Yes I am well aware that it is January and I’m doing a November review. You may remember when I did the October review back in December, I said I had been off my food (due to my little arrival later this year), so wasn’t so much on the case as I had been in previous months. So now I’m playing catch up! I’ve got this one to review as well as the December one so expect lots of Degustabox-ness over the coming weeks! Plus the January box will be arriving before I know it for me to try!
So if you’re a regular reader you’ll know a fair bit about the Degustabox. I talked about in detail in my first review back in August so check out that if you want to know more info. You can also see my previous monthly reviews here: September and October. So, without further ado, let’s get onto my Degustabox November review*…
So this was what was inside the box this month. As you can see, it is pretty jam-packed! I was excited to check out all the products included.
And here are the contents all laid out. I’m sure you’ll agree, it is a great selection this month!
So, as every box does, here is the information card that is included. I find it really handy to have, to know about the products a bit more and to also know how much the products would cost if I went on to buy them.
So the box comes towards the end of the month that it is for, so this one came towards the end of November. I thought it was nice to have a little festive message included, and I liked the art work. Now, let’s get on to the product reviews!
Cadbury Picnic Bites
As usual, the chocolate product is first to be tried! I’m not going to lie, when I am looking to buy a chocolate bar, a Picnic wouldn’t be my first choice. However, I did really enjoy these bite size Picnic pieces. They’re just the right combo of flavours, and this is a perfect bag to share. Although I could have happily eaten the whole bag to myself too! Therefore, I would buy these again for sure.
Filippo Berio Classic Pesto
So those eagle-eyed of you may have noticed that this pesto wasn’t included on the information sheet for some reason. However, it was in my box so I’m going to review it anyway. I’m a teeny-weeny bit obsessed with pasta at the moment, perhaps it is a craving. So when I saw this pesto in the box I was really pleased as I knew it would be a perfect combo with my pasta. And it didn’t disappoint! The flavour was great. And because there is just the 2 of us, we only needed half a jar at a time. I would happily repurchase this product.
Rio Mare Tuna in Olive Oil
So you may remember in a previous box I was sent some tuna, and I’m really not a tuna eater! Therefore, that means my other half has to be the taste tester for this product. This tuna claims to be made from the best tuna and selected olive oil, and my Husband agreed it tasted great. I personally wouldn’t repurchase it, but I’m sure he would happily have it again.
Dalston’s Fizzy Apple
This fizzy apple drink is full of different types of apples picked from farms in Kent. When drinking it, I didn’t find it to be as fizzy as I was expecting, but there was a little touch of fizz to it. It reminded me of more of an apple juice taste than a fizzy apple pop, but was nice enough in taste. However, it wasn’t so good that I would rush out to buy it again in a hurry.
Taylors of Harrogate – Cocoa Superior Colombia
So, again, this is a product I couldn’t try – I’m doing my best to avoid caffeine as much as possible during my pregnancy. I’m also not a coffee drinker, although this sounded amazing – that chocolate and caramel taste combo is just up my street. And finally, we don’t own a cafetière in our house. So it seemed as though we just weren’t destined to try this product! However, if I do spot a cafetière whilst out on my travels, I will pick one up. As I think my husband would really enjoy this coffee, and I would too once the bubba is here!
Kallo Organic Stock Pots – Chicken
Another item included in this months box was these stock pots. I was sent the chicken flavour, but it also comes in beef and vegetable flavours too. They are made with organic and natural high-quality ingredients and can be used in soups and stews, as well as with pasta and noodles. I really like the fact that these are gluten-free and don’t contain any artificial nasties. There are 4 pots in the pack, and they make your food taste great. No complaints from me.
Filippo Berio Fennel and Garlic Crostini
Another product from Felipo Berio that wasn’t included on the information card! This baked bread snack flavoured with fennel and garlic with olive oil was a bit of a winner in our house. Not only do these taste yummy, they contain less fat than fried crisps and are actually a source of fibre! I love snacks with a bit of a crunch, and these certainly offer that. I would definitely like these again.
Propercorn Perfectly Sweet Popcorn
Just like the chocolate, this popcorn was also one of the first items to be eaten in this box! I knew that I would enjoy this snack as I have had it before, so was pleased to see it. PROPERCORN state that their popcorn is delicious and guilt free, as well as not containing any nasties. I really like the taste of this popcorn – you can taste the sweetness, but it isn’t too sickly sweet and over the top like some popcorn can be. I also really like the packaging. I would definitely buy it again.
The Jelly Bean Factory Super Sour’s
I love jelly beans, and I love sour sweets so this product was a winner for me! Full of 9 sour flavours, from sour orange to sour cola, I just couldn’t resist munching on a few of these bad boys at a time. I was also impressed that they didn’t contain gelatine, which I assumed most jelly sweets did. Therefore vegetarians can enjoy them too! I will definitely look out for these again to satisfy my sour sweet craving.
The English Provender Co.’s Caramelised Red Onion Chutney
I am such a big fan of caramelised red onion chutney, and have been since my sister-in-law got me into it a few years back. In fact, at any given time, there is a jar of this stuff in the house, I definitely can’t be without! So I was super grateful to be sent this, to make sure we have a good stash. Most of the time, I tend to pick this up from whichever supermarket I happen to be in, so there isn’t a specific brand I normally go for. I really liked this one, going perfectly with cheese and crackers, or on a cheesy jacket potato. I would happily repurchase this product.
Planters Fruity Chocolate Crunch
I had never come across this brand before, but I must say the first thing I noticed about this product was the fab festive packaging! I haven’t had a nut mix in a while, but used to love the combo of nuts, raisins and of course chocolate when I was younger. I’m not going to lie, I would often sit and pick out all of the chocolate chips before throwing in a few raisins and nuts too before anyone clocked me. This product also threw in some cranberries to the mix and that worked really well. I must say, I didn’t really get a look in with this product, as my hubster enjoyed it so much! But what I did get to try, I really enjoyed. I would buy this again (and hope I would get a bit more this time!).
Weetabix Additions Apple and Raisin
I’ve enjoyed Weetabix for breakfast for as long as I can remember. It’s a great product and I enjoy it with a bit of cold milk and a sprinkling of sugar on top. I also used to like the mini Weetabix too. So when I discovered this product in the box this month, I was intrigued to see how it tasted compared to the original. And it was super yummy! I like the flavour combination of apple, raisins and cinnamon anyway, and it seemed to work well with the Weetabix. It was nice to have a bit of variety with the product. If I saw this item in a shop, I would buy it again.
Ryvita Multigrain Rye Cakes
These rye cakes are made with popped wholegrain rye, and are high in fibre as well as being low in fat – meaning they make a great snack! I’ve always liked Ryvita with a bit of butter on them, but can sometimes find that they can be a bit dry. These were actually really good and I definitely think I’m going to see what other toppings people have on theirs to inspire me. I would happily buy again.
I’m really sorry to say this, but I am yet to try this drink. Ever since I did the Clean9 a few years back, and nearly vommed every time I had to drink the aloe gel, I’ve had a bit of a weird phobia of it. I have gone time and time again to try this drink, but just haven’t been brave enough to try! I’m well aware that aloe vera is really good for you, and has lots of health benefits. I’ll try my best to have this as soon as possible, and I’m sure it probably tastes quite good combined with the apple! I will let you know in the December review.
Don’t forget, if you use the code ‘UNW4A’ you can get £7 off your first order.
So that was what I thought of the products. Which would you like to try? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time…
*I was very kindly sent this box free of charge in exchange of a review. However, all opinions are my own and I would never share something I didn’t love with you. Please note that if you go on to get a Degustabox, its contents might vary slightly from mine.