15 Oct 2014

FOOD: September Degustabox


September Degustabox* - £12.99 per month including delivery
(available here)
As someone who likes food a lot and also likes getting parcels a lot Degustabox had sparked a lot of interest for me. As much as I love a good beauty product I was never overly enthralled by the selection of monthly subscription boxes available as I felt like they all lacked a little something to make them worth that direct debit. When Degustabox appeared I knew that I had to give it a go but I kept putting it off for various reasons (starting a new job, moving to a new flat etc etc) however when I was kindly offered a box to review I just could not resist.

I'm probably a bit late to the bat in sharing my review of this but better late than never! On the whole I was pretty impressed with my first box and will definitely be trying more in the future - I can never resist food. Here's what I've been nibbling on:

Burts' Lentil Waves
The first to be devoured were the Lentil Waves from Burts. On first glance I was a bit worried about these as I'm not a big fan of lentils however these were actually pretty damn delicious and tasted just like (if not better than) normal crisps. The sour cream & chive were definite favourites and I enjoyed the salted flavour too. I wasn't as keen on the Thai Sweet Chilli as I found them a tad too hot for me but my flatmate Eilidh liked them!

Crabbie's Fruits - Raspberry & Lemon
Despite students being typically renowned for their drinking I haven't actually tried these yet, but I am really excited to. I've tried Crabbie's Ginger Beer before which I enjoyed and think that both the Lemon & Raspberry flavours will be right up my street as they are two of my top flavour choices anyway. I'm particularly excited to give the raspberry one a go as it has a hint of  ginger which I can't quite imagine in my head... hm!

Carnation "Cook With It" low fat cooking cream
As someone who's main food groups are fat and carbs this nifty little alternative to cream has come in really handy so far. This has 68% less fat than single cream and can be used in lots of dishes such as carbonara, curries and soups. So far I've only used one of the two cartons and I managed to get two uses out of it - one for carbonara and the second for a creamy Bolognese bake. Both worked out really well so I'm going to keep an eye out for these in the future.

Little Miracles Organic Tea
These were the only thing in this box that I had tried before however I hadn't actually tried these specific flavours. Little Miracles are organic tea based drinks that have lots of healthy things packed in there alongside the tea. I wasn't too keen on the orange coloured one as the flavour didn't quite work for me, but the green bottle was much nicer and I've had a couple of bottles since. I don't feel particularly "energised" after these but I definitely enjoy drinking them.

La Vieja Fabrica Marmalade
I'm really not a big fan of marmalade, so this has been donated to my mum. On the whole I don't tend to like the texture of most preserves so I usually avoid them! From what I can gather my mum enjoyed this but I can't speak from personal experience on this one...

Righteous Salad Dressings
I've been trying to figure out a way to eat these without making a salad but so far all I've come up with is dipping my finger in them. I guess I will have to save these for the day that I do actually make a salad but I've heard lots of good things about the dressings and can confirm from a finger dip that the raspberry & sweet basil dressing is delicious. Maybe I could dip my curly fries in them? Oh so healthy.

Bahlsen Pick Up biscuits
Biscuits never last long around me and these were no exception. I vaguely remember eating something similar to the milk chocolate version when I was younger so obviously I had to eat all five just to try and help jog my memory. The new black & white version is ever so slightly reminiscent of an Oreo and just as delicious as the original milk chocolate biscuits. Both have been demolished and I'm going to be picking these up in a heartbeat if I see them in Asda!

Elizabeth Shaw Dark Chocolate Mint Thins
Like biscuits, chocolate is another thing that doesn't last long around me. I love dark chocolate but can only really stomach it in quite small amounts or else I get a nasty headache so these little thins are perfect to satisfy that cocoa craving. I'm not usually keen on the combination of mint & chocolate but I didn't find the mint too overpowering with these. I'm sad that they're finished now.

Jordans' Simply Granola
I really like Jordans' chocolate granola but I'd never really tried anything else other than chocolate. This big bag is perfect as it allows me to come up with my own creations (or just eat it plain which is also delicious) and I've been having some pretty yummy breakfasts. A particular favourite combination is frozen raspberries, blueberries and a tiny bit of golden syrup with some milk. Mmmm. So good! I haven't spotted this particular bag in Asda but as soon as it appears I'll be grabbing it and I think Eilidh will be too.

What do you think of this month's Degustabox? I for one loved it and will definitely be trying out more in the future! You can order a box on their website and you can also find Degustabox on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest releases and news.

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