With the start of a new month, I was anticipating a hefty box to be at the door at any moment…
And when this month’s DegustaBox came, I couldn’t contain my excitement!
There was only one item I couldn’t have because it was non-vegetarian (the
BustaNUT! Maple Bacon Flavored Peanuts), but everything else was up for grabs.
The first thing I tried was the Toosum oatmeal-based bar, and it instantly became one of my new favorites. The flavor I got was acai and cranberry, but the soft cookie-like texture is what sold me. I haven’t seen these in stores though, so I’m going to have to be on my toes and really look out for any more flavors of these!
The BustaNUT! Bourbon Flavored Peanuts were peanuts packed with flavor, obviously waiting to be “busted out” of the package.
I only had the Bourbon flavor (it doesn’t actually have alcohol) and left the Maple Bacon flavor one in lab. I found the package half opened the day after I left it…someone must have been real picky, haha.
One of the most useful items from the box was Hak’s Pak One Pot Cooking Sauce. It was essentially made for crockpot cooking, and I was the most eager to try out this item out of everything because it was so crockpot-friendly! My crockpot meal was cooked for about 5 hours, and when I came home I piled everything up high on a flat plate. I was ravenous, and seeing the sauce soaked into the pores of my sweet potato discs, shredded cabbage, and cooked bell pepper was making my mouth water.
In my last box, I had a beverage that I also hydrated with after a long run. Even though that was an aloe-based drink, both that beverage and this month’s featured tonic water truly hit the spot.
I try to take my long runs easy, going at a pace about a minute slower than I want to race, so I don’t worry too much about dehydration. But sometimes, even a slow long run can induce a strong thirst. I’ve always been able to calm this thirst down with a tall glass of ice cold water, but lately I’ve noticed sparkling water does the trick too. This month’s bottle of Sparkling Bitters came in the grapefruit mint flavor, and that spicy citrus, yet refreshing aftertaste was the perfect post-13 mile stabilizer.
I also received another Honey Bunches box, this time the honey cluster flavor. I used to be in love with Honey Bunches for a short while in middle school, doing so much as to try every flavor in the cereal’s family, and after exhausting the boxes of each flavor I came to realize that I honestly was a bunches fan. When my hype for the cereal died down, that’s when the Just Bunches! cereal line came out, but I was too jaded to try it.
This time around, I may have gotten the unlucky box that was filled primarily with flakes over the bunches, which reminded me how much I do miss the bunches!
The English Provender Co. provided three of their curds/chutneys to try, and while I could have spread these on bread, muffins, or bagels, I chose to top them on Greek yogurt cups. Lemon curd and vanilla Greek yogurt is one combo that can’t be messed with. As I was eating it, I realized that this could easily be mixed as a filling for pie crust!
The remaining two jars were chutneys, and while I thought the tomato flavor was too savory for my liking, I enjoyed the caramelized onion flavor.
I could actually see each thinly-sliced onion ring, marinated in a sweet, dark purple colored preserve. Now this is a chutney I could see being dollop we’d into small pieces of crostini and served atop a silver platter as an appetizer at a fancy dinner.
I first saw this cookie brand at Starbucks, but it was this month’s box that introduced me to their small shortbread cookies!
Both flavors of the Michel et Augustin shortbread cookies I received were packed with smooth, buttery flavor and a crisp chocolate texture for their chocolate chip shortbread. I was more sad than I should have been after I consumed both!
The featured item in the box this month were Zolli Drops hard candies. They are are sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, non-GMO, vegan, and kosher. They remind me of flattened-down versions of Brach’s hard candies, and are just as fun to snack on as a bag of popcorn. Actually, these mixed in a bag of popcorn doesn’t sound like such a bad idea…
My favorite snack item was hands-down the PopCorners Carnival Kettle chips. These tortilla-chip look akin have a texture and flavor akin to mini, flavored rice cakes…except they are flatter, crunchier, and bolder in flavor. I could not stop eating these, and had these after a particularly exhausting, energy-draining day. No regrets, because this bag was oh so worth it.
As far as sweets go, I’d say this month’s DegustaBox did an excellent job with its offering. I didn’t immediately come to this conclusion, since at first glance of these Entenmann’s Little Bites Chocolate Chip Muffins, I was doubting how “luxurious” all these food items really were.
But these small baby muffins proved me wrong. They were extra soft and chewy—like cupcake balls without the pretty icing and sturdy dowel.
I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I honestly felt like I was spoiled this month with the different products I got. In fact, I have yet to try two items by the time this post publishes: Nando’s Peri-Peri sauce and corn & quinoa pasta.
I’m looking forward to having the pasta in future crockpot dishes, as a base for marinated veggies.
The Nando’s sauce is something I’m looking forward to try as well. I think it will definitely come in handy when I use up my apple cider vinegar and will need a new flavorful liquid to flavor my veggies with. And for some reason, I’m curious to see how it would taste poured over pizza…
Which of these items sounds the most appealing to you?