Tuesday, 3 April 2018

March 2018 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 March Degustabox? Let's have a look.

food box

Shreddies Max Granola (£2.59; whole grain granola and oat granola with malted cereal pieces) is a good source of protein. Crunchy oats clusters with Shreddies pieces are high in fibre.
Nutrition values: 182kcal per 45g portion; this granola is quite sugary at 9g of sugar per serving.

Hafervol Limited Flapjack (£1.99) is made with wholegrain rolled oats, honey, sunflower oil, walnuts, apricots, almonds, sesame, cocoa powder and spices like cinnamon, ginger and clove.
They are the first 100% natural oat bars without added sugar, cheap stuffing or other chemical additives.

Mr Lee's Noodles (£2.99) is a range of six premium noodles in a cup, certified gluten free and low in sugar, also low in saturated fats and calories, and with no nasties. They use freeze-dried ingredients to ensure that the product locks in the nutrients and the flavour.
Vegan options are also available.
I received the Hong Kong Street Beef noodle flavour.

I didn't realise that the bottom of the cup was damaged when I started to pour in the boiling water, so that the liquid immediately spread around the cup, that's why I chucked the contents into a bowl.
I liked the noodles, but was less keen on the freeze-dried beef. They didn't reconstitute well and tasted bland, the texture was also cardboard-ish. For £2.99 I would expect a better tasting pot noodle.
I'd like to try the other flavours before deciding on the range.

Encona Carolina Reaper Chilli limited edition (£1.49)- our hottest chilli sauce - is the scorching blend of the world's hottest chilli pepper, tomatoes ans spices. It is suggested to use as a marinade.
To be honest, I don't think I am brave enough to try it, I do not like very hot sauces or meals. I am going to pass it one of my "fire-eating" friends.

chilli sauce

Cirio Pasta Sauce (£2) is one of the new additions to the extensive Cirio tomato products' range. Cirio is one of our favourite brands, and the new sauce, made with 100% Italian ingredients didn't disappoint.

Stir it through freshly cooked pasta, use as a base for lasagne or turn into a delicious curry sauce.

I used Cirio Cuor di Pelato Classic tomato sauce in an aubergine curry, and it was a tasty vegan dinner.

Cheestrings Snack Mix is a 3 in 1 after school snack, built in 3 individual sections - crackers, real cheese cubes and a sweet treat. You will receive a full value voucher in the box.
There are 3 different flavours to choose from. We've tried all three in the past, and Eddie's favourite selection includes mini pretzels, though he likes the crunchy fish-shaped crackers too.

Smarties & Milkybar Mixed Mini Eggs (£3) were a lovely Easter treat.
It's a sharing bag of milk and white chocolate eggs in a sugar shell. A serving of 5 mini eggs contains 85kcal and 10.8g of sugar. They look pretty and colourful, and were a perfect Easter decoration.

My children enjoyed decorating the Limoncello ricotta cheesecake I baked for Easter.

Canny All Natural Chocolate Milk is a blend of British semi skimmed milk with date nectar, cornflour, cocoa powder, cocoa mass, natural flavourings and sea salt.
Contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and no added sugar.
Nutritional values: 83kcal, 9.3g sugar (from date nectar)

Tenzing Natural Energy drink (£1.19) is inspired by a traditional Himalayan Sherpa recipe.
Tenzing is a natural sparkling energy drink with herbal extracts, Himalayan rock salts and natural flavourings.
It has been named in honour of the late Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, one of the first two men to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
55 kcal per can, it has zero artificial additives. It's vegan, non-GMO, and comes in a 100% recyclable can. It contains 80mg of natural caffeine, about the same as one cup of coffee.
As it has a high caffeine content, it is not recommended for children or pregnant/breastfeeding women.

Appy Kids Co Roald Dahl Fruit Drinks (£1.29) is a range of children-friendly drinks. Vegan approved and low in calories, these drinks contain no GMO, gluten, added sugar or artificial preservatives, making them great for school lunchboxes.

Ribena Pineapple & Passion Fruit (£2.49) is the latest addition to Ribena's popular squash range.
This refreshing drink contains no added sugar and comes at 15kcal per 250ml serving. It has a lovely tropical flavour.

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


  1. We weren't brave enough to try the chilli sauce either !

    1. I wonder if I do find any takers for this super hot chilli sauce. :)