It’s a little funny that October’s Degustabox had the theme of home comforts when I had Canadian Thanksgiving on my mind and the box contained maple syrup! There are definitely some home comforts in this box, and thanks to Degustabox UK sending them our way, we can share our review with you.
There is no alcohol version of the box this month, so everyone received the same box of products. In case you didn’t know, most months there are two boxes, one with alcohol and one without; when you subscribe to Degustabox you’ll choose which box is your personal preference.
Let’s start with the contents of the October Home Comforts 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 13 items; 4 snacks, 5 beverages, and 4 meal items. The long version is….
The Home Comforts Box Contains:
- £1.50 Pip’s Real Hot Chocolate
- £2.00 Amy’s Kitchen Italian Soup
- £1.29 Growers Garden Broccoli Crisps
- £1.49 Boost Bar
- £2.05 Tick Tock Tea
- £3.99 x2 Teisseire Gourmet Drops
- £1.79 Upbeat Juicy Protein Water
- £1.49 Snatt’s Mediterranean Baked Snacks
- £1.99 Maille Honey Dijon Mustard
- £1.99 Maille Tartare Sauce
- £2.00 Clarks Maple Syrup
- £1.89 Whitworths Chocolate and Hazelnut Shots
Family Sharing 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.
There were a few favourites in this box. The first one is Pip’s Real Hot Chocolate Coins. The orange one tasted just like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange. Yum! Rich, smooth, and naughty.
The two other flavours you may have received this month are classic and chocolate praline. As reviewers we received one of each coin.
Snatt’s Mediterranean Baked Snacks were wonderful! I love garlic bread and croutons, and this were combination of those. Lovely full garlic flavour baked right into the light crisps that are totally morish and all too easy to eat.
We use one of Maille’s mustards in our sausage medley meal, so we were looking forward to trying out Maille Honey Dijon Mustard. We had it first on a burger topped with fried onions, and then later in a cheese bap with corned beef and cheddar. It’s sweet and rich and a little goes a long way. We’re a huge mustard family, and this is now one of our favourites. Maille’s Tartare Sauce was also very good and was enjoyed with steamed fish, baby potatoes and veggies.
The Kids’ Top Picks
A box of Tick Tock Tea was in October’s box in one of these flavours: Bounce, Balance, and Bedtime. The children like these caffeine free bellbeing teas and have a cup in the afternoon. Bounce is their favourite and they take the name to heart bouncing around the kitchen afterward. It’s a light, refreshing tea. Balance is a little more calming and with a deeper flavour. They also like bedtime, although I do prefer the bedtime tea I’ve been using the past 40 years. These teas contain rooibos, but not in a large concentration as I can tolerate it, which is a good thing.
Tristan really enjoyed Upbeat Juicy Protein Water, this time in Blood Orange and Mandarin; Kallista also enjoyed it more than I did. I found the initial flavour to be nice; a not-overpowering citrus flavour, but then it seemed to have an aftertaste that I wasn’t keen on.
Growers Garden Broccoli Crisps sound like the strangest thing, and they smell a little funky, too, but they are actually quite good! There was one bag in the October box, in one of these flavours: regular, cheese, and chilli. Surprisingly, I liked the cheese flavour even though I don’t usually like cheese crisps. The kids agree, they like these crisps, too!
More Home Comfort Products
Whitworths Chocolate and Hazelnut Shots are handy and full of goodness! The kids love the dried fruit while I love the chocolate-dusted hazelnuts (they do, too – but I may have indulged on them before sharing a packet….).
I really liked the Boost + Protein Bar! It’s sweet, chewy, and crunchy with a chocolate coating over crunchiness wrapped up inside a caramel roll, it reminds me of a chocolate bar back home in Canada. I threw this in my backpack and pulled it out to nibble on after walking for 5 miles in Belfast before heading to a dance class. I’d certainly have another.
Soup is our go-to lunch time meal of choice. Usually I made up a big batch of homemade soup…but when Mom isn’t feeling well, it’s a treat for the kids to choose a tin of soup from the cupboard. Amy’s Kitchen Italian Soup was definitely to Tristan’s liking – it’s thick and chunky, just how he prefers his soups.
I occasionally like to indulge in an afternoon cup of coffee to get me over the post-lunch slump. Teisseire Gourmet Drops added to my cup switched things up with both chocolate and vanilla included in the box. I prefer the chocolate while Phil likes the vanilla.
Clarks Maple Syrup is actually a maple syrup blended with carob fruit syrup, which is an odd thing for us Canadians. However, it was pretty good on homemade waffles, and it will work nicely in some upcoming Christmas baking that I have planned.
There you have it! The full run-down of the October 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! Use Code ZPH3A and save £5.00 off your first box!
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