Wednesday, 5 April 2017

March Degustabox

"Oh Mummy, look, chocolate!!! And Jelly beans too!"

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.
For example, after sampling Little's Vanilla-flavoured coffee in one of the previous food boxes, I am now quite addicted to this lovely instant coffee. I drink it every day now.
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.
If you haven't tried Degustabox subscription box yet and would like to have a go, I have a whopping £7 off discount from your first box (and you can unsubscribe any time) - just use a code 8EVI8 when you place an order.
What did we receive in March Degustabox? Let's have a peek.

food box

£onepounders are a range of over 65 popular confections including chocolate, toffee, fudge, mints, gum and jellies all priced at £1. This is the first time we have tried this brand - we received a packet of chocolate eclairs. These candies are not the best chocolate eclairs I have ever tried, but for a pound worth there was quite a lot of them, and my sons enjoyed them.

More confectionery - there were two Cadbury Dairy Milk Oreo bars. We have already discovered a Peanut butter-flavoured chocolate bar.

You get a generous layer of peanut butter filled with big crumbs of Oreo cookies. If you like Oreos and peanut butter, you'll love this chocolate bar.

We're not the biggest fans of minty chocolates, and so far haven't sampled Mint-flavoured Oreo chocolate bar,

The Jelly Bean Factory is a classic brand of jelly beans. The 75g Fairtrade box contains 36 gourmet flavours of jelly beans. Each gourmet jelly bean is made using natural flavours, no artificial colours and are gelatine-free, gluten free and Vegetarian Society UK certified.
Jelly beans are our favourite cupcake and cake decorating material (see my posts for Vanilla Cupcakes with Jelly Beans and Festive star cookies).

Moving onto healthier part of the food box - Whitworths Full of Super Cacao Raw Bars are crammed with almonds, flakes of coconut, chia seeds, golden flax seeds, quinoa and acai. They are a natural source of thiamine which helps to maintain energy, gluten free, no soy and suitable for vegetarians. It contains 187kcal per two pieces.
I do love nutty bars, but as for chia seeds and quinoa, they are quite an acquired taste.

Weetabix On The Go are breakfast drinks which were created as a convenience breakfast, when you don't have time to stop and sit at the table for a bowl of cereal and a cup of tea/coffee.
They have the same energy, fibre and protein as two Weetabix biscuits and semi-skimmed milk.
I know protein drinks and smoothies are very trendy these days, but I'm an old-fashioned girl and prefer a cup of tea and something to bite. I gave these drinks to a friend.

Rebel Kitchen Chocolate Mylk is a dairy free organic coconut milk drink with cacao. It received a Great Taste award in 2014. At 52kcal, it makes a perfect chocolatey boost for anyone who counts calories.
It has no refined sugar, no additives or preservatives, it's vegan and non-GMO. But I still don't know why it's called Mylk.

dairy free chocolate milk

Gusto Organic Lemon Energy drink is an energising blend of whole crushed Sicilian lemons, Amazon guarana, Siberian ginseng and wonder herb astralagus. It is a tasty refreshing grown-up drink. Gusto Lemon Energy is sweetened with agave nectar, apple and grape juice.

Two ciders are included in the alcohol version of the Degustabox. This Pure Hopped Cider is a collaboration between Westons Cider and Purity Brewing, and has a hoppy aroma with a well-balanced smooth taste.
Made in small batches, the Caple RD Dry is matured for up to 18 months and is a complex cider with a crisp powerful finish.
If you're not a fan of cider as a drink, you can always use it as a great ingredient in cooking - from chicken with cider and cream sauce to cider pound cake.

Naturelly is a refreshing juicy jelly snack, something between a drink and a jelly. It has a 100% recommended daily intake of vitamin C and is suitable for children aged 12 months +. It contains no added sugar or sweeteners.

Pipers Crisps make "Crisps as they should taste". Burrow Hill Cider Vinegar & Sea Salt flavoured crisps are made with cider vinegar using old fashioned English apple varieties such as KIngsotn Black grown in Burrow Hill in Somerset. I think this flavour would appeal more to grown-ups.

Heinz [Seriously] Good Sauces is a range of sauces for quick and easy meals. We got a jar of Creamy Tomato & Garlic Sauce. It has a creamy and smooth texture, and is suggested to be used as a sauce for chicken.
Degustabox flyer has a recipe for Spanish chicken and manchego, where you marinade chicken breasts in Heinz [Seriously} Good sauce.

The product which I got most excited about is Maldon Smoked Sea Salt.
Maldon sea salt is one of my most favourite brands. Their sea salt is of superior quality.

Smoked sea salt flakes are gently smoked over oak to add a rich, sophisticated flavour to any dish.

The sea salt flakes are quite big in size, as you can see from the photo.
It's an excellent product, which adds a unique smokiness to cooked meals.

I used it already in a few different meals, including Tuna stir fry with exotic mushrooms.

Disclosure: We receive the monthly Degustabox for the purposes of testing and reviewing. All opinions are our own.

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