Degusta Box February 2019 Review

Degusta Box Feb 19

There were two previous occasions on which I subscribed to the U.K. version of Degusta Box: they were from March – June 2017 (I unsubscribed after the June box because I was disappointed with receiving products that I feared were too spicy for my liking and I said I didn’t like very spicy food upon registration) and April – July 2018 (I unsubscribed after the July box due to financial concerns at that time – any products I thought I wouldn’t like went to my local food bank or other people who I thought would enjoy them). In February 2019, I decided to resubscribe to Degusta Box due to being better off financially at the time of this post’s publication and instead of paying £12.99 per month, I am now paying £35.97 every three months so that I can get each box for £11.99 per month, which works out cheaper in the long run. As a reminder, delivery is free!

Upon receiving my first Degusta Box since July 2018, the design on the box has changed as well as the wording of Degusta Box (it used to be Degustabox as one word). It is still the same size as the previous design’s box yet it is big enough to hold a wide range of products.

Here is what I received in the February 2019 Degusta Box:

Sacla’ Reduced Fat Basil Pesto

I believe I have tried this pesto prior to receiving the February box. What makes it different from other pesto sauces on the market is that it contains tofu instead of Parmesan cheese, thus making it suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Although tofu is one food I’d never try because I’m worried I won’t like the taste of the texture, the flavour of the basil overpowers that of the tofu. I first ate this pesto upon receiving it in the box with the chickpea fusilli I received in the same box (more on that later), some broccoli and some grated Cathedral City Mature Lighter Cheddar. This made a quick and tasty dinner after a hard day’s volunteering at home for the neurodivergent recruitment agency I work for.

There was also a competition with Sacla’ and Instagram that people could enter by posting recipe pictures using the Sacla’ Reduced Fat Basil Pesto. The winner received a hamper full of Sacla’ goodies and the second and third place entrants won a free Degusta Box. I entered the competition by posting a picture of turkey pesto meatballs with Sacla’ Reduced Fat Basil Pesto, wholewheat spaghetti, red pepper, broccoli and Parmesan, a recipe from the Food Network YouTube channel, on Instagram. Although the turkey meatballs were dry, there was lots of flavour from the peppers, broccoli, pesto sauce and Parmesan. I didn’t win the competition, but at least I got 20 points credited to my Degusta Box account simply for entering like all other entrants.

The box came with a recipe for Baked cod with basil pesto and puy lentils. I might give this recipe a try, but I will omit the chilli (it is not mentioned in the ingredients list, but it is mentioned as a possible optional extra in the method) so it isn’t too hot for my liking.

Appy Kids Co Honestly Good Whole Milk

I received two three-packs of this milk. All the cartons have characters from Paw Patrol on them, which is a very popular children’s television series. This milk is suitable for children aged one year and above and is approved for school lunchboxes. I tried this milk and it tasted like a mixture of ordinary whole milk in bottles and long life milk in cartons.

Deli Kitchen Brioche Flatbreads

Brioche Flatbread 1

I also received two packs of these. Because they were fresh items and I live alone, I put one pack in the fridge and the other one in the freezer upon receipt of the box.

Cheesy bean flatbreads

I first tried these flatbreads filled with cheddar cheese and baked beans and toasted in my Red Copper Flipwich and they were pretty good, but they cooled down quite quickly. The flatbreads themselves also tasted quite sweet. There are two recipes to try with the flatbreads: Smoked salmon, watercress and caper scramble and Philly cheesesteak. I don’t like salmon, so I will give the recipe where it is used a miss; however I would like to try the Philly cheesesteak recipe with the flatbreads though.

The Snaffling Pig Co. Pork Crackling – Perfectly Salted and Low & Slow BBQ

Pork Crackling 1

Pork crackling, or pork scratchings as they are also known, have been one of my favourite savoury snacks several years ago, but I do find that they have the tendency to become very salty if I eat them in one sitting.

Pork Crackling 2

The Perfectly Salted variety had its distinctive meaty flavour and crunch, but it was very salty.

Snaffling Pig BBQ

The Low & Slow BBQ variety was a bit better. It wasn’t quite as salty as the Perfectly Salted variety and I quite liked its barbecue taste, but I was met with a somewhat spicy aftertaste probably from the cayenne pepper.

Orangina

Orangina

I received this along with the Light version in my June 2018 Degusta Box. Since I don’t drink full-sugar fizzy drinks, I decided to donate it to my nearest food bank.

Explore Cuisine Organic Chickpea Fusilli

Chickpea Fusilli

I got a teaser for this on the Degusta Box U.K. Instagram page. At first I thought the product I was going to get was a packet of Hippeas (puffed chickpea snacks that are similar in shape and texture to Wotsits); however upon opening the February box, I realised I was wrong and was met with this chickpea pasta instead.

The pasta had a wholesome chickpea taste and an al dente texture once cooked. I first tried this with the Sacla’ Reduced Fat Basil Pesto I also received in the February box along with some broccoli and grated Cathedral City Mature Lighter Cheddar (see photo in the section about the pesto).

Another way I ate the pasta was with homemade falafel, houmous and fried red pepper.

Clearspring Organic Seaveg Crispies Turmeric

The concept of these sounded very intriguing, but when I opened them, they turned out to be very oily. When I tasted them, they were very fishy and I couldn’t detect any turmeric flavour at all. These were definitely my least favourite products in this month’s box, so I donated the remaining two packs to the food bank.

Choc Chick Plantain Bites and Quinoa Pops

Choc Chick 1

Choc Chick is one of the brands besides The Snaffling Pig Co., Explore Cuisine and Clearspring that I had not heard of until I received this month’s box. Both the Choc Chick snacks are covered in raw 60% dark chocolate.

My favourites out of the two were the Quinoa Pops. Although I couldn’t taste the quinoa, I still liked the crunch of them. The Plantain Bites had an unusual savoury flavour that I found rather disappointing.

Bebeto Watermelon Jelly Gum

Bebeto Watermelon

I might have seen Bebeto sweets in off licenses and newsagents before receiving this month’s box. I received two packets of these watermelon gummy sweets and they reminded me of the watermelon slices that were included in a limited edition of Haribo Tangfastics that were available in the summer of 2013. The only differences are that the Bebeto Watermelon Jelly Gum sweets are bigger and not as fizzy or sour tasting as the Haribo Tangfastics watermelon slices.

Degusta Box Feb 19 Contents

Overall, I was mostly impressed with the selection of products in my first Degusta Box of 2019. My favourites were are the Sacla’ Reduced Fat Basil Pesto, the Deli Kitchen Brioche Flatbreads, the chickpea fusilli, the Choc Chick Quinoa Pops and the Bebeto Watermelon Jelly Gum Sweets. Even though I’m not vegan, I was especially happy with the range of vegan products inside the February box as I have an old primary school friend who is vegan and might like these products. I was surprised to receive two of the Paw Patrol whole milk cartons, the watermelon sweet packs and the brioche flatbreads as they made me think that this month’s box is tailored to families, but I can utilise these products as a person who lives alone.

You can watch the unboxing and review video for this month’s box here:

Degusta Box U.K. website: https://www.degustabox.com/en/

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored blog post. All opinions expressed are my own.

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