Everyone is cheerful and tries a bit harder to be kind. The streets twinkle with bright lights and cheerful decorations. And the air is full of the intoxicating scent of holiday flavors!
I can't wait to get started on my annual Christmastime baking madness, but in the interim, I was really excited to open this month's Degustabox. If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know Degustabox is a subscription service that delivers a big box full of full-sized new foods (10-15 of them) to its subscribers. I was hoping for a box full of Christmas-themed and holiday-flavored delights, plus a few things to cook holiday dinner party entrees and sides with or bake Christmas cookies with!
Here's what I found in the box:
December Degustabox Unboxing
Chips Ahoy! Cinnamon Sugar Thins are a new crunchy cookie from our long-beloved Chips Ahoy! They're cinnamony, with delicious white chocolate chips studding them throughout, and are a great thing to bring along to a holiday party. Perfect for when you're invited to a holiday party at the last minute!
If your crowd isn't into sweets, try these whole grain crackers:
Good Thins Oat & Flax are natural crackers where whole grains are the first ingredient! They're low in sugar, free of partially hydrogenated oils (surprisingly common in salty snacks) and free of high fructose corn syrup and artificial colors and flavors.
Top them with peanut butter and a chocolate kiss, cream cheese with cranberry jam, hard cheese and cucumber, etc. for an easy party snack. They're also great plain!
If you're looking for a jam for your crackers, look no further.
Smucker's new Fruit & Honey jams, which feature fruit sweetened naturally with honey, are another delicious inclusion in this month's Degustabox. The Strawberry Jalapeno jam is delicious and I love the spicy kick!
I also love that they're sweetened with honey instead of sugar and colored with vegetable juice instead of artificial dyes.
When you're out and about, buying Christmas presents, you'll need some sustenance.
Kala Beans are high in protein - they're roasted fava beans with seasoning and they're delicious!
The Kala Beans are my hands-down favorite in this month's Degustabox.
Speaking of holiday gifts, the Loacker cookies make great gifts for foodies!
That is, if you can bear to part with them. The Coconut flavor is my favorite - creamy milk chocolate and a rich coconut filling layered with crispy cookies!
But what if all the parties, overlapping with the seasonal stress and the fact that it's flu season, end with you in bed with a sore throat?
I also always love honey when I'm under the weather.
And finally, because girl can't live on sweets and holiday cheer alone, there's an Urbane Grain Ancient Grain Blend ready-cup in every Degustabox this month!