Thursday, 28 March 2019

Spring & Easter Degustabox (March 2019)

You can't escape noticing stacks upon stacks of Easter chocolate eggs and novelty figures in the shops. I've been resisting so far, and only bought one chocolate egg and a few creme eggs. Chocolate seems to be the theme of the month.
Degustabox is celebrating the coming Easter with a few foodie surprises (including chocolate treats, though no eggs).

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 March'19 Degustabox? Let's have a look.

food box by subscription

For chocoholics like my family and me, this is a super box, as it contained several chocolate bars.

Willie's Cacao Single estate chocolate (£1.99) is a delicious melt-in-the-mouth chocolate, which preserves the long forgotten flavours of the world's great Single Esatet Cacaos.
They use only natural ingredients and make everything themselves from "bean to bar".
You will receive one of four flavours.
Our bar was a delicious milk chocolate with passion fruit. I love chocolate and passion fruit, so for me this was definitely a win-win product.

best chocolate bars

Green & Black's Praline & Truffle Bars (£0.89) are indulgent chocolate treats - dark chocolate with moreish truffle and praline centres.
Made with ethically sourced chocolate and no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives.
Both flavours are included in the box.
Nutritional info: 224kcal and 18g sugar per bar.

chocolate treats

British chocolate

KIND Snacks Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt (£1.35) is a tasty and nutritious bar made with whole nuts and honey. These bars are crafted with 60-72% nuts, they are gluten free and naturally high in protein.
It's a scrumptious sweet and salty blend of almonds, peanuts and a sprinkle of sea salt, bound in honey and drizzled in chocolate. A real treat for anyone who loves nuts.
Energy value - 197kcal.

nutty bars

Forest Feast Preda Fair Trade Mango & Milk Chocolate Mango & Coconut Fruit Balls (£1.29): award winning dried mango is sourced solely from the PREDA Fair Trade organisation in the Philippines and soft bite-sized balls of dried mango blended with tropical coconut and covered in creamy Belgian milk chocolate.
I used a bag of fruit balls to add to the Rocky Road (recipe to follow in a separate post).

healthy snacks

Terry's Chocolate Orange Minis Exploding Candy is a twist on a classic chocolate. Open a bag to discover mini milk chocolate segments with an orange flavour, and packed full of fun popping candy pieces.

chocolate UK

Chum Fruit Bites Apple/Strawberry (£0.79) are tasty 100% fruit snacks, with no fake stuff, no artificial flavourings, colours or preservatives.
Strawberry bites are made from pear puree, apple puree, strawberry puree and natural flavour.
Nutritional information: 41kcal and 7.9g sugar (naturally occurring in the fruit) per 20g bag.
A lovely snack for a lunch box, or to eat on the go.

healthy snacks

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fruit snacks

Moose Juice Extreme Energy  (£1.59) is a carbonated Passion Fruit favour caffeine drink with Branch Chain Amino Acids, B Vitamins and sweeteners (sucralose)
Nutritional values: zero sugar, aspartame free, 8kcal per 250ml serving.
It has a high caffeine content, so it's not recommended for children or pregnant & breast-feeding women.
Consume responsibly - a maximum of 2 cans per day.

Weetabix On The Go Strawberry (£1.49) is a strawberry-flavoured breakfast drink with added vitamins and iron. It includes a wheat fibre. A source if protein and iron, it comes in a convenient grab-and-go bottle.
A serving contains 209kcal, 5g fat and 12g sugar.

Jubel Alpine Beer Cut with Peach (£1.80) - "one of those quirks that works" - is a lively lager with the zest of freshly ripe peaches..

fruit-flavoured lager

I wasn't sure about the flavour combination, but was pleasantly surprised at how drinkable it is. Light, refreshing and mildly sweet. It will work great with curries and roast vegetable dishes.
It's gluten-free and vegan friendly. Not to be missed for the coming summer.

fruit-flavoured lager

Costa Signature Blend Coffee Ground for Cafetiere & Filter (£3.70) is a new product for Costa coffee fans. I've seen it already in Costa, along the Nespresso-compatible pods. I enjoy Costa coffee, and I do need to dig out that old cafetiere which is hiding somewhere in the kitchen. After our bean-to-coffee machine died, we mostly use a Nespresso machine.
This is a legendary signature blend which has been served at Costa since 1971. Comes in Medium strength.

best ground coffee UK

Red Red Super Stews Black Eyed Beans & Tomato/Red Beans & Sweet Potato (£2.99) are inspired by the African flavours. You will receive one of two flavours.
It works like many other pot dishes - you just need to add boiling water, stir, let it stand and stir again.
We got a Red Red Super Stews Black Eyed Beans & Tomato pot.
This is a vegan meal, gluten free, free from preservatives.
Nutritional values: 253kcal per pot, 9.5g sugar, 10.4g fibre and 13g protein.
It's made with black eyed beans, tomatoes, red onion, spices and certified sustainable and traceable red palm oil.

plant-based meals

Ballymaloe Original Relish (gift) is rich in tomatoes, delicious and incredibly versatile. Great for burgers, with French fries, cold meats and cheese, sausage rolls and salads.
Made with all natural ingredients, it's gluten free and is also suitable for vegans.

I am planning to make some cheese straws at the weekend, spreading the relish over the shortcrust pastry and sprinkle over with grated cheese.

Which of the products from the latest Degustabox is your favourite?


  1. Those Green & Black's Bars sound fab! I'd love to try those. Also, Costa coffee, how fab is that one. This month the subscription looks really good.

  2. What a lovely selection of products. Quite intrigued by the beer and peach