I’ve been spending a few days this week to continue going through the Degustabox that I was talking about earlier this week, here. I thought I would take a moment to bring up a few more here to share before I wind up finishing everything off and not mentioning them.
Especially since I said that I would fill you in about the other items in the box…
So here’s what we have:
Kala Beautiful Beans: Oh my goodness! If you like crunchy snacks, you’ll like these! Think wasabi peas, but instead of chickpeas, these are fava beans, and they obviously aren’t coated in powdered wasabi.
I’m not a huge fan of black pepper on my crunchy snack items, but these are still rather tasty. I investigated their website and found that they have a total of four flavors, and instantly wanted to try the other three that were listed.
Then I was hit was a massive blow.
They are not available in Michigan!
Top it all off with my inability to find them anywhere to purchase them online, so I cannot go off in search of new snacks this weekend. This saddened me, but I will not let it get me down! Why? Because, I will see these on a shelf one day and remember them and buy all that I can get my little hands on! I enjoyed them that much, yes!
Next up, Good Thins has this sweet oat & flax snack cracker, and I will just state here, for the record, that these things are incredibly addicting!
That’s not a bad thing, though!
They are certainly a tasty treat when you want just a bit of something that isn’t quite what you expect from a cracker, if that makes any sense. Personally, I expect crackers to kind of have this dry taste and create a ton of crumbs when biting into them (probably why I prefer the bite sized kind you can just pop in your mouth, whole). These, however, are slightly sweet and they’re a good kind of crunchy that doesn’t leave you feeling like you’re covered in crumbs after eating a few. You will certainly need a napkin with these, however, as your fingers will wind up coated with the sweetness that is on the cracker, but it’s worth it! Lick those fingers clean, if you have to, but keep a napkin handy so you aren’t wiping them off on your pants.
The next thing on my list are two versions of these treats from Loacker. Specifically, their Gran Pasticceria in hazelnut and coconut. Talk about addicting. The hazelnut, surprisingly, was more addicting than the coconut. I think the coconut lasted a good week after being opened. The hazelnut, which is not a favorite flavor in my house, lasted all of maybe an hour.
I might have been hungry when I had opened the hazelnut ones. But, they were indeed that tasty that I couldn’t stop eating them!
Now, these little guys, here…
These are my daughter’s most favorite thing in the world, I swear! She loves to buy honey straws at the local farmers market in the summer, and she begged me from the moment she saw these, to have them for herself. To be honest, I was more than grateful for her reaction. There were all sorts of flavors of these things from Honey Acres, and I personally can only take so much added flavor to honey before it just tastes like candy and nothing at all like the product it should be. However, I did use a couple of them as sweetener for my green tea one day, and they were not overpowered by the flavors.
These are a bit different from the cough drops I have received from boxes past. The idea of a lozenge that you can take daily as a supplement that helps boost your immunity is great, in my opinion, and I would much rather ingest something like a hard candy than mix a powder with a glass of water and attempt to drink it without a cringing to achieve the same effect.
Ricola is not a new brand to me, and they were always the first choice I went to when I had a sore throat back in high school and college. Okay, so they were the first choice anytime I was doing anything musical or dramatic with my voice. The flavor of these isn’t so bad. I’m not a huge fan, but they could be much worse. There are certainly some seriously questionable throat lozenges on the market, and as a immunity booster, these do taste better than most of the chalky drink mixes you can find on the market.
These next two are a package deal. Why? Well, look at ’em! They are cake and frosting mixes! Of course they go together!
Actually, these items are what the featured recipe that was included in the box, was for. There were two options you could have gotten in the December Degustabox, of these Pillsbury Purely Simple mixes – White or Chocolate.
We decided to wait until closer to the end of the month to use the mixes and the kids and I came up with the idea to make a peppermint candy cane cake to take along to the in-laws’ place for Christmas dinner.
All in all, the taste was pretty good, considering I over-baked the cakes a bit. (To be fair, my oven is a tad wonky, and I’m usually quite lucky when something turns out perfectly.) The frosting, I probably could have mixed a bit better, as well, if I am honest, and I did add some peppermint extract to the frosting to add a bit more flavor. Also, that pinkish piped frosting around the edges? Yeah, I set some aside and tinted it with red food dye. Looking back at this photo, I’m still kicking myself for not using enough dye and for setting aside too much of the frosting to pipe with. I had a lot leftover and not near enough white covering the whole cake.
Everyone seemed to enjoy it, though!
The last thing in the box here, I will admit that I have still not tried.
One & Done Seasoning seems to be a good replacement for your every day uses for salt and pepper. I toyed around with the idea of using this instead of seasoning salt for making Chex Mix this winter, but managed to talk myself out of it.
I do intend on using this item soon, however. I recently picked up some pork chops that will make a tasty dinner that my kids will eat with zero complaints, and this I think will do nicely to season them.
To sum things up…
The December Degustabox was one of the best I have received, and I have been getting them every month since they started back in July of 2016. Every item in this box was used or well received by my family, and even my mom (who I had just gotten to sign up) said that the items went over well from November’s and December’s boxes that she got while up here visiting at my grandparents’ place.
Since I started this post, I have received my January box, and this is where I will admit that every once in a while, you might get items in your box that you are not thrilled with, or that you have zero use for in your home. My mom had no use for the two boxes of fruit snacks, for example, but my kids are able to use them for their snacks to take to school these first two weeks back after break. There were items that only my daughter would eat, and a couple of things my son was happy to see, but otherwise no one in my house was jumping for joy over anything in particular, and that can happen.
Oh, I take that back…
We all got pretty excited to see a box of pancake mix that was pumpkin flavored. We all really like pumpkin a lot in this house!
But anyway, as I mentioned in the previous post about Degustabox, you can sign up for your first box with my code (which is linked a couple of paragraphs up and in my previous post), and get $10.00 off. Trying it out for $9.99 might just be worth it, and my bias is that if you do sign up, I get extra points toward a free box.
Yes, get people to sign up and try it via your own code, and you earn points toward free boxes. Two people signed up will get you a free box.
And they have surveys they send out for each month’s box. That’s another away you can earn points toward free boxes.
Seriously, out of all the different food boxes out there, this one is the one I have tried and stuck with. We’ve gotten new-to-us brands and items that we may not have otherwise heard of before. I’m still dying to get a hold of more of those Kala Beautiful Beans as soon as I can find a place buy them! So take a shot if you want, order a box, and be either pleasantly surprised, or at the least, have just spent ten bucks on a box of groceries that would have likely cost you twice as much at the store!
Oh, and if you don’t use it yet, go sign up for Ebates and search Degustabox from their site. You can get $3.00 cash back from there on your box. 🙂