Degustabox | April

I was sent the box for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

It is that time of month again for my Degustabox review. This month, the theme of the box was ‘Best of British’. The box retails at £12.99 but you can get your first box for just £7.99 with shipping included. Just use this code WDGX9 on the website here (the code gets you a one time discount of £5).

Now the ‘Best of British’ theme was a theme I was very interested in and I couldn’t wait to see what brands and products were included in the box. So what was in the box and what did we think of them?

Cheerios Multigrain – £2.69

The children absolutely adore cereal and Cheerios are one of their favourites. These were definitely a welcome inclusion in the box. They are made with 5 whole grains, 7 vitamins, iron and calcium.

Typhoo Black Tea – £2.20

A much loved British brand since 1903, who doesn’t love a cup of tea? A box of tea is always going to be something I enjoy in a box, I love a decent cuppa.

Robinsons Fruit Cordials – £2.49

We love Robinsons in our house and always have a bottle here. Jack really enjoys the elderflower flavour so he was very excited to see this cordial in the box. This tastes absolutely delicious just like the other squashes and cordials in the brand. It isn’t hard to see why Robinsons have been making delicious fruit drinks since 1823!

Heinz Organic Baked Beanz – £1

Heinz is one of our favourite brands -we’ve always got some of their beans, ketchup or soup in the cupboard. Beans are something we use a lot so these were popular. They were eaten the night the box arrived and were delicious, as to be expected. Packed full of the finest organically grown ingredients, they’re definitely worth a try.

Eat Water Slim Rice Sushi -£2.55

As the only person in the house to eat sushi, I’ve stashed this away in the cupboard for a day when I fancy it. This easy to roll sushi rice is made with natural ingredients such as Japanese sushi rice and konjac rice. There are just 9 calories per piece.

Crafted by Cracker Drinks Co Mango and Passionfruit 330ml – £2

We’ve tried some juice drinks in this range before and this was delicious, just like the others. These juices have no added sugar or sweeteners and it is packed in an environmentally friendly carton. We will definitely be buying more of these – and all of the CRAFTED drinks count towards one of your five a day.

Heinz Cream of Tomato Pot Soup – £1.19

I instantly claimed this as Heinz tomato soup is my absolute favourite. Now that they come in recyclable microwaveable pots, I can see I will be eating even more of them. Delicious as always.

London Flavours (Teriyaki flavour) – £1

I was very excited to see these crisps as I love the flavour of teriyaki. Steve and I ate these very quickly and enjoyed these immensely. We will definitely be buying these again.

Skinny Food Co Not Guilty White Chocolate Crispies/Milk Chocolate Crispies – £1.49

These high protein crispies are guilt free and gluten free. They have no added sugar and are delicious for less than 100 calories. They are a great snack and we all enjoyed them.

Bull’s-Eye NY Steakhouse Barbecue Sauce – £2.49

Steve was very excited to see this included in the box – he loves a decent tasting barbecue sauce and was very impressed by this one. It has a true authentic American BBQ taste – absolutely delicious.

Love Corn Smoked BBQ – £1.29

Love Corn are the UK’s first premium crunchy corn brand and these corn kernels are packed with flavour. They’re vegan and also sugar free and gluten free, a great snack.

Candy Kittens Wild Strawberry – £1.50 

We’ve tried Candy Kittens sweets before and these are so delicious. We all really enjoyed them. They are completely free from gelatine and gluten and taste so good!

Pachamama Andean Berry & Raspberry/Cacao and Cashew – £1.39

These are a great mix of cacao, dates, nuts, grains and seeds. These are 100% vegan and have no added sugar. We all really enjoyed these.

Overall, I was very impressed with this box. The products in the box retail at over £25 and you’re paying very slightly over half that — very good value for money. I loved the inclusion of some much loved brands and being able to try some delicious new products. Very happy with the April offering.

Enjoying An Easter Picnic With Holy Moly Guacamole

We were sent some products for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

We love a picnic in the sunshine and we have been so lucky to have some amazing sunshine in the lead up to Easter and over the Easter weekend. We love getting out and about in the sunshine and occasionally enjoying a picnic – how about you?

We recently headed out for a little picnic on our local common and took along some Holy Guacamole we were sent, some Dorito chips to dip in them and some sandwiches and drinks. This was Jack’s first time trying guacamole so I was intrigued to see what he’d think.
The guacamole can be served with bread or veggie sticks but I don’t know about you but I love using guacamole as a delicious dip and using tortilla chips such as Doritos to enjoy. The pots are super convenient for taking out and about on a picnic and are easy to store.

Holy Moly are a British brand who are revolutionising the dip offerings in the UK with their range of delicious, all-natural and ready to eat guacamoles that taste just like they would if they were homemade. Most standard supermarket bought dips are full of additives and dairy fillers to bulk them out but I am happy to say the range from Holy Moly is completely vegan, preservative free and the company prides themselves on using only healthy, honestly sourced ingredients.

No picnic or summer spread is complete without some guacamole. What did Jack think upon his first taste? As you can see, he gave it a massive thumbs up, he really enjoyed it and is desperate for me to get some more. I’m happy to get it too – I really enjoy guacamole but as Steve doesn’t eat it, I very rarely buy it. Now that I know Jack – and Olivia too! – enjoy it, I’m definitely going to make sure I always have some in the fridge with some veggie sticks for some healthy snacking.

If you are looking for a versatile and convenient product to take out on your picnic then Holy Moly Guacamole definitely has to be on your list. Not only is it super tasty but it isn’t pumped full of additives or fillers and is great for a healthy snack with some veggie sticks. I’m so happy to find a healthy snack apart from fruit that the kids enjoy!

Do you like guacamole? What do you like to serve/eat it with?

Degustabox | March

We were sent this box for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

It’s that time of the month again where I talk about all of the goodies sent to us in this month’s Degustabox. This month’s theme was Spring & Easter so I was interested to see what was in the box. You can get your first box for just £7.99 (usual price is £12.99) with shipping included. Just use this code WDGX9 on the website here (the code gets you a one time discount of £5).

With the theme, I assumed there would be some chocolate included and I was right. Here’s what we received in this month’s box.

Costa Signature Blend Coffee Ground For Cafetiere & Filter – £3.70

We don’t actually drink coffee in our house so this is going to a good home; my in laws. Nevertheless I have heard good things about Costa’s coffee.

Forest Feast Preda Fair Trade Mango 30g & Milk Chocolate Mango and Coconut Fruit Balls 30g – £1.29 each

These were a perfectly delicious treat. The perfect bit of indulgence without any of the guilt. These didn’t last long in my house at all.

Weetabix On The Go Strawberry – £1.49

We’ve tried these before although I am not sure if they were from a previous box. We really enjoy these so this was very welcomed.

Moose Juice Passionfruit – £1.59

We try not to have energy drinks too often in our house but sometimes do, Steve more than me. Steve liked this and said it was the best energy drink we have had in any of the previous boxes so high praise indeed.

Red Red Super Stews Black Eyed Beans & Tomato – £2.99

These are made with natural plant based ingredients and inspired by Africa. Unfortunately I could see that neither Steve or I would probably eat this so we are donating it to our local food bank rather than it languishing in our cupboard until it passes its expiry date.

Ballymaloe Original Relish 

Rich in tomatoes and made using all natural ingredients, this relish was definitely a positive addition to the box. We use a lot of relishes and chutneys, Steve especially, so he was happy to see this. It’s gluten free, suitable for vegans and tastes great.

Jubel Alpine Beer cut with Peach – £1.80

We haven’t actually tried this yet but were super intrigued to see it in the box. It is a lively lager with the zest of freshly ripe peaches, gluten free, naturally infused and vegan too. Can’t wait to see what its like!

Green & Black’s Praline bar and Truffle bar – 89p each

I never used to be a fan of Green & Black’s, I mostly associated them with dark chocolate which I wasn’t a fan of. As I’ve got older and my tastes have matured, I find myself enjoying dark chocolate more and now I also realise that Green & Black’s do milk chocolate too. These are made with ethically sourced chocolate and contain no artificial colours, flavours and preservatives. These were absolutely delicious.

KIND Snacks Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt – £1.35

These are a tasty and nutritious snack bar which we were very happy to see in the box. These are gluten free and naturally high in protein and a great option to slip into your handbag or pocket for an afternoon snack.

Chum Fruit Bites Apple & Strawberry – 79p each

These are made with 100% fruit, high in fibre and vegan. These also did not last long with my two kids – they devoured these quickly and really enjoyed them. They are delicious and we will certainly be buying again.

Willie’s Cacao single state chocolate Passionfruit – £1.99

This slab of chocolate only just made it out of the box before me and Steve shared it between us. These are made using only natural ingredients and this was super tasty, a nice treat that we could indulge in that we didn’t have to share with the kids for once.

Overall I was fairly impressed with this box. There was a fair amount of sweet stuff compared to savoury but I’m not complaining. With the box retailing at £12.99, the boxes contents added up to just over £20 if you were to buy them all separately – a great saving, I think!

Which item of the box would be your favourite?

Degustabox | February

We were sent a Degustabox for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

We always await our monthly Degustabox with anticipation. We love seeing what is in the box each month and there is usually something for everyone. You can order your own box here using the coupon code WDGX9 – the box is usually £12.99 but you can get it for just £7.99 including postage, thanks to the £5 one time discount my code offers you.

So what did we get in the box this month?

There was such an interesting selection of products in this months box. A few different cupboard items, some great snacks and some things that the kids would really enjoy.

Appy Kids Co Whole Milk – £1

My kids love milk so this was a welcome addition. The milk is delicious and is produced using Red Tractor approved milk. They loved seeing their favourite Paw Patrol characters on the packaging and these certainly didn’t last very long in our house!

Orangina Original – £1.30

Jack loves Orangina although usually opts for the no added sugar version. This was pinched straight out the box and enjoyed – he loved it!

Explore Cuisine Organic Chickpea Fusilli –  £3

We eat a lot of pasta but I’ve never tried pasta made from plant based protein. This will certainly be interesting to try and is a great addition to the pantry. It is organic, vegan and naturally gluten free.

CHOC CHICK Quinoa Pops and Plantain Bites – £1.85 each

These vegan treats combine the wholegrain goodness of quinoa and tropical loveliness of plantain with the finest Ecuadorian single origin organic cacao. These are dairy free and gluten free with 50% less sugar than your usual chocolates. These were intriguing to say the least.

Snaffling Pig Pork Crackling – Low and Slow BBQ/Perfectly Salted – 75p each

These were both enjoyed by Jack and Steve. They were apparently very flavourful and they will definitely be getting some more.

Deli Kitchen Folded Brioche Flatbreads – £1.25

We received two of these in the box so we’ve popped one in the freezer. These are a great alternative to bread for sandwiches and are super delicious.

Bebeto Watermelon Jelly Gums – 50p

We’ve tried Bebeto sweets before. These were absolutely delicious and we received two packs in the box which were readily enjoyed.

Clearspring Organic Seaveg Crispies Turmeric multi pack – £2.59

I must admit I wasn’t a fan of these at all. They are a toasted nori sea vegetable snack.

Sacla Reduced Fat Basil Pesto – £2.50

Sacla is a brand we often buy and I do love my pesto – even better when it is reduced fat. This is perfect for having in the cupboard for future use.

Overall, I was fairly happy with this box. I worked it out to be just over £22 when it comes to product value which is great when you consider the £12.99 price point; even better when you consider the coupon code too! There were a few items we weren’t too keen on but a few that we absolutely loved.

What would have been your favourite item in the box?

Degustabox | January (Review)

We were sent the January Degustabox for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

For quite a while now, we have been receiving the Degustabox food & drink subscription box in order to give our thoughts. I am happy to be continuing this into 2019 and am here today to give my thoughts about the January box. The box is £12.99 a month including delivery but you can get it at a discounted rate by inputting this code at the checkout: WDGX9.

Before it even arrived, I had an inkling that it would be a fairly healthy box, focusing on recovering from the excesses and indulgence of Christmas and New Year. I was right, receiving the January box, aptly named Recovery. I wasn’t too sure how useful all the products in the box would be to me and my family but couldn’t wait to see what was inside. So what were our thoughts?

Kallo Lightly Salted Organic Rice Cakes & Protein Packed Lentil Cakes – £1.30 each

Kallo are a brand I’ve seen around a lot before and have tried myself. I can give or take rice cakes but quite liked these lightly salted organic rice cakes. I’ve donated the lentil cakes to the food bank as I know we won’t eat them in my house so I’d rather they go to someone who will.

Miso Tasty Original Ramen Noodle Kit – £3.50

We’ve had Miso kits in the boxes before. I haven’t eaten this yet but it is in the cupboard for one of those days when I just fancy something like this.

Yes! Fruit & Nut bars – £1.20 each

These were a very interesting inclusion as they had such fun flavours. These are great for snacking and contain no added sugar and are one of your five a day. I opted to give these to Steve as they are much more his sort of thing.

Willy’s Apple Cider Vinegar – £2.95

I remember having this in a previous box and still have some of it left so although we will use it, I can’t see this getting used for a while. A useful inclusion nonetheless.

Hartley’s 10 Cal Jelly Pots – 75p each

As someone who is trying to get back on track on the Slimming World plan, these were very much a welcome addition and I was very intrigued by the flavours too! Blackforest gateau and lemon cheesecake are two of my favourite desserts ever so these jelly pots sounded incredible. I can testify, delicious!

Pipers Crispeas Matar Paneer – £1

Something quite unique here – these are a tasty, low calorie and vegetarian snack. These offer tasty different flavours and these were quite nice.

Pick Up! Milk Chocolate – £1.69

These were always going to be popular in my house and these barely lasted five minutes. We love these and are always happy to see them in the box.

Ryvita Protein Red Quinoa & Sesame – £1.59

No one in our family really eats Ryvita so I can’t really see these getting used up. These are headed to the food bank.

PBfit Peanut Butter Powder x 2 – 75p each

Whilst Steve loves peanut butter flavoured things, neither of us will use this so we are passing it on to a friend.

Lio Bites Freezer Dried Strawberry Crisps – £1.50

We’ve had these in one of our boxes before and we really loved them, especially the kids. These only lasted a few minutes after the kids came across them. One pack of these counts as one of your five a day and these are melt in the mouth delicious.

Overall, I found this box so-so. I’ve come to expect a box with a healthy/fitness focus in January so knew I wouldn’t necessarily use or like all of the products. We have used or will use the majority of the products but there are a few that we will be passing on to others. Considering the box retails at £12.99 including delivery, the contents of this box total over £21 so you’re making a saving of at least £8 while trying some fab new products.

What do you think would be your favourite item in the box?