The November Degustabox was filled with lots of festive goodies for the whole family! In fact, it would seem that we were so keen to dig in and try out the contents that I somehow missed taking a photo of all of the products together – that’s a first! So let me share with you what was included….
Let’s start with the contents of the November 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 12-13 items; 4 beverages, 5 snacks, and 4 meal items. The long version is….
The Full November Degustabox Contains:
- £1.00 x2 Emily Veg Crisps
- £2.19 Jules Destrooper Almond Thins & Belgian Chocolate
- £2.99 Weetabix On the Go Kids
- £2.00 Tabasco Original Red Pepper Hot Sauce
- £1.80 Amy’s Kitchen Oganic Chunky Tomato & Lentil Vegetable Soup
- £1.45 Nick’s Coconut Bar
- £1.89 The Bees Knees Non Alcoholic Sparkling Wine
- £3.00 Reese’s Peanut Butter Snowman
- £2.00 Jack Daniel’s & Cola
- £2.00 Jack Daniel’s & Light Cola
- £1.80 Kallo Organic Vegetable Stock Pots
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, which means that this month we also tried out Mallow & Marsh Cranberry Marshmallows for £2.50 that would be in the non-alcoholic version of the box.
November 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.
This month I’m going to pick Tabasco Original Red Pepper Hot Sauce as my favourite product, simply because it’s so versatile and something that I use every week; it’s a true staple. I like to add extra hot sauce to my spicy noodles, to soups, chillis, Mexican food, and even into scrambled eggs. Life without hot sauce just won’t do! And even for the holidays, it’s an ingredient in our famous cheese ball!
I think Phil’s eyes nearly fell out of his skull when he saw the Reese’s Peanut Butter Snowman in the box! He’s such a fan of peanut butter, and it’s not something we often have in the house. I enjoy Reese’s products from time to time when I get a craving and nothing else will do – I’m glad to see them here in Northern Ireland now. This Christmas, if you have a Reese’s fan, buy them one of these and they’ll satisfy their craving in no time! It’s a bit slab of peanut butter covered in chocolate. What’s not to like?
Our third top pick was a tricky one, but Jules Destrooper Almond Thins & Belgian Chocolate were in the lead. These thins are so light that you can’t have just one. There are almond slivers in them, and one side of the biscuit is covered in chocolate, giving them a sweet taste, without being too much. They’re the perfect treat to go with a cup of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate while watching your favourite Christmas movie!
The Kids’ Top Picks
The children really gobbled up the Emily Veg Crisps. We received both the classic Sea Salt, as well as zesty Chilli and Lime. I preferred the spicy version (no surprise there), and the kids loved the novelty of eating both orange and purple sweet potatoes!
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 Oganic Chunky Tomato & Lentil Vegetable Soups were definitely to their liking – they were thick and chunky, just how they prefer their soups (try telling them that soup should be brothy rather than like stew – they won’t hear of it). I didn’t even get a taste as they were done in a flash.
With Tristan’s dairy allergy, he often feels a bit left out, and I love that there’s always something sweet in each Degustabox that doesn’t contain dairy. Mallow & Marsh Cranberry Marshmallows was the item this month. They weren’t to my palette, but I’m not a huge marshmallow fan – perhaps I should have tried it in a s’more; that would have been very good, indeed, with the light added flavour of cranberry! The children enjoyed them plain, but they love them in a cup of hot chocolate!
More Great Products
Just missing out on our top 3, was the Jack Daniel’s & Cola. JD was popular in Canada, but not something that I had tried there, but I am acquiring a taste for it now, thanks to Degustabox! I prefer the regular cola version over the light cola as I don’t like the aftertaste of artificial sweeteners, but with the added JD, some of that taste was hidden.
As I mentioned above, I do a lot of home cooking, and soups are always on the menu, so the Kallo Organic Vegetable Stock Pots will be used on a regular basis. The kids like some stock in their rice if we’re having something a little bland such as plain pork chops, and I simply cannot make their favourite lentil soup without veggie stock! Cupboard essentials in our Degustabox are always welcome!
I think that Nick’s Coconut Bar is somewhat overpriced, but it is good, and without added sugar, it’s not too sweet to enjoy. I like to keep things like this in my backpack for when I’m out and in need of something to get me by until I can get home to a proper meal instead of eating out. I had my bar while in Belfast last week for a craft workshop – having a snack before walking through the Christmas market helped take my mind off all the aromas I was passing and kept my mind on purchasing the gifts I was there to buy.
There’s one item that we haven’t tried, and that’s The Bees Knees Non Alcoholic Sparkling Wine, which I am planning to use as a gift in a small hamper for a friend. It does look delic, though – I love sparkling wines!
My children do enjoy Weetabix on occasion, so were interested in trying Weetabix On the Go Kids. Kallista liked it, but I’m afraid I’m not a fan of giving children sweetened and flavoured milks. It’s being marketed as a ‘breakfast top up drink’ but I’d rather my children have a glass of milk on the side or in their porridge or Weetabix with some fruit rather than mixed together in a drink to have in addition to their breakfast. To me this has the sound of the ‘follow on milks’ which are also not needed in a healthy diet when regular milk will do.
There you have it! The full run-down of the November 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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