It would seem that goody boxes through the mail are all the rage right now, and I’m not one to complain as I think they’re fun to receive, especially when there is an element of surprise attached. We’d been sent a Degustabox to review, which is a monthly subscription service to receive a box of foodie goodies by mail. The cost is currently £12.99 including delivery. The products inside are worth more than the subscription fee, so it can be quite the bargain too. Some of the products are not even on the market yet, so you get to try them out before they hit the stores, and you can unsubscribe at any time. You receive a list of the products in your monthly box, as well as some recipes that you make using some of the ingredients. A yummy chocolate dessert and a couple of cocktails were this months recipes!
Our Degustabox arrived by courier, and I waited until hubs came home from work to open it up – he gets quite excited when we have foodie things to review on my blog!
Everything was packed well – the glass bottle was wrapped in bubblewrap, and everything was protected by a layer of bubblewrap too. That said, the can of drink did suffer some denting along the way, but it’s not the end of the world.
We received 15 products in our box, which totalled £20 according to the leaflet enclosed inside the Degustabox. so well over the £12.99 that we would have paid for it had we not been sent it for free to review.
- Keogh’s Atlantic Sea Salt & Irish Cider Vinegar Crisps – £1
- Jaffa Cakes Mini Rolls – Tropicool – £1.30
- Jaffa Cakes Mini Rolls – Berry Burst – £1.30
- Cawston Press Rhubarb & Apple Fizzy Drink £1.00
- Mornflake Superfast Pots – Raisin, Honey & Almond Granola – £1.20
- Mornflake Superfast pots – Fruit & Nut Muesli – £1.20
- Go Splash Cordial – Lightning Red – £2.45
- Miso Soup on the Go – White Miso with Tofu – £1.29
- Miso Soup on the Go – Red Miso with Sea Vegetables – £1.29
- 3 x Lindor Chocolate Treat Bars – 80p each
- Dr. Oetker Fine Cooks Chocolate – Milk – £1.69
- Dr. Oetker Fine Cooks Chocolate – Extra Dark – £1.69
- Crabbies Strawberry & Lime Alcoholic Ginger Beer – £2.19
The thing that grabbed our attention the most was the can of fizzy – don’t think I’ve ever seen rhubarb flavoured drink before, so I poured it over ice and have to say it was delish! Not too overpowering and the apple just balances it out. At £1 a can, it’s very pricey and I don’t think I would buy it on that factor alone, a shame as it’s a really tasty drink, but I can’t justify spending £1 on a can of pop.
We also cracked open the packet of crisps – again, a bit on the pricey side at £1 for 50g, but on the upside, they are gluten free and really, really tasty – the crisps are cooked with their skins on giving a lovely texture and crunch.
The boy noshed his way through the Lindor chocolate, it’s chocolate, what’s not to love?! I’m not a big fan of Lindt chocs though I’m afraid, so not one for me!
We are both fans of miso soup, so was looking forward to trying the Miso Soup on the Go sachets. We both have to say they were rather disappointing. You add just 160ml of hot water to make the soup, and well, it just about filled half of a very slim mug! At £1.29 I’d rather by a box of cuppa soup. The flavour was okay – I preferred the red over the white miso, as did hubs. Wouldn’t buy these again.
The final product we tried out was one of the Mornflake Superfast pots – handy breakfasts on the go with a spoon built into the lid, and no need to add milk – just water, which I assume activates the milk powder that is mixed inside the cereal.
The first impression was “a great concept” it’s handy that you can grab one of these and throw it in your bag on the way to work, and not have to worry about having milk as it’s just add water…but, and this is a big but – adding water doesn’t make the milk nice and creamy I’m afraid, it makes it watery and quite blah. Furthermore, you can’t really see where the fill line is inside the pot, which, we would like to add is way too big for the amount of cereal inside. The depth of the pot with the cereal looking quite sorry for itself at the bottom, made it really tricky to eat.
They pots are both super high in calories for what you get – the one we tried – the fruit and nut muesli was over 300 calories for the pot! Of course, if you’re not watching calories, that doesn’t matter, but for 6 or 7 mouthfuls of muesli, a waste of calories! The muesli itself was nice – it had lots of fruit and nuts in it and didn’t skimp, which was good. All in all though, not a pleasant experience with this one either I’m afraid to say.
Having bought Dr Oetker products before, I can guess that the quality of the cooking chocolate is good, and that’s gone in my baking cupboard.
The Jaffa Cake mini rolls can now be frozen, so that’s where they’ve gone, and hubs drinks Crabbies, so no doubt he’ll enjoy the bottle we were sent! Hoping to try out one of the cocktail recipes though before he gets his hands on it!!
The final product, the Go Splash is a tiny squeezy bottle of cordial that makes up to 6 litres of drink. There are several flavours, and we received the energy drink one – not one for us I’m afraid as we don’t drink those sorts of drinks. But the small bottle which can easily be carried around in your pocket or thrown into your bag, is a great idea. Wish we’d got one of the other flavours! At £2.45 they are expensive, so I do think you’re paying for the convenience here more than anything else
Well, there you have it – that’s what we thought of our April Degustabox! We both think it’s a great idea, especially as it’s a chance to try out products that you may not necessarily purchase, and also because you are getting all these foodie goodies for less than you would pay in the shops. I think we’re going to sign up to see what the next few months brings – a surprise through the post is always exciting!