share them! The Sea Salt and Black Pepper flavour wasn’t over powering, just subtle and enjoyable.
I’m going to admit that I’m not such a big fan of peanuts…but, I just can’t resist the ViPnuts! We received the Hot Toffee flavour in a cool silver bag. There aren’t a lot inside, but they pack a big punch. These peanuts are baked, which is good to know, and they were coated nicely, almost like a candy coating with the toffee surrounding each nut. They were sweet…but also a little fiery from the added chilli as well. They are unique, and I had to take my photos with speed as they were quickly disappearing with help from the whole family.
On movie night this week, I tried out the CELIA Organic Lager from the Czech Republic. It’s gluten free, so more people can enjoy it, too. I really did enjoy this lager. It was smooth, with no bitter after taste and paired nicely with crisps and polish sausage. So go on and add some international flair to your evenings.
The kids had their favourites, too:
My children quite enjoyed Nothing But freeze-dried fruits. They were the perfect snack with no added ingredients other than the fruit itself; and especially great for those astronauts-in-training! Who’s the coolest Mom on the block, now?
And Kallista and I also enjoyed the Whitworths Full of Super vanilla Maca-Roons on Friday morning when we left the house at 5:40am (yes, really!) to go listen to the Dawn Chorus with some friends. It was too early to be making a breakfast and waking the rest of the household, so when Kallista became peckish, I pulled these out of my backpack and they were just enough to keep us going for the rest of our walk and home for a late breakfast with the family. Crunchy almonds, sweet coconut flakes, and undertones of vanilla; it nicely combined some of my favourite flavours, and I didn’t find it too sweet, like many energy balls.
Other April Items:
Phil has been enjoying the Dorset Cereals Machu Piccu flavoured museli. He preps it up the night before (and the kids have theirs from a previous box), and then it’s all ready to go in the morning so he can have a good breakfast before biking the 22 miles to work. The Machu Piccu flavour is part of their Ultimate Adventures collection and is a blend of oats and barley with Brazil nuts, golden berries and a taste of coffee, too!
The Doisy & Dam’s Quinoa, Smoked Tea & Vanilla Chocolate…I was sneaky and tried a piece (or two) when no one was looking. The milk chocolate is smooth, and the popped quinoa gives a little crunch. You can taste the vanilla, and the flavour finishes off with a smokey undertone that lingers after. This is a unique bar, and like me, you’ll be sure to have to have another piece, just to get your taste buds and brain around the flavour combination. I do enjoy smokey flavours, so this works for me, but if you’re not a fan, then I might suggest you try one of their other 7 unique flavours.
GOOD Hemp Hemp Seed hearts. I know hemp seeds have been making their way up the health charts, but I haven’t had the pleasure of trying them yet. They come in a resealable pouch to help keep them fresh, and the orange packet means they won’t get lost in your cupboard. We sprinkled some on a basic salad we had with our dinner last week. Not quite everyone was a fan, but the kids liked it, and if I’m honest, I didn’t really find that they had a strong taste at all when sprinkled on the top of the salad. This means that it would be easy to mix them in with stir fries, cereals, porridge, and even pasta sauce to sneak some goodness into the meals of those family members who aren’t always so keen to try new things.
Speaking of pasta, this month’s box has my favourite pasta included, Garofalo Whole Wheat Penne Pasta. I love the shape of penne, and the ridges hold a sauce well. If you’re not sure what sauce to make for it, Degustabox has included a recipe for Pasta Alla Norwa right in this box. We haven’t yet tried this item out, but we generally have pasta once or twice a week, so this will soon be gone.
The POLO Sugar Free Pot has been tucked away in my backpack for those times when I’m out and need to freshen my breath without a toothbrush in sight. You know the times…you’re in the city, treat yourself to a fancy coffee, but later have a meeting to attend and you don’t want to be greeting professionals with stale coffee breath. With the mints held in the plastic pot, they’ll stay nice and fresh, and they won’t get broken up or full of fuzz like keeping a roll in your pocket tends to do.
So that’s how this month is going; we have special guests to share our Degustaboxes with, and we’ve been busy with astronauts, bird song, and much more that hasn’t made it into the blog due to the technical difficulties. But with our special delivery of Degustabox we can stop and take a break now and then, and keep on going!
If you have your own special guests arriving this summer, sign to a Degustabox subscription and you’ll be guaranteed to have something fun to share with them! So go ahead and treat yourself or someone you know to a cheerful monthly box of 10-15 surprises! A great reason to sit down, relax, and not worry about ‘real life’ for a little while.
If you’d like to try out Degustabox for yourself, you can get a £7.00 discount using the code TDBANKHOL .
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If you’re curious about what we’ve received in previous Degustaboxes, check out these posts:
- Easter Degustabox
- February Degustabox
- January Degustabox
- Winter Degustabox
- Christmas Degustabox
- October Degustabox
- September Degustabox
- August Degustabox