November 2017 Degustabox Review
Another great month of delicious edible goodies from Degustabox, which features the following brands this month:
- Kallo Organic Stock Pots
- PROPERCORN Perfectly Sweet Popcorn
- Weetabix Additions Apple & Raisin
- Dalston’s Fizzy Apple
- Taylors of Harrogate Ground Coffees
- ALO Aloe Vera Drink
- Planters Fruity Chocolate Crunch
- Cadbury Picnic Bites
- Filippo Berio Crostini
- Filippo Berio Classic Pesto
- Rio Mare Tuna in Olive Oil
- The English Provender Co. Caramelised Red Onion Chutney
- The Jelly Bean Factory Super Sours
- Ryvita Multigrain Rye Cakes
Here is the link to the full background of the Degustabox and the service they offer: https://motherhooddiaries.com/degustabox-review-plus-competitiongiveaway-win-aprils-degustabox/
But, for a quick recap, Degustabox is an online retail service that offers a monthly package full of nutritional goods for a monthly fee of £12.99. But lucky customers like yourself will receive a £7.00 discount when signing up for your first Degustabox by inserting discount code BLDEG15 at the checkout.
Products range from condiments to organic food and drink, packed with lots of information on the product and its manufacturer. You can sign up to receive a monthly Degustabox here: http://bit.ly/DBhomepage.
You can stay updated via Degustabox’s social networks too:
Facebook – http://bit.ly/DBUKFacebook
Twitter – http://bit.ly/DBUKTwitter
Instagram – @Degustabox_UK #Degustabox_UK
And, that’s not all! Customers have the opportunity to receive a hefty 40% discount when signing up with their email address.
One other thing. Degustabox has recently introduced DB Discoveries as a way to keep us in the loop with new, smaller brands that we may not have heard of, but are equally as delicious. We’ll keep you posted on these too, by marking a ‘*’ next to the brand’s name.
So, let’s get started!
Aron (7 years old)
Aidan (5 years old)
What’s in November 2017’s Degustabox?
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Degustabox Team!
Motherhood Diaries unboxing this month’s Degustabox below:
Kallo Organic Stock Pots
“Introducing the NEW Kallo Organic Stock Pots. Made with organic, natural and high-quality ingredients, the flavoursome stock pots enhance the taste of your favourite recipes; soups, stews and traditional pasta dishes. Available in three flavours – chicken, beef and vegetable, just stir into your cooking to unleash your flavour pot-ential.
*One of three flavours was included in each Degustabox.
Our Opinion – I tried this box in my pre-vegan days and found the flavour to really enhance my stews. Now that I’m vegan, I may try the vegetable version, rather than the chicken alternative. 3.5/5
PROPERCORN Perfectly Sweet Popcorn
“Hand-popped corn sprinkled with unrefined, Fairtrade sugar for a perfectly sweet, caramelised flavour.
PROPERCORN pride themselves on making sure that their popcorn is delicious and guilt-free. With a dedication to detail, they try to make everything the best it possibly can be.
Our Opinion – We love popcorn in our family and I’m looking for a suitable popcorn maker to keep up with the demands of my boys, so finding snack-sized packets of popcorn, which they can open on-the-go is always helpful. However, I’m trying to steer clear of sugary popcorn, so I wouldn’t necessarily opt for the ‘Perfectly Sweet’ version. But, popcorn is a healthy snack and I’d always prefer providing my kids with high fibre popcorn than chocolates and sweets. 3.5/5
Weetabix Additions Apple & Raisin
“Our new Weetabix Additions range is high in taste: 100% whole grain with a burst of delicious fruit. Delight your senses with a nutritious breakfast that’s packed full of flavour with delicious apple, juicy raisins and warming cinnamon promising temptingly tasty goodness in every bite. Have you had your Weetabix?
Our Opinion – My boys love Weetabix in the morning, so I’m trying to find a way to stop them from adding honey or maple syrup to their cereal because, right now, they won’t add fruit (but I’m still trying!) So I’m glad to find a sweeter version of Weetabix, so that the boys don’t have to add anything at all! 4/5
Dalston’s Fizzy Apple
“Our fizzy apple sodas are packed with Jonagold, Idared and Bramley apples from farms in Kent. We work with the Nightingales farm – Gibbet Oak – to make this soda. The Nightingales have been growing apples for… a long time. And they’re pretty good at it!
Our Opinion – This is a really tasty fizzy apple drink and I found it to be very refreshing. Even though I wouldn’t necessarily go out and buy fizzy drinks, I would opt for this type compared to other sodas like Coke and Fanta because Dalston’s fizzy apple tastes authentic and organic. 4/5
Taylors of Harrogate Ground Coffees
“Taylors of Harrogate is an independent family tea and coffee company from Harrogate. Our single origin coffee explores extraordinary flavour from the world’s great growing regions – carefully roasted to bring out the flavour profiles unique to each country. You can find the range at Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Ocado and Amazon.
*Either the Rare Blossom Ethiopia or the Cacao Superior Colombia variety was included in each Degustabox.
Our Opinion – Unfortunately we can’t use ground coffee as we have a bean to cup coffee machine (and, for some reason, our ground container doesn’t work – or I don’t know how to use it), but I’ve been told that Taylors of Harrogate make some pretty decent coffee. I can’t comment or rate as I gifted this bag to my friend who uses a Cafetierre to make her coffee.
ALO Aloe Vera Drink
“Alō is the only quality-proven brand of Aloe vera drinks in the UK drinks market today. We pride in and are confident of our premium quality, taste and experience. As Aloe vera drinks are already well known to be complementary to Asian dishes, Alō offers the best of its kind.
– Gluten, Aloin and Fat-free
– Vegan (except the original, ‘Alō Exposed’)
– Alō juice made from the Aloe vera straight from the leaf (never constituted from powder, known as whole leaf aloe)
– Highest Aloe vera juice and pulp content among RTD Aloe drinks
– Juice and pulp extracted by hand filleting
– No artificial flavours, colours or preservatives
– No emulsifiers or thickeners
Our Opinion – I’ve heard many great things about Aloe Vera for the insides as well as the outside, but, as a drink, I haven’t really rated it well. I did, however, like this natural drink, including the pulp too. It tasted quite natural and refreshing. 3.5/5
Planters Fruity Chocolate Crunch
“Planters are making this festive season even more exciting with the introduction of two deliciously indulgent nut mixes. Planters Fruity Chocolate Crunch is made with crunchy peanuts, juicy cranberries and deliciously creamy milk chocolate buttons, guaranteed to get those taste buds tingling.
Our Opinion – In my pre-vegan days, I really enjoyed milk chocolate peanuts and this packet was delicious. What made them even better was that the snacks also included cranberries, as well as the milk chocolate buttons, so they were a semi-healthy snack to offer the kids. If only I could get them to enjoy just a handful of nuts! 5/5
Cadbury Picnic Bites
“Nobbly nibbles of crispy wafer, chewy caramel, crunchy peanut and juicy raisins, all wrapped in Cadbury milk chocolate. Shake it up with new Cadbury Picnic Bites!
Our Opinion – Very naughty snacks, but I do love these picnic bites. Be careful though, you can’t stop at just one – you may end up finishing the whole bag in one sitting! 4.5/5
Filippo Berio Crostini
“Crunchy snacks baked to perfection using the finest extra virgin olive oil from Filippo Berio- with 30% less fat than fried crisps. Available in 5 tasty flavours.
*Either this product OR the Filippo Berio pesto OR the Rio Mare Tuna will have been included in your Degustabox. If you received this product, one of two flavours should have been included in your Degustabox.
Our Opinion – I love Filippo Berrio’s olive oils and use them regularly for dips and sauces. These crouton-like snacks tasted just like the oil and would have made perfect additions to nice Mediterranean salads. 4/5
Filippo Berio Classic Pesto
“Authentic Classic Italian pesto made from the finest traditional techniques, using time honoured ingredients.
*Either this product OR the Filippo Berio crostini OR the Rio Mare Tuna will have been included in your Degustabox.
Our Opinion – Albeit slightly too salty, I added this pesto to a stew and it came out really nicely. This classic pesto also complements a roasted vegetable tray recipe or a nice pasta dish – it’s quite versatile 4/5
Rio Mare Tuna in Olive Oil
“Made with the best tuna and selected olive oil, its unique taste and appealing colour make it an unmistakeable product, creating the excellence of real Italian taste.
*Either this product OR the Filippo Berio crostini OR the Filippo Berio pesto will have been included in your Degustabox.
Our Opinion – I no longer eat tuna, but my youngest absolutely loves it! My son had a birthday party so I used the tuna in a Philadelphia cream cheese and sweetcorn sauce as party sandwiches and the kids loved it! 4.5/5
The English Provender Co. Caramelised Red Onion Chutney
“The English Provender Co.’s Caramelised Red Onion Chutney is the perfect accompaniment to your festive cheese board and ideal to add flavour to sandwiches. The brand’s signature chutney uses sweet red onions to create a delightfully sticky savoury chutney which will brighten up any dish.
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Our Opinion – I love chutney, I am a big chutney fiend, and this caramelised red onion chutney was absolutely delightful. I normally enjoy my favourite sauce in a Krisproll/Feta Cheese/Tomato and Chutney concoction. However, as I’m now vegan, I found caramelised red onion chutney and coconut milk to taste even better! Well worth a try 5/5
The Jelly Bean Factory Super Sours
“The Jelly Bean Factory® Super Sours Jelly Beans come in 9 fantastic flavours to tickle your taste buds! Each Super Sour Gourmet Jelly Bean is made using natural flavours and colours. They’re also gelatine free, gluten free and nut free as well as being suitable for Coeliacs and Vegetarians!
Our Opinion – We’ve had jellybeans in a previous Degustabox, but not from the Jelly Bean Factory. We tried the Jelly Belly Sours, which I ended up eating the whole pack by myself and this time, I had a little more restraint, even though these were just as tasty. Not great for the teeth and subsequent sugar crash! 4.5/5
Ryvita Multigrain Rye Cakes
“Made with popped wholegrain rye, Ryvita Multigrain Rye Cakes are naturally high in fibre and low in fat, making them a delicious and wholesome snack.
Get creative with your favourite toppings or enjoy them on their own. The choice is yours!
Our Opinion – I really liked these Wholegrain Rye Cakes, not just because they’re naturally healthy, but because the boys and I really loved the taste and versatility of these rye cakes. They have a nice crunchy texture, as well as a natural, albeit slightly salty flavour, which means they go with practically anything, even Nutella! Our favourite of the bunch – because they’re healthy! 5/5
What did I like most about November 2017’s Degustabox?
The Ryvita Multigrain Rye Cakes. Please, more healthy snack like products like these that the boys will actually eat!
4 out of 5 – Overall a great box with lots of variedly healthy additions this time. Again, the beauty of Degustabox is its ability to pick out some great quality products from relatively unknown brands, which broaden the mind a little bit and encourage you to be riskier with your choices. Enjoyed reviewing this box, thanks, Degustabox!
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