Monday, 9 July 2018

June Degustabox Review

Degustabox UK

It's that time of the month again where I share with you the contents of our latest Degustabox. June's box was (as usual) crammed full of goodies - so let's get started and show you what we've been trying this month.

June 2018 Degustabox review

This month's box had a loose BBQ theme, which is apt and very handy considering this heat wave we're having. Hubby and I have been barbecuing pretty much every night, so plenty of this came in super handy this month. 

June 2018 Degustabox review

Product of the Month

Capsicana Cook Sauces 2 x £1.99

Capsicana are changing the way we eat Mexican and Latin American food at home in the UK. Packed full of authentic flavours, our products help you to create tastier meals at home. This multi award winning range of cook sauces, help you to make the BEST TASTING FAJITAS at home!
*Two flavours of Capsicana Cook Sauces are included in each Degustabox.

What we thought: 

Cor! These sauces make EPIC fajitas! :-) We love Capsicana, having discovered other products of theirs through earlier Degustaboxes, so we were excited to try these sauces and they didn't disappoint. Full of flavour, a good level of heat/spice and really exciting flavour combos and serving suggestions. I even enjoyed leftovers cold for lunch the following day, and it was just as delicious cold. 

Capsicana fajita's from our June Degustabo

Rosie’s Pig - Raspberry Roller Cider £2.00

Raspberry and cucumber flavour sparkling cloudy cider. A refreshing berry flavour with citrus notes creates a well-balanced easy drinking cider with a fresh finish.

What we thought:

Hubby and I shared this with a BBQ on a weekday evening, and it was just the ticket! A perfect summer boozy drink - light, fruity and fresh, with a punchy finish. We both said we would definitely buy this again when we see it. 

Frylight - Avocado Oil Cooking Spray £2.99

Frylight Avocado Oil cooking spray is a great alternative to fatty oil for everyday frying, roasting and baking. It can be used at higher temperatures than most cooking sprays due to the more resilient nature of avocado oil – perfect for stir fries!

What we thought:

I love this stuff! I had previously bought it from Aldi on a special buy, so I was thrilled to get another bottle. Great for summer months when you're cooking lighter and it lasts absolutely ages. 

Peckish - BBQ Rice Crackers Multi-Pack £1.79

Peckish is a thinner, lighter crispier snack made of rice and full of flavour! We are baked and not fried, gluten-free and under 100 calories per person.

What we thought:

These were right up my street. Crisps/savoury snacks are definitely my weakness, and because of that I'm always on the lookout for lighter alternatives to potato crisps. These had a lovely flavour, they were light but they did taste strongly of barbecue (I find these sorts of things can often be very bland). I'd happily buy them again - enjoyed every packet. 

Brioche Pasquier - Pains au Lait £1.75

Get creative with our delicious Pains au Lait! Free from preservatives, artificial flavours and hydrogenated fats, out soft and tasty milk brioche rolls can be enjoyed at any moment of the day. They are also ideal for BBQs with family and friends! Please visit our website for more recipes.

What we thought: 

A family favourite - the kids have devoured packet after packet of these over the years - so I knew for sure they'd not go to waste when I opened our June box. What was super cool about this pack however, was the alternative serving suggestion ideas that came with it - why have I never thought to use them for sausages at a BBQ? My kids usually just enjoy them on their own as a sweet treat, but I definitely will use them for sausages on the BBQ in future...FYI they're also AMAZING in the winter to use in a bread and butter pudding! 

no&more - raspberry & blueberry water £1.29

Beautifully balanced spring water with a hint of raspberry&blueberry. No sugar, no sweeteners, no preservatives, no artificial ingredients and pH neutral; the perfect alternative to plain water that will help you to reach the recommended quota of 2 litres of water a day. Finds us in Boots and Waitrose and follow @noandmore.

What we thought:

Really delicious and not 'fake' sweet tasting like so many of these fruity waters are. We enjoyed this after arriving home from a horrendous 4 hour car journey at the weekend, and it was amazing cold from the fridge on a super hot day! 

Idahoan - Gratin Bake £2.30

Idahoans’s super easy Gratin Bake. With a preparation time of less than 3 minutes and a cook time of less than 30 mins it makes an impressive accompaniment to any meal. Add contents to a casserole dish, with hot water, milk and a knob of butter and let the oven do the rest!

What we thought:

Another Idhoan product to blow my mind!! We tried the garlic mashed potato in a previous box (which was excellent) and this gratin was no exception. It is ridiculously easy to prepare, cheap to make and it smelt absolutely FABULOUS while it cooked. We enjoyed it with BBQ meats and salad, and my goodness, what is usually a really labour intensive and faffy potato dish to make, was reduced to the work of emptying a packet, pouring in hot water and a knob of butter and bunging it in the oven! It was totally delicious and easily passable as home cooked. Really cheesy and garlicky! Yum! 

Orangina 2 x £1.20

Orangina, with it’s unmistakable orange flavour, soft sparkle and real citrus pulp, makes the perfect summer drink. It is both delicious on it’s own with ice and a slice of orange, or as a mixer in mocktails and cocktails.

What we thought:

Now this took me back to the 90's, which was probably the last time I tasted Orangina (it also reminds me of one of my uncle's ex girlfriends from a similar time period who was called Gina and had quite a fake tan addiction - we all secretly called her Orange-Gina...I hope she's not reading this!) It still tastes similar to how I remember it: like fresh orange juice mixed with sparkling water, which is essentially exactly what it is! Even lovelier with a splash of gin!

The Jelly Bean Factory - Fairtrade Box £1.25

Filled with 36 delicious flavours and made using Fairtrade sugar, they are the perfect on the go snack.

What we thought:

I didn't get a look-in! Bert commandeered the whole box as his own, and devoured them over the course of a few days, he really enjoyed looking up the different flavours on the back. Oh, I lied...I did get a look in...I was allowed all the coffee flavoured ones! 

Mighty Fine - Salted Caramel Honeycomb Bar £1.00

The finest handcrafted honeycomb made with the very best natural ingredients. Our new 30g salted caramel bar is made with our signature light, crisp and lightly salted honeycomb covered in a creamy, caramel Belgian milk chocolate. Our bars really are the bees knees, so indulge and enjoy.
Available in Sainsbury’s Local up and down the country.

What we thought:

Funnily enough, Liam and I had already tried these bars a few weeks before the June box arrived. We are both big Cadbury Crunchie/honeycomb lovers, and I saw this new bar in my local M&S garage, so picked us up one each to try as a weekend treat. They are AMAZING! Think: really posh/grown up Crunchie. Will now most likely be my chocolate bar of choice. Big thumbs up. 

Great British Biscotti Co £1.30

A heavenly huddle of Belgian White Chocolate, zingy Cranberries and sublime Pistachios, entwined deep within our classically buttery crumbly Biscotti. All 20 Flavours of our Biscotti are hand made with the best ingredients in our Artisan Bakery on Dorset. Soon to the available on Ocado and Amazon.

What we thought:

Anyone who knows me in person or has read this blog for a long time, will know how obsessed I am with biscuits, and actually biscotti are one of my favourite - especially with coffee. I love baking them at home, but you can get really amazing quality shop bought ones these days (especially from my local Italian deli!) and the Great British Biscotti Co was up there with the best ones I've tried. I loved the combination of Belgian White Chocolate, cranberries and pistachios (my favourite nuts) - I'd definitely be interested in trying their other flavours. 

FYRE Fruit Drinks 2 x £1.29

With the mission to literally spice life up, we created FYRE, a refreshing sparkling fruit drink with an added kick of spices and sweetness from fruits to keep anyone wanting more ... Available in two lively flavours!

FYRE is a great-tasting drink with the perfect balance of sweetness and spice.
*These products were included in the non-alcohol version of the Degustabox.*


What we thought:

I have worked with a drinks brand in the past here on the blog that produces a really similar product, and I love the concept! I'm big on spice and chilli heat - so these were right up my alley. I like to have a little stock of non-alcoholic drinks in the fridge for parties/visitors who aren't drinking - it's nice to be able to offer a guest something more exciting than tea/coffee/water/squash - especially in this hot weather. I've drunk one myself (for testing purposes) and saved the other for a future guest.

What a successful box, eh? Really enjoyed trying these products and I'm really excited to see what we get in next month's box. 


If you'd like to give Degustabox a try then you can receive a whopping £5.00 off your first box by using code:


1VRVA

at the checkout! 

Enjoy everyone and let me know if you try it! 

Mrs B

xxx

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We were sent our June Degustabox in return for this honest review. 

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