The theme for the April 2020 Degusta Box was UK Vs International. Here are the items I received in my penultimate box:
Remedy Kombucha Raspberry Lemonade and Cherry Plum
Both these drinks sounded enticing at first because I love pink lemonade, especially Marks and Spencer Diet Pink Cranberry Lemonade, and plum is a flavour that very rarely appears in soft drinks. When I tried these, I was slightly disappointed because they both tasted alcoholic despite them not containing any alcohol, although I thought the Cherry Plum one had a more fruity hint than the Raspberry Lemonade one.
Ratings: 5/10 for the Raspberry Lemonade variety, 6/10 for the Cherry Plum variety
Percy’s Chocolate Shortbread Sticks – Caramel
These initially reminded me of a posh version of Twix. I was expecting them to have a layer of caramel like their standard counterparts; however, they just consisted of shortbread sticks coated In caramel flavoured chocolate. The chocolate had a sweet caramel taste while the shortbread had the usual melt-in-the-mouth texture. The box was also slightly damaged.
Growers Garden Broccoli Crisps with Sour Cream & Chive
I had already tried the Growers Garden Broccoli Crisps with Cheese from my October 2019 box, so I was excited to learn about the Sour Cream & Chive variety. These came in a very big bag and had equal hints of broccoli, sour cream and chive. I thought the sour cream and chive flavour worked very well with the broccoli flavour.
Terry’s Chocolate Orange Minis Exploding Candy
I already received these in my March 2019 box and the packaging has changed since then. They still have the familiar orange taste and the amazing popping candy.
Tilda Peri Peri Basmati Rice
I have tried other varieties of Tilda microwave rice but because I don’t like any spicy food beyond mildly spiced food, I donated this to my local food bank.
Brynmor Flapjacks Apple & Raspberry and Caramel Fudge
Brynmor is a completely new brand I have heard of and its basement in Wales makes me proud of my Welsh heritage.
The Apple & Raspberry flapjack was my favourite out of the two. It had lovely fruity flavours of apple and raspberry.
I like how the Caramel Fudge flapjack had a caramel flavoured topping and fudge pieces inside, although the flapjack itself didn’t have a very strong caramel or fudge taste.
The box came with a discount code to get 25% off flapjacks purchased from the Brynmor website (see the photo of the coupon with the Pepperdew rustic pizza recipe towards the end of this post). I will definitely use this code so I can try other flavours of flapjacks.
Ratings: 8/10 for the Apple & Raspberry variety, 7/10 for the Caramel Fudge variety
Sxollie Cripps Pink Apple Craft Cider
Because I don’t drink alcohol, I decided to save this for my sister so that I can give it to her when we next see other. She loves her cider and this one came with a money off coupon to be used in Sainsbury’s or Waitrose.
Very Lazy Ginger Paste and Lemongrass Paste
After having received the Very Lazy Garlic Paste in my September 2019 box, I was excited to find the Ginger and Lemongrass Pastes in the April 2020 box.
I tried the Very Lazy Lemongrass Mojito recipe that came with this month’s box and I used diet lemonade and Robinsons Crushed Lime & Mint Cordial instead of white rum and soda water. The Mojito was very interesting to make and try, although the flavour of the Lemongrass Paste was rather overpowering.
I tried both the Ginger Paste and the Lemongrass Paste along with the Remaining Knorr Kaffir Lime & Ginger Stock Pot from the March 2020 box in another version of the Vibrant Veggie Curry that I used with ingredients I already had in my flat. Both pastes along with the stock pot gave it some extra flavour.
Ratings: 7/10 for the Lemongrass Paste in the Mojito, 8/10 for the Lemongrass Paste in the curry, 10/10 for the Ginger Paste.
Pepperdew Sweet Piquanté Peppers
I forgot to take a photograph of these, but you will see them alongside the other products in the picture of them all. Even though the peppers are mildly spiced, I didn’t like the sound of their sweet and sour taste, so I also donated these to the food bank.
The box came with a recipe for a rustic pizza and I would like to try it, but with a different brand of roasted peppers.
This month’s competition was a word search puzzle. Subscribers were asked to find 10 U.K. and international food-related words and to comment on the Facebook competition post with the 10 words they have found. The winning prize was a free Degusta Box. I didn’t get around to entering the competition, but the word search looks like a fun thing to do.
All in all, I enjoyed most of the products in this box. My favourites were the Terry’s Chocolate Orange Minis Exploding Candy and the Very Lazy Ginger Paste followed by the Grower’s Garden Broccoli with Sour Cream & Chive Crisps, the Very Lazy Lemongrass Paste in the curry, The Percy’s Chocolate Shortbread Sticks – Caramel and the Brynmor Apple & Raspberry Flapjack. The Very Lazy Lemongrass Paste in the Mojito and the Brynmor Caramel Fudge Flapjack were above average while my least favourite products were the Remedy Kombucha drinks.
Overall rating including the extra Very Lazy Lemongrass Paste score: 78/120
Degusta Box U.K. website: https://www.degustabox.com/en/
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