This has been a month that not much has been accomplished, as you can clearly see from the lack of postings on the blog. The children and I have all been unwell to varying degrees, and there has been a decided lack of energy that we haven’t seen in a long time. Receiving our September Degustabox was a bright spot as we tried out new products and enjoyed a couple of repeat items.
The only drawback this month was that my taste buds have been off and perhaps each item wasn’t as flavourful (to me) as it should have been. So keep this in mind…and the best way for you to know how something tastes, of course, is to try it yourself! Yes, sign up for a Degustabox subscription and give your own taste buds a surprise!
Don’t forget that this month Degustabox also has a competition; share your picture of an item from the September Degustabox on Instagram for your chance to win an October Degustabox. Full details are contained in the September Degustabox.
Let’s start with the contents of the August 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 14 items; 5 beverages, 8 snacks, and 1 meal items. The long version is….
The Full September Degustabox Contains:
- £0.89 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
- £2.99 Cadbury Oreo Instant Hot Chocolate
- £1.50 Juicy Fuel Cola Original
- £1.20 x 3 YES! Fruit and Nut Bars
- £1.85 Choc Chick Cacao Nibbles
- £0.99 Indi Bay Snacks Pretzel Bites in Easy Cheesy flavour
- £1.60 Dr. Karg’s Organic Wholegrain Snack Tomato & Mozzarella
- £1.80 Jules Destrooper Butter Crisps
- £2.29 x2 Jack Daniel’s Tennesee Cider
- £3.99 Good Hemp Hemp Seed Hearts
- £1.50 a2 Milk Long Life Whole Cows’ Milk
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.
September 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.
Peanut butter usually isn’t my thing at all; but a couple of times a year (and especially around Halloween), I crave Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. It wasn’t until a couple of years ago they were available here other than in the specialty or foreign foods shops, but now I can find them right in our local Spar! Phil and I shared these and my hunger for peanut butter was satiated for another few months!
I’ve had a love of cider since my first trip to Ireland in 2000, but I have never (to the best of my knowledge) tried Jack Daniels, although I used to have several friends who raved about it back in the day. I’m glad there are two bottles of this Jack Daniel’s Tennesee Cider in the box, as Phil and I shared one two weeks ago, and we will share the other one this week for date night. I was feeling at my worst when we tried this, but…it was delicious! The cider wasn’t too tart, and the JD gave it a warmth that was appreciated on a sore throat. Phil never did catch this bug, and he also loved it. It’s definitely something we would like to have again in the future.
We were happy to see Jules Destrooper Butter Crisps make a repeat appearance in this month’s box. They are very buttery, and crispy, just like their name! I didn’t get a photo last week, but let me tell you – the best way to eat these is to put your favourite ice cream in a bowl, add some sauce, and then fancily stick a Butter Crisp or two into the ice cream and serve it to your ill wife on date night! It was a delight! I have some of these tucked away for Christmas and New Year’s celebrations…if they last that long as we also have Thanksgiving and two birthdays this month alone! Yes, I will likely have to purchase a box for the festive season.
The Kids’ Top Picks
When you’re not feeling well, it’s nice to be pampered, and a cup of Cadbury Oreo Instant Hot Chocolate does the trick! There’s nothing like a hot drink made by a loved one, topped with marshmallows, to make you feel loved. Phil has made this a couple of times over the past two weeks, and I made a round after the kids and I were outside for 3 hours earlier this week bird watching and the kids had a robin eating out of their hands! It helped warm us up as we hadn’t expected to be out for so long. This hot chocolate is much darker than most, just as Oreos are darker than most chocolate cookies. It did indeed taste like Oreos, too! The whole family liked this product!
Tristan has a dairy allergy, and often people with such allergies don’t react to a2 milk…but we haven’t yet found a shop within driving distance of us that stocks it, so he was so very joyful to see a2 Milk Long Life Whole Cows’ Milk in this box! As this was whole milk, it meant that I was able to make some Canadian pudding for the whole family to enjoy without Tristan feeling left out, and that was a real treat for everyone! It should be available at Sainsbury’s for most people, and hopefully it will soon find a place on the shelves here. Because this is a long life milk, it can be stockpiled in the cupboard and used when needed so you don’t have to worry about running out of milk if the weather is bad!
The kids had fun mixing some of the Choc Chick Cacao Nibbles into their trail mix. It is dairy free, too, which means more people can enjoy it (like Tristan). It may have an updated look when you see it in the shops as we received the older-styled packaging in this box, so keep that in mind when you are looking for it on the shelf.
More Great Products
Also making a repeat appearance this month is the Good Hemp Hemp Seed Hearts. Phil has been making himself salads at work for his lunches, so he has taken these to work to keep in his drawer so he can sprinkle them on his salads – pouch is resealable, which makes it easy! Phil likes the nutty flavour, and the extra protein and Omegas, it will give him the energy he needs to cycle back home after the workday ends.
Dr. Karg’s Organic Wholegrain Snack Tomato & Mozzarella are crispy and great with a slice of cheese. These would be lovely with their colour and texture on a party platter.
The YES! Fruit and Nut Bars had a mixed review in our home; Tristan was okay with the one that didn’t have nuts, and Kallista did like the ones that had nuts. Phil also enjoyed them, and I was undecided. There were three bars included in the box so there is some variety. There wasn’t any added sugar, so the sweetness was from the fruit itself, but I did find them on the salty side.
Also with mixed reviews was the Bay Snacks Pretzel Bites in Easy Cheesy flavour. We are a pretzel-loving family, but we’re on the plain side without extra flavours. One of the children did like these, but I’m afraid they just weren’t favourited by the rest of the family.
I’m afraid we didn’t have any takers for the Juicy Fuel Cola Original. It was just an odd combination of flavours. The juice was grape, which gave it sweetness, yes, but the flavour just wasn’t appealing to Phil nor I. In a past box there has been a blueberry flavour, and I would recommend that over the Original flavour.
There you have it! The full run-down of the September Degustabox – the ups and downs and inbetweens. Have you tried a Degustabox yet? Give it a whirl and see what delights are in the next box!
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