It’s that time again! It seems like I’ve only just shared what was in the September Degustabox, and it’s time for the October Degustabox review already…but I am trying hard to catch up one thing at a time, and the beverages in this box are keeping me hydrated as I either sit and type or flit around the house and yard tidying up and getting things organised. And to help with that, the October box even includes a tea towel!
Once again this month Degustabox also has an instagram competition for your chance to win a 6-month subscription of Degustabox. Full details are contained in the October Degustabox.
This month we thought we’d try something new and have the children do a video reveal for you! With all the new-t0-us products, they didn’t get all of the pronunciations correct, but you can clearly see their enthusiasm that never fades from month to month:
Let’s start with the contents of the October 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 items; 7 beverages, 2 snacks, and 3 meal items. The long version is….
The Full October Degustabox Contains:
- £0.65 KITKAT Chunky Salted Caramel Fudge
- £1.49 LIFT Instant Lemon Flavour Tea
- £1.75 Heinz Creationz Mexican Beanz
- £2.00 x2 Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey & Lemonade
- £1.59 x2 Upbeat Drinks Spring Water Enriched with Protein & Vitamins
- £1.89 Santa Maria Latin American Kitchen Mexican Spiced Tomato Sauce
- £0.70 Get Fruity Bar Moist Mixed Berry
- £1.19 Ginger Beer by Supermalt
- £2.89 Clipper Fairtrade Everyday Tea with Teatowel
- £1.99 Shreddies Original Shreddies Breakfast to Go
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.
October 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.
We’re big tea drinkers here, and though we often tend to stick with what we know, this year we’ve been branching out a lot and trying several dozen new varieties and flavours. In this month’s box we received a box of 80 Clipper Fairtrade Everyday Tea bags with a bonus tea towel! This was the first item I tried this month; you can see it here in one of my favourite cups. This tea gets a thumbs up from both Phil and I as it’s not overpowering, yet flavourful. The bags are unbleached, which is better for the environment. And the tea towel is also unbleached and has a fun phrase on it. It’s almost like Grandma’s old tea towels and will work very well.
In last month’s post I mentioned that I hadn’t previously had Jack Daniels, and I’m quickly coming to know why it is so popular in North America. Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey & Lemonade drinks are very good. Phil and I shared a can on the weekend and yum! It’s sweet, lemony, you can taste the honey…and there’s a familiar aroma as well that we couldn’t quite place. I love lemon drinks, and this is one I’ll look for during warm weather.
I really love ginger beer, and so was pleased to see a bottle of Ginger Beer by Supermalt in this month’s box. Phil and I shared a bottle while watching our weekly family night movie. It was quite sweet, but the ginger flavour shone through, though not to the point of burning your throat; it was just the right balance. Phil also enjoyed it.
The Kids’ Top Picks
Kallista wasn’t sure about the Get Fruity Bar Moist Mixed Berry bar when I asked if she’d like to share it with her brother. I opened the package and was met with a very bright and deep cranberry coloured bar! This intrigued Kallista. I had a tiny taste so that I could report on it. It’s very fruity and the oats keep it grounded. When Kallista tried it, she immediately changed her mind and decided it was indeed for her! Tristan also very much liked it.
While Phil and I sipped on the ‘adult’ drinks, I treated the kids to a mug of hot LIFT Instant Lemon Flavour Tea. It is sweet; it contains artificial sweeteners, though I’m not sure what kind, exactly as it’s designated with an ‘E’ number. This tea reminds me of the lemon tea I would have in Japan during the winter, as well as a hot drink in Canada one would have while ill with a cold or flu; what a strange mix of memories! I grew up on powdered iced tea – made both hot and cold, but it was a novelty for the kids. It tastes like Ceylon tea with a slice of lemon and sweeteners.
Kallista couldn’t wait to try out the Shreddies Original Shreddies Breakfast to Go. She thought this combo of a bowl of Shreddies, a spoon, and a mini carton of milk was a novel idea! This would be great for Phil to take to work; he can keep the cereal in his drawer and the milk in the mini-fridge and have it ready for an emergency on a day he sleeps in and doesn’t have time to sit down with the kids for breakfast before he cycles to work. Or he could even use it for a lunch, if he wanted to. This would also be a good idea for camping when cooler space is always at a premium and a large bottle of milk isn’t practical.
More Great Products
KITKAT’s have always been a favourite of mine, and I quite enjoy the fun flavours they come up with, particularly during my time working in Japan. The Chunky versions, though, haven’t been top of my list, but this KITKAT Chunky Salted Caramel Fudge is different – it’s delicious! The only problem with it is that it goes all too fast!
On Sunday, Phil made dinner before our movie night. He made up some taco seasoned meat from scratch, and Kallista helped prep the veggies. They put the Heinz Creationz Mexican Beanz into a bowl and heated them up in the microwave. The beans were layered up in the taco shells for most of us; Kallista had her meal as a taco salad with a pitta so had her beans on the side. These beans were a nice addition to our usual taco meals. I’m not a huge fan of beans, but even I liked them! There wasn’t a bean in sight at the end of the meal.
Upbeat Drinks Spring Water Enriched with Protein & Vitamins received a mixed review. I was unsure about it myself, Kallista wasn’t a fan, but Tristan and Phil did like it. There was some murky floaty sediment in the drink, which was a little odd.
Santa Maria Latin American Kitchen Mexican Spiced Tomato Sauce is the one item we haven’t yet tried since receiving our box. We have had a few of the other products in this range, so we are sure this will be a flavourful product. I will work it into our November meal plan…or perhaps even use it for a Christmas party nibbles ingredient-it could be good as a base for our potato pizza bites.
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!
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