Degustabox – August Review

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To shake up my food shopping habits (and really because I like a surprise) I recently signed up to a foodie subscription box called Degustabox. If you haven’t heard of Degustabox before, they are a monthly subscription service which sends between 10 and 15 new products each month to discover.

As well as food products from well known names you will also receive items from less familar brands, which is nice if you tend to usually drift towards the same things when food shopping and you would like a change. Expect to receive savoury food items, sweet treats and delicious drinks all for the not-to-shabby price of £12.99! I was really excited to receive my first box – lets take a peek at its contents.

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Mexican Dave’s Lightly Salted Legendary Tortilla Chips (RRP £1)
I love tortilla chips so I was very happy when I spotted my box contained this big bag of Mexican Dave’s Lightly Salted Legendary Tortilla Chips. These were the first item in the box we ate and they were a hit – although I did have to pick up a salsa dip to go with them and perhaps it would’ve been nice if an accompanying dip had been included. They’re a lovely tortilla chip without the added nasties like MSG.

Schwartz Mexican Fajitas and Spanish Smoked Paprika Chicken Flavour Shots (RRP £1.39)
I’m a massive fan of Mexican and Spanish food and it makes a regular appearence on my dining table. Although I usually make my own sauces and spice mixes from scratch these are great when time is limited. I’ve not made fajitas for a while so i’m looking forward to giving these a try and see if they compare to “mama’s own” recipe!

Caribbean Twist Strawberry Daiquiri Cocktail (RRP £2.50)
I’m not really a cocktail kind of girl, preferring a Real Ale, wine or good old G&T, but on the odd occasion I will deviate so this Strawberry Daiquiri will go down well.

Berry White Peach and Goji Berry Organic Drink (RRP £1.59)
Another drink I found in my box was this Berry White Peach and Goji Berry Organic drink. Certified Organic by the Soil Association this immediately gets the thumbs up!

Dr Oetker Edible Wafer Cupcake Cases (RRP £2.50)
From reviews of previous boxes I’d noticed Degustabox regularly include Dr Oetker baking products. These edible cupcake cases are cute and a really interesting concept – my only gripe is the RRP which is expensive considering there is only 6 cases, making them definitely something I’d only ever use for an extra special occasion. I love baking though so these will get used.

Cawston Press Kids Blend Apple and Pear Juice × 1 (RRP of 3 Pack £1.89)
I like fruit juices but usually buy larger cartons as they work out cheaper. Single cartons are no doubt handy for on the go lifestyles like mine. I could definitely taste both the apple and the pear and it was refreshing and not overly sweet.

Lindt Milk Chocolate Hearts (RRP £ 3.49)
You can’t go wrong with a bit of chocolate and this cute little tin of Lindt Milk Chocolate Hearts is lovely. It is quite a pricy way to enjoy Lindt Chocolate though as you don’t get a lot and I think the price is in a packaging if I’m honest.

Brioche Pasquier Croissants au Beurre and Pain Au Lait (RRP £1.69 – £1.79)
The final things I found were two packets of Brioche Pasquier pastries. I actually buy this brand of pastries already as they make a great, fuss free breakfast. I noticed some boxes contained the Pain Au Chocolat, which as a self-confessed chocoholic I’d have preferred but the Pain Au Lait are nice too.

Lastly in addition to the pictured products Degustabox have introduced a new bonus item to their boxes; the Degustabox Fridge. Basically it is a coupon that entitles you to a chilled fridge item that you can pick up from a store that accepts the coupon/voucher. The coupon was for a Moma The Best Breakfast product (RRP £2.99) but sadly no where near me stocks the item making it a bit of a waste.

Whilst I love the Degustabox concept and my first box i’m not 100% sure it’s a subscription box I’ll keep up. Somehow it feels rather indulgent, especially as some of the items (the Lindt Chocolate and Dr Oetker cases) are very expensive for what they are, and the coupon was unusable. Although when broken down £12.99 a month (roughly £3 / week) I guess really isn’t that expensive and there is no commitment; you can simply stop your subscription when ever you wish.

To sign up yourself for next months box you can visit their website here. Have you tried a subscription service like Degustabox before? What do you think of this month’s selection?

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