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
Appy Kids Co Honestly Good Whole Milk
Deli Kitchen Brioche Flatbreads
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.
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, 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.
The Perfectly Salted variety had its distinctive meaty flavour and crunch, but it was very salty.
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.
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
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).
Clearspring Organic Seaveg Crispies Turmeric
Choc Chick Plantain Bites and Quinoa Pops
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.
Bebeto Watermelon Jelly Gum
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.
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.