Welcome to my round up of my favourite bits and pieces from the November Degustabox. If you’re not familiar with the Degustabox then very briefly it’s a subscription service where each month you’re sent a box of goodies to try. It’s absolutely brilliant for discovering new brands and I’ve been completely converted to some products I’ve tried over the past few months which I would never have thought to buy otherwise. If you’d like to know more then you can read a full review of the service here and if you fancy giving a box a try yourself then make sure you use the discount code at the bottom of this post on your first order.
Anyway, onto my picks…
Sometimes when I unpack my box and find something I’ve tried before I can feel a touch disappointed. The thing I love about the Degustabox is discovering foods I’ve not come across before and finding I fall in love with a few of them. However, there will never be a time in my life that I open a box from anyone and feel disappointed by finding a bottle of Baileys, it’s my favourite, my only disappointment was that it wasn’t a full sized bottle 😉
However, the Baileys wasn’t the first thing to disappear from the box, it was in fact the Jim Jams Hazelnut Chocolate Spread. It’s basically just like Nutella, although Jon noticed that it wasn’t quite as sweet (which personally I prefer). There’s a reason it’s not quite as sweet and that’s because it contains 8.7g of sugar per 100g compared to Nutella that has a whopping 56.8g!! Now, I wouldn’t necessarily call this a heathy spread, it’s still high in fat and calories but if you fancy a chocolate hazelnut spread sandwich then I’d definitely recommend switching.
Sticking on the subject of chocolate, my next pick is the Divine Dark Chocolate with Raspberries – delicious dark chocolate with a little hint of sweet, sharp raspberry, what’s not to love!
My next pick is one for Jon. Personally I like my coffee to taste like coffee, I’m happy with adding milk and perhaps a little sprinkling of chocolate, but I’ve never really gone in for the array of flavoured syrups available in coffee shops these days. Jon on the other hand is the complete opposite, he only drinks coffee if it has a decent squirt of syrup added. He really enjoyed the flavour of the Teisseire Gourmet Drops (we tried caramel and vanilla flavours) and another huge bonus is that the flavour seems to be really concentrated so you only need a small squirt in each drink, meaning it lasts for ages. It’s also really low in calories.
The alcoholic drinks in this month’s box were definitely a winner with me, as I said I love Baileys and I’m also a fan of cider. I was already a fan of Rekorderlig ciders and really enjoyed the Dry Apple Cider – quite simply light, refreshing and delicious.
I’m finishing my picks with a savoury flourish, these Bourne & Wallis British Baby Beetroot were yummy. I never buy beetroot because… how do you remove beetroot stains? HOW? I always end up dripping it down my front and having that problem to deal with, but I should buy it more because it love it. I had a quick taste of one and ended up eating about half a jar as I’d forgotten how much I like them. This version was particularly nice, not too vinegary and the “baby” size made them easier to eat. They’re also grown and packaged in the UK which I think is a nice little plus.
For more information on any of my picks take a look at the Our Boxes page on the Degustabox website where you can find lots more details.
The rest of the box…
In addition to my picks above, the box also contained…
Ryvita Cheddar & Cracked Black Pepper Thins and Ryvita Green & Black Olive Crackers – Hmmm, they were OK I suppose.
Food Thoughts Cocoa Powder – Great if you’re looking for a good quality, organic, fair-trade cocoa powder and it worked really well in the chocolate cake and smoothies I used it for. However, it’s about twice the price of the cocoa powder I usually buy and I didn’t notice any really difference in quality for the additional price.
Kim’s Fruit Crisps – These crisps are air dried rather than fried so they’re nice and healthy. The boys seemed to enjoy them so they make a great snack for little ones.
Belvita Breakfast Biscuits – These definitely tasted more filling than regular biscuits, I’m just a little unconvinced by the idea of biscuits for breakfast. It’s certainly not an example I want to set to the boys as it’s about the only time of day they don’t currently ask for biscuits!
Branston Orchard Fruit Chutney – Nice, but a little on the sweet side for us. We prefer vegetable based rather than fruit based chutneys.
Hartley Black Cherry Jelly and Strawberry Glitter Jelly – Of the two we preferred the flavour of the strawberry glitter jelly and the addition of the glitter would make it fun if you’re ever hosting a sparkly pink birthday party. I found the flavour a touch artificial and too sweet and personally I prefer homemade jelly made with natural fruit juice.
Butterkist Discoveries Salted Caramel and Butterkist Sweet and Salted nice, but not as nice as original Butterkist – that I love and I’m not sure any new flavour can complete! That didn’t stop Josh trying to pinch a handful when I was photographing it though…
Before you go…
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I was gifted a Degustabox for the purposes of this review