How is it that time of the month again? It feels like it was only a few days ago since we were excitedly looking through July’s Degustabox! The Degustabox, if you haven’t heard of it before, is a monthly food and drink subscription box costing £12.99, but the value of the items always exceed this. They’re delivered by DPD, and we always get an email on the morning telling us the time that they are coming – we’ve never been let down.
The theme of this month’s box was ‘Back to School’, and I think this is probably one of our favourite ones yet.
Light Bites Popped Chips – RRP £0.99
We had two flavours – sweet & smoky chipolate and pesto & sundried tomato. They were really nice, especially the sweet and smoky one, which had a bit of a kick to them. They’re under 100 calories a pack and are veggie friendly, gluten free, packed with fibre and protein and free from artificial nasties. They were a hit with the kids as well, so I’m looking out for these again.
JellySqueeze – RRP 2 x £0.69
We’ve bought squeezy jelly pouches in the past and the kids weren’t overly keen, but they seemed to like these ones. These are perfect for popping into lunchboxes or to eat on the go, and at 69p a pouch, I think they are pretty good value for money. They’re suitable for vegans and vegetarians and are gluten and lactose free.
Hellman’s Real Mayonnaise – RRP £1.69
This was a really useful addition to the Degustabox – I’m pretty sure for most households mayo is a kitchen fridge staple! Hellman’s mayo is made using 100% free range eggs and is perfect for sandwiches. Harrison is absolutely loving tuna mayo at the moment, so we are getting through a lot of it!
Maggi Fusian Noodles – RRp 2x £1.39
We usually have a pack of instant noodles or two in the cupboard for super quick lunches or sides for dinner – and it’s the one thing I know I can get our fussy Alex to eat. We weren’t particularly keen on the fiery sweet chilli ones, which was a bit surprising, but we all really liked the sticky hoisin duck flavour.
Orangina Limited Edition Summer Bottles – RRP 2 x £1.20
I was really excited when I saw these because I haven’t drunk Orangina for years. I ended up feeling really disappointed though – I’m not sure whether it’s because I had the ‘light’ version or because they don’t come in those funky glass bottles anymore, but it just didn’t taste how I remembered it.
Cadbury Curlywurly Squirlies – RRP £1.99
I’m not normally a fan of Curly Wurly’s. I hate taking a bite and then the chocolate sliding off the rest of it. I ended up opening these in desperation when I needed a chocolate fix, and well, what sharing bag? They were much easier to eat than the bars!
Cadbury Dairy Milk Big Taste Toffee Whole Nut – RRp £0.65
We discovered these recently (the family size bar!) and enjoyed them, so this didn’t last very long. It’s a bit of a twist on the old Dairy Milk nut bar…and controversially, I think it’s actually nicer!
Bahlsen PiCK UP! Black ‘N White – RRP £1.69
These were delicious! They’re white chocolate bars sandwiched between two crisp chocolate flavoured biscuits. Because they’re individually wrapped, they stay fresh and are great for lunchboxes and picnics. Definitely something we will be buying again.
Refreshers Softies – RRP £1.00
I didn’t try these – Refreshers are one of the very few foods I can’t stand (however, out of desperation I ate them when I was pregnant because someone told me they helped heartburn – they really do!). Graham and the kids enjoyed them though. They’re a soft version of the much loved fizzy, fruity Refresher sweets.
Seabrook Crisps – RRP £1.00
We get through a ridiculous amount of crisps in our house. I have the of bag of ready salted but the kids and Graham are crisps maniacs. I’d never actually had Seabrooks crisps before, and I really liked them. They’ve got a good crunch to them and lots of flavour. This multi pack had the three favourites – salt and vinegar, cheese and onion and ready salted.
Tabasco Green Pepper Sauce – RRP £1.89
We use quite a lot of the normal Tabasco sauce (seriously, how versatile can a bottle of sauce be? It seems to go with everything!) so we were looking forward to trying this. It’s their mildest sauce yet – tangy and fruity rather than fiery heat. I don’t think we will be using it as much as the normal one, but it’s a good store cupboard item nevertheless!
Twisted Halo Coconut Water, Ginger and Vodka – RRP £1.50
This only has 90 calories in it, so I really, really wanted to like it. As soon as I opened it, I had that unmistakable waft of coconut and I just couldn’t drink it – anything with that sort of smell takes me back to being an extremely drunk 17-year-old who had snaffled half a bottle of neat Malibu. I swear even the smell of sun cream made me feel sick for years afterwards. Graham enjoyed it, but he said it did taste very similar to Malibu. I’m sure it’s very nice though!
So there’s August’s Degustabox. Like the sound of it? Why not try one out? You can get your first box for just £5.99, saving £7.00 bu entering BLDEG15 at the checkout.
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