Welcome to my round up of my favourite bits and pieces from the December 2015 Degustabox. I say December, but they deliver about a week later over the New Year so it’s really an early January box. If you’re not familiar with the Degustabox then very briefly it’s a subscription service where each month you’re sent a box of goodies to try. I’ve been really enjoying discovering new brands and I’ve been completely converted to some products I’ve tried over the past few months which I would never have thought to buy otherwise. If you’d like to know more then you can read a full review of the service here and if you fancy giving a box a try yourself then simply enter the discount code BLDEG15 at the checkout and you’ll get £6 off your first order.
Anyway, onto my picks…
Our definite favourite was the Red Square Toffee Vodka. The flavour is reminiscent of caramel coffee syrup, but in lovely alcoholic form. In my opinion the best way to drink it is in a sort of toffee white russian, mixed with Baileys and Milk – yum!
Our next pick was the Hip Pops Crisps. However, these were split into one Hit Pop and one Miss Pop (see what I did there!), we loved the Salt & Black Pepper flavour and would definitely buy those again, but we were less keen on the Salt & Vinegar, the flavourings just weren’t quite right.
My last pick from this month’s box was the Crabbie’s Alcoholic Light Ginger Beer. I was already a huge fab of Crabbie’s so they would have had to do something seriously different in the light version to make something I wasn’t going to enjoy. Fortunately it seems they stuck to what they do well and have produced a very nice lower alcohol version.
The rest of the box…
In addition to my picks above, the box also contained…
Betavivo Oat Heart Cereal – Perfectly nice, but it didn’t really stand out over and above other similar cereals. It claims to be beneficial in lowering cholesterol as well as the amount of blood glucose your body produces, so if either of these is a worry for you then it might be worth a bit more of a look.
Drink Me Chai’s Spiced Chai Latte – I’d been really excited about trying this as I’ve read so much about chai lattes (and many other recipes inspired by them) recently and hadn’t had a chance to try one. It’s turns out that Chai spice isn’t for me, I suspect a lot of people would disagree as I’m in a minority in my general dislike of cinnamon (except in apple pies and some baked bits and pieces) and if you’re a cinnamon lover then this may well be for you.
Fabulous Bakers Mango & Pineapple Bars – I really like the idea of these bars as they’re made from all natural ingredients and Jon and Daniel really enjoyed them. Unfortunately I wasn’t too fussed on the mango and pineapple flavour we were sent but I wouldn’t rule out trying one of their other flavours if I spotted them at the shops.
Koko Dairy Free Original – This was nice but not as coconutty as some other similar milks I’ve tried.
Nothing But Freeze-Dried Fruit (Strawberry & Banana and Pineapple & Grape) – We’ve had freeze dried fruit in our Degustaboxes before and I’m still to be converted. The boys seemed to quite enjoy it though.
Nuva Spring Water (Cucumber & Mint and Ginger & Lemon) – Infused water seemed to be a bit of a trend at the moment and here’s a ready-made version for anyone that can’t be bothered to wait for all the flavours to infuse making their own. I love the idea of these but I’m not too sure about the addition of the cucumber and ginger in each drink respectively. I think I would have really enjoyed them as just mint or just lemon.
Barilla Wholewheat Pasta and Mediterranean Vegetable Sauce – Sadly we didn’t really enjoy these. The pasta was fine, you can’t really go too wrong with dried wholewheat pasta, but we weren’t too fussed on the flavour of the sauce and it seemed to have some random hard bits (some sort of tough vegetable skin I think).
Compete Energy Bites – I’d already tried them in my September Degustabox and my opinion hasn’t really changed since then.
I was gifted a Degustabox for the purposes of this review