Thursday, 1 October 2015

The September Degustabox (review)

September's Degustabox was exactly the kind I like - some things to make us go hmm that we already know and love, a few things that appealed to us from brands we already knew and a few wildcards that were brands and products we'd never heard of.

There was a lot more sweet stuff than savoury in this box, with mainly snacky things rather than ingredients for meals. This appealed to the kids but isn't so good if you're trying to get dinner on the table using things from the box !

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (2 x 85p) - made with Hershey's chocolate - you couldn't get any more American if you tried ! They're sweet but salty, very rich so one is enough (they're quite big and yo get three in a pack). Juliette loves these, especially as her fave kiddie youtubers Bratayley eat them !

 Mallow & Marsh (£2) - 3 Rasberry Marshmallows that are very gooey with a lovely tangy raspberry flavour. Poor Juliette has just had braces fitted so she was gutted that she couldn't eat these ! They're 100% natural which is a great bonus. They apparently taste delicious with a squeeze of lime too, which needs investigating !

 Maynards Red & Blacks Wine Gums (£1.50) - The blurb says: "They´re back! The two “favourite flavours” of the infamous Maynards Wine Gums are now available all year around! " Well, I'm not sure who decided that because, although I love the red strawberry ones, I'm not overly keen on the black blackcurrant ones.

 Bassetts Jelly Babies (£1.50) - A bag containing just the Berry flavours - Blackcurrant, Raspberry and Strawberry. All very nice but I have to admit, I do prefer the mixed variety bags with all the different colours, especially the green ones !

 The Good Cider of San Sebastian (2 x £1.50) - Craft cider that is full of flavour but low on alcohol, making it a refreshing drink that won't give you a headache. I love cider and these were both lovely.

 Up & Go Breakfast Drink (2 x £1.39) - "The nutritious breakfast drink from Down Under, designed for people who live life on the go. Packed with all the fibre, protein and calcium of a bowl of cereal and milk and perfect for mornings on the move, Up&Go is the most awesome way to start you day." Well, it's not as filling or satisfying as a bowl of cereal but it is a good option for those mornings when you're in a huge rush and need to grab something to eat at the bus stop, or when the kids don't fancy eating anything.

 Compete Energy (£4.49) - "COMPETE Energy Bites are delicious, low calorie chocolates infused with caffeine (1 bite = 1 large premium coffee). COMPETE® Energy Bites provide an instant boost to help improve your alertness, endurance and physical energy. Recommended to take five minutes before physical exercise, driving, partying or studying. CAUTION: VERY HIGH in CAFFEINE. Available in mocha, chocolate and lemon flavours and in packs of 2 or 6 bites." It's basically an energy drink in chocolate form which is an interesting concept, but I don't like coffee (or high doses of caffeine) so I passed these over to Madhouse Daddy.

Sweet Sally Spiced Tea (£2.40) - Freshly brewed organic Ceylon black tea, with Spanish oranges, Sicilian lemons, a touch of organic sugar and a blend of cinnamon and cloves. I don't like the taste of tea so this was never going to appeal to me, but Sophie thought it was quite nice, although she wasn't keen on one of the flavours (cloves, I think).

This month's DB's Discoveries The Olive Shop (£3) ("Extra Virgin Olive Oil with an intense fruity aroma. Greece in a bottle, by The Olive Shop") and Kent's Kitchen Szechuan Posh Noodles (£1.85) (Just add water and stir well to create an authentic Asian noodle dish. It's basically a high class pot noodle - perfect for lunch at the office.)

(Other people got Portlebay Popcorn, Miracle Noodle, TG Green Tea, Get More Vitamin Drinks as their DB's Discoveries.)

This month's recipes are for two winter warmer soups using the olive oil - Butternut Squash with Chilli & Crème Fraîche and Cream of Mushroom, both of which sound lovely.

Now, this is the bit where every month, I tell you that a subscription to Degustabox costs £12.99 including delivery per month, with each box having a value of much more than that (£24.22 this month), and that I have a discount coupon code for you which gives you a £3.00 discount when registering. Well, the great news is that from this month, the discount has doubled, getting you a whopping £6 off the price of your box - just enter code BLDEG15 at the checkout.

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Disclosure : We received the product in order to write an honest review.


  1. I'd never had Reese's before and love them. Had the pot noodle at work and it was nice. A good box.

  2. Really liked everything (except not too keen on Reese), even thinking of ordering one. The cider was lovely, and Compete really works for me.

    1. I prefer it when there are more meals/savoury items & ingredients but we did love everything, pretty much :)