Another month has passed us by and it’s time to bring you the next round of Degustabox
reviews. The March box was full of new and exciting treats- the team have been on the ball lately and picked out some super products most of which I’d probably ignore if I saw them on the shelves as I’m very much a creature of habit. It’s always a joy to receive one of these boxes every month, I still get them delivered to my parents’ address so my Mum and I can stick with our tradition of opening them together…it’s the little things in life and something we really enjoy!
I’m ahead of the game in getting my review up this month thanks to being on a week off, more time at home = more time to snack away on new treats, especially with Ben around to help out!
It wouldn’t be Easter without a Lindt bunny now would it? It’s become tradition that my best friend buys a mini one each year and if I’m lucky I get some bigger sized ones to keep it company. This white chocolate one was a most welcome addition, white chocolate is one of my favourite things to eat (because inside I’m 5 years old) and Lindt do it better than most! I must stock up on these before the Easter stock disappears for another year.
Theses pains au chocolat from Brioche Pasquier are the perfect indulgent breakfast treat for our week off. A mug of freshly brewed coffee and one of these gently warmed through makes for the perfect start to the day and an indulgent alternative to my usual vat of porridge. At £1.40 for four you can do far worse than give these a go!
Ok so these aren’t a new product in the slightest but as Chewits have always been one of my favourite sweets so I did a little dance of joy when I saw my two favourite flavours in this month’s box. I still very much mourn the loss of the vanilla ice cream flavoured ones (let’s get rid of those funky tasting cola ones in favour of these please…) but these are more than acceptable and the strawberry ones I find especially addictive…they’ve been around for 50 years now which means they are obviously are doing something right!
There was a bit of a breakfast theme to this month’s box and the drinkable contents were some extra protein containing Weetabix on the Go drinks and a carton of Good Hemp coconut. The Weetabix drinks were ok, more Ben’s kind of thing than mine as I just love eating my breakfast too much to not make time for it, but as I often end up packing him off to work with a smoothie these are a good alternative and not too bad on the taste front and ideal for the days where I can’t be bothered to get the blender out! As for the hemp drink, well, I’m going to admit neither of us were brave enough to try that. I’m sure it’s very good for you and all that but we just couldn’t get our heads around it.
Kallo make my kind of snacks, I’m one of those strange creatures that loves rice cakes- it was one of my favourite things to snack in with my Nan when I was a kid- a plain rice cake spread thickly with milky way chocolate spread and I still love them today. The milk chocolate rounds are delicious and great for packing in a tub to take out and about or even to work if they last that long. The Quinoa and Seeds multi grain cakes are also very good, lovely as a savoury snack with some soft cheese or dunked in my usual lunch time soup. Both of these will become regular fixtures in my food shop from now on I think!
Parle aren’t a brand I’m familiar with so I was intrigued to see what they could offer in the way of snacking materials. Turns out they are pretty good, and cheap! The Hide & Seek are India’s best moulded chocolate chip biscuits and I can see why, especially at 59p for the fact. I found these dangerously addictive. Likewise with the Monaco crackers, crispy savoury and delicious and if I see these on the shelves at 39p I’ll be grabbing a packet or six. I love finding new brands to try and that is the beauty of Degustabox.
Snacking in front of the TV is a must when off work and thankfully we’ve had Metcalfe’s skinny popcorn in cinema sweet to keep us going. I’ve long been a big fan of Metcalfe’s popcorn range and this is pretty tasty despite the use of Stevia which I typically cannot stand. Ben was more a fan of Piper’s Crisps in Cheddar and Onion, I let him devour these himself though as I’m not a fan of crisps in this form. The speed in which the bag went down was testament enough to their quality I feel.
Despite cooking my first roast dinner this week I haven’t yet found occasion to use the cranberry and orange stuffing mix from Kent’s Kitchen as it didn’t really fit with my plans for a traditional plate of roast chicken (sage and onion is the only way with this!). Hopefully I’ll find occasion to use this soon though as previous experience with this brand tells me it’s going to be good. I really love the idea of meze to go and this inclusion from Karyatis was super tasty- roasted red pepper and feta cheese dip with crunchy rosemary crackers made for one tasty night on the sofa but would be equally perfect as a quick and unusual lunch for work.
If you’re persuaded to give Degustabox a go (and really, you should) you can claim a brilliant £6 off of your first box by entering the code BLDEG15 at the checkout. It’s been a pleasure to work with the brand one and off over the last couple of years and it’s without a doubt something that I will continue to purchase long after our partnership ends. I love the monthly surprise and excitement as well as the chance to discover products I’d otherwise pass up on the supermarket shelves.