I think every beauty blogger and beauty lover has heard and tried some or all of the monthly subscription beauty boxes, myself included, but I had never heard or thought about there being a monthly food subscription box; Not until I was kindly gifted the May edition of the Degusta Box. The Degusta Box is a monthly subscription service which costs £12.99 (including P&P) a month and includes a mixture of food and drinks that are double the value of what you pay for the box. Like with most monthly subscription boxes, there is no contract with the Degusta Box and you are free to cancel at any time. I think the idea behind it is for us foodies to try and sample new foods and drinks that we wouldn't necessarily buy ourselves. Something that makes the Degusta Box that little bit more exciting is that some of the contents are new to the market, so your one of the first to try. When the postman dropped this off I have to admit I was pretty excited, the box was huge, packaged really nicely and I couldn't wait to see its contents.
Kettle Sweet Potato Chips - Sweet Chilli (RRP £2.49)
I was pretty excited to see this bright red bag of Kettle Chips as I've always had a bit of a weakness for crisps, especially the big sharing ones. These ones have been made from sweet potato which is a great healthy alternative, this different texture and taste of the chips, combined with the sweet chilli flavouring made these so scrumptious and moreish. I was a big fan of these and they went down a treat on mine and James's film night Friday's.
Elizabeth Shaw Dark Chocolate Cocoa Crunch Flutes (RRP £2.59)
Out of all the contents of the Degusta Box, these chocolate flutes were my favourite. I love chocolate, especially dark chocolate (again another slightly heather alternative) and these crunchy flutes were so delicious that they didn't last long in my house hold at all! The chocolate was really luxurious and had such a yummy flavour, I would definitely pick these up if I saw them in the shops.
Lizi's Granola On The Go (RRP 1.29)
I was pretty excited to see this on the go granola in the Degusta Box just because I love breakfast time and its possibly one of my most favourite meals of the day. Seriously my first thought in the morning is food, and I will more than likely reach for a bowl of cereal. However there are those 'opps I slept though my alarm' mornings and on these days I just don't have time for breakfast, this 'Lizi's Granola On The Go' sounds perfect for those mornings where rushing around. Hidden at the bottom of the packaging is a little plastic spoon, all you need to do is add a little bit of water and this is ready to eat. I've still not tried this yet, but have it hidden away in one of the cupboards at work for that emergency morning breakfast.
Garofalo Pasta (RRP £1.98) || Cirio Passata (RRP £1.35) || Cirio Puree (RRP £1.10)
If I'm honest these three products baffled me a little and they didn't really excite me being there in the box. Don't get me wrong I love Italian food, so they will definitely be put to good use, but I think these are ingredients that pretty much everyone has tried. To me pasta pretty much all tastes the same unless its fresh, most of us will have a tube of tomato puree in the kitchen and when I cook Italian dishes I try to make all my own sauces, especially when the main ingredient is tomato. I think it's nice that you get the ingredients to make a little mini meal, but this is something could easily be in someones weekly shop.
Raw Sugar Free Chewing Gum x2 (RRP £0.99 each)
I quite like a bit of chewing gum now and again, but I had never heard of this brand 'Raw' or chewing gum that claimed to give you a boost of energy. As soon as I opened the packet all I could smell was that familiar smell of Red Bull, and that is a smell that I despise so there was no way that I was even going to try these. I gave them to James to take to work and was told that they were a hit in the office! So not a product to my liking, but if you like your energy drinks I don't see why you wouldn't like these too.
Dr. Oetker Cake Release Spray (RRP £2.28)
This is one of those products that you are either going to love or hate. If there is a little baker in you then this cake spray which aids you in greasing tins is going to be a hit for you. For me personally I really love baking, but it's something that I don't really do just because I don't have the time. I really like the idea of this product and it does slightly inspire me to get out my baking books, but realistically I know it's probably going to be sat in my cupboard for some time. I do know that my Grandma will love trying this out (shes one for baking cakes every weekend) so I'm going to gift this spray to her.
Hornsby's Cider (RRP £5.00 for a pack of four)
If I was a cider drinker then I'm pretty sure that these brightly coloured bottles of cider would look really appealing and I would get rather excited about seeing them in the box. Unfortunately I don't like cider at all, and nor does James so these again were gifted to some work colleagues. For those of you who are wondering the flavours are apple and strawberry and lime - They sound great but are just not for me sadly.
Taylors Of Harrogate Blackberry and Elderflower Tea (RRP £2.99)
Again this is another product that I pretty much have to turn my nose up at right away. I am seriously such a fussy drinker and I just can't bring myself to drink any hot drink whatsoever. Honestly guys I've never even tried hot chocolate! If you love your hot fruity drinks I am sure that you would be thrilled to have a box of 20 fruit tea bags in your box, but it's just not something I can get excited about. James is not even a huge fan of fruit teas; I would hate to see anything go to waste, so once again this is something that will be gifted.
Cawston Cloudy Apple Drink (RRP £1.00)
I was pretty pleased to see a drink that I would enjoy drinking in the box, and I really enjoyed this can of Cawston's fizzy cloudy apple drink - It would have be nice if there was more than one! With all the hot weather we've had this drink was really refreshing, it tasted a little bit like apple tizer. I've never seen Cawton drinks in the shops before, but if I do see it in the shops when I'm getting my next meal deal at lunch I think I would pick one up.
So that's all the contents in the May edition of the Degusta Box. I have to say I really like the idea and concept of the food box, but unfortunately I found that there wasn't a huge amount of products that I really liked; I know I'm a fussy drinker which does limit me a little bit. I have had a look at previous months boxes and if I had had one of those I think I would have been a little bit more in love with the box. It just goes to show that every box really is different and will cater to everyone's taste buds at some point, if not all the time. If you love food and drink and trying new things then this is something that you will love. It's really exciting opening a box of treats and not knowing what your going to get. Even though I didn't like everything in the box it was great to see that the box was so varied and they had a selection of food, drinks, sweets and treats.
If you would like to subscribe and receive your very own Degusta Box each month then be sure to take a look at the website here. I would love to know what your thoughts are on this monthly food box and if this is something that would appeal to you, let me know in the comments.
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