DegustaBox UK February 2017 Subscription Box Review

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DegustaBox UK is a monthly subscription box that brings your favorite food and snacks to your doorstep. The subscription costs £12.99 per month and you’ll get a box filled with 10-15 products and goodies! This box is always filled full with so many goodies and new things to try.

 

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This box is really decorated inside and out. While the outside has little food items on it, the inside is full of bright green words. Plastic wrap and brown butcher paper keep all the contents safe.

February is the height of awards season, so many of the contents of this month’s Degustabox are made for a trip to the cinema. An information sheet provides details for most of the items.
Koko Dairy Free Original (£1.50) is a milk alternative made from freshly pressed coconut milk and filtered water. As a diehard lover of all things dairy, milk included, I don’t have much experience with dairy substitutes. That said, I loved this product and would definitely buy it again. You can use it in all the usual ways you would use dairy milk, but it is different in that it has a very distinct taste of coconut. It is also quite light (27 calories per 100ml), with a consistency similar to skim milk, which makes it a very refreshing drink on its own. It is also great in coffee, particularly iced coffee!

I imagine that if you like tinned beans you’ll like new Heinz No Added Sugar Beanz (£.65), two tins of which come in this months box. I don’t do Heinz beans. That probably sounds weird, but beans on toast and a Full English are not things where I grew up eating in the US, and they just don’t appeal to me. But if you are a fan, why not try a healthy alternative to the classic?

Kabuto Noodles Vegetable Laksa (£1.99) is a major upgrade from the typical instant noodle pot. It is still super easy to make, just add boiling water, wait, stir and serve. It’s also gluten free and vegetarian.

I enjoyed these noodles a lot. The coconut broth was flavoursome, flecked with herbs and a good kick from chili. The rice noodles were also perfectly cooked, and accompanied by a few kernels of corn which added a nice sweetness.  This made a quick, tasty and warming meal.

Bebeto Cheese Cake Gummies (£1.69) and Bebeto Candy Crush Gummy Mix (£1.69) are the product of the month. Candy Crush are your basic soft gummy candies. They taste okay, I particularly liked the little berry-shaped ones. The tube-shaped ones not so much.

The Cheesecake gummies have a unique sort of tangy flavour. These were also good but nothing amazing.

Blossom Hill Fruit Bloom Elderflower (£4.99) is a lightly bubbly twist on wine. It has a low alcohol content (5.5% vol) and isn’t too sweet, meaning it’s very drinkable. It would be a great summer drink – so light and refreshing. I shared the bottle with a few girlfriends and we all found it to be surprisingly nice.

Peppersmith Dental Mints and Dental Chewing Gum (£1.50), are both sweetened with 100% xylitol, a natural ingredient that is good for your teeth, reducing plaque and promoting remineralisation. The mints were great, with a strong peppermint flavour that wasn’t overpowering. I also enjoyed the gum, it had a strong and lasting peppermint flavour and stayed soft longer than other brands.

Someone bizarrely, the box also includes a women’s lifestyle magazine from Peppersmith. The first issue of Pepper is a classy little publication featuring Emily Blunt as the cover star.

Coldpress Berry Beets (£2.79) is a juice made with high pressure processing, rather than a typical pasteurisation process using heat, meaning it contains more of the fruits’ natural vitamins and nutrients. This is such a fresh tasting drink- like pure fruit and nothing else! At first I really noticed the beet, but after the first few sips raspberry became the dominant flavour. While this is a healthy beverage packed with Vitamin C,  it’s made of pure fruit and so is naturally high in sugar. Each 500ml bottle contains 3.3 servings, and while that’s only 65 kcal and 13.8g of sugar per tiny 150ml serving, it equates to 45g of sugar if you drank the whole bottle! That’s a bit dangerous! Overall though, this is a great tasting product, super fresh and fruity, and something I would buy again to drink in moderation.

New York Delhi’s Americanos (£1.00) are made with Guatemalan coffee beans, roasted and covered in dark chocolate. These are so good! They have a deeper coffee flavour than other chocolate covered coffee beans I’ve tasted, and the dark chocolate is of a good quality. These are great for a midday pick-me-up, just don’t eat too many or you’ll be buzzing for sure.

No Added Sugar Diablo is a milk chocolate coated cream filled wafer (£.95) with just 1.6g of sugar per bar. This was a real treat. The bar is crisp from the wafer and the cream is light and mousse-like, with a good milk chocolate flavour and no nasty after-taste from the sweeteners. This is a nice choice for when you want a little something sweet without all the sugar.

 Willy Chase’s FITCORN (£1.99-£2.99) is beyond addictive. The popcorn is air popped, so it’s not greasy at all, and all the ingredients are easily pronounceable.
I received the Salted Honey flavour in my box, which is made with the Herefordshire honey and a pinch of sea salt.  It has just the right amount of sweetness from the honey. While this is a healthy and light alternative to the usual salty ‘n sweet kettle corn, munching on this snack does not feel like a sacrifice. I seriously couldn’t stop eating it.
This month’s box also came with a free sample size of Willy’s Apple Cider Vinegar (£6.95 for 500ml). ACV is having a moment right now, claiming health benefits such as weight loss, improved digestion, improved skin and hair health and immune system support.
I tried the recipe for a ‘rejuvenating morning detox’ drink. The drink (containing warm water, ACV, lemon juice, honey turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and cayenne pepper) was surprisingly nice. Very tart from the acidic vinegar and lemon juice, with pleasant heat and fragrance from the spices.
Maui and Sons Banana Chips (£1.00) are thin slices of banana, cooked in coconut oil and coated in Belgian dark chocolate. These were good but I couldn’t really discern the taste of banana, it just tasted like crispy chocolate.

Every month my box comes with a few surprises. This month it was Just Bee Honey Water Blueberry (price not specified), a drink made from spring water sweetened with honey. This beverage smelled a bit funny, but tasted really good. It had a subtle yet distinct taste of blueberries – very refreshing! And only 49 calories in the entire carton.
 
The other surprise was Double Dutch Cucumber & Watermelon Premium Mixer (price not specified). On its own, this tasted a lot sweeter and a lot more like watermelon than I had anticipated. Pairing it with a spirit cut the sweetness and made a nicely balanced drink with a unique flavour. This is a good option if you are in the mood for a sweet carbonated mixer.

I really enjoyed this month’s box. It had more sweet items than savoury, which is right up my alley, and I discovered several products I’d like to buy again.

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