It’s back to (Home) school here again! In fact, we had the best not-back-to-school celebrations when American guests arrived and we did a little exploring around the North Coast of Northern Ireland and in Belfast. Some of the August Degustabox items even went along! Let’s find out what was in our Back To School Degustabox….
Let’s start with the contents of the Back To School Degustabox before moving on to our top picks. Each monthly box contains between 10-15 products; some aren’t yet available in the shops which gives you the first chance to try them out! The short version of this month’s box is that there are 16 items; 10 snacks, 3 beverages, and 3 meal items. The long version is….
The Back To School Box Contains:
- £1.50 Attack a Sank Nachos
- £3.99 Pure Leaf Tea
- £1.50 Strings & Things Cheeshapes (a redeemable voucher)
- £2.00 UFIT Chocolate Protein Drink
- £0.49 x3 Fruit Bowl Unicorn Flakes, Yogurt Raisins, and Strawberry Yogurt
- £0.59 x2 ManiLife Mini Peanut Butter
- £0.50 x3 Jelly Squeeze Pouches
- £0.85 x2 KitKat Senses bars
- £6.50 Blossom Hill Pale Rosé
- £1.25 Heinz Beef Ravioli
The above contents are from the alcoholic version of the box. The non-alcoholic version had these substitutions:
- £1.50 Mighty Fine Dark Chocolate Coated Almond Dips
- £3.99 Nuttvia Hazelnut Spread 350g
As a side-note, as a reviewer we may receive the items in both the alcoholic and non-alcoholic boxes, as well as some extra flavour variations so we can try them out for you.
There is also an additional voucher in this month’s box:
- Save £1.00 on Manilife peanut butter
Back To School Top Picks
Each month we feature our top picks in the box. Of course, these choices are based on our own tastes, and I’d love to hear what your favourites are, just pop them down in the comments at the end of this post.
KITKAT has always been a favourite of mine, and I quite enjoy the fun flavours they come up with, particularly during my time working in Japan. KITKAT Senses Salted Caramel is delicious! The only problem with it is that it goes all too fast! I’m a sucker for anything caramel, so this is unsurprisingly my go-to, while the hazelnut is lovely and crunchy.
Mighty Fine Dark Chocolate Coated Almond Dips are the cat’s meow of almonds! The coating isn’t a melted chocolate layer; rather it’s a powdered chocolate layer which makes them much lighter, less sweet, and twice as divine!
Blossom Hill Pale Rosé is a fine choice! Rosé is my favourite, and you can never go wrong with Blossom Hill. It’s not too sweet or heavy, and goes with everything.
The Kids’ Top Picks
The children liked the Fruit Bowl Unicorn Flakes, Yogurt Raisins, and Strawberry Yogurt pieces. They took them along on a bus trip up to the Giant’s Causeway and had a snack along the way near Ballintoy Harbour.
Making a repeat appearance in the August box, this time with all three flavours, are Jelly Squeeze Pouches in Orange, Strawberry, and Apple & Blackcurrent.
The children really weren’t fans of this before, but this time they tried them out extra chilled and enjoyed them much more.
Attack a Sank Nachos have everything you need – mini tortilla triangles, a corner of salsa for dipping, and a packet of cheese sauce. I was really looking forward to these, but we all thought the sauces were on the sweet side; but we’re a family who tend to move toward spice over sweet in meals. If you like a sweeter salsa and cheese, then this is for you!
More Back To School Degustabox Products
I tried out the Manilife crunchy peanut butter for breakfast on a slice of toast. Peanut butter isn’t something I have more than once every few years, which is why this sample was the perfect size for me! And for hubby, there’s a £1 off coupon included, as he’s the usual connoisseur of pb in our house. It was just crunchy enough, a good texture once mixed (the oil and solids separate slightly, as would be expected), and not too heavy or sticky. I’m looking forward to trying out the smooth sample soon.
UFIT Chocolate Protein Drink does taste like thick chocolate milk, though with a slightly chalky taste. It was filling (I only had about 1/4 of a bottle) and better than I was expecting for a protein drink.
Nuttvia Hazelnut Spread is not as thick as I recall hazelnut spreads being as a youth. It doesn’t have a strong aroma of either chocolate or hazelnuts and the flavour is light as well, though it does stick to the roof of my mouth almost as much as peanut butter (but not quite). It does have 97% less sugar than other brands, but that sugar has been replaced by a few sweeteners (Natvia being one) which does impact the flavour, unfortunately, as it does have a different taste. However, this would be a good choice for someone with diabetes or those who prefer not to consume cane sugar.
There you have it! The full run-down of the August Degustabox – the ups and downs and in-betweens. Have you tried a Degustabox yet? Give it a whirl and see what delights are in the next box!
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