Sunday, 9 December 2018

November 2018 Festive Degustabox review

There's something about Christmas that means that, however much you buy, the snack cupboards never seem full enough of festive munchies ! We were therefore very happy to receive the latest Degustabox a couple of weeks ago, as it was stuffed with delicious Yuletide treats to add to the mix.

Here's a closer look at the contents - all very popular this month and the kids couldn't wait to start tasting things ! Time to investigate ...

First up, we discovered two bags of Emily Veg Crisps Sweet Potato Sticks (RRP £1), which come in two flavours, Sea Salt and Chilli & Lime. I love the Chilli & Lime ones, but the kids prefer the plain salt ones. I wasn't sure what they'd make of sweet potato sticks, but they love them and didn't even register that they weren't potato crisps ! As well as tasting great, they count as one of your five a day portions of fruit and veg - bonus !

Next, a box of Jules Destrooper Almond Thins & Belgian Chocolate (£2.19). These disappeared in record quick time ! They have a fabulous crisp texture and a delicious taste of chocolate coming through - mmmm! We'll definitely be looking out for these as a special treat. They make a nice change to the Butter Crisps that we usually treat ourselves to from the same brand.

Weetabix On The Go Kids (£2.99) is a new product that intrigued us. Inside the box, you get four ready-to-drink cartons, which provide vitamin D, calcium, fibre and protein. We got strawberry flavour, but there are two other flavours available too. The kids liked them, but I think they'd work out as a pretty expensive breakfast option, especially as we have three children. They'd be good in times of illness though, or if you're on holiday or on a trip and need a quick and convenient option.

Unsurprisingly popular, Reese's Peanut Butter Snowman (£3) is a great Christmas offering. You get the classic sweet and nutty flavour of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups in a cute snowman shape - we loved the packaging. A special festive treat that any fan of Reese's will love.

Mallow & Marsh Cranberry Marshmallows are another great sweet treat with a bit of a festive theme going on. They are free from artificial colours and flavourings and the soft, gooey texture and fruity flavour were a big hit with everyone.

Next we have this month's Product of the Month - two tins of Amy's Kitchen soup, in Organic Chunky Tomato and Organic Lentil Vegetable flavours (£1.80). These are lovely - warm, comforting, nutritious and guaranteed to please, whether or not you're a vegetarian. They are gluten-free, low fat and above all, big on taste. Delicious !

Back to the sweet treats ! Nick's Coconut bar (£1.45) is a slightly healthier option though, as they are part of a fight against sugar and the bar is sugar free. You get a delicious, naturally-sweetened coconut bar, covered in milk chocolate. Don't mind if I do ! 

There's always at least one brand that I'd never heard of in each Degustabox and this month, it's The Bee's Knees (£1.89), which is a non-alcoholic sparkling wine that is made from grapes and infused with green tea. As well as being alcohol free, it is gluten free, lower in sugar and contains about half the calories of regular wine. 

There is also a bottle of The Original Tabasco Sauce (£2), a classic sauce which is celebrating its 150th birthday this year. Amazingly, this product contains just three ingredients - red peppers, vinegar and salt. It can be mixed with eggs, added to a festive Bloody Mary, mixed with mayo for a quick prawn cocktail sauce ... I like to add a quick dash to soups and casseroles when I feel they need a bit of oomph ! 

Kallo Stock Pots are a handy addition to any kitchen cupboard and this 4-pack of Kallo Organic Vegetable Stock Pots (£1.80) will be great for adding to the turkey leftovers for soup, casseroles and curries. They are MSG free and free from artificial additives too.

Finally, Jack Daniel's & Cola or Jack Daniel's & Light Cola (£2) are ready-to-drink and perfect for keeping in the fridge for the festive period, for whenever anyone wants a bit more festive cheer ! I don't like whisky so I'm not a fan, but I know they'll find a taker over Christmas !

This month's recipe card suggests creating Lentil Cottage Pie with the tin of Amy's Kitchen Soup and Kallo Veggie Curry with the stock pots. They both sound very tasty and just the kind of thing I'll fancy eating after all the over indulgence of Christmas !

This is a great selection of products that will all be devoured over the festive period. 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 means you'll get the first box for just £7.99 - 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.


  1. I know what you mean about Christmas and never having enough snacks (and cold drinks, too) in our house. The Emily's Crisps look especially appealing. Thanks.

  2. Mellow and marsh sounds fab


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