Degustabox Winter Box is full of festive seasonal treats.
We are always looking forward to our Degustabox delivery, which arrives every month and is full of foodie surprises. This monthly food and drink subscription box is an excellent way to discover products which have only just appeared in the shops or those which might have been around for while, but you haven't had a chance to try them yet.
Thanks to Degustabox, I have found new favourites to add to our shopping list, including some products which I probably wouldn't have tried otherwise.
Each time the box arrives, it's a total surprise, as you don't know what you might find there. You get a good selection of foods and drinks.
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What did we receive in Winter-themed Degustabox? Let's have a peek.
I'll start with sweet treats:
Lebkuchen are traditional German gingerbread cookies. You can buy them in the UK before Christmas in most supermarkets.
Bahlsen Akora spiced lebkuchen-style cakes with fruit filling and dark chocolate are our favourites. I always buy them before Christmas. They are delicious - soft inside, with a gooey jam, and are covered with dark chocolate. Very moreish, and you can't just stop at one...
Bahlsen Lebkuchen Mischung is a mixed selecrion of gingerbread spiced cakes, glazed with sugar icing and chocolate. They look very festive and taste just like Christmas itself.
Bristows Oh Fudge will make a lovely gift, for any occasion. It is available in three flavours. We have sampled Apple & Cinnamon fudge. This is a fudge from Devon. Apples and cinnamon in fudge is a combination of flavours I haven't come across before. It is certainly different from the classic fudge flavours.
Nutri-Brex Gluten Free Coconut & Crispy Rice is packed with the tasty ancient grain Sorghum. Naturally gluten free, fortified with vitamins and high in fibre. It promises a tasty breakfast, with its coconut and cinnamon flavours.
There are 24 cereal bricks in a pack. Calorie-wise, it is 201kcal per serving (3 bricks).
Hoots Snacks are an exciting new range of multigrain snacks. They make a healthier alternative to crisps, as they are baked, not fried, and are a good source of fibre. Other bonus features: no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives are used. These snacks are suitable for vegetarians and vegans too.
We received two flavours of Hoots - Salt & Vinegar and Salt & Pepper.
These crunchy crispy snacks make perfect croutons for soup. I served carrot lentil soup with Hoots salt & pepper snacks, and it was a lovely combination of flavours and textures.
Bite + Multi Grain Flakes are a new concept in snacking. They are multigrain cereal flakes, seasoned with savoury flavours. We received a Sour Cream & Onion flavour. These crunchy cereal snacks contain less than 3% fat, no artificial colours, GMO, MSG or preservatives. They are also a good source of fibre. One pack is 2 portions, at 111kcal each.
Gallo is one of our favourite Italian brands. I often buy their risotto rice (arborio) to keep in the pantry.
I haven't tried their Expresso variety before. They offer a selection of authentic Italian recipes.
Today for dinner we had a chance to try Gallo Expresso Risotto Al Quattro Formaggi (four cheese). I followed the recipe on a packet, which is very easy, and also added fried mushrooms and about 50g of goat's cheese (leftovers from new year's eve party). I served it with a bit of Grana Padano grated over. One pack is enough for two people. You can cook it for 2 minutes in a pan on the hob or 3 minutes in microwave.
Maggi 3 minute noodles are available in chicken, beef and curry flavours. Chicken noodles pot contains 275kcal. This will come handy on one of the school days, when I won't have much time to cook anything for my own lunch.
Moving onto the drinks. I have written about a2 long life milk over a year ago.
Noone in my family has digestive problems due to lactose or A1 protein, so we tested a2 milk purely for its taste.
a2 milk is easier to digest than the standard milk. Research has shown that the A1 protein breaks down more slowly in the body, and for some people this could bring on uncomfortable symptoms which are quite similar to lactose intolerance. a2 milk is not suitable for anyone who is allergic to cows milk protein.
It is a tasty milk, which keeps well.
Newton's Apl Fizzics is a refreshing fizzy drink, made from apple juice and sparkling water. All natural, with no added sugar or sweeteners, it also has 40% less sugar than apple juice on its own.
What a Melon is a new watermelon water, which hydrates like coconut water, with extra anti-oxidants and amino acid citrulline.
Eisberg Sauvignon Blanc is a non alcoholic white wine, fresh and aromatic, with hints of gooseberry and fruit. It is low cal, only 28kcal per 125ml serving. I used this wine to make a cranberry sauce to serve with baked ham on new year's eve.
Cranberry sauce with white wine was absolutely delicious.
Disclosure: We received the latest Degustabox for the purposes of testing and reviewing. All opinions are our own.