This month I received my first Degustabox to review, I hadn’t heard of Degustabox before so I was very intrigued as to what these food boxes would be like.
For those of you who haven’t heard of Degustabox before they are a subscription service for food boxes filled with items from different brands, a lot of the items are very new to the market so you may not have seen them in the supermarket.
The subscription costs £12.99 and for this you will receive one box a month which will contain anything from 9 to 14 items. Degustabox guarantee that the contents of the box will be worth more than the £12.99 that you pay and there are no extra charges for postage, it’s all included! The other great thing about this subscription is that you can cancel whenever you like, so long as you tell them before the 10th of the month which is when they take the regular payments.
So the first box that I received was the May Degustabox, here is what we received and what we thought:
1) Garofalo dried pasta RRP £1.89
2) Cirio La Classica passata RRP £1.35 and Cirio Supercirio tomato puree RRP £1.10
3) Finn Crisp original crispbread RRP £1.29
I decided to make a pasta bake out of these items, something easy, tasty and filling for all the family. So I made a low fat creamy vegetable pasta bake which was delicious, that evening my mum and Big Brother had come for dinner and everyone enjoyed it. Even G ate a plate full and he normally doesn’t like pasta or vegetables!
For me the Garofalo dried pasta cooked really well and didn’t become sticky in the pan like some can, the passata and tomato puree are an excellent quality been Cirio of course and that really makes a difference in cooking. I didn’t have the Finn crisp on my pasta because I’m wholegrain intolerant, but everyone else did and they all loved it, they said it was tasty and added a nice crunchy texture to the dish. S finished off the Finn Crisp during the month with cheese toppings as a snack.
4) Hornsby’s crisp apple cider and strawberry and lime cider RRP £5 for a four pack
5) Kettle sweet potato chips RRP £2.49
6) Elizabeth Shaw dark chocolate flutes RRP £2.59
7) Cawston cloudy apple soft drink RRP £1.00
We had these as snacks and drinks for one of our date nights. S doesn’t like dark chocolate so I was very pleased not to have to share the Elizabeth Shaw dark chocolate flutes, they really are gorgeous. They have small crunchy bits in the chocolate which gives it a nice texture and the chocolate is divine, really good quality dark chocolate, I love them, definitely my favourite item out of the box!
We love Kettle chips so were excited to try the sweet potato chips, we received the lightly salted flavour. They were nice and a very healthy alternative to crisps, although I would have preferred the sweet chilli flavour personally, I think they would be nicer with a little kick, lightly salted was a little too plain for me. But very nice all the same.
The Cawston’s cloudy apple soft drink went down really well; again it’s a healthier alternative to a fizzy soft drink, very tasty and refreshing.
S thought he was onto a winner with the Hornsby’s cider as I have always hated cider, but then my only experience of cider until now was White Lightening at a school party, so I thought I’d give these a try and give cider another chance. I’m so glad that I did, they are gorgeous, and the crisp apple cider is my favourite if I have to choose between them but they are both refreshing and scrumptious. The scary thing for me was how quickly they went down, they didn’t even taste alcoholic!
8) Taylors of Harrogate blackberry and elderflower herbal tea RRP £2.99
I’m a huge fan of my herbal teas so I couldn’t wait to get stuck into trying these they are from a range at Taylors of Harrogate; the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
I have to say this tea is incredibly refreshing even as a hot drink, but I especially love to make this up, allow it to chill, pour into a glass, add ice cubes and a couple of mint leaves and you have a lovely fruity iced tea on a hot sunny day. Delightful!
9) RAW sugar free energy chewing gum RRP £0.99
I personally avoid energy drinks because I’m still breastfeeding so I gave the Raw energy chewing gum packs to Nephew and Big Brother to try. Nephew is a huge fan of energy drinks, he loves them! He’s never seen an energy chewing gum before so was really intrigued by this. He really loved the flavour; he said it tasted just like drinking an energy drink. But once the crispy shell had gone the actual gum didn’t taste of anything so he found the gum didn’t last very long.
10) Dr Oetker cake release spray RRP £2.28
Last but by no means least we tried the Dr Oetker cake release spray, I for one hate greasing cake tins with butter. I always get in everywhere, even my kitchen taps end up covered as I try to wash my hands. Greaseproof paper is another pet peeve of mine, it’s so fiddly and I can never cut it to the right size; I often end up with a piece sticking up and more than once it has caught on fire in the oven!
I made a strawberry and custard sponge cake using the spray and found it to be really quick and easy to use, no faffing, no mess, no fires and the cakes came straight out no problem. It’s also a nice and healthy alternative to butter as it is simply a vegetable oil spray. Brilliant! I love this spray and can’t believe I’ve never seen it before, seriously, where has this spray been all my life?!
Well that’s our box for the month, I’m actually looking forward to reviewing the June box next, we have just heard that we are been sent one! Exciting!! I would recommend to anyone to give this box a try, we absolutely loved it.
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Disclaimer: I was given the May Degustabox for the purposes of this review. All opinions and thoughts were independently formed by myself and members of the Mummy Whiskers household.