September Degustabox Review

September Degustabox Review

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Degustabox. All opinions are my own.

Another month gone by, another Degustabox received and reviewed!

As much as I want to say I really found all of this month’s products spectacular, I have to be honest and say I was actually underwhelmed (if not disappointed) with most of the products this month.

Degustabox September
Degustabox September

Compared to previous months, this month’s box seemed to come with less items than the norm. There were also a couple of items I had to pass on because they weren’t vegetarian-friendly.

I had to pass on these...
I had to pass on these…

The Post Shredded Wheat Frosted Mixed Berry cereal contained gelatin, I obviously couldn’t have the can of Wild Planet Albacore Tuna, and the Goya Rice Pilaf with Toasted Orzo Pasta unfortunately was made with chicken stock. At least I could depend on my lab mates to make good use of these items!

Of the snack items I received this month, I was glad to see a sample pack of Natural Sins coconut chips! I actually was able to review products I received directly from Natural Sins a while back, and I loved the chips now as much as I did back then. My only wish was that the bag had been a bigger one instead of a sample size pack.

Natural Sins Coconut Chips
Natural Sins Coconut Chips

The SunRype Fruit to Go strips turned out to be my most favorite items from the month’s box. I had both the Apple Wildberry and Apple Strawberry Watermelon flavors while I was working in lab (haha, I had to sneak it over to my lab bench so I could continue to work and avoid fainting from hunger). Overall, I found the texture to be appealing as well as the flavors, but the watermelon was my fave.

Sun Rype Fruit to Go
Sun Rype Fruit to Go

Another snack I enjoyed while being cooped up in lab were these Angelic Bakehouse Sprouted Mash Bread Crisps. I brought them with me when I had an overnight stay earlier in the month.

"Hard to believe that September is pretty much almost over, and that in a span of one month, I checked off three more over-night stays in lab and an overseas conference trip!! These Angelic Bakehouse bread crisps may not compare to the plates of churros or vegan paella I had in Spain, but they did get me through that rough first week I had this month in lab!"
Hard to believe that September is pretty much almost over, and that in a span of one month, I checked off three more over-night stays in lab and an overseas conference trip!! These Angelic Bakehouse bread crisps may not compare to the plates of churros or vegan paella I had in Spain, but they did get me through that rough first week I had this month in lab!

Yeah, they probably would have tasted better with some dip or salsa on top, but they were just fine on their own too. And for what you would think would be a tough, coarse bread crisp, it held onto the salt pretty well, as I was able to detect that for sure.

I gave the King Arthur Flour Essential Goodness Lemon Bar Mix to my sis, since I assumed she’d have more time and freedom to use a kitchen and test out the bars.

Actually, it worked out pretty well since our friend was visiting my sister for her birthday, and they ended up making them over the weekend of my friend’s visit—simply only needing to use eggs, butter, water, and a baking pan.

Lemon bars!
Lemon bars!

They made the bars in a bread loaf pan, and due to the compact size, they commented on how the crust was thick and slightly burnt at the bottom. This didn’t affect the taste though, and my friend liked how the crust held everything together while still having a flaky texture.

The Reese On the Go Fruit Quinoa Cups I received however, were a major disappointment. I guess I should have been prepared since the flavor was a Papaya Goldenberry mix, and my opinion may be slightly biased because papaya is not exactly my favorite fruit…

Reese On the Go Fruit Quinoa Cup ~ Papaya Goldenberry
Reese On the Go Fruit Quinoa Cup ~ Papaya Goldenberry

After tasting a spoonful, I couldn’t stomach the rest. I hated wasting it, but the flavor combined with the soaked quinoa texture was far from appetizing.

I’m usually not let down by the made-for-cooking products that are usually provided in these monthly boxes. Since Mutti’s partnership with the Degustabox brand, I’ve become a fan of their purely tomato-based products, and don’t have much to critique on this large bottle of tomato puree I received.

Mutti Tomato Puree and a veggie bowl with
Mutti Tomato Puree and a veggie bowl with Lee Kum Kee Korean BBQ Stir Fry sauce

I forgot to take a picture of a crockpot veggie meal I had with this, but the bowl was made up of a similar vegetable medley as the one I used in combination with the Lee Kum Kee Korean BBQ Stir Fry sauce.

Lee
Lee Kum Kee Korean BBQ Stir Fry sauce

I wish I could say I had no qualms about this sauce either, but I wasn’t fully sold. The sauce looked like a thick, vinegar-based sauce (much like this sauce I received from a previous Degustabox that I absolutely loved), but it actually came out of the packet like a runny soy sauce. The flavor was a strong, smoky one, and I feel like it just didn’t mix well with my vegetables or sit well with my stomach. I’m assuming it would probably make a good marinade, and it’s probably one of those products where only a little bit is necessary to go a long way.

When it comes to these monthly boxes, it can definitely be a challenge to guarantee that everyone will be pleased with the contents every single time. This month’s box may have not hit my preference too well, but hopefully October’s box will fare better 🙂 !

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