When the courier knocked on my door with my winter Degustabox, I thought to myself, ‘what a great start to the year’ and immediately opened it to check out the contents.
I giggled to myself to find a bottle of the Eisberg Sauvignon Blanc alcohol free wine (£1.39) inside which surely must be a welcome addition for all of those who over indulged in the vino over Christmas.
Eisberg are the UK’s number one alcohol free wine brand. This bottle of Sauvignon Blanc is made in the same way as wine is but the alcohol is gently removed at the end, leaving a fresh and aromatic flavour, with taste notes of gooseberry and fruit.
This drink in particular is great if you’re on the look out for lower calorie drinks as it is only 28 Kcals per 125ml serving and you get a recipe card inside the box on how to turn it into a cocktail, so all in all, a great start to my winter Degustabox.
If you haven’t heard of Degustabox before, they’re a food subscription service where they’ll deliver a box of 10 to 15 surprise food and drink items to your door each month.
I’ve been receiving a box for a number of months now and I always find the contents inside to be varied and from a mixture of brands; some I’ve heard of before and others I haven’t.
It’s certainly a great opportunity to try out something new and I love sharing with you the products that can arrive in the boxes each month.
There’s a discount code for you all at the bottom of the post too!
In this months box, more or less the whole box was from brands that I hadn’t heard of before or products that I hadn’t tried in the past. A great example would be the Bahlsen Lebkuchen Mischung (£1.99) which I can barely pronounce let alone spell! They’re certainly delicious though; a bag full of glazed and chocolate covered gingerbread shapes in an assortment of colours. They’re ideal for popping out on display for your friends and family to nibble on when they pop around for drinks.
Some boxes may also receive a bag of the Bahlsen Akora German heart shaped gingerbread instead. These have a spiced jam filling and are coated in chocolate which makes then a lovely treat to enjoy with a cuppa on cold afternoons.
I’ve added the rest of ours to the biscuit tin although I doubt they’ll last too long with my husbands sweet tooth!
If neither of the Bahlsen products are received, then you’ll find a box of the very delicious Bristow’s Oh Fudge! in your Degustabox. This is a fabulous treat to share, although I doubt my husband will be doing any of that as he promptly swiped the box for himself as soon as I had photographed it! We received the Apple and Cinnamon flavour which is a really delicious and unique combination for fudge and one that we all really enjoyed in our house!
Another great product to pop out when friends come over for snacks are the Hoots Snacks (69p each) multigrain alternative to crisps, which are a great source of fibre. They’re baked rather than fried which is a far healthier way of cooking. Plus, they don’t contain any artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and vegetarians and vegans will be pleased to know that they’re suitable for them too!
Two flavours are delivered inside the Degustabox for you to try out; my favourite are the salt and vinegar which have just the right amount of flavour on them.
Yet more snacking came in the form of the Bite+ Multi Grain Flakes (2 x £1.69) in this months box. These are absolutely delicious and really remind me of Popchips.
Bite+ are multigrain cereal flakes made of rice and wholewheat which are seasoned with savoury flavours. These flavours are sour cream and onion, sea salt and pepper, falafel and finally sweet chilli, with two out of the 4 being received in the box this month.
Like with Hoot Snacks, these are a none-fried alternative to crisps. They’re deliciously light and crispy, free from artificial colours and preservative and are high in fibre, low in fat (less than 3%) and low in saturated fats.
The unique thing about Bite+ Multi Grain Flakes is that they actually come as a two portion pack so you can either enjoy them all in one go as a sharing snack or split them up for multiple snacks. I like products that come as separate portions, otherwise once I open the bag, I’m tempted to finish them in one sitting!
I felt as though this months box was very savoury heavy which was a welcome change from last months very sweet focused box. I have more of a savoury tooth, as does my dad who really enjoyed the Gallo Expresso 4 Cheese Risotto Pouch (£2.29). While a little too heavily flavoured for me, he thoroughly enjoyed this cheesy meal and found it really convenient to be able to just bang it in the microwave for 3 minutes. It can also be cooked in a pan too. He added some ham and mushrooms to his with some broccoli on the side and said that it is very much something that you could enjoy on its own as a snack or with other food as part of a meal. Gallo have made this risotto in the classic Italian way; creamy and delicious, al dente in texture and with a tangy cheese flavour.
If you don’t receive the risotto in your box then you’ll receive the Gallo 3 Cheese and Vegetable Risotto Box instead. This is ideal if you’re someone who works in a call centre or an office and you need something that is quick to heat and enjoy at lunchtime as it only takes 1 minute 30 seconds in the microwave. There’s no preparation needed and you don’t even need to add water to it.
While this wouldn’t be the most nutritious lunch to have everyday, it is great for those days where you’re short on time and since it is free from hydrogenated fat, MSGs and doesn’t have any artificial colourings in so its much better than grabbing something from a fast food place.
Another easy to make snack in this months box was the Maggi 3 Minute Noodles (2 x 75p) which my husband took to work with him as he always struggles with what to eat that is warm when he’s working nights.
These Maggi noodles only take 3 minutes to make and come in a tasty chicken flavour. They’re available in beef and curry too. I’ve used plenty of Maggi products in the past as their flavourings are really good for chicken breast and vegetables.
I loved that in this months box, I could create a meal out of some of the items.
Firstly, the Nutri-Brex Gluten Free Coconut & Crispy Rice (£3.79) is a really tasty breakfast. It comes as a bar a bit like Weetabix and I have been serving it with the a2 Milk which also comes in the Degustabox this month, as well as some blueberries and raspberries.
The Nutri-Brex contains the Sorghum grain which is naturally gluten free, fortified with vitamins and high in fibre. They taste really delicious with my favourite flavour, coconut as well as cinnamon.
The a2 Milk (£1.39) is a long life semi skimmed cows milk which is easier to digest than regular milk because it is naturally free from the A1 protein that can trigger symptoms that are often associated with an intolerance to lactose.
If you have an allergy to cows milk protein then this wont be suitable for you and its always best to check with a doctor before consuming if you have been medically diagnosed with any milk intolerance to be on the safe side.
As well as having the Nutri-Brex with the a2 Milk for breakfast, I was also able to enjoy the Newton’s Appl Fizzics (£1.29) which is a blend of apple juice and sparkling water. It could be enjoyed at any time of the day, especially if you’re looking for an alternative to sugary fizzy pop or alcohol as it is all natural, with no added sugar or sweeteners.
I actually really liked having it with my breakfast as it was really refreshing and far lighter than normal apple juice. It contains about 40% less sugar than apple juice on its own and I found that it didn’t have that very concentrated taste that apple juice has which I preferred on my palate.
My favourite item in the whole box however was the What A Melon (£2.00), watermelon water. It is very hydrating like coconut water, which I’ve tried so often but can’t seem to find one that I like, but it has extra anti-oxidants and muscle loving amnio acid citrulline in too. I love that this watermelon water is all natural, with only watermelon and a squeeze of lemon juice inside the carton. I’ve been wanting to try this for ages after seeing it on Instagram but not being able to find it in the shops and it certainly didn’t disappoint. It is smooth in consistency and free from any of the watermelon pips (I’d be interested to know how they remove them actually!).
At £2 a pop, I do think that these are expensive for what they are but for a hydrating drink on the go, I think they’re delicious! In the summer months, I like to make my own watermelon juice at home as well as watermelon ice lollies; I’m obsessed with the flavour!
As a family, we were really pleased with this months box as there was a wide variety of products inside so everything got used and we each enjoyed different things. We would definitely recommend it as a family and are always excited to see what is inside each month. At £12.99 with free shipping (use my discount code 88AHT to get your first box for ONLY £5.99), it is certainly worth it!
Degustabox can even be bought as a one off gift or a 3 or 6 month gift subscription so if you have any January birthdays coming up and you’re wondering what to get them with it literally JUST being Christmas, then I reckon a food subscription box would be a unique, well received gift!
Which item do you like the look of the most from this months Degustabox?