A new year and my first Degustabox was delivered with great anticipation from the family! At £12.99 per month you will get 9-14 products which are new to the market to try before or as they hit the shops. It’s a novel way to discover new brands and re-discover older more established brands at a good price, each months box will give you a generous saving on the actual combined cost of the all the contents. I have found from many of the items included in the Degustabox I have gone on to buy quite a few of the products over the last year.
Contents Of The December Degustabox
Hip Pops Crips X 2 £2.00
These are similar to Pop Chips and my daughter’s really liked the salt & vinegar flavour but not so keen on the salt & black pepper flavour as it was too strong and peppery. With 50% less fat that the standard packet of crisps and four flavours to choose from, these are a good alternative or treat as each pack has under 11% fat content. We don’t buy crisps regularly but I would consider these as they are so much lower in fat.
Betavivo – Oat Cereal X 2 £2.00
New to the market this is a cholesterol lowering alternative oat cereal which initially we all thought was cat food! Only from the initial look though as the packaging and shape looks like pet food! Each serving contains 3g of beta-glucan (from the oats) to help reduce blood cholesterol. We all liked the taste and would happily add this to our family breakfast cereal as it was a tasty change with milk.
Nothing But – Freeze Dried Fruit Snacks 2 X £3.38
I have been really impressed with the introduction of this style of snack in the supermarkets, and the Strawberry and Banana and Banana and Grape flavours were really delicious, and enjoyed by the whole family. My first choice of course will always be fresh fruit but these snacks are ideal as a substitute, perfect for lunch-boxes or to keep in your handbag.
Barilla – Whole Wheat Fusilli £1.50 & Barilla Mediterranean Vegetable Sauce £2.00
We have pasta every week, sometimes more than once as it’s a great family meal which can be adapted and changed to save the boredom. I was happy to see these products from Barilla as I knew they would get good use from us all, and the pasta I much prefer this wholewheat version and the box is enough for 2/3 family meals giving good value for money. I don’t usually buy a pre-made sauce as I make my own, but this wasn’t too sweet a I find some just too sugary and it did taste very good once finished.
Fabulous Bakers – Mango & Pineapple Bars £1.80
I’m always keen to find a good snack in the form of a bar for lunchboxes which are a little healthier, and these fruity bars from Fabulous Bakers are made with natural ingredients and are very tasty too. I think for the price they offer good value and these are bars I would definitely buy again as they have got the thumbs up from the whole family.
Drink Me – Skinny Chai Latte Sachet
I have bought the full sized Chai Latte after trying it out on a previous Degustabox as I liked it so much, and this skinny version is just as tasty and a good alternative to a regular cuppa. Each sachet is 42 calories and the spicy flavour is not too strong and for me a very refreshing change.
KoKo – Dairy Free Milk £ 1.79
Finding tasty dairy free milk substitutes is quite hard when you are so used to traditional cow’s milk, but as I really like the taste of coconut this really appealed to me. Koko milk has 0% cholesterol, 100% allergen free, less calories than skimmed milk and has been made with pressed coconut milk. We tried it with cereal and it was a lovely substitute and I particularly liked it with the Chai Latte included in the box.
Crabbies Light £1.49 & Red Square Toffee Mini £1.99
I haven’t tried Crabbie’s (light or not) before and wasn’t sure I would like it, but it’s actually a nice change, not too strongly flavoured and both my OH and I liked it very much. The Red Square is actually not a coffee syrup as I first thought! But a seven times distilled 100% pure vodka which is toffee flavoured. I didn’t like it as much as the Crabbie’s but it was good to try it and the mini bottle was just the right size for one drink.
Compete – Lemon Energy Bites £1.99
The Complete Energy Bites are low calorie with caffeine included, aimed at staying alert before sport, study or driving (for example) not something I would buy, but rewind to my student days and I probably would have bought these especially during revision times and exams!
Happy Monkeys – Kids Smoothies Strawberry & Banana £1.00
I have bought these smoothies for the kids before and they are very tasty and well received, the fact they have no sugar and are 100% pure fruit, free from sweeteners and preservatives is a huge plus for me. Plus they are shaped in a way that makes them just perfect for kids lunch-boxes and I frequently find them on offer in a multipack in most supermarkets so I can stock up for the week.
There you have it another month of Degustabox and overall I really liked the additions, my favourite products were the Barilla’s wholewheat pasta, the Fabulous Bakers Bars and the Nothing But snacks. I liked the varied line-up and I do think that adding in healthier, lower fat, lower sugar products is a perfect idea for the beginning of the year and don’t forget if you want to try out a box for yourself take advantage of the huge discount code you can use below (£6.00 off) and see what you think for yourself.