Sunday 26 November 2017

The November Degustabox review : it's Chriiiiistmas !

As Degustabox deliveries always arrive at the very end of the month, this is the last Degustabox before Christmas. Obviously, this one has a bit of a festive theme going on, with lots of nibbles and treats to see us through the holiday season.

There were lots of oohs and aahs when we started unpacking the box, and not just from the kids ! Without delay, here is what was nestling inside the November Degustabox :

Ryvita Rye Cakes (£1.39) - Made with popped wholegrain rye, Ryvita Multigrain Rye Cakes are naturally high in fibre and low in fat, making them a wholesome snack to enjoy on their own or with your choice of sweet or savoury toppings. I must admit, I'm not a huge fan - they're too healthy for me ! - but they might tempt me more in January after all the festive over-indulgence.

Weetabix Additions Apple & Raisin (£2.99) - I've just finished the box of Weetabix Additions Coconut & Raisin from a previous Degustabox, so I'm looking forward to munching on these now. I love the fact that, unlike when I eat plain Weetabix, I don't need to add any sugar to these ones. Just add milk, leave to soak then tuck in for a filling and healthy breakfast, packed with wholegrain goodness, apple, raisins and cinnamon.

Kallo organic stock pots (£1.80) - Made with organic, natural and high quality ingredients and available in three varieties - chicken, beef or vegetable - these stocks pots are perfect for flinging into soups, stews and sauces for extra flavour. They'd be ideal in soups, pies and curries for using up the leftover Christmas turkey.

Rio Mare Italian Tuna (£3) - A high quality tuna in olive oil - delicious in salads or sandwiches.

Alo Refresh Cucumber & Cantaloupe Aloe Vera drink (£1.99) - I used to be nervous of aloe vera drinks because of the slightly strange texture, but after a holiday in Lanzarote a couple of years ago, I came to really like them. Aloe vera is supposed to be a superfood, packed with nutrients, and the cantaloupe and cucumber add a cleansing, refreshing flavour.

 Filippo Berio Fennel & Garlic Crostini (£1.99) - Inspired by classic Italian flavours, these crostini are made from freshly baked bread, mixed with aromatic fennel seeds and a hint of garlic, lightly sprinkled with sea salt and drizzled with Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Because they're baked, not fried, they are 30% lower in fat than traditional crisps. Very tasty, straight from the pack or with dips.

Cadbury Picnic Bites (£1.99) - Nobbly nibbles of crispy wafer, chewy caramel, crunchy peanut and juicy raisins, all wrapped up in Cadbury milk chocolate. What's not to like?! Yum !

Jelly Bean Company Super Sours (£1.79) - I LOVE Jelly Beans so I knew these would be a big hit before I'd even opened the packet. There are nine flavours, all made with natural flavours and colours, and they're also gelatine free, gluten free and nut free, so Coeliacs and vegetarians can enjoy them too.

English Provender Caramelised Red Onion Chutney (£1.99) - When is a boring turkey sandwich not a boring turkey sandwich? When you've added a nice dollop of sweet, sticky red onion chutney ! The perfect accompaniment to ploughman type salads and sandwiches for using up the festive leftovers.

Dalston's Fizzy Apple (£1.89) - The Nightingale family at Gibbet Oak farm in Kent have been growing apples for a long time and now they're helping out with their know-how (and apples) to create this fruity, fizzy soda, made with Jonagold, Idared and Bramley apples. If you want an alcohol-free festive tipple that is a bit more exciting than coke, this would be a lovely option for designated drivers or pregnant and nursing mums.

Propercorn Perfectly Sweet Popcorn (89p) - Hand-popped corn, sprinkled with unrefined Fairtrade sugar for a perfectly sweet, caramelised flavour. Very nice.

Planters Fruity Chocolate Crunch (£2) - You can't have Christmas and New Year celebrations without nibbles and Planters have launched this new variety, which is a mixture of crunchy peanuts, juicy cranberries and creamy milk chocolate buttons. I wasn't sure the three flavours would work well together but it's a match made in heaven. Great as nibbles but this would also work well in cookies and muffins.

Taylors of Harrogate Coffee (£4.49) - Top quality single origin coffee to explore the flavours of the world's greatest growing regions - we got Cacao Superior Colombia but other Degustaboxers got Rare Blossom Ethiopia. I'm not a coffee drinker but Madhouse Daddy said it has a lovely rich flavour.

Everything in this box will get eaten, and they are all things (except the rye cakes) that we would have bought and will quite probably buy again. It's lovely to have a selection of nibbles to enjoy over Christmas and New Year, as well as some products that will be handy for using up the festive leftovers.

A subscription to Degustabox costs £12.99 per month including delivery, with each box having a value of much more than that, but the great news is, I have a discount coupon code for you which gives you a whopping £7 off the price of your first box, so you'll get it for just £5.99 - just enter code 0BS6T at the checkout.

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Disclosure : We received the box in order to write an honest review. As a Degustabox blogger, I receive all of the products that go into the monthly boxes, but subscribers may not get exactly the same selection.

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