October Degustabox Review – My Family Ties

October Degustabox 

Monthly Food Subscription Box

I have been looking forward to receiving my second Degustabox as I loved the first one so much and I have to say it didn’t disappoint. The thrill of not knowing what you will get in your new box is a really great feeling and in this months box there are 12 new products to sample and also in the Degustabox Fridge section (which you can redeem at your local supermarket) the new flavours of the Greek style Benecol.

So what was in the October Degustabox

Special K Cracker Crisps £1.89

Firstly to come out the box was a product from Special K, I love the breakfast cereal so I was looking forward to trying out their Cracker Crisps.  In my Degustabox I got the Barbecue flavour of the Special K Cracker Crisps, they come in four new flavours:

  • Barbecue flavour you 
  • Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar, 
  • Sour Cream and 
  • Onion and Sweet Chilli.  

I am always looking for a healthier option to crisps, as my girls are always keen for me to buy them and I am quite reluctant as they are so high in fat.  These cracker crisps are a great alternative to the usual crisps on offer as they are 60% less in fat, and you can either buy in the larger pack as I tried or in four smaller 80g sharing packs, useful for putting in your handbag or adding to a packed lunch.

They were really light and tasty and we all liked the flavour, even me and I don’t usually like the Barbecue taste in foods.  They reminded my OH of a tastier version of rice crackers, and were light and a perfect snack, a 30g serving was only 122 calories.

Enhance Drinks £2.49

The Enhance range of drinks are a new concept of flavouring your water aimed at a more adult audience. These small portable water enhancing drinks are designed to pop in your handbag to take to work, or to keep in your desk drawer or to take with you while you are out and about.

They have a spill proof cap, natural flavourings and are very concentrated so you only need a little in each glass of water. In fact each little bottle will give 32 drinks worth of flavour.

I have to say that I really found this drink refreshing and not too sweet either, it got a little highjacked by my daughters as they really liked it too.  I didn’t actually mind as whatever method’s I can find to encourage them to drink more water is a positive thing.

The Enhance Drinks range come in four fruity flavours;

  • Apple and Blackcurrant (we tried this one)
  • Strawberry and Kiwi
  • Lemon and Lime
  • Orange and Passionfruit
This is a product that we would all want to buy on a supermarket shop as it gives a light fruity flavour to your water, encourages you to drink up and stay hydrated and is portable, also it isn’t to sweet. Just be aware you don’t need much, just a little squirt will do the job.

To find out more about the Enhance range visit the Enhance Drinks website for all the information you need.

Blue Dragon Sweet Chilli Sauce £1.39

We had two of these bottles to try out and it was a pleasure for my OH as he loves sweet chilli sauce, i’m not the biggest fan of it but was prepared to try out a new recipe to try it out again. This sauce has red chilli’s and garlic for an added flavour to this UK favourite.  My OH gave this the thumbs up as he has sweet chilli sauce on just about every meal so is a bit of a connoisseur on the do’s and do not’s of sweet chilli recipe’s. 

To find out more about the Blue Dragon  range visit the Blue Dragon website for all the information on their product ranges.

To try the new Blue Dragon sweet chilli sauce in a new light I tried it in this quick easy recipe below.

I love a Bloody Mary so I wanted to make some for myself and my OH with the added kick of the Blue Dragon sweet chilli sauce for a bit of variation.

Bloody Mary with Sweet Chilli Ice-Cubes   

Bloody Mary with sweet chilli ice cubes



  • 250 ml tomato juice
  • 4 ice-cubes of Sweet Chilli Sauce with Red Chilli & Garlic 
  • 2 shots of Vodka
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • Celery salt
  • Dash of Worcester Sauce
Bloody Mary made with sweet chilli ice cubes

  • When making the ice cubes add about 1/3 water to the sauce before adding to the ice cube tray *
  • Add the sweet chilli ice-cubes to the glass and then vodka and tomato juice.
  • Next add the celery salt and Worcester sauce and stir.
  • Add the celery stick and serve.
* Otherwise it won’t freeze 

Serves 2.
If you prefer to have a non alcoholic version of this classic cocktail then just leave out the Vodka and make a Sweet Chilli Virgin Mary.

Dr Oetker Premium 90% Extra Dark Chocolate £2.49

Dr Oetker is synonymous with a great range of baking ingredients that I am always using. Here is the brands latest offering a 90% extra dark chocolate, made from Ghanaian cocoa beans for an intense dark chocolate taste.  I love dark chocolate so I tried this on a banana cake in a ganache and it was delicious, really rich and distinctive.

Dr Oetker Fine Dark Cocoa Powder £1.89

The new fine dark cocoa powder comes in 25 g sachets which are handy for baking and desserts.  The flavour is rich and intense and gives a lovely strong flavour to your food.  I like the fact that it is pre-measured for convenience and also that it seals in the powder keeping it fresh.

For more information on the Dr Oetker product range visit the Dr Oetker website where you will find all the information you need on these products and others.

SOLO Marshmallow Creme £1.99

Solo Marshmallow Creme is a spreadable sweet marshmallow sweet treat that comes in two flavours, original and toasted, we tried the toasted flavour and the taste was like a caramel cream, so naturally both my girls loved the taste. 

It did remind me of the ‘Fluff’ marshmallow spread you can buy but it is in a bigger container – 7 oz/198.5 g and is quite versatile as you can use in in a number of ways, and in different recipes, every tub has a recipe on the back.  

My family loved it in hot chocolate and on toast and I also tried it on a banana and toffee dessert in place of the usual cream and it was really tasty.  Certainly a special treat but great to have in the cupboard ready to whip up a tasty dessert.

You can find out more about SOLO Marshmallow Creme on the American Soda website, a one stop shop for all your favourite American foods.

Jelly Belly £2.50

Here is a sweet that we all find a favourite flavour of, as there are 100 to chose from and did you know that it can take up to 21 days to create a single bean! 

My girls love to have a packet of Jelly Belly sweets as a treat as they like the variety of all the flavours and the fact they taste very true to the descriptions and so juicy. 

This bigger packet of 100 g has 20 flavours and is in a resealable pouch which is handy to keep fresh and store for later.

To find out more about the Jelly Belly range and find a stockist visit the Jelly Belly website.

Get Buzzing £1.30

The Get Buzzing range are 100 % natural, free from added sugars and nuts and are designed for maintaining your blood sugars between meals.  I thought the bar was really tasty, not too sweet or bland and really filling too.  

The aim of the bars are to provide nutrition to athletes with no addition of colourings, additives or preservatives. My OH is training for a triathlon next year in Denmark and I am always on the hunt for nutrition for the triathlon, as well as the training and this is the ideal bar to give hime the right boost without all the usual nasty ingredients.

If you want to find out more about the Get Buzzing range have a look at the Get Buzzing website for all the information you need.

Get Buzzing are offering a 10 % discount off your order with this ‘newbuzz10’ discount code.

Bear Paws £0.55p

I have often bought Bear products for my daughter’s lunch boxes as they are an ideal addition as they have no added sugar or concentrates and fit nicely into their packed lunch boxes.  These new Bear Paws are baked into paw prints, which the girls thought was a fun idea and very tasty and fruity.  

We tried the strawberry and apple flavour that were fruity and not too sweet. The ingredients are simple strawberry, apple, pear and a little vegetable (don’t tell my teen!) and that is all. I think that is the draw for parents like me, if you can’t get your children to eat a piece of fruit or veg with their lunch then why not try a product like this which is very natural and one of your five a day.

Bear Alphabites

We also received a sample packet of the Bear Alphabites, which are a crunchy cereal made up of letters with 5 grains and no refined sugar or salt added and are low in GI and high in calcium. The sweetness is from the coconut blossom nectar from the flower of the coconut tree. 

My youngest daughter doesn’t like the taste of really sugary cereals (probably because we have never really bought them and only given them to her occasionally) and she really liked the natural flavour of the Bear Alphabites.

To find out more about the whole range of Bear products visit the Bear website for more information

Kent’s Kitchen £2.50

A clever idea for a meal kit ready for you to put together by adding some meat, vegetables and fresh herbs. The kit I tested was the Bengal meal kit, it came with a bengal curry paste pot 35 g, a curry spices pot 10 g and a pot of infused garlic oil 20 g, a very authentic tasting curry that I made for the family with great success, it was really tasty and easy to put together.  

The concept behind these handy little meal kits is to create a restaurant quality meal by adding just a few fresh ingredients in your own home, saving you time and using fresh very tasty ingredients.  I like the fact it is all measured out for you saving time and you although it is a kit for two you can add more meat or vegetables to make it enough for four.

If you would like to find out about the Kent Kitchen range head over to the Kent’s Kitchen website for all the information you need.

Brioche Pasquier sliced Brioche Loaf £1.69

A traditional brioche recipe makes this sliced brioche loaf the perfect snack that is tasty and as my youngest said ‘it’s bread but not bread’! This was on of the standout products from this months Degustabox for my family as my daughters loved it. 

The fact that it is free from preservatives, hydrogenated fats and artificial colours are very positive point and it is such a tasty alternative to our regular sliced bread, lovely in the morning with a coffee and the perfect ingredient in a bread and butter pudding.

Brioche Pasquier Pain Au Lait With Choc Chips £1.60

With the same tasty traditional recipe for brioche bread as the sliced loaf but in a pain au lait, again great as a snack or for breakfast, I did end up putting these in the girls lunch boxes as well, which they loved.  A sweet treat that isn’t too sickly sweet and a great treat to have for a snack.

To find out more about these products from Pasquier and all their other products visit the Pasquier website.


My OH is from New Zealand so loves any recipe with a touch of the South Pacific, so when I saw the Degustabox had some sliced brioche bread I thought the perfect dessert with him in mind would be one with some coconut milk in it. This is a great dessert to serve for the family and you can either serve it in individual dishes or in one large dish.  I was going to try the darker chocolate but opted for a milk chocolate to make it a little sweeter for our daughters.

South Pacific Bread and Butter Pudding

Before I put it into the oven


  • 8 slices of Brioche Pasquier Sliced Brioche Loaf
  • 1/2 tin coconut milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 130 g milk chocolate, melted
  • 2-3 teaspoons of caster sugar
Before I put it into the oven


  • Preheat the oven to 180 C/gas mark 4.
  • Remove the crusts and cut the brioche slices to fit the baking dish.
  • Spread the brioche bread with the melted chocolate and arrange in the baking dish.
  • Mix the coconut milk with the eggs and whisk.
  • Add the mixture to the baking dish pouring over the sliced brioche bread and chocolate.
  • Sprinkle on the caster sugar.
  • Bake in the oven for 20 -25 minutes and serve.

Just after I removed it from the oven and served with pistachio ice cream

Benecol Greek Style Yogurts £2.39

The new Benecol Greek style yogurt is low in fat and available in strawberry and vanilla. The difference with the Greek style yogurt is that it is thicker and creamier.  The Benecol range contain plant stanols which help you to lower your cholesterol levels. A really creamy and delicious yogurt that has the addition of helping lower cholesterol.

So there you have it for another month, a great line up of new products to try out and what I like about the Degustabox is that the products are so varied, and great value too.

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 folk at Degustabox have given a discount coupon of £3 off your first box if you use the following code; 

Discount Coupon £3.00 off – G2KOM

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I am looking forward to my next box and can’t wait to see what will be inside.  Have you tried the Degustabox subscription yet? I would love to know what you thought of it, and if you are going to continue getting the monthly box, do leave your comments below as I love to hear about your experiences. 

I am hoping that next months box delivers something to get us into the festive mood, it would be great to see some new products ready for Christmas.

Is there something special that you would like to see in next months Degustabox?

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*Degustabox kindly sent this month’s box to review however all opinions and views are my own *

My name in red 'Caroline"


  1. November 13, 2014 / 6:53 pm

    You really made the most of your box! I'm not sure I could use one, allergies aside I need to know what is in my shopping bag!

  2. November 13, 2014 / 8:08 pm

    Looks like a nice variety of things to try.

  3. November 13, 2014 / 8:09 pm

    I can really see that they are great value for money, but I don't have that much spare and realise that for me subscription boxes would just be a waste of money

  4. November 13, 2014 / 8:18 pm

    I'm amazed at the things you've done with this box, especially that sweet chilli Bloody Mary! Very clever 🙂 x

  5. November 13, 2014 / 8:54 pm

    I love these boxes…they always seem to have really good quality ingredients and brands in them. The marshmallow creme looks delicious – is it vegetarian?

  6. November 14, 2014 / 2:47 am

    Wow you get tonnes of stuff in there don't you?! I thought these boxes just had a few little sample type packets! That's excellent

  7. November 14, 2014 / 8:20 am

    Great box! I'd eat all of that.

  8. November 14, 2014 / 9:22 am

    Great selection, the bread and butter pudding looks yummy

  9. November 14, 2014 / 1:55 pm

    I loved the Special K barbecue crisps myself and the brioche. Nice box.

  10. November 14, 2014 / 2:03 pm

    Ditto Mellissa above – I loved the Special K crisps and the brioche bread too

  11. November 15, 2014 / 10:44 am

    The jelly beans would have vanished the quickest in our house!!

  12. November 17, 2014 / 10:33 am

    Looks like a really good mixture and your desserts look soooo very appetising!xx

  13. November 17, 2014 / 9:03 pm

    I love the look of the marshmallow creme – I'd never heard of it before now. What a great selection of goodies.

  14. November 18, 2014 / 10:21 pm

    This looks like a great box full of goodies! I wouldn't be able to eat most of them due to my intolerances but my son would love this. I like the look of the Bear Alpha Bites, I've not seen them before.

  15. March 16, 2015 / 10:36 am

    Probably the greatest Degusta Box I've ever seen. So jealous!