Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Degusta and Chill (February'19 Degustabox)

February brings lighter nights and a promise of a new spring.
If you've been carrying on from Veganuary, the latest Degustabox has a few new products for you to try. If Veganuary has never been your thing, there are cracking new foods for you to discover as well. As always, Degustabox 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 the February'19 Degustabox? Let's have a look.

food box

Appy Kids Co Whole Milk (£1) is produced using Red Tractor approved milk to enforce excellent standards of farming and preparation, the range is 100% traceable and packed in British factories for the freshest taste and longer shelf life.
Available at Morrisons stores nationwide. You should receive two packs in your box.
Useful for lunch boxes, if your child drinks milk. It comes in packaging with Paw Patrol characters.
My sons don't drink milk as such, the younger one would occasionally ask for a hot milk with honey at bedtime. As it is a long life milk, I will be using it for my own coffee and with cereals.

milk for children

Orangina Original (£1.30) is one of our elder son's favourite drinks.
With its unmistakable orange flavour, sparkle and real citrus pulp, they come in distinctively shaped bottles.
Drink them on their own, straight from the fridge, with ice or without, or use as a base for cocktails and mocktails.

soft drinks UK

Clearspring Organic Seaveg Crispies Turmeric Multi-pack (£2.59) will thrill the lovers of seaweed crisps. They are light, tasty toasted nori sea vegetable snack, made with just four simple ingredients.

seaweed snacks

They are baked just for a few seconds to create their unique and moreish flavour.
Gluten free, vegan, high in fibre and contain only 18kcal per bag.
I can easily gobble up the whole multi-pack, as they are very addictive.

seaweed crispies

Deli Kitchen Folded Brioche Flatbreads (£1.25) are a range inspired by breads from around the world. Deli Kitchen wants to encoruage us to rethink traditional sliced bread sandwiches and use different breads.
This brioche folded flatbread is a tasty receptacle for any kind of filling. Put it under a grill with cheese inside, or warm up and serve with hummus and falafel.
This is a fresh product, which you can put in the freezer for eating at a later date.


I served it with an aubergine, sweet pepper and tomato appetizer which I cook quite often.

Explore Cuisine Organic Chickpea Fusilli (£3) is a pasta made from plant-based protein and fibre.
It is organic, vegan and naturally gluten free. This pasta is made in Italy.
Ingredients include organic chickpea flour, brown rice flour, tapioca starch and pea protein powder.
Nutritional information - 361kcal per 100g, which is surprisingly much higher than the standard Italian durum wheat fusilli (160kcal per 100g).

vegan pasta

Sacla' Reduced Fat Basil Pesto (£2.50) is a new product from Sacla' which has 30% less fat than Classic pesto, and no added sugar or salt.
The cheese is replaced with tofu, and thus is suitable for vegans.
We haven't tried this pesto yet. I am not a fan of tofu. I will give it a go, but to be honest, pesto with tofu doesn't sound authentic.
My worry is that the brands are trying too hard to appear trendy. Don't. Classic and traditional products should be protected.

vegan foods

Whether you receive Degustabox or just bought the new pesto, don't forget to enter an Instagram competition to win a hamper full of pesto, pasta sauces and antipasti.
You will need to follow Sacla's  account on Insta - @sacla_uk
and upload your best pictures using the Sacla' Reduced Fat with the hashtag #DegustaSacla
Competition runs until 18/03/2019.
Good luck!

Snaffling Pig Pork Crackling Low & Slow BBQ/Perfectly Salted (£0.75) is a treat for pork crackling fans. Winners of 9 Great Taste Awards, premium cuts of pork are double-cooked and bursting full of flavour.

pork crackling

You should receive both flavours in your box.

meaty snacks

Choc Chick Quinoa Pops and Plantain Bites (£1.85) are vegan treats, which combine wholegrain goodness of quinoa and tropical flavours of plantain with the finest Ecuadorian single origin organic cacao.
Dairy and gluten free, with 50% less sugar than average chocolates, these sweet bites sound very healthy.

Bebeto Watermelon Jelly Gums (£0.50) are Bebeto's biggest selling pack in the UK, with over 3m sold in 2018. They are sweet, made with real fruit juice and watermelon-flavoured.
For obvious reasons they are very high in sugar (46g per 100g).
These sweets are not suitable for vegetarians as they include beef gelatine.

popular sweets

What's your favourite product from the latest Degustabox?


  1. The pork scratchings and the jelly gums are the reason I don't buy the subscription box. Nobody would eat these in our home. I do like the sound of the rest of the box though.
    I've made vegan pesto with hard vegan cheese from the supermarket and it was fab, the main thing one can taste is the basil anyway and the cheese is there only for a bit of flavour. Not sure how it is with tofu though, that is too soft from my point of view. The seaweed crisps is something I'd love to try.

    1. Thank you, Anca! I suppose they try to please all types of eaters.
      As for the pesto, I think any hard cheese (vegetarian) would be better than tofu, as it's an ingredient from a totally different cuisine.
      The seaweed crisps are lovely. I often buy the other brand - Itsu, and love them, but I'm the only one on my family. My Mum loves them too, when she's here, I buy them for her.

    2. That's the thing, they can't please everybody. Not only the pork scratchings and the jelly gums are not vegetarian (the main reason we wouldn't eat them), but they are neither healthy, like the rest of the items in the bundle. I would definitely buy a subscription like this one if I could pick a "vegan-healthy" version and I assume others would be more interested in an "indulgence" version. :)