Wednesday, 1 November 2017

October Degustabox

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. 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 October Degustabox? Let's have a look.

The latest Degustabox arrived before Halloween, and some of its contents were seasonal, like Pechkeks Misfortune Cookies. We have tried them last year, and they are great fun. Ideal for the fans of black humour, the black-coloured cookies contain bad-luck fortunes.

Vimto Millions Gift Jar are unique in size and shape, and are available in different flavours. Vimto's distinct flavour works well in these mini-candies. The colour is great for Halloween-themed cupcakes. According to my younger son, they look like mini-brains.

Nuttvia Breadsticks Snackpack is a healthier twist on a classic Nutella-type spread. It is a small plastic pot divided into two compartments, one with a chocolate hazelnut spread, another with crunchy breadsticks.

alternatives to Nutella

It is palm oil free and with 97% less sugar than the standard spread. It comes at 217kcal per pot. It is a great alternative to Nutella, but I would still like the taste less sweet.

Pulsin Kids' Fruity Oat Bars Orange Choc Chip is made with gluten free oats, real fruit and natural ingredients. It is one of the healthier snacks for children and grown-ups, as it's made with 1/3 less sugar than the average kids' fruit snack, they are high in fibre and 1 of 5 a day.
Gluten free, dairy free, soya free, vegan, no artificial sweeteners, preservatives or flavours, these bars are made with tooth-friendly xylitol.
It is an acquired taste though, and my kids would probably not eat it, despite all the health credentials. The problem with healthier bars is that they often don't look very appetising, and have a strange powdery aftertaste.
I'm all for free-from alternatives, but not all at once.

Michel et Augustin oversized cookies are made with real butter, free range eggs and come in a very generous size.

From sweet to savoury:
Heinz No Added Sugar Hoops has no artificial sweeteners, colours or flavours.
As we are a half-Italian family, we don't eat tinned pasta. I put this tin in the food collection box.

HIPPEAS Organic Chickpea Puffs are light, crunchy and airy, but full of protein and fibre. This is a vegan-friendly on-the-go snack. which I have saved until the weekend, when we plan to have guests for the Bonfire Night.

Kabuto Noodles Thai Green Chicken Curry is a new gluten-free rice noodle dish in a pot, inspired by the classic recipe from Thailand. Made with natural ingredients and no additives or preservatives, this meal is ready in minutes.

LoSalt (free sample) contains 66% less sodium than regular table, sea and rock salts. LoSalt is a healthier alternative for seasoning, cooking and baking.

Lee Kum Kee sauce sachets present a wide range of classic authentic Chinese flavours. These time-saving sachets are a handy kitchen staple, when you want to cook a quick and easy meal.
Sauce for Honey Garlic Spare Ribs is best used with meat in stir fries or marinades, but can also be used as a sauce mix or dressing.
Sauce for Tomato Garlic Prawns is prepared with tomato, chilli peppers, honey and garlic. Best for stir fries with prawns, but could also be used with vegetables or meat.

A new range of ready to eat Mediterranean dishes from Cirio/Valfrutta comes in four varieties. You will receive one of 4 flavours. We received a pack of bulgur, quinoa and red rice. This vegetarian dish will make a great base for a variety of salads, hot or cold. Just add a handful of olives, sun dried tomatoes, goat's cheese or parmesan shavings.

And finally drinks:

Feel Good Water Infusions (2 varieties) use 100% natural ingredients. They are made with fruit, natural flavourings and water. Refreshing and tasty.

There is also a hand moulded coin of Pip's Real Hot Chocolate - in a single serving. It is nut-free, dairy-free and gluten-free.

Disclosure: We receive a monthly food box for the purposes of reviewing. All opinions are our own.


  1. A great selection. Loving the misfortune cookies, such a different idea

    1. They are great fun, these black cookies. Most unusual.