Sunday, 10 October 2021

September 2021 Degustabox review : Family Sharing

Before we'd even started unpacking this month's Degustabox, the kids were already hovering behind me oohing and aahing in appreciation ! You can see why when you look at my first sneaky peek here - yes, I can see what they've got their eyes on too ! I giggled when I saw the theme of the box - Family Sharing. Hmm, I wonder how much of this month's contents will actually be shared. I bet I don't manage to get my hands on much !

The first product that was instantly munched was this pack of Brioche Pasquier Brioche Rolls with Chocolate Chips (RRP £1.50). The kids love the beautifully soft brioche and the generous quantity of dark chocolate chips in each bun. They're perfect for breakfast or an after-school snack when they get home ravenous.

Compal Orange Algarve (RRP £1.99) is another great breakfast option. Made using fruit from the Algarve, with its long hours of sunshine and high quality soil, it has a great flavour and level of sweetness. This is available in Portuguese stores and at

Carr's Ciabatta Original (RRP £1.59) are Italian-inspired oven-baked crackers that can be topped with all sorts of sweet or savoury toppings. The kids have been eating them with pâté, cheese and tomatoes or tuna, as well as chocolate spread, peanut butter and jam. They are as tasty and convenient as they are versatile.

Eat Real Tomato & Basil Hummus Chips (RRP £1.80) are this month's Product of the Month. Eat Real are on a mission to bring delicious snacks made with honest ingredients that never compromise. Their slogan is "real ingredients, real crunch, real taste". These crunchy snacks are surprisingly tasty and they are better for you than similar products, with 40% less fat. The little boat shape is perfect for scooping up salsa or guacamole but they are also very tasty on their own.

One of the Madhouse kids' favourite snacks from their time in France, Prince Chocolate and White Chocolate (RRP 2 x £1) are tasty, crunchy biscuits sandwiched together with a chocolatey filling. A couple of these biscuits with a glass of orange juice is all that is needed for a quick afternoon snack. They're even suitable for vegetarians.

Santa Maria Fajita and Chicken Taco Seasoning Mixes (RRP 2 x £1.05) are perfect for rustling up a tasty lunch in a matter of minutes that the whole family will enjoy. The Fajita mix, which includes a blend of chilli pepper, cumin, paprika and oregano, makes a regular appearance on our menu plan. The Chicken Taco mix was a new one though and was much enjoyed. The flavours of oregano, mild chilli, garlic and cumin are not overly spicy so it was well received. Add fajitas or taco shells, guacamole, tomato salsa, grated cheese, sweetcorn and salad to the table and let everyone serve themselves in a Tex Mex fiesta ! 

Kelly Loves Katsuo Udon (RRP £2.90) looks like an interesting snack or lunch option. It offers an authentic Korean Katsuo broth with a generous portion of Udon noodles and dried bonito flakes as a topping to bring extra umami. Erm, I only understand about half of that but it sounds like some great new flavours to try out ! Even better, the product is low in fat & sugar. Available in Sushi Daily kiosks at Waitrose and ASDA.

Sumol Passion Fruit (RRP 99p) is a refreshing, lightly carbonated drink that contains the juice and pulp of passion fruit. It's a lovely zingy flavour that we all enjoyed. While we've never tried it before, the brand has been around since 1954. Also available in orange and pineapple flavours. Available in Portuguese stores and at

McVitie's Jaffa Jonuts (RRP 50p) are a new twist on the old favourite Jaffa Cakes. A soft donut-shaped sponge base, tangy orange filling and crackly chocolate topping. Each ring contains 167 calories so they're not bad as a fun snack for the kids. Individually wrapped, they are available in multipacks.

Nature's Heart Almond, Peanut & Double Choc Protein Bar (RRP £1.59) contains 10g of plant protein, "powered by pea and nuts". The bar is a combination of crunchy almonds and peanuts, covered in quality dark chocolate from certified sustainable cocoa. Each bar is gluten free, suitable for vegetarians and high in fibre. The perfect snack to keep you going during a busy day ... or just to nibble on when you fancy a tasty treat !

Toffifee (RRP £1.43 for a pack of 12) are one of those sweets that I've known about for years (decades, in fact !) but have never actually tasted. Well, now that I have, we'll be having them again as they're delicious and not even expensive. You get a crunchy hazelnut in a delicious caramel shell, smooth hazelnut spread, plus a drop of rich chocolate. Utterly delicious !

There was also a voucher for a Richmond Frozen Family Meal (RRP £4), available at ASDA, Morrisons and Iceland, that I haven't managed to use yet. These meals serve four people and sound perfect for a midweek meal when I get in late from work. You have the choice of Tomato and Sausage Pasta or Sausage Hotpot, both of which sound appealing to both kids and adults.

 A subscription to Degustabox costs £12.99 per month including delivery, with each box having a value of much more than that, but the great news is, I have a discount coupon code for you which means you'll get the first box for just £7.99 - that's an even bigger discount than usual ! Just enter code PKUFE at the checkout. 

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Disclosure : We received the box in order to write an honest review. As a Degustabox blogger, I receive all of the products that go into the monthly boxes, but subscribers may not get exactly the same selection.


  1. I'm pondering whether to order the Degustabox advent calendar. Apparently it was a big hit last year. By the time I make up my mind, I imagine all the pre-orders will be gone. I liked the last month's selection. Did you figure out what the fluffy floaty bits in Kelly Katsuo were? I read the ingredients and wasn't sure, if that was a reconstituted vegetable or tofu.

    1. The advent calendar appeals to me too - it does sound good but I imagine it won't hang around for long ! It was a great selection this month and the kids loved if for sorting out their lunches and snacky bits when I was at work. I didn't eat the Kelly Katsuo, it was Sophie, so I'll have to ask her !


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