You always know when you sit down with a cup of hot tea that every delivery coming on that day will arrive at once, and that’s just what happened (along with a camera battery going dead as you try to multitask). It feels like our last Degustabox was only just delivered, and yet a whole month has gone past! And this time we were home for the first delivery attempt of these winter snacks!
The contents in our box were (you may receive slightly different products depending on your tastes, and we received the alternate items for our review as well):
- Hoots Snacks
- Newton”s Appl Fizzics
- Oh Fudge! Apple And Cinnamon
- Maggi 3 Minute Noodles
- Eisberg alcohol-free wine
- Bite+ Multi Grain Flakes
- Gallo Italian Four Cheese Risotto
- Bahlsen Lebkuchen Mischung gingerbread cookies
- Bahlsen Akora cookies
- What A Melon watermellon water
- a2 Milk
We received a recipe for Eisberg Gingerly Sip Cocktail that I think we’ll try, and a coupon or 35p off a2 Milk, that we’ll definitely be using.
The total retail value of a Christmas box is £20.10, which isn’t bad for the cost of £12.99 a month (with free delivery!), and of course, if you use the coupon code X2OEC you’ll get your first box for only £5.99! (For my lovely US Readers click here for a 50% discount) You can’t beat that.
The top item for us this month without a doubt was the a2 Milk because Tristan has a dairy allergy and gets quite down at times that he cannot have some of the same foods as others. He enjoys his rice milk, but it just doesn’t work very well for baking. I only recently heard about a2 Milk on this podcast, and although we’ve since been searching our grocery stores, we haven’t had any luck. Now we know that we can purchase it from Amazon.co.uk! This is a game-changer!
Tristan is enjoying his a2 Milk on the Nutri-Brex at breakfast, and now that we can source it, it’s going to be a pleasure using it for baking and cooking without having to do a second batch for Tristan. It’s already made a difference in the way our Yorkshire puddings turned out for Christmas-nothing beats the consistency of real milk.
We’ve also been busy this week making Christmas crafts, and we were able to include some of our Degustabox contents in them.
The children made Victorian-style cornucopias and filled them with Bahlsen Lebkuchen Mischung, Bahlsen Akora, and Oh Fudge! And all of these little treats are delish!
The best way I can describe the Bahlsen Akora is to think about a gingerbread Jammie Wagon Wheel. Heart-shaped, chocolate covered, and gingerbread cake and jam on the inside. The Lebkuchen is great for lovers of gingerbread, too. I’ve never tried it before, despite its increasing popularity, and the various shapes and colours are inviting and look great in a nibble bowl. The Oh Fudge! apple toffee is soft enough that you don’t need to worry about losing a filling while eating it, and the apple flavour is prominent and is perhaps the most refreshing toffee I’ve had, all wrapped up in pretty silver foil wrappers.
In addition to our multiple deliveries that day, I had other things going on and was pressed for time so I tried out the Maggi 3 Minute Noodles. They weren’t too bad (I’m not usually a big noodle-eater). The packaging is all recyclable, which I am pleased to tell you. The foil pulls off the top, and the cardboard sleeve peels off from around the plastic cup. I did find that after sitting for a little while the bottom of the cup was a little soggy as if there are any hairline cracks in the thin plastic the liquid leaks out.
I put the cardboard and foil into the recycling boxes and washed up the clear cup…and then found a pretty red ribbon to tie around the top of it and then I filled it with some of the Choco Mallow popcorn from last month’s box and now it’s ready for a party! Doesn’t it look pretty?
The children surprised Phil when he came home from work by presenting him with the Gallo Risotto Box and a cornucopia to take with him to work for a change from his usual thermos of homemade soup.
I’m not a personal fan of the Bite+ Multi Grain Flakes, but Phil thinks they’re okay, so he’ll munch on those at work while the kids and I enjoy the Hoots. We received these little multi grain bread bites in salt & vinegar and salt & pepper flavours, which just happen to be my two favourite flavour combinations, and they’re very nice to have on the side of a bowl of soup, on a salad as croutons, or …. just straight from the packet.
We’re saving the drinks for New Year’s Eve so the kids can join in the celebrations; I’m glad to see that the Newton’s Appl Fizzics doesn’t have added sugar or sweeteners, as apple juice certainly doesn’t need them!
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