Monday, 2 January 2023

December 2022 Degustabox review : New Year & Enjoyable Moments

Ahhh Christmas is done and dusted for another year. Despite eating half of our body weight in snacks and sweets (and turkey and Christmas pudding and cake and ... well, I'm sure you get the idea !), we still excitedly investigated the latest Degustabox to arrive, with the perfect theme of New Year and Enjoyable Moments. Here's what was in the box.


First up, a bag of KitKat Bites (RRP £1.59) which are perfect for sharing with the family in front of a festive film. Each bite-sized piece offers a smooth chocolatey centre and crispy wafer pieces to provide the traditional crunch and chocolate indulgence of KitKat bars. The bag is resealable so you don't even have to eat them all at once (which doesn't usually end up being a problem for us, funnily enough !). Yum ! Available from most major supermarket chains.

Eisberg Alcohol Free Mulled Wine (RRP £3.25) is a great alternative to alcohol for anyone who is pregnant or just wants to avoid alcohol. As well as being alcohol free, it is lower in calories and vegan friendly. The Mulled Wine variety offers a lovely festive twist, perfect with a mince pie or a slice of Christmas cake.

Knorr Organic Chicken Stock Pots (RRP £2) are made with quality organic ingredients, slowly simmered with authentic flavours, perfect for dishes ranging from risottos and soups to more. I love throwing one into the slow cooker along with chicken and vegetables to melt down without adding excess liquid to the pot. They are also great for using up the leftover turkey, vegetables and potatoes in a stew or pie. They are free from artificial preservatives and colours. Great for adding a lovely depth of flavour in minutes.

Lee Kum Kee Cooking Sauce Collection (RRP £4.99) offers a lovely selection of sachets of sauces and oils to add an Oriental theme to your dishes. They are absolutely perfect for using up the leftover turkey but are also great with chicken, pork, beef, prawns or vegetables.

Inside the box are full-sized sachets of Hoisin Sauce, Yellow Bean Sauce and Chilli Garlic Sauce, plus two small sachets each of Chilli Oil and Sweet Soy Sauce. There is also a booklet filed with different ways to use the sauces to help inspire your imagination. Perfect for trying out some new flavours in the New Year.

Heinz Made For Veggiez Balsamic & Rosemary Sauce (RRP £2.50) is one of a range of sauces (we got to try Chilli & Miso in the last Degustabox) inspired by world cuisine. Inspired by the flavours of the Med, it can be used for dipping, grilling, marinading and roasting. I added some to some quickly fried tomatoes, courgettes, onions and red peppers before serving them up on rice (toast or pasta would work too), for a tasty and simple lunch, which came out really well. Great for perking up simple dishes. Available at Morrisons and Ocado.

Dorset Cereals Dark Choc & Hazelnut Muesli Crunch (RRP unknown as this was the mystery brand in this month's box) is a tasty breakfast option that appealed to the whole family, in a bowl with milk, straight from the box as a snack or even added into cookies for some extra texture. I've just been to investigate and we had a box in a previous Degustabox, back in October. With dark chocolate curls and caramelised hazelnuts, it's a delicious way to start the day.

Munchies Gooey Caramel & Biscuit Sharing Bar (RRP £1) was passed on to my mum as she used to buy the original Munchies sweets about 45 years ago ! As the name suggests, it's made of runny caramel and crunchy biscuit pieces, encased in milk chocolate, and is very tasty, apparently. Available at B&M, Booker, Spar, Iceland, Aldi, Poundland, Home Bargains and NISA.

Odysea Spicy Ajvar (RRP £2.75) is a spicy dip with roasted red peppers and smooth smoky aubergine. It can be smeared on bread, used to dip crisps or carrot sticks in or even stirred through leftover pasta for a quick pasta salad lunch. It has a slightly sweet, spicy flavour that is great for perking up random leftovers from the fridge. Available at Sainsbury's and on the website.

Plantastic Flapjacks Sweet Apricot & Ginger with Almonds (RRP £2.75) are tasty oaty fingers, packed with sweet apricot chunks, crunchy almond nibs and a little kick of ginger to wake up your taste buds. As they say on the box, they're "so tasty, you'd never guess they're plant based". Very nice and with five in a pack, they're perfect for a week's worth of packed lunch desserts or cheeky TV snacks ! Available at Tesco's and on amazon.

Vahdam Turmeric Sampler (RRP £5) is a healthy sampler pack containing four best selling turmeric teas, infused with superfoods and packed into pyramid shaped tea bags. Caffeine free and packed in India, if you like herbal teas, they look perfect. I'll be passing these on to Sophie to try out. Available at Holland & Barrett.

 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 £9.99 - enter code PKUFE 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 comment:

  1. What a great box. I love the look of the cooking sauce collection and those Munchies biscuits. I need to find them and give them a try. x


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