Although we’re in for another 3 weeks of lock down here in the UK, I am supposed to be sheltered for the next 3 months so other than medications and grocery essentials every two weeks, no one will be setting foot in the shops, which can make a life quite boring and predictable. However, things always get exciting when we receive our monthly Degustabox which contains surprises and items we have never tried out before. This month it’s a UK vs International Degustabox. Who will win?
Please note that as reviewers, we often receive most or all of these variations so we can try them all out and share our thoughts with you (I will note this where applicable below). We received this Degustabox in exchange for our honest review.
Let’s start with the contents of the March 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 13 items; 6 snacks, 3 beverages, and 4 meal items. The long version is….
The UK vs International Degustabox Contains:
- £1.80 SXOLLIE Cider
- £3.00 PEPPADEW Sweet Piquanté Peppers Mild Chopped
- £1.29 x2 Brynmor Flapjacks
- £3.00 Percy’s Caramel Chocolate Shortbread Sticks
- £1.85 Very Lazy Lemongrass Paste
- £1.85 Very Lazy Ginger Paste
- £1.85 x2 Kombucha
- £1.59 Tilda Peri Peri Microwave Rice
- £1.99 Growers Garden fresh Broccoli crisps
- £1.00 x2 Terry’s Chocolate Orange Minis Popping Candy
In addition, in this month’s box was a competition for a free box – to enter you need to find 10 hidden words in a wordsearch and follow the directions to enter. There is a 25% off voucher code for Brynmor flapjacks online, and 2 recipes: a lemongrass mojito and a rustic pizza (both recipes contain ingredients found in this month’s box.
UK vs International 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.
Brynmor Flapjacks are on my list of top picks this month! We received 2 bars, with my favourite being the Caramel Fudge with its little fudge pieces inside and caramel topping; it’s sweet and heavenly. I’ve been going for morning walks in the country (I can walk there in 7 minutes) and when I feel I’m starting to slow down I’ll have a little nibble of my bar and it gives me the energy to keep on going. The Cranberry is also very good, with the tart balancing out with the sweet and will be in my pocket next week.
One of the first drinks I had on the Emeral Isle was apple cider, and I still dabble with it from time to time, and I did enjoy SXOLLIE Cider. It doesn’t have any added sugar, and you’ll find 3.3 Pink Lady apples inside every bottle. It’s tart and fresh, and goes great with an afternoon outside in the back garden.
We tried out PEPPADEW’s Sweet Piquanté Peppers on freshly barbecued hamburgers on a sunny afternoon at ‘the beach’ (one must be even more creative this spring/summer than usual). I haven’t had piquanté peppers before, and 3 of us really liked them and found them to add a little kick to our burgers. They are sweet, a little pickled, and also have a slightly spicy undertone. This item will be making it onto our grocery lists in the future.
The Kids’ Top Picks
We had Tilda’s Peri Peri Microwave Rice with some pork loins and green beans. The children liked the flavour, as well as the speed and ease it was for them to make as you simply empty it into a bowl and microwave it instead of waiting for it on the stove. Rice can sometimes be boring, but when you add some flavour, it makes all the difference.
Tristan’s a fan of Growers Garden fresh Broccoli crisps, and they remind me slightly of a favourite snack I’d sometimes have in Japan. The crisps are a light green, and don’t have an overpowering flavour of broccoli, so if you don’t mention the ‘b’ word, I’m sure children would love the novelty of them. They’re also conveniently shaped for dipping into sour cream, salsa, or whatever you desire.
Kallista loves chocolate, and Tristan once snuck into a room and attempted to devour a Terry’s Chocolate Orange when he was a toddler, so it’s no surprise that Terry’s Chocolate Orange Minis Popping Candy was a hit with them, as well as us ‘parent folk.’ The little segments are smaller than their full-sized cousins, and thus very easy to fit into your mouth so they don’t melt. The rich orangey chocolate melts away and leaves behind a popping reaction in your ears and brain, which is a fun experience.
More UK vs International Products
Phil’s all about shortbread, I love caramel, and we both love chocolate, and Percy’s Caramel Chocolate Shortbread Sticks brings all that together in one. These little sticks make a great accompaniment to the afternoon or evening cup of tea.
I haven’t yet tried out the Very Lazy Ginger Paste, but I know I will soon. I often come across recipes that require ginger when I don’t have any, and then I purchase said product and can’t remember the recipe….with a tube of ginger ready at any time, that will no longer happen!
Who’s the Winner?
UK or International? Which one won this month? I’d have to say it’s quite an even draw, which isn’t surprising because we often love international food and cultures and we’re always up for trying new products. Which items would you love to try?
There you have it! The full run-down of the UK vs International 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! Use Code ZPH3A and save £5.00 off your first box!