November Degustabox

November Degustabox

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

This month’s Degustabox came full of many items I was excited to try—everything from savory, sweet, crunchy, salty, melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

November Degustabox Goods
November Degustabox Goods

The sweet stuff always catches my eye, and the Bauducco Mini Panettone stood out to me a alot because it reminded me of my childhood. I didn’t like the cake as a child, but my mom was fond of the stuff. We’d always have a giant box in the kitchen around the holidays, when they were sold at Trader Joe’s or some other store.

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Panettone for one? Don’t mind if I do…

But trying this mini version as an adult? I had an immediate liking for it! It was a sweet treat one weeknight after consuming a crockpot veg bowl and winding down with a show on Netflix :P. The bread seemed crumbly and flaky, but it actually held its own and had the appropriate amount of stiffness while still having a chewy texture. 

Then there was this Goya Pico De Gallo Mild Salsa. 

"Just another @degustaboxusa find making my humble weeknight crockpot veggie bowls a little more flavorful"
“Just another @degustaboxusa find making my humble weeknight crockpot veggie bowls a little more flavorful”

I’ve been using to coat my crockpot veg bowls of course! Although, as stated on the label, it’s supposed to be an all-purpose salsa that’s perfect for burritos, fajitas, tamales, pasta, salads and even eggs, haha. 

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This salsa is delicious with potato, pepper, and eggplant!

Degustabox first sent some caramels from Lovely Candy Co. in April of this year, but these sea salt ones definitely had a saltier kick! I was still a fan of the brand after chewing on these—so flavorful!

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Lovely Candy Co. – Sea Salt Caramels

Not gonna lie, I was ecstatic to find this Milka Oreo bar in this month’s box! I’ve actually been seeing a lot more of the Milka brand making a presence in US supermarkets. I think my local grocery store (Ralph’s) even offered a Milka bar as a free promo item a while back!

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Milka Oreo!

The Walkers Shortbread Scottie Dogs also brought up some fond memories from my childhood! We used to have Walkers shortbread around the house too, especially when we lived in the UK for two years when I was younger.

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Walkers Shortbread Scottie Dogs

I had these scottie dogs as a pre-run snack, before heading out for a long run one Sunday with my marathon team.

I brought the Café Bustelo Café Con Leche Instant Coffee packs and Bell’s All Natural Salt‑Free Seasoning to Tulsa to share with my Dad.

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Coffee and seasoning

We had the coffee one morning during my visit, but we weren’t huge fans. We found it to be too sweet, and slightly burnt, after preparation.

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Eh, too sweet for my liking.

As for the seasoning, it added so much flavor to some wild rice stuffing we brought over for a Thanksgiving dinner at a family friend’s house. It was simply a mix of rosemary, oregano, sage, ginger, and marjoram, but it was all that was necessary to elevate the flavor profile of this dish.

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Just perfect for Thanksgiving!

The Goya Soft Taco Flour Tortillas were a perfect side for my dinners—especially with a lentil bean chili I had one night.

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Dinner comfort

I also received a bottle of Arteasan Yerba Mate tea. I let it sit in the fridge for a while to get it ice cold, and had it with one of my dinners. It wasn’t as sweet as I thought it would be, but it was certainly refreshing. I think it would have lacked any flavor if it was at room temperature…it was as if the cold temperature helped to emphasize the mild peach and rosemary flavors. 

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Arteasan Yerba Mate

I couldn’t have the Country Archer Turkey Jerky and Aneto Chicken Broth for obvious reasons, but one of my labmates (J.) was happy to have them! I left them on his desk in the morning and I forgot I had put them there when he found me later in the day and thanked me. I had no clue what he was talking about until he mentioned them, haha!

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Turkey jerky & chicken broth

Which of these November Degustabox would you have been excited to try?

February’s Degustabox

February’s Degustabox

This month’s Degustabox didn’t feature any snacks directly-associated with Valentine’s day, but could have easily fit the profile of sweet-flavored snacks and savory ingredients to make a meal worth making a loved one.

February's Degustabox
February’s Degustabox

Among the savory snacks, there were two packets of PopChips Ridges that I quickly picked to try first.

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Popchips Ridges – Salted

Salted had a drier texture, and Tangy Barbecue had a similar texture except flavored so slightly to help with the unpreventable dryness.

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Popchips Ridges – Tangy Barbecue

Definitely felt like I needed dip with these to make them more enjoyable, but perhaps I should have used the two packets of Bandar Spicy Mango Chili Sauce for a quick fix…

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Continuing to add flavor & spice to crockpot dinner bowls!

I instead used them to flavor a crockpot veggie bowl with cooked bell pepper, zucchini squash, and cabbage, also topped with pepper.

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Nando’s (Hot) Peri-Peri Sauce

I also had a bottle of Nando’s Peri-Peri Hot Sauce, and used it douse some cooked sweet potato discs in a similar crockpot dinner bowl I had one night.

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Favorite meal from the week!

On nights I don’t have a crockpot veggie bowl, I usually throw shiritake noodles into soup or a stew for a quick meal followed by a yogurt bowl or a protein-rich sweet snack. I have not heard of the Slendier Calorie Clever brand, but was eager to try it cooked with a grilled eggplant wrap (that I also happened to pair with another Degustabox item last month).

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A texture-varying combo!

The wrap came with a tahini sauce cup that I used to coat the noodles after nuking them to a warmer temperature in the microwave. I then added the wrap halves into the bowl for a filling, texture-varying meal.

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Literally just like candy.

I got a box of Ricola lozenges in last month’s box, but seeing that people are still getting sick around me, it made sense to get another box. This month’s flavor was Citrus Herb, didn’t have an overbearing menthol taste, and was easy on the palate.

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I’ve always loved the plaid packaging

These Walker’s shortbread rounds were also easy on the palate. They’re dense, buttery biscuits that I actually remember from my childhood. I lived in England for two years when I was 4-6 years old, and I remember having these around (the Scottie dogs especially). They were probably made for the intention of having them with tea, but they carry a soft, melt-in-your-mouth flavor even when consumed on their own.

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Even the shortbread biscuits have a seal.

I am not a fan of dark chocolate, so I wasn’t particularly blown away by the Green & Black’s pure dark chocolate sea salt bar. It had a beautiful ombre design on paper packaging…

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Such a pretty blue ombre.

…and golden foil encasing the chocolate, but I just couldn’t stomach more than half the bar. I can handle dark chocolate in small increments, but 70% dark cacao, no thank you.

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Gorgeous packaging…I just don’t have the palate for dark chocolate 🙁

A chocolate-based snack I could handle was this PR Bar in chocolate peanut flavor. PR Bar stands for “personal record nutrition bar”, contains 15 grams of protein/bar, and is gluten-free.

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Hello, peanut 🙂

The texture reminded me of that of a brownie-flavored thinkThin bar, and had a soft, chewy consistency. It was easy to chow down on, perhaps due to the thin chocolate coating and smooth filling. The peanuts were also finely ground, so there weren’t any off-sized peanut chunks.

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“I’m in love with the coco…”

When I saw this bag of Grace Coco Chips, I immediately was reminded of the song lyric “I’m in love with the coco”…this coco is MUCH healthier, and less dangerous, compared to the one fawned about in the song though 😉 . I’ve had coconut chips before, but these had a sweeter flavor and a rougher texture. I had them on their own, but they could have easily been sturdy as flavor-holding toppings atop yogurt, oatmeal, or baked into bread or cookies 🙂

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This bottle is literally glowing.

I am not a sugar-soda drinker, and have even only recently started to enjoy carbonated water drinks like La Croix and Zevia. But since a bottle of Jone’s soda was once again provided in the box, I had to try it out. It didn’t have a strong orange punch of flavor like that of the Fanta I used to drink in the past, rather the flavor was smoother, certainly frothier/creamier, and had a mild orange scent. Not sure how I could fit this bottle into a Valentine’s theme though…with a strong orange hue emanating from it and all 😛

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Bottlecap wisdom ~

Would you use any of these items to make a Valentine’s Day-themed dish? What would you make?

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