If you’re an avid Pink Peonies blog reader, then you’ll know I’m very partial to any type of subscription box – beauty, foodie, fur baby, lifestyle…you name it, I’ll unbox it! So when I received an email from the ownder of Delight Box a couple of weeks ago, my heart did a little somersault.
I’m very, very excited to introduce you to a South African gourmet goodie box! The Delight Box is a monthly surprise foodie-inspired box packed with delicious goodies from independent South African artisans. The lovely folks at Delight Box travel South Africa in search of the best artisanal producers, family farms, and small-batch makers. And each month they choose their favourite flavours and curate a unique Delight Box to give you a taste of something really special.
You can choose between a once-off, or a recurring monthly box option when you sign up. Once you’ve signed up, you’ll receive a box filled to the brim with 6 to 8 full-size products from amazing South African artisans, designed to delight your taste buds and help you discover exciting new flavours. Your box is curated, lovingly packed by hand and delivered straight to your door via courier (delivery is free).
I’m VERY adventurous when it comes to food, so this box is straight up my street! The price of a Delight Box is R499,00 per month (the once-off boxes are the same price), and the value of each box is +-R750,00. Consider the fact that you are getting an array of products that you haven’t seen at your local supermarket – truly unique, homemade foodie products. I’m someone who loves to support local, small businesses and that’s why Delight Box has found a special place in my heart.
Here’s something else that makes Delight Box really special: They’ve partnered with local food charities to help bring food to people in need. So every time you order a Delight Box, they will donate 30 meals to someone in need.
What’s included in a Delight Box? Every box also contains coffees and teas, artisanal chocolates, jams and bottled preserves, balsamics and oils, fudge, nougat, turkish delights, sweeties, syrups and spreads, snacks and other treats, as well as a surprise foodie gift (kitchen gadget). I was also very impressed when I saw ‘meet-the-maker’ product cards, and a special thank you card for donating 30 meals to charity. So, you get to experience new flavours while reading the stories behind the products and the small-batch makers.
For more information on Delight Box, check out their FAQs here.
First and foremost, this month I fed someone at ‘The Ark City Of Refuge’. This organisation offers outreach programmes, frail care services, life skills courses, drug counselling, and shelters for the homeless. I read some of the life stories on their website, and it makes me so happy knowing I helped someone in need.
Now let’s take a look at what was included in my first Delight Box:
A Thyme To Dine Chocolate Balsamic Reduction – A unique blend of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, 70% dark chocolate and sugar. Drizzle over salads and meals, or use as a marinade / cook-in sauce. You can also use a balsamic reduction to create a unique dessert – marinade strawberries in the balsamic reduction, add crushed black pepper and top with vanilla ice cream.
Ouhuis Vanilla Flavour Rooibos Tea (40 teabags) – I love rooibos tea, and it’s the first thing Neal makes for me when I have a tummy ache. I’ve been drinking a cup of rooibos tea every night for the past 2 weeks and I really like the subtle vanilla flavour of the tea. Here are a few (of many) health benefits of rooibos tea: It reduces stress, alleviates allergies and inflammation, regulates immune function, calms stomach cramps and slows down the aging process, as the high levels of antioxidants fight free radicals in the body. For a list of additional health benefits, go check out the Ouhuis website here.
Tasha’s Fantastic Fudge – Yum! I gobbled up the fudge blocks within a day of receiving my box. I usually don’t have a sweet tooth, but since I hadn’t had a piece of fudge in years, I decided to taste test Tasha’s fudge. I checked out here website, and she stocks a total of FORTY FOUR different variants / flavours of her famous fudge. Interesting flavours like ‘Honey & Horlicks’, ‘White Choc & Pistachio’, Dutch Choc Coffee’, ‘Red Velvet’ and ‘Salted Caramel’. Check out her online store here.
Rhino Roastery Espresso – I’m sure most of you already know I’m a coffee addict, so I was very happy to see a bag of ground coffee. I brewed my Espresso using my moka pot this past weekend, and it was delicious! An espresso is also the base for drinks such as a cafè latte, cappuccino, cafè macchiato, etc. and I love a good cappucino.
Wedgewood Nougat Almost Everything Biscuits – Boy, was I happy to see a box of biscuits in my Delight Box! I’ve been craving some yummy biscuits for a while now, and I really like that these are not too sweet. The biscuits contain chocolate chips, honey, roasted almonds, oats, macadamia nuts, dates and pumpkin seeds – trust me, they’re absolutely divine. Neal doesn’t really like sweet things, but he quite enjoys these Wedgewood biscuits. Take a look at the Wedgewood website here, the Ginger & Almond Nougat looks amazing!
The Mustard Shop Wholegrain Mustard – Now this is what I call homemade mustard! Just thinking about that little jar makes my mouth water. I love condiments and will add a sauce, chutney, or relish to any dish or snack. This wholegrain mustard has a very nice acidic tang to it, and I’ve always preferred a nice textured mustard to a smooth one. Homemade mustard will usually keep for a month (thereafter it might lose some of its complexity), but mine will most definitely be gone within a couple of weeks.
The Drakensberg Chocolate Memories Bourbon Vanilla Chocolate – This milk chocolate variant is made with carefully selected cocoa beans and flavoured with vanilla. I’m not much of a chocolate eater, so I’ve passed this slab on to Neal – he is probably one of very few men that has an appreciation for artisanal chocolate. For more information on The Drakensberg Chocolate Memories, take a look at their website here.
And as for the kitchen gadgets, I received 2 in this month’s box. First up we have a very cute egg separator, this is actually perfect for me as I don’t eat egg yolks (I don’t like the taste). Then we also have 2 silicone egg poacher pods, again, perfect for me because I love poached eggs (not scrambled or fried). I’ve already used both these little kitchen tools, and found both are really good quality (they don’t look or feel cheap).
Overall I loved opening up this box and experiencing new products and flavours. I think it’s a great way to try out some new, local artisanal foodie items. In fact, I loved it so much that I’m considering treating myself to another Delight Box.
For more information on The Delight Box, check out their website here.