This last month has been all about trying to catch up on neglected tasks around the house; accounts, correcting the children’s homework, filing, painting, mending, and all sorts. It’s a very long process, but things are very slowly taking shape
Let’s start with the contents of the July 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 14 items; 5 beverages, 5 snacks, and 4 meal items. The long version is….
The Full July Degustabox Contains:
- £1.49 Heinz Salad Cream
- £2.00 Rosie’s Pig Flat Tyre
- £2.70 x2 Ribena Sparkling
- £3.75 Miso Tasty Mugi Barley Miso Soup
- £1.50 Percol Iced Coffee
- £1.00 Capsicana Brazilan Smoked Paprika & Spices Seasoning Mix
- £0.65 Capsicana Mexican Guacamole Mix
- £1.59 Peckish Cheese Trays
- £1.59 Pulsin Salted Caramel Raw Choc Brownie
- £1.29 Rowntree’s Fruit Pastilles 30% Less Sugar Pouch
- £0.95 x2 London Flavours Crisps
- £2.99 Cadbury Highlights Milk Chocolate
Degustabox sells for a regular monthly price of £12.99 and contains 10-15 items with a minimum value of about £22. Please keep in mind that as a reviewer, I may receive more items to share with you in cases such as alcoholic/nonalcoholic boxes and flavour varieties.
July Degustabox 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.
I really loved Rowntree’s Fruit Pastilles 30% Less Sugar Pouch for a couple of reasons. First, let me say that the reduced amount of sugar hasn’t been replaced by artificial or any other sweeteners so there’s no bad aftertaste. Secondly, with less sugar in the sweets, the fruit flavours stand out more because you aren’t just tasting the sugar. I much prefer these over the regular Fruit Pastilles that are a go-to of mine on date night! Phil agreed with me that these have more flavour and you don’t miss the extra sugar at all. Well done Rowntree!
Potato chips used to be a common snack for me (until I had children as they’re too difficult to sneak one in with their loud packaging), and I still get a hankering for them from time to time, though these days I’m more likely to enjoy them while the kids are asleep and Phil’s out at a movie. The London Flavours Crisps in Red Onion and Cheddar Cheese flavour was very nice; crunchy, crisp, skins-on, and full of flavour in just the right mix.
Pulsin Salted Caramel Raw Choc Brownie actually is the closest thing I’ve come across in the UK that reminds me of an Eat More candy bar back in Canada; it’s not quite the same, but pretty close. I have fond memories of getting these from our next door neighbour at Halloween or for a birthday treat. I would consider this more of a protein bar than a brownie, and there isn’t much of a caramel flavour to it, but I still like the overall flavour of the bar and the fact that it’s small and mighty and easy to carry around in a bag so you have it when you need it.
The Kids’ Top Picks
Tristan was very pleased to see Heinz Salad Cream in this month’s box as he loves to use it on his lunchtime salads and sandwiches. Although this product has been available in the UK for a century, it isn’t something that was in my part of Canada growing up, but I also like to use in in tuna fish sandwiches.
Phil used the Capsicana Brazilan Smoked Paprika & Spices Seasoning Mix to make fajitas for dinner this week. The kids enjoyed them…even if they had their wraps ‘unwrapped’!
More Great Products
Earlier this week Phil and Kallista had a day out together and Tristan and I went for a 3 hour walk in the country. By the time we arrived back home I was tuckered out and deflated, which was the perfect time to try out Rosie’s Pig Flat Tyre cider with rhubarb. I’m a big fan of cider, and the rhubarb flavour was enough that it wasn’t overpowering. The tartness was good when combined with the sweetness of the apples. The only thing better than this on its own on a hot and sunny afternoon would have been to have had a little piece of rhubarb pie to go with it!
You know we love crackers here! And the Peckish Cheese Trays are very nice rice crackers that are light and flavourful. They may be a little more on the salty side than the cheese side, but they are all too good to pick one (or more) up as you walk past. These would make a great picnic food to share with a dip, but I love them just as they are.
Rosie’s Pig Flat Tyre Sparkling Cloudy Cider with Rhubarb was a delicious treat to come home to after a long, hot day outdoors with the kids. It isn’t too cloudy, as you can see, and the rhubarb flavour was subtle, but yet very much there mingling with the apple cider. It wouldn’t have been something I’d have chosen in the shop, but I did enjoy this quite a lot.
The Ribena Sparkling drinks are powerful; they almost have too much flavour for me, they’re so strong. I must say that black current is a very popular flavour here in the UK, but I hadn’t come across it in Canada and perhaps that’s why I’m not such a huge fan of it, though after 14 years, it is growing on me. Phil, who has spent almost all his life in the UK, does like it.
Phil likes his coffee, and I like iced coffee, so were interested in the Percol Iced Coffee. It’s 70% milk, which makes it very rich (too much for me), and as it was a very hot day, Phil would have preferred I put ice cubes in it…though of course, he could have done that himself…It is good, but I think the coffee flavour itself could have been just a touch stronger. I think this drink would be a treat to have while camping when you return back from a hike and want a little taste of civilization without the effort.
Oh gosh, I used to drink a lot of hot chocolate back in the days when I worked in the city; these days its relegated as more of a treat on a cold and miserable winter’s day after being outdoors. Cadbury Highlights Milk Chocolate is surprisingly rich and delicious for being ‘light’, in fact, I had added a couple of marshmallows and couldn’t tell that this was a light version as it was still frothy and sweet.
Miso Tasty Mugi Barley Miso Soup was something new for Phil to try out this month. He wasn’t so sure about it, but once he tried it, he liked it. Tristan also had a little taste and is looking forward to his own bowl next week. Miso is salty, a bit seaweedy, and a broth that is enjoyed with most meals in Japan for its health benefits.
That completes this month’s overview of what we received in our Degustabox. If you have tried a box, let me know what you think!
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