Time for my monthly Degustabox feature, if you haven’t seen previous month’s posts, Degustabox is a monthly subscription box, filled with amazing new foods for you to try out. Including new lines from big brands and foods from smaller brands that you maybe weren’t aware of. For £12.99 per box you will have contents worth well in excess of that, so get the chance to try something new and maybe even find a new favourite treat.
The November Degustabox was the Christmas box. I’m not convinced it was overly festive but it was very nice. A good mix of sweet, savoury and some lovely drinks. Here’s what I got;
Hartley’s Glitter Jelly – 2 x £0.75 – The glitter jelly is very festive and it’s nice to see a new flavour, the raspberry, we made it up with a lot of real raspberries as well for a fruity, sparkly, fun desert. I’m not keen on the consistency of the glitter jelly, I can’t quite put my finger on it. But the flavour is good and the shimmer makes up for it. Perfect for a Christmas trifle.
Christian Potier Sauce – £2.50 – We got the Hollandaise sauce and I have to say I really like the one portion servings. It’s a lot less waste and makes it really easy to add a bit of a twist to a meal. Obviously I used it for eggs benedict for lunch. Not something I’d normally just whip up, but having the sauce there, ready to go, it was super easy. L loved it as well, it made a nice lunch for the two of us.
Butterkist Choc Mallow Popcorn – £1.49 – This is delicious. Crisp. Chocolately and with a real mallow taste. It is very sweet, a real treat, we all loved it. I would certainly buy it again. Just too yummy.
Butterkist Sweet Cinema Style Popcorn – £0.28 – These are actually sold in multi packs of 6 for £1.69, but we only got one small bag. The cinema sweet popcorn is exactly as you would expect and have probably tried at some point, nothing new from Butterkist here but enjoyable nonetheless.
Ryvita Thins – £1.89 – I adore Ryvita Thins and I do like a good selection of savoury nibbly bits at Christmas. I got the caramelised onion flavour and they are good. They work well with cheese. They do not work with houmous, I tried, not so good. Pickles are good, cream cheese is great. Very versatile and very tasty.
Ryvita Crackers – £1.29 – I was sent the cracked black pepper variety and they are very tasty. The size of a cream cracker, just as crispy but wheatier and then with the pepper as well they are very tasty indeed.
Pipers Crisps – £2.00 – These crisps are very crispy and I really liked the new Wild Thyme & Rosemary flavour but I can only hope that the price is a mistake. £2.00 is way to much for a normal, single serve, bag of crisps. The flavour is delicious, not delicious enough to warrant that price though.
Jules Destroper Butter Crisps – £1.19 – These large round crispy biscuits are somewhat waffle like, with an almost brandy snap flavour but still being butter. The would work perfectly with ice cream. Go very nicely with a coffee. Or, just be eaten straight from the box, one after the other.
J2O Glitterberry – £2.49 – It’s good to see these back on the shelves. I love J2O’s seasonal drink, it looks good, tastes good and is perfect for a party. A 4 pack is £4.00, although they half price in Tesco at the moment, I bought a pack this week!
Michel et Augustin – £0.89 – A little pack of 4 cookie squares topped with dark chocolate and sea salt. These are amazing. The chocolate, the salt, the biscuit. They are all perfect and combine so well. I loved the funny packaging as well. I really I hope I can find these in a local store as I was so impressed and I think they would make a wonderful addition to my lunchbox.
Appy Kids Co – £1.49 – Golden Apple juice drink, featuring The Gruffalo. L is really into apple juice at the moment, so timing wise it couldn’t have been better for us. Add a picture of the Gruffalo and we had one happy kid. A kid repeatedly going to the fridge and asking for his Gruffalo juice!
The Good Cider – 2 x £1.50 – I love a fancy cider. Usually my summer drink of choice, but I wasn’t going to turn it down just because of cold weather. The Strawberry-Lime was delicious, sweet and tangy and very drinkable. The Wild Berries was super yummy as well, again, far to easy to drink. I could get into trouble with these they taste so good.
Broderick’s – Extra Item – I discovered Broderick’s a couple of years ago at a Christmas Show and have been a fan ever since. Lovely people making amazing, chocolatey, biscuity, cakey things. I got a little Crunchy Slam-Dunk Peanut Chunk bar. It was super yummy. With crunchy nuts, crumbly biscuit, gooey caramel and a thick layer of chocolate the different textures and flavours perfectly combine into a decadent treat.
Ahmad Tea Moroccan Orange Slice – Extra Item – This one wasn’t for me, not being a tea drinker. I’ll be honest I haven’t even tried them yet as they just aren’t my kind of thing.
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The biggest surprise for me was the Christian Potier Sauce. I thought I would like it but I didn’t think the single serve pouches would be overly useful but upon actually trying it, not only was the flavour better than expected, but the single serve idea was incredibly useful.
My most disappointing item was the Pipers Crisps. The flavour and the texture are both spot on. I just can’t get over that price though. It makes them way too much to actually buy in real life.
The stand out item for me was the Michel et Augustin Cookie Squares. It was nice that they were completely new to me, as I’ve been a bit dissapointed recently at the amount of repetition between the same brands in my Degustabox and even sometimes the same products. But these were new to me and AMAZING. So tasty, quite a grown up little snack as well. I just loved everything about them.
The overall family favourite goes to the Butterkist Choc Mallow Popcorn. We just all loved it. The three of us enjoyed a bowl of the tasty popcorn and a movie. Perfect.
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