Wow, I can’t believe September is over and we’re heading into October already! There are so many events coming up this month (did you see my post about family friendly things to do in Belfast and area?) that it looks like we’ll be busy for certain! I’m spending today doing as much writing as I can so I can spend the week with the children learning and having fun. Before life gets too busy, I want to take a few minutes to share with you what was in our September Degustabox.
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Although I live in the UK and am reviewing the UK Degustabox, my US friends can also subscribe to the Stateside version of Degustabox!
It’s always fun to be home to receive our delivery! The courier guy always sees two little faces looking out the front window, then they’re right behind me as I open the door; waiting impatiently to have a peek into the box…what is inside? Under the box flaps, we’re always greeted with the simple brown wrap held together with a sticker. Then beneath is a layer of plastic bubbles to cushion the contents there are the coupons, recipes, and information leaflets. Then…after you lift those out you’ll reveal the contents of the box.
The Full September Degustabox Contents
Here’s a breakdown of all the items in the September Degustabox:
- £1.99 Green & Black’s Velvet Edition
- £2.49 Nestlé Cheerios Oat Crisp
- £2.20 Knorr Concentrated Stock
- £1.35 x 2 Virtue Energy Water (Lemon & Lime and Berry flavours)
- £2.99 Miso Tasty – Ramen Noodle Kit
- £1.19 Mentos Mint Mix Sharing Pouch
- £1.60 Dream Ancient Grains milk alternative
- £3.49 Wild Planet Albacore Wild Tuna Steaks
- £0.69 Green’s Egg Custard Mix
- £1.85 Latin American Kitchen Santa Maria flavoured rice
- £1.85 Latin American Kitchen Santa Maria sauce
- £1.75 Voucher for Seriously Spreadable Squares
The total retail value of the September box is £24.79, which means that for your introductory price of £5.99, you’re saving £18.80 off the retail price of the items! And as always, delivery is free. Regular boxes are priced at £12.99 with free delivery.
Keep in mind that the contents may vary – so when you order your box your contents may not be exactly the same as mine; as a reviewer I received the items in both the alcoholic and non-alcoholic boxes so we could try them out for you. Such items are the extra packets of Latin American Kitchen rice and sauce, as well as the Dream Rice Quinoa, and the San Miguel Gluten Free beer.
September Degustabox Favourites:
There were some good items in this month’s Degustabox, as always. Here are the adult’s top three items:
Tristan enjoyed the Green and Blacks Velvet Edition bar of 70% dark chocolate. Once again, three of us agree on this item. It’s not bitter as many dark chocolate bars can be. A single piece will do to curb your chocolate cravings. Kallista said it was a little rich for her; but that leaves more for the rest of us!
We tried out the Latin American Kitchen Spicy Red Rice with our Friday night dinner. It was flavourful, and as a side dish there was enough for all four of us to try (the packets contain 2 servings). It was easy to heat in the packet in the microwave, too. My only drawback was that it was a touch too oily.
Coincidentally enough, the day our box arrived, we heard on the radio station back home that it was National Drink a Beer Day…so of course, Phil and I ‘had’ to try out the San Miguel Gluten Free beer after dinner. I am always leery about trying new beers, but Degustabox has good taste and I haven’t been let down. This was light and smooth and didn’t leave an after-taste. Our only disappointment….there was only one!
The kids had their favourites, too:
Tristan was very excited about the September box as there were so many non-dairy items contained in it! He has a dairy allergy and often feels left out, but Degustabox always has some new treat he can try out.
Tristan says the Dream Ancient Grains Oat, Spelt, and Buckwheat milk alternative was ‘very nice,’ and he’d like to have it again in the future. He can be quite picky with his drinks, so I always like it when he finds new products that meet his approval so I have more choice in the shops when searching for the best value.
Both children (and us adults, too) love the Mentos Mint Mix Sharing Pouch. Sometimes a whole packet of the same mint flavour can be a little boring, so having two flavours mixed in one pack adds some nice variety….and lasts a little longer than a small roll. I have these tucked away in my backpack for ’emergencies.’
Other September Items:
As I sit and type this up, only 48 hours have passed since our delivery so we haven’t had a great chance to try out everything yet. In addition to our top picks this month, we’ve also tried the Nestlé Cheerios Oat Crisp. I’ll be honest here; I do like the taste, but I wouldn’t personally market them as a healthy breakfast cereal due to the 24% sugar content! They are coated in sugar and as such will give a quick high followed by a low and not keep one satisfied very long. Even Kallista at the age of 7 says they’re too sweet. Rather than for a bowl at breakfast, we may opt to have a few sprinkled on yogurt and use them as more of a treat than a regular meal.
I am glad to report that the Virtue Energy Water doesn’t contain aspertame so the usual tinny taste that I so dislike isn’t included; this is a bonus as most energy drinks I’ve tried in the past do have artificial sweeteners. I didn’t notice any burst of energy when I tried them mid-afternoon on exceptionally tiring days, but they are one of the better-tasting brands I’ve tried to date.
I do a lot of cooking for the freezer, and I make homemade soups once or twice a week for our lunches and the recipes often call for stock. I haven’t had the pleasure yet of trying out the Knorr Rich Beef Concentrated Liquid Stock, but I’m happy to see that there isn’t any added MSG in it. I have only a couple of cubes left in my cupboard, so it won’t be long until we’re using this on a regular basis.
We’re all looking forward to the Miso Tasty Ramen Noodle Kit! As members of the Japan Society, we always look forward to the events that have proper ramen soup. Their mix is brought over direct from Japan and I haven’t seen an equivalent here. We’ve had a little trouble with our car this year and missed two events; Kallista says that we should hold onto this and if we have to miss another event we can still have a taste of Japan at home. This kit contains miso mix and noodles; just add a slice of pork, beef, or chicken, half a boiled egg, some spring onions and bamboo shoots and you’re on your way! This kit is included in the non-alcoholic box.
We do love our cheese, and spreadable cheese usually means there’s a special occasion, and with two birthdays this month, the voucher for Seriously Spreadable Squares will be used. We always have crackers in the house (except that one time in ten years that we ran out), and together we can enjoy on movie night, date night, a birthday, or anytime.
I’m not such a huge fan of custard, to be honest, but my husband is. There’s a recipe for a bread and butter pudding using the Green’s Egg Custard Mix that I’m sure the rest of the family will enjoy…I’m thinking this might be a nice treat for Phil on his birthday instead of French toast.
And as for the Santa Maria sauces; two members of our family aren’t fans of peanuts so the other two will try that one out while the remaining members will try the spicier variety. Whether over rice or some homemade fries, they should be good. It all works out in the end and we can all enjoy new things!
If you’re curious about what we’ve received in previous Degustaboxes, check out these posts:
- Back To School Degustabox
- Summer Degustabox
- BBQ Degustabox
- Picnic Degustabox
- Degustabox For Adventurers
- Easter Degustabox
- February Degustabox
- January Degustabox
- Winter Degustabox
- Christmas Degustabox
- October Degustabox
- September Degustabox
- August Degustabox