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The Degusta October 2017 Box (Review)



Every month I am the happy recipient of a Degustabox. I love these boxes. Opening each one is a bit like opening a Christmas box. Always a surprise and always filled with things I want to try. Degustabox is a monthly foodie subscription service that sends out a range of specially selected foodie products. There's always a great mix of new products that I haven't tried before, as well as plenty of treats from more established brands. Quite often you will have the opportunity to try new products before they arrive in the shops, so it can be a bit of a sneak peak! Each Degustabox costs £12.99, delivery costs are included in the price, and there is no fixed contract involved - you can cancel at any time. I love getting these boxes!!  Normally I am able to use at least one of the products and create a recipe to use it in, but alas that was not the case this month.  Each product stood well enough on its own. Now a bit about the October Box.


PECHEKS Misfortune Cookies 1 X  £1.50

These cookies are like a left hook.

You can't explain how much they hurt. But they're also perfect for people who like to laugh. Who don't take life too seriously, or don't mind a dose of reality now and then. They are for friends who you really like. Or acquaintances who you can't stand. And for any party that needs some added fun, or any meal that could do with a bit more spice.

Black cookies, black humour: ideal for Lucky Lukes and Bad-Luck Brians, superwomen and high-flyers, crybabies and wussy wimps, iron ladies and tough guys. 

The Cookies are available online on our webshop, on amazon and lots of different shops all over Europe. There is a shopfinder on our website, but if you need any help buying our mercilessly funny and brutally honest products just contact us via e-mail and we'll help you!  

I got one of these last year on Halloween also. Fun! 


HEINZ No Sugar Added Hoops 1 X £0.75 

No Added Sugar Hoops give consumers another great option for mealtimes. With no artificial sweeteners, colours, or flavours and 1 of your five a day they are a nutritious and convenient solution for families. No added sugar - great Heinz taste!
 
It is nice to see a company jumping on the bandwagon and being pro-active in presenting products that have no artificial sweeteners, colours or flavours. As a parent and grandmother, I am all for that!
 
MICHEL et AUGUSTIN 1 X £1.60
 
Oversized cookies with a melty middle and big chocolate chips, made with real fresh butter, free range eggs and love. Take a bit of our super cookies with melty middle milk chocolate and real hazelnuts. Enjoy an incredible taste. Warning: taste buds will be tickled ;)
 
YUM!


CIRO Valfrutta 1 X £2.29 

A new range of tasty ready to eat Mediterranean dishes, soon to be available in new packaging; Cous Cous with Mixed Vegetables, Bulgur, Quinoa, Red Rice, Tomatoes and Green Olives, Basmati Rice & Lentils and Spelt with Black Olives, Dried Tomatoes and Capers. Delicious cold in salads or heat for a tasty meal. Tear open and microwave for 1 minute or pan heat for 2-3 minutes. 

Aready a fan of Ciro products I received the CousCous with Mixed Vegetables and it made for a nice light lunch.

KABUTO Noodles Thai Green Chicken Curry 1 X £1.99

Our new gluten-free rice noodle dish is inspired by the fragrant green curries from Thailand. They are a delicious combination of Asian inspired flavours and real quality natural ingredients with no additives or preservatives. Ready in minutes they are quick to make and long to savour! 

I love Kabuto Noodles.  This also made a nice light lunch.  I adore Thai Green Chicken Curries as well, so this pleased on many levels.

PULSIN Kid's Fruity Oat Bars Orange Chocolate Chip 1 X £0.59

Deliciously wholesome orange choc chip oat bars are packed with gluten free UK oats, real fruit and natural ingredients, making them the ideal snack for kids on the go.

Pulsin use tooth-friendly xylitol to sweeten the chocolate, which occurs naturally in many fruits and vegetables and blend it with premium orange oil, gluten free oats and real fruit to create a mix of flavours that kids love.

The Kids' Fruity Oat Bars are designed to count as 1 of a child's 5 a day and the fun new packaging is an ideal way to brighten up lunch boxes.

Plus, with 1/3 less sugar than the average kids' fruit snack* and high in fibre, this range makes the perfect healthy alternative to other lunch box snacks. 
 
Once again I am pleased that this product is designed to target childen with a treat containing less sugar, more fibre and containing one of their five a day
 

LO SALT free gift sample 

Too much salt (sodium chloride) in the diet can increase the risk of high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. With 66% less sodium than regular table, sea and rock salts, switching to LoSalt will help you to maintain normal blood pressure. The perfect blend of two natural mineral salts – potassium chloride and sodium chloride – LoSalt is the healthier alternative for seasoning, cooking and baking without compromising on flavour. And it's easy to use – if your recipe calls for 1tsp salt, switch for 1tsp LoSalt – it does the same and tastes the same! LoSalt – the natural choice for your table and kitchen cupboard. 

The full size 350g of LoSalt can be purchased for £1.75 
 
We already use the low salt and thik it is a great product.
 
MILLIONS Vimoto Millions Gift Jar 1 X £2.99

Millions gets Seriously Mixed Up with Vimto. Vimto Millions are available in a variety of formats, 40g count line, taper jars and a £1 PMP. Millions aren't just unique in shape and size, they're known for their fabulously strong, punchy flavours. That's why Vimto's distinctive taste is the perfect fit. 
 
The Missionaries enjoyed this.
 
LEE KUM KEE - Sauce for Tomato Garlic Prawns 
& Honey Garlic Spare Ribs         2 X £0.85 

Lee Kum Kee sauce sachets offer a wide range of classic Chineseflavours and save you time in the kitchen. We have two from the range for you to try, other flavours include; Sauce for Kung Pao Chicken and Sauce for Broccoli Beef in Oyster Sauce.


  • Sauce for Tomato Garlic Prawns - prepared from tomato, chilli peppers, honey and garlic. Best for stir-frying with prawns, but also great for cooking with meat and vegetables. It can also be used in a sauce mix for salads and as a dressing.

  • Sauce for Honey Garlic Spare Rib - made with honey and garlic. Best used with meat in stir fries or marinades, but also as a sauce mix and dressing.
I haven't actually used these yet.  I was also sent a tiny pack of sweet soya sauce.


NUTTVIA Nuttvia Breadsticks Snack Pack 1 X £1.70

Nuttvia is a tasty hazelnut spread made with ZERO palm oil and 97% less sugar. It also has a 5 star health rating and has been certified with the Orangutan Alliance No Palm Oil Seal. The full range includes the Nuttvia 600g jar perfect for the whole family; the 350g jar for all the hazelnut spread lover out there and Nuttvia on the go breadsticks snack pack. 

Small in size but big in flavour, the Nuttvia breadsticks snack pack is the ideal sweet treat on the go. Indulge in the deliciousness of hazelnut spread with ZERO palm oil 97% less sugar. Perfect in the school lunchbox or as a snack, the Nuttvia breadsticks taste delicious and can go anywhere you go. 

No palm oil and less sugar?  I am all for that!


We believe that if you drink good, you feel good. Feel Good Drinks use 100% natural ingredients only - made from a simple blend of water, fruit and natural flavourings with a refreshing taste. There are three uplifting and contemporary flavours in each of our drink ranges.  
 
I received the Orange Mango and the Strawberry Mint.  I have really enjoyed both of these.  I am not a lover of hot drinks and these make a tasty alternative.
HIPPEAS Organic Chickpea Puffs 1 X £2.29

Hippeas is the all new range of organic chickpea puffs which is set to shake-up the global snacking market with a bold brand story and purpose, clear health credentials and exciting flavour profiles.

Light, crunchy and airy, but packing a serious punch of protein and fibre, HIPPEAS is the vegan friendly, on-the-go snack that plans to spread #PeasAndLove across the world.

Available from Tesco, Waitrose, Boots, Holland & Barrett, Asda, Planet Organic, Whole Foods, WH Smith and online at Ocado and www.hippeas.com

Crunchy and  quite tasty. I got the Herb flavoured ones and they were actually very nice.  They have a very similar texture to Cheese Doodles. 
 

So, that was the October Degustabox - a nice selection of products as always. We loved it. The price of each Degustabox is £12.99 (including delivery). To order your box, visit www.degustabox.com Many thanks to Degustabox UK for sending me this box. I have to say I really look forward to getting my box each month. There are always lots of things in it to enjoy and new products to try out. I highly recommend. You can also tailor the boxes to your own likes and dislikes by filling in your own Taste Profile.  Do you like the sound of the Degustabox October 2017 box? Why not sign up now! I find them to be really good value for money spent and I really enjoy trying out new products that I have not tried before.  

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Note - Although I was sent a box free of charge any and all opinions are my own.
Bon appetit!
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