Variety is the spice of life, or so the saying goes and the same rule can be applied to the food that we regularly eat. If you’re like me, you probably have a rough weekly meal plan consisting of your family favourites – stuff that you know your children will eat and the odd treat to nibble in front of a movie. All of this is added to your usual grocery shop and before long you’re stuck in a food rut of making the same things over, and over again.
Degustabox attempts to break us out of that mould, a small step at a time, by introducing a monthly box of 17 surprise food products. Most of these products will be completely new to the market and all are priced at less than half of the original retail value.
To take advantage of this box full of goodies, you simply subscribe on the Degustabox website for just £9.99 excluding delivery, and wait for your box to arrive. Usually you can expect to receive your box between the 25th and 30th of each month.
For the purpose of this review the team at Degustabox sent us their December box free of charge to test and provide feedback on. Our box was received on Christmas Eve, well packaged and including a handy recipe card detailing suggestions on using each of the products in the box.
Above is what we received on the day:
- Four sachets of Bisto Chef’s Specials Gravy mix
- One tub of OXO Shake and Flavour
- Bisto Chicken Stock Melts
- Two boxes of Belvita Breakfast Biscuits
- Three cans of Bavaria Shandy
- A jar of Levi Roots Smoky Jerk Sauce
- A jar of Levi Roots Jerk Chicken Paste
- Two multipacks of Yu Granola Clusters
- One tub ofDrink Me Chai, Spiced Chai Latte
- A complimentary bar of Green & Blacks, Dark Chili Chocolate
I have to admit that I was a little disappointed at the amount of sauces and gravy mixes included in our box. These are not something that I use or buy very often, however that being said, the gravy mixes proved really useful for saving a bit of prep time on Christmas Day.
The Yu Granola Clusters were an instant hit with the children, providing an alternative to Christmas chocolate and would be something I might consider buying in the future, while I personally enjoyed the Belvita Breakfast Biscuits. I don’t usually eat breakfast and these biscuits wouldn’t be something I’d buy as part of my weekly shop. The cynic in me doesn’t quite believe that two biscuits can fill you up long enough to last through the morning. Yet I have to say that I was proved wrong. These biscuits are very filling and while I might not eat them entirely on their own, they’d certainly do the job with a glass of fresh orange juice and some fruit.
Overall I’m fairly satisfied with the December 2013 Degustabox. While not overly special with its choice of contents, I’m sure that with feedback each box will improve over the months, including a wider range of interesting things to try.
Personally it’s not something I would subscribe to, purely because I wouldn’t use all of the contents and have to watch every penny I spend. However it might prove to be a good investment for families that want to experiment with their meals. It could almost serve as a monthly challenge on what recipes you can concoct with the contents of the box!
What do you think? Would this be something that you would try or become a regular subscriber to? Let me know in the comments below and for more information on Degustabox you can follow them on Twitter or keep up with their Facebook updates.
Disclosure: I was sent the December Degustabox free of charge for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.