**Disclosure: I did receive a complimentary Degustabox to bring you this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.
This month began again with a surprise in the mail--the August Degustabox full of all sorts of treats to try out. The August box happens to be my second box. I have to say that it had just as many surprises as the first. I must admit, I did have to try the chocolate Loacker Rose of the Dolomites immediately after opening the box.
Loacker Rose of the Dolomites are Italian chocolates made with hazelnut pieces. The chocolate is so super-creamy. The hazelnut pieces are pretty fine, so they provide a light crunch. Really a blissful chocolate. My chocolaty experience with Rose of the Dolomites illustrates the adventures presented by Degustabox.
My daughter headed straight for the Goetze's Cow Tales, a family favorite and made in the U.S.A! Cow Tales come in a variety of flavors. The package included in our August box featured caramel wrapped around a cream center.
All of the items in each monthly Degustabox are full-sized. Sample sizes often do not provide you with enough of a product to really play around with and explore in terms of future purchase. Here is a look at the Popchips we tried:
I like that we had a whole package to try. Sometimes, I don't like something on the first taste and like it later on or vice versa. This one I found to have a little too much flavoring to. I was glad to to be able to try a few and try some more a couple days later just to see if my opinion changed.
Recipe Exploration: Deviled Eggs with Sir Kensington's Chipotle Mayonnaise
Several recipes were included with this month's box providing inspiration for using White Lily White Grape Wheat Flour. I chose to explore a different recipe--using Sir Kensington's Chipotle Mayonnaise for Deviled Eggs! Before incorporating the spicy mayo into deviled eggs, we dipped roasted potato wedges into the mayo. We found it delightfully fluffy with a little kick!
For the deviled eggs, I hard boiled six eggs. Then, I cooled them in the fridge. Once cool, I shelled the eggs, cut them in half and removed the yolk placing it in a mixing bowl. I added 1.5 Tbsps of Sir Kensington's to the yolk and mixed together. I found the mixture a little dry and I add a drop of water--but not much. Then, I spooned the mixture back into the egg whites. Oh, my! Amazing! The mayo does have a decent kick, so you may want to go easy when mixing and tweak based on taste before filling the eggs.
I have been pondering looking for healthy meat sticks for a hiking snack for quite some time. I like to carry some form of protein with us which usually happens to be something with nuts. While unpacking my box, I stumbled on some mini meat sticks from Vermont Smoke & Cure. Some were actually turkey meat sticks which really intrigued me not being a beef fan! Of course, Vermont Smoke & Cure has been making meat sticks since 1962 so I am obviously a little slow to join this trend! I checked out Vermont Smoke & Cure and they use meats that are antibiotic-free and without added growth hormones. I tried the turkey uncured peppercorn stick on a hike at Apple River Canyon. It was softer than I was expecting and while a little salty, definitely tasty enough to add to my hiking snack regimen.
Afternoon Pick Me Up
Another product I have been delaying is Oregan Chai Tea Latte. So, guess what appeared in my box? I received a full box with 8 pouches! Each pouch has everything you need--just add water. I whipped some up today to sip while finishing work. Creamy with a bit of spice. Yum! I do find them a bit sweet--I usually drink tea without sweeteners. So, you can split with a friend or just whip up half the pouch and leave some for later.
Everything Included in August's Box:
- ALO Allure Pulp Free Juice
- Popchips Ridges
- Goetze's Cow Tales
- White Lily White Grape and Wheat Flour
- Sir Kensington's Chipotle Mayonnaise
- Post Honey Bunches of Oats
- Oregon Chai Tea Latte
- Loaker Rose of the Dolomites (2 Packs)
- Goya Maria Cookies
- Vermont Smoke & Cure Mini Meat Sticks (4)
You can see that we received a lot! It does take a month--even longer--to be able to sample everything. Degustabox sends an assortment of products each month. Some are currently on the market, some are not. There seems to be a great range in each box!
Deal on First Box:
Want to try it out? Degustaboxes cost $19.99 per month and there is no shipping. Woo hoo! My readers have a special coupon code to receive their first box for $9.99 with code 69ODU. Boxes are valued at $30 so this is an awesome deal if you want to try it out! These types of things are especially fun for the kids, so may be a nice little gift!