With Halloween cancelled in many parts of the UK this year, we stayed home, watched movies, and enjoyed the day filled with music, dancing, laughter, and treats. Surely, there can’t be a better way to try out new products than with family? October’s Movie Night Degusta Box was filled with treats, and no tricks.
Please note that as reviewers, we often receive most or all of these variations so we can try them all out and share our thoughts with you (I will note this where applicable below). We received this Degusta Box in exchange for our honest review.
Let’s start with the contents of the October Degusta Box 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 15 items; 11 snacks, 2 beverages, and 2 meal items. The long version is….
The Movie Night Degusta Box Contains:
- £2.59 Maltesers Instant Hot Chocolate
- £1.29 Brynmor Chocolate Flapjack
- £1.50 Attack A Snack Original Nachos
- £5.00 KitKat Senses Chocolate Selection Gift Box
- £1.59 x2 Yes! Plant protein bars
- £2.00 St. Pierre Brioche Burger Buns
- £1.50 Reese’s Peanut Butter Minis
- £5.50 Costa Instant Coffee
- £1.50 Naked Malaysian Rendang Veg Pot
- £1.00 x2 Olly’s Pretzel Thins
- £1.75 Whaoo! Chocolate Filled Crepes
- £2.00 Scarestrings Strawberry Yollies Voucher
- Gift Kookie Cat Wild Berries
This month’s products are worth £27.81 (+ a £2.00 Voucher) if bought separately, but you will pay only £12.99 (with free delivery), and if you use our coupon code, you’ll also save £3 off your first box.
Movie Night Degusta Box 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 Senses Chocolate Selection Gift Box was my personal favourite. Having lived on 3 continents, I’ve found KitKat’s flavour to be consistent, and having been a child of the ’80s and ’90s I recall all the advertisements and I still like to have a break and have a KitKat. These little mini bars are individually wrapped (thus so easy to use for Christmas stocking fillers) and come in 3 flavours: Hazelnut Praline, Salted Caramel, and Double Chocolate.
The Double Chocolate is so smooth and chocolatey, it’s just plain delicious! Smooth and melty. Hazelnut Praline is sweet and crunchy and lovely with a sip of brandy. Salted Caramel is sweet and salty and melts in the mouth. These would make a great gift any time of the year!
I’ve always been a huge fan of pretzels, but I’m also very hesitant when it comes to anything other than traditional shapes and flavours. However, Olly’s Pretzel Thins were a very pleasant surprise! They have that satisfying crunch that’s needed to quench a craving, and much better for you than a packet of crisps! I could eat the salted original all week. We also received a packet of multi-seed sesame, and they were also very good – the first ‘flavoured’ pretzel that has met my stamp of approval!
Phil’s eyes lit up when he saw Reese’s Peanut Butter Minis in the box! If ever there was a person who liked Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, it’s him. In the past I would have perhaps one every few years. Strangely, though, I’ve developed a liking for peanut butter and honey over lockdown, so we’ll be battling for these! These mini cups have a good burst of peanut butter flavour and are coated in milk chocolate which makes them extra-extra-sweet. I couldn’t have more than one or two in a serving as they are so sweet, but I’m sure Phil would somehow manage many more if I didn’t hide them until after this review!
The Kids’ Top Picks
Both Tristan and Kallista liked Whaoo! Chocolate Filled Crepes, which were a novelty for them. Thin crepes covered in a chocolate layer and rolled, and individually wrapped. I must also say that they are preservative-free. I wasn’t as big a fan, as crepes always remind me of the ones I had in Japan, which were spectacular, but for children, they’ll like the sweet chocolate and the ease of having one in a picnic box or for a treat.
The St. Pierre Brioche Burger Buns were very good when used at the base for a bacon butty as a birthday brunch. I always find Brioche buns to be too sweet for my preference, but it balanced off with the saltiness of bacon and a little drizzle of brown sauce. They do say you must try a food several times to like it, and with various brioche items in the Degusta Boxes over time, perhaps that’s what happening to me? I will say that this was the best brioche product we’ve had yet, and the rest of the family, particularly the children, liked it, too.
Maltesers Instant Hot Chocolate is great for family movie night, or after a couple of hours learning about the geology of Northern Ireland and then rockhounding on the coast. With or without marshmallows as a garnish, if you like the malted taste of Maltesers, just add hot water for instant hot chocolate.
Other Movie Night Products
Brynmor Chocolate Flapjack is something we’ve seen before in Degusta Box, and is great to have in your pocket when you go for a lockdown walk! Chocolate coats the top of the bar; it’s sweet and heavenly
Attack A Snack Original Nachos are mini tortilla triangles, a corner of salsa for dipping, and a packet of cheese sauce. We have found the sauce to be 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!
Yes! Plant protein bars are a great addition to this box. I enjoyed the chocolate one after having a rowing session on the ergometer. Sweet, crunchy, and filled with protein, it hit the spot well. The Cashew, Blueberry & Dark Chocolate is ever so nice, and is now my favourite flavour. A bottom layer of dark chocolate, layered up with nuts and seeds with a generous burst of blueberry flavour to boot, Yes! please, I’ll have another!
I grew up making my dad innumerable cups of instant coffee each day. My family tend to make it much stronger than Phil’s, and Costa Instant Coffee is also not a weak brew so I was instantly awoken when I accidentally added a little too much into my cup! I don’t go out to coffee shops, but sometimes it’s nice to take a little break from work and studying (me, in this case, not the kids), and when I don’t feel like fussing about, an instant cup is just the ticket. My extra-strong cup wasn’t bitter nor acidic, which are both a plus in my books. With another 6 months of studies coming up, I’ll keep this nearby.
Phil enjoyed the Naked Malaysian Rendang Veg Pot after coming home from an hour on his bicycle. He’s had this before, and was looking forward to it upon his return. It’s coconutty and although at first he was disappointed in the amount of noodles in the pot, he later said it was just the right amount as they were quite filling.
There you have it! The full run-down of the Movie Night Degusta Box – the ups and downs and in-betweens. Have you tried a Degusta Box yet? Give it a whirl and see what delights are in the next box! Use Code ZPH3A and save £3.00 off your first box!