Last year I decided to sign up to the U.K. edition of Degustabox, a monthly subscription box that contains a vast range of groceries, many of which are “completely new to the market.” I initially received four boxes from March 2017 until June 2017 and while I liked the majority of products I received Degustabox repeatedly sent me some items I feared were too spicy for my liking despite saying that I didn’t want to receive any spicy food upon signing up. After having received my June 2017 box I cancelled my subscription and decided to resubscribe to Graze instead. Earlier this year I cancelled receiving Graze boxes on a two-weekly subscription basis because I felt that the selection of snacks I was sent became repetitive so I resubscribed to Degustabox.
Here is what I thought of each item I received in the April 2018 Degustabox:
Juicy Fuel. Cola
While the blueberry flavour tastes more like cinnamon than blueberry, the cherry cola had a stronger cherry flavour despite its cinnamon aftertaste.
Trek Energy Chunks – Cocoa Peanut Peak and Toffee Triumph
These remind me of nakd bars and bites. The Cocoa Peanut Peak ones were my favourite and had a prominent taste of peanut and a lovely crunchy texture. While the Toffee Triumph ones initially had a sweet smell, they began to taste a bit like washing up liquid and I was met with a fizzy texture after eating them.
Haribo Giant Strawbs
These were very chewy and the strawberry flavour was sweet if a bit artificial tasting.
Mindful Bites Nut Butter – Brazil Nuts & Cacao Nibs
This came in a handy on-the-go pouch with a built-in straw but I preferred to eat this on toast with banana for breakfast. While the taste of the bananas and the toast overpowered that of the nut butter, I managed to eat some leftover bits from the pouch and it had a rich balance of nutty and chocolatey notes.
Idahoan Roasted Garlic instant mash
Although I couldn’t taste the garlic at first its flavour soon came through but in a subtle way. In addition to boiling water I added a teaspoon of butter, a tablespoon of milk (I usually add these to mash when I make it from real potatoes) and some garlic mayonnaise to the mash to give it more of a garlicky taste. I ate this with a garlic chicken breasteak and some peas.
This reminds me of other chocolate wafer snacks on the market such as Cadbury Time Out but this wasn’t as sweet most likely because it has no added sugar.
The Food Doctor Full of Beans Protein Mix and Smokin’ Edamame Mix
The Full of Beans Protein Mix is a wholesome mixture of broad beans, soya beans, black soya beans, peas and corn kernels. While they tasted salty to begin with they soon developed into a satisfying savoury flavour almost like a combination of Marmite and butter. The Smokin’ Edamame Mix consists of, as the name suggests, dried edamame beans, broad beans, corn kernels and seaweed flakes. I liked their smoky flavour; however I was soon met with a peppery aftertaste.
I have originally tried this in the form of smaller squares in a share bag. The white chocolate version is my favourite whereas the milk and white chocolate version has a slightly sour taste. Nevertheless like with the share bag version both bars have a creamy and crunchy filling and cool designs printed on them.
LioBites Strawberry and Banana Smoothie Bites
Strawberry and banana is my favourite smoothie flavour so I was intrigued to receive it in the form of freeze-dried fruit crisps in my box. These had a similar texture to the yoghurt flavoured bites from the Light Bites Mango and Vanilla snack I received in the June 2017 Degustabox and they also had a sweet strawberry flavour that unfortunately overpowered that of the banana. The bites also stuck to my teeth and the roof of my mouth. In spite of that, this is one of the many items in my box that counts as one of my five a day.
Lucozade Energy Orange
This is the first time I have drunk this for several years and while I liked its sweet orangey taste it also had a bit of a medicine-like taste.
Mutti Polpa Finely Chopped Tomatoes and Passata
I used the finely chopped tomatoes to make a beef and vegetable pasta bake. They made an ideal staple to the dish and I actually only ate half of what is on the plate in the photo and saved the rest for the following day.
I used the passata to make the aubergine parmigiana by following the recipe on the reverse of the list of products. During the first weekend of living in my flat I made this to share with my parents albeit using a different recipe. I felt this parmigiana turned out well but there were a few tweaks I had to make such as making half the quantity as stated in the recipe due to only receiving one bottle of passata, using dried basil because my fresh basil had wilted in the heat and using frozen sliced aubergine instead of fresh aubergine. I also thought that the recipe instructions were incomplete so once I assembled the parmigiana I put it in the oven and baked it at 180 degrees Celsius for 25 minutes as per the instructions on the aubergine.
a2 Semi Skimmed Long Life Milk
Although this tastes like any other long life milk I have tried, the only difference is that unlike regular milk, which contains the A1 protein that several people find difficult to digest as well as A2 protein, it only contains A2 protein that is easier to digest. This is probably the most essential item in my box because I had it on standby for when I ran out of my previous bottle of milk.
In conclusion I was satisfied with the selection of products I received on the whole and it made me glad I resubscribed to Degustabox. I was especially impressed that several items counted as one of my five a day portions of fruit or vegetables. If I do receive any items that I don’t think I’ll like I can always give them to my friend, my family and my house support staff or even donate them to my local food bank.
You can watch my Degustabox April 2018 Unboxing and Review video here:
Degustabox U.K. website: https://www.degustabox.com/en/