Happy Friday! We’ve made it through to the end of another busy week…I wasn’t sure we would. We’ve all been busy with homeschooling, spring cleaning (looking for a library book that went missing – after tearing the house upside down and going through every shelf in the kids’ section of the library it turned up in the library office as it was missing a tag and it hadn’t returned via the electronic machine-what a relief), and doing a little work in the garden. When I’m so busy it’s easy to forget about thinking about the next meal or snack….not that the kids don’t remind me! This week we’ve had a little help in this area, thanks to our first Degustabox.
When Degustabox contacted me to see if we were interested in sharing our subscription box experience with you, we thought it would be fun. Our box arrived by courier, making us feel special…..but what was on the inside of the cheerfully sketched box?
A whole lot!
As you can see, the children each found something they wanted to try before we’d even finished unpacking the box. Tristan dove for the olives and Kallista for the mango chutney.
Our box contained items for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and even date night! There is a little something for everyone – there was at least one item that was milk-free, gluten-free, and alcohol-free, but not flavour-free.
Each month you’ll get a surprise with the contents – you don’t know ahead of time what will be in it! It’s a great way to try out new things you may not have thought about before. You’ll get 10-15 items in your box; in this box the retail value of the combined items was £22.76, but the cost of the box is £12.99 GBP or $19.99 USD (which includes shipping). That’s right – Degustabox is available in both the UK and in the USA!
Our first Degustabox included:
- Tabasco brand Sweet & Sticky Barbecue Sauce (with a recipe and a discount coupon)
- Lime and Ginger Clipper Green Tea
- Aromatic Thai Noodles NutriPot
- Moroccan Couscous NutriPot
- Dorset Cereals Bircher Muesli (with a measuring scoop and recipe)
- Get More Vitamin Drink
- Oloves olives with chili, garlic, and oregano
- Mahou Cinco Estrellas lager from Madrid
- Geeta’s Mango Chutney (and a chance to win an Indian food hamper)
- Willy Chase’s Fit Corn
- Rakusen’s Snackers Plain
- Rakusen’s Snackers Gluten Free
Crackers are always popular with us; this time everyone preferred the gluten-free choice as it had a little more flavour than the wheat ones. Both varieties were perfect for a fun lunch with the kids. We tried out the olives as well, and they went perfectly with some feta and fresh home-grown tomatoes from a friend. Tristan followed his up with a cup of the lime and ginger green tea, which he really enjoyed. How many 8-year-old kids do you know who get excited about olives and green tea? How unusual are my kids?
I’ve been in a cooking rut recently so the family was delighted when I surprised them with pork chops in the Tabasco sweet & sticky barbecue sauce and marinade for dinner.
For our weekly date night, Phil and I shared my personal favourites; the Mango Chutney (I’ll be looking for that the next time I’m grocery shopping), which was full of rich flavour, spicy, and not overly-sweet, just right. I also enjoyed the Mahou Cinco Estrellas, which was a surprise to me as I’m not a big beer drinker; it was light and smooth, with no lingering after-taste.
Snack time was met with popcorn and the Get More Vitamins drink. The popcorn was full of flavour, but we weren’t such a fan of the vitamin drink as it used artificial sweeteners which I always find to have a tinny, artificial taste. If it had used natural sweeteners, it would have been delicious.
For lunch one rainy day the kids and I shared the Moroccan Couscous NutriPot while Phil took the pot of Aromatic Thai Noodles NutriPot to work. Phil told us he liked it even more than his favourite noodle pot.
Even in the rain, my children stopped by a shelter to snack on a cracker.
This was our first time trying out a food subscription box. It was a fun experience not knowing what would be on the way to us. We’ve had a great time trying out foods and flavours that we hadn’t had before – and that’s really the point of it. We still to try out the muesli (we don’t have yoghurt at the moment), and we have lots of snackables and some Tabasco sauce and chutney left. My goodness – we wouldn’t normally have so much on the go at one time, but we wanted to try out as much as we could to share it with you!
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