We have recently been sent our first Degustabox, which is the one for January 2017 filled with an assortment of food and drink. This isn’t a subscription box service that I have tried before, so I was really happy to be asked to review for them.
I have a slight weakness for subscription boxes and I am forever reading posts about them online as I can’t resist clicking the link to someone’s post about them to see what was in them.
I think they are basically the adults’ version of a lucky dip. I loved them as a child and the older you get, the less surprises there seem to be in life. These boxes bring out my inner child and she was a bit of a lucky dip fiend, never able to resist digging her hand into a sawdust filled box to find a prize.
The Degustabox brings two of my favourite things together, surprises and food. Each month their boxes contain a real mix of items. Some very random, others more common brands.
We had the following in the January box;
Fruit-tella Strawberry with 30% less sugar – The reduced sugar has made no difference to the taste at all, if anything I actually prefer these to other fruit-tella I’ve tasted. Everyone loved them, the only downside being that I had to share.
Chia Shots – Chia seeds are packed with Omega 3, fibre and protein. I wouldn’t have a clue what to do with these, but Degustabox included ideas inside the box, one for a drink and one for some amazing sounding peanut butter slices. I am definitely going to try the peanut butter slices out when we get home from our holiday.
A voucher for The Collective live yoghurt – Since this is an item that needs to be refridgerated, Degustabox sent a voucher for this. They sell them in Asda, they are pretty huge pots and delicious. It’s live yoghurt with fruit compote.
Quinola Express Quinoa Split Peas – Quinoa is something that I’ve never tried before, but I actually quite enjoyed. It’s a bit like brown rice, but with a slightly nutty taste to it.
Propercorn Crunch Corn Rock Salt – This one was a bit of an odd one for me. It’s basically popcorn that hasn’t fully popped with flavouring. It tastes a bit like nuts and has a similar texture, but isn’t. They’re hard to describe and I’m still trying to make my mind up whether I like them or not. They could just take a bit of getting used to. It wasn’t an immediate ‘yum’ though.
Most Degustabox boxes contain drinks, which is a definite plus for me as I love trying new drinks, but I hate buying a big pack of drinks and then discovering that I don’t like them. Having individual ones to try is much better. Buying a Degustabox means you’re paying less than the products would all cost at retail prices separately too.
The drinks included in the box were;
Aspire drinks in cranberry and mango lemonade – These drinks are calorie free and delicious. The mango and lemonade drink was my favourite. It has a tang to it with the green tea extract that makes it taste almost alcoholic. Zero calories with added multivitamins in, just adds to my liking of this.
Protein Boost in chocolate – I’m not usually a fan of protein drinks, but being chocolate I can make an exception for this one. Definitely enjoyed it.
Crabbies Alcoholic Ginger Beer Scottish raspberry – With neither of us being a fan of ginger beer, this one will be a treat for a visitor here at some point.
Little’s French Vanilla Coffee – This wasn’t bad, but I am not a big fan of flavoured coffees. I’m old school in my coffee tastes and usually I go for strong regular milky coffee.
The rest of the box contained;
natvia sweetener – I am planning to test this out making some chocolate chip cookies soon. I do love a sugar alternative.
Pip’s Real Hot Chocolate After Hours – This little hot chocolate coin is absolutely delicious. Really easy to make and it makes a lovely rich and tasty hot chocolate. I’d never heard of Pip’s before, but I think I’ll be hunting some more of these down.
Popchips ridges crazy hot – Crazy hot is a very good description for these, I can only manage a few in one sitting before having to have a drink to cool my mouth. They are so tasty though and even though I’m not usually a fan of hot food, I really like these and my mouth cools down pretty quickly.
Yushoi Snapea rice sticks coconut and chili – These are gluten-free, which for many is a big plus for a snack. I wasn’t that keen on them though. The actual texture of them was great, but the flavour wasn’t to my taste. I’d be interested to see if they make them in different flavours. They remind me of the carrot stix crisps my boys used to have when they were small texture wise.
Finn Crisp – I can eat these and they’re fine and pretty filling, but I don’t love them.
Verdict on Degustabox
I absolutely love this subscription box. Admittedly some of the bits I wasn’t very keen on, but I still loved trying them. I feel like we’ve been stuck in a food rut here. Eating the same things over and over out of habit and it just gets a bit boring.
Trying the January 2017 Degustabox has helped us to find new things that we do like, to know which we don’t like without buying/wasting a big multipack of that thing and has been fun to try. It has also opened up the boys a bit more to trying new tastes. For such fussy eaters who drive me a little bit mad, this can only be a good thing.
Hopefully Degustabox can help me find a lot more foods that they like and keep us eating a real variety of different tastes.
Have you ever tried a subscription box? What was your favourite one if so?