This past month has been a whirlwind of activity for me, and I’m looking forward to a couple of calmer weeks to sit down and catch up. It’s been a long time since our family has done so much in one month! What a lot of memories have been made travelling around the country with friends and family. So it’s appropriate that this month’s Degustabox is for family sharing.
Let’s start with the contents of the Family Sharing 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 17 items; 12 snacks, 2 beverages, and 3 meal items. The long version is….
The Family Sharing Box Contains:
- £0.55 x3 Hartley’s Strawberry Jelly Pots
- £2.29 Riso Gallo Risotto Rice
- £.55 x2 Alpen Protein Bars
- £1.99 Lucozade Zero 1l bottle
- £0.55 x2 Milkybar Buttons
- £2.99 Epicure Pesto
- £1.00 Appy Kids Co. Yummy Bakes
- £4.00 Eisberg Alcohol Free Sparkling Rosé
- £0.79 x2 CHUM Fruit Bites
- £1.85 Very Lazy Garlic Paste
- £0.79 x2 Boka Cereal Bar
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.
Quite surprising to me, I very much enjoyed Lucozade Zero Pink Lemonade! I very rarely like sugar-free beverages, but one of the things I miss from Canada is pink lemonade. This version is a fizzy drink, and it was great to sip on during one of the unusually hot days of September while I moved between weeding the garden and sitting to read and relax. It’s quite sweet, but refreshing at the same time.
The Alpen Protein Bars traveled with us to Navan Fort last weekend and helped Phil and I keep our energy up for the ride home at the end of the day. The chocolate bar is just as good as a regular chocolate bar – it has a layer of chocolate on the bottom, topped with a crunchy-chewy thick layer of deliciousness. This one was my favourite, while Phil quickly devoured the cranberry yoghurt bar.
I really dig these CHUM Fruit Bites! We had both peach and berry flavours in our box this month. I am always a sucker for peach, but the berry were also delicious. These remind me of Mom’s homemade fruit leather and the tastes of the Canadian Okanagan Valley nestled in the Rocky Mountains; late summer and autumn are all about fresh fruit stands on the side of the road. With these little bites, you can enjoy that flavour all year round.
The Kids’ Top Picks
My children really enjoyed the Appy Kids Co. Yummy Bakes, which are just like fig rolls but with a raspberry filling, and feel a little lighter. They are perhaps a little sweet, but they are tasty and good for a snack on the go.
The Boka Cereal Bars are scrumptious! The Choco Mallow flavour is a little like a chewy s’more with crispy rice, chocolate, and a subtle hint of marshmallow. The Caramel flavour is also chewy, sweet, and caramelly. These are all too easy to eat and make a nice afternoon treat.
The children (young and old) enjoyed having Hartley’s Strawberry Jelly Pots for dessert on their picnic at Navan Fort. They did find that without gelatin in them, they weren’t set as firm as they’d been expecting, but for those who avoid gelatin, this would be a good option. Hubby says it tasted the same as the traditional version of jelly, so flavour isn’t lost.
More Family Sharing Degustabox Products
The Riso Gallo Risotto Rice was easy to make, and was very filling (following the directions for 4 people, we had enough for leftovers). I put mixed bell peppers and chorizo in ours for extra flavour and colour and served it with extra veggies as well. Phil and Tristan really liked it, and I think Kallista and I might like it more if I use a different meat next time, such as chicken, but there are as many combinations of ways to switch up this meal as there are people, so I’m sure we’ll find just the right combination.
Phil does like these Milkybar Buttons; I had to run out after taking this picture, and when I returned, Phil had arrived home from work and devoured them off the kitchen counter! If you like white chocolate, you’ll enjoy these.
We go through garlic at an alarming rate in our home – it can cure what ails you, not to mention keeping the vampires away! There are times when we do run out, and Very Lazy Garlic Paste will certainly come in useful on those occasions! This would be great for camping or when you’re going out later in the day and don’t want your fingers to smell of raw garlic.
Pesto is a real treat for us, so we’re looking forward to trying this Epicure Pesto out soon. Our favourite ways to use pesto is on pasta, cod, chicken, gnoshi, and boiled baby potatoes. If you know of a new way for us to use it, please let us know in the comments below!
October is full of events for us with two birthdays and Canadian Thanksgiving among them. We’ll be trying Eisberg Alcohol Free Sparkling Rosé for one of them. Rosé is my flavour of choice, and with it being alcohol-free, the children won’t have to feel left out of the celebrations.
There you have it! The full run-down of the September 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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