January Degustabox Review – My Family Ties

The January Degustabox was full of healthy options and when I got the text informing me that it would be delivered the next day I couldn’t wait to see what goodies were inside. If you haven’t yet heard of the Degustabox service, it’s a great way to test out new products from established and new brands, all at a great price saving £12.99 per month.  All the boxes far exceed this price though, and are over £20 worth of new products for you to try out. If you are new to the concept of Degustabox and want to give it a try, then why not use the code at the end of this Degustabox review to get £3.00 off your first box.

Degustabox subscriptions for January
Making tasty and different meals for my family seven days a week can get a little repetitive, so I welcome the monthly Degustabox delivery as it inspires me to use the contents and create some new foods to try out. Every month’s Degustabox always brings products which I have gone on to buy again, which is the great aspect of the subscription service, trying new foods to decide if you like them enough to go out to the supermarket to buy them. 

Take a look at what was in January’s Degustabox.

Haywards Piccalilli £1.89

The first product out of the Degustabox was the jar of Haywards Piccalilli, which was really well received by my OH as he loves accompaniments with plenty of taste with his meals. It was really chunky and tangy, and went really well with a cooked ham we had made, and although our daughters weren’t too keen, it was a real change to have such a traditional preserve.

Haywards Piccalilli

Kabuto Noodles £2.00

We are big fan’s of these noodles so it was good to see a new flavour Miso Ramen, which was very tasty and perfect for a speedy lunch. We liked the portability of the noodles, and as my OH is a paramedic this was a meal I could pack away for him to make quickly and fill him up on the go. The Ramen broth with miso and soy, egg noodles and vegetables tasted very authentically asian. This would be a really good quick and tasty meal and if you have children who are sporty and have after school clubs this is a great alternative to a fast food snack, and just as quick.

Kabuto Noodles

Little Miracles £ 1.49 Each

From Little Miracles there were two new drinks which are non-carbonated with no artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners.  The white tea and cherry had ginseng, agave and acai  and was very refreshing and light. The black tea and peach had ginseng, acai and agave and although a little stronger in taste was a very tasty drink. I do drink a lot of green tea so the taste of a tea based drink is very appealing,  and the concept of these drinks is to give you a natural lift in energy with the added ginseng and agave. I found them best served chilled and a refreshing change to my usual hot green tea drink.

Little Miracles organic drink

Alfa One Rice Bran Oil £2.00

This rice bran oil contains plant sterols which have shown to reduce cholesterol absorption, it is also high in antioxidants and Vitamin E making it one of the healthiest choices in the supermarkets when you are looking for cooking oils which are healthy as well as versatile. The taste is not overpowering which is great as it then means I used it in many different ways for the whole family. 

Rice Bran Oil from Alfa One

Koko Dairy Free £1.39 

We have been looking for a dairy free alternative to the usual cow’s milk we drink as although none of us in our family have any intolerance, we are not big fan’s of the taste of cow’s milk.  So when I saw the Koko Dairy Free I was glad to give it a try and see if we all liked it. The dairy free milk from Koko uses freshly pressed coconut milk, it has less calories too, no cholesterol and is 100% allergen free. We tried it on our usual breakfast cereals and barely noticed a difference as the taste isn’t a strong taste of coconut but very mild. We also tried in in a fruit smoothie, and it worked really well and was a big hit with my daughter’s who both loved the taste of it.  If you do have an intolerance to lactose this is a great alternative which delivers on taste and is very well priced too.

Koko Dairy Free Milk
Mornflake Top porridge Pots £1.19
I like to serve porridge to my family for breakfast, and it’s my teenage daughter’s favourite snack to have when she get’s home from school. So when I saw the two porridge pots from Mornflake in the Degustabox I had an idea that my daughter’s would highjack these little pots. They tried them out the very next day after delivery, and the first thing I noticed was that the quality of the oats themselves was excellent, large oats and a very creamy finish (even just with boiling water) it makes all the difference to the taste I think. The unique part of these porridge pots is that they have the addition of either a little portion of Nutella or of Golden Syrup to add to the porridge pot once ready. The connivence of these pots is their selling point as all you have to do is add water, making them a really ideal snack as well as a breakfast idea.  My daughter’s thought these were great, full of taste and the sweetness from the Nutella and Golden Syrup made them extra special. 
Mornflake Porridge pots

Sukrin Bread Mix £5.00

A loaf ready to bake, but in a packet! The Sukrin Bread Mix is a low carb bread which is free from wheat, gluten, egg, sugar, yeast and soya. Each slice of the bread has only 1 gram of carbs, and it comes with a handy tin to bake the bread in. All you need to do is add water and stir, return to the tin tray and put into the oven for 1 hour and 20 minutes and it’s ready to eat. The bread itself was tasty and filling and we all enjoyed it, what I really like about this is that it’s simple to bake, and suitable for so many people who suffer from intolerance’s and allergies.

Sukrin Bread Mix
Finn Crisp £1.20 
Finn Crisps are made of crisp-bread made from wholegrain and are high in fibre with no additives.  These sourdough rye crisp breads are a really good snack idea with cheese or ham, and we all enjoyed trying them out and I particularly liked the crunchiness of the crisp breads and the subtle rye flavour.
Finn Crisp Sourdough Rye Crispbread

In this month’s Degustabox you either get an alcoholic or a non alcoholic drink, which are:

Magner’s Light Orchard Berries £1.25

It’s been a while since I had any alcohol as we have been alcohol free since after Christmas so this was a light change and it was very refreshing.  I would definitely buy this again as it was lower in alcohol and a perfect drink choice for a Saturday night for me.

Magners Light Orchard Berries
Simplee Aloe £1.79
The Simplee Aloe drink is all natural, with no added preservatives, and with the addition of some grape juice and lemon it makes a very light fruity drink. Although my youngest didn’t like the taste, the rest of us agreed it was a fresh citrus drink that we would have again. As we have been juicing since the beginning of the year, the Simplee Aloe was just perfect in one of our fruity juices and gave it a lovely lift. 
Simplee Aloe drink

Simplee Aloe drink

A straightforward juice of two apple’s and two pear’s with Simplee Aloe made a very tasty and refreshing drink, that I ended up taking with me to have after my swimming class.

Simplee Aloe drink
An additional special gift in the January Degustabox was a box of 10 Clipper Fairtrade Green Tea bags. I drink so much green tea that this was a very welcome gift and I love the zing of the lemon in this tea. 

January’s Degustabox offered great value for money as you would have paid £20.94 for the items in your local supermarket so for £12.99 it offers excellent value. If you do decide to try the subscription box out use the code below to get the box for £9.99, saving £3.00.

If you would like more information on the Degustabox Subscription service do pop over to the Degustabox website here, where you will find all the information you need to get your box delivered.

As a new customer the lovely people at Degustabox have given a discount coupon of £3 off your first box so you can try it out for yourself, if you use the following code; 

Discount Coupon £3.00 off – 7G1K7 

If you would like to follow Degustabox on Twitter to follow all their trends and competitions you can do so here  Degustabox Twitter Page.

Likewise on their Facebook page, which keeps you current with any new products and all the information on any competitions or promotions that Degustabox may have – Degustabox Facebook Page.

What would you like to see in next months Degustabox?

Thank you for reading, I hope you have enjoyed this Degustabox review. If you like what you read, subscribe to my blog by adding your e-mail address to the box on the right.  You will be the first to hear of my updates.
*Degustabox kindly sent this month’s box to review however all opinions and views remain my own *


  1. February 11, 2015 / 1:34 pm

    You had me at the Magners picture. Looks like a very good box.

  2. February 11, 2015 / 1:41 pm

    oh wow what a fantastic box, I love that these have such a varied range of products inside , perfect for those cuboard top ups x

  3. February 11, 2015 / 2:04 pm

    I have a Degustabox subscription too, and thought that the January box was so much better than the December one! The Koko milk was my favourite item, I think x

  4. February 11, 2015 / 3:43 pm

    THis is 20% of my weekly food budget, so I couldn't justify the spend, although I love the idea of it

  5. February 11, 2015 / 4:25 pm

    This months box looks fab with lots of products I would like to try, especially the noodles and bread.

  6. February 11, 2015 / 6:04 pm

    There are some really good products in there, I bet you were really pleased

  7. February 11, 2015 / 7:05 pm

    ohhh the porridges look lovely, would like to try them

  8. February 11, 2015 / 7:53 pm

    I would be happy with the Piccalilli!

  9. February 11, 2015 / 8:14 pm

    I think it is great value, but we wouldn't use most of it x

  10. February 11, 2015 / 8:20 pm

    i like the idea of those boxes as it would force me to try more stuff than we do now 🙂 .. those porridge pots sound good

  11. February 11, 2015 / 10:03 pm

    oh what a good selection of things!

  12. February 12, 2015 / 8:47 am

    Great selection in the box but not sure it is for me.

  13. February 12, 2015 / 10:28 am

    It is a great way to try new products and it looks like there was lots of good stuff in this month's box

  14. February 12, 2015 / 12:53 pm

    I love the look of these boxes, they're always filled with products that I really like or want to try. It looks like good value too.

  15. February 12, 2015 / 1:33 pm

    Looks like a great selection but still cannot get my head around the name – it really puts me off

  16. February 12, 2015 / 7:41 pm

    Oh I love these boxes, I always think it's such a great way to introduce yourself to new brands.

  17. February 12, 2015 / 9:56 pm

    I'm a foodie and this would be right up my street. Ive never heard of it though. Its like sending someone else shopping when they don't know your tastes and force you to try new things. Sounds great. I love me some Kabuto noodles too!

  18. February 13, 2015 / 12:01 am

    Love the look of the porridge yummy!!

  19. February 13, 2015 / 10:01 am

    what a a healthy looking box

  20. February 14, 2015 / 3:25 pm

    The Piccalilli is probably my favourite product in your box x

  21. February 17, 2015 / 9:23 am

    Oh how inspiring! I really like the look of that Magners! 🙂 LOL

  22. March 19, 2016 / 3:07 pm

    Like how much variety that's in these boxes love sampling different things to see what I like or loathe as the case maybe