Friday, May 1

- April International Degustabox...

Another month, another Degustabox*! If you haven't seen my previous posts about this subscription box, Degustabox is a monthly service full of food & drink goodies. At just £12.99 (inc. delivery), it's a great way to explore different products you might otherwise bypass. There's usually 9-14 surprise items, most of which are new to the market.

For April's box there's an International theme, which I think is a great idea as small, thoughtful touches like this really add something to a product/service in my opinion. The provided flyer has cute little images, as well as mini flags beside each product and their descriptions to show its origin/inspiration.

As always, Degustabox have kindly provided me with a discount code to share with you: simply type 'BI49Q' when registering to get £3.00 off!

*Spoiler alert* I think this International Box may be my favourite yet, which is a strong claim as I have loved many in the past, but see for yourself what's inside...

Barry's Tea (Ireland), RRP: £1.75
Debeukelaer Cookies Bakery (USA), RRP: £2.00

Tea & cookies?! Feel free to let me know of any better combinations *wink face*. Barry's Tea is a family owned Irish company dating back to 1901, and in this months Degustabox is 40 of their signature Gold Blend teabags. It's strong, flavoursome and downright tasty!

Speaking of tasty, hello cookies. Inspired by traditional bakeries in New York, Debeukelaer have created a delicious range of cookies. Arriving in a box of 4 and individually wrapped, these Creamy Cookies have a melting nougat cream centre. I've tried similar ones before to then find the filling had solidified. Thankfully, this wasn't the case with these as the centre was smooth and gooey and mmmm. Plus, look at that newspaper print packaging?! Adorable. Also available in 'Brownie cookie' and 'Crispy Cookie' flavours.

Veetee Microwaveable Rice (erm, there's an image of Earth so, worldwide? Nom, rice), RRP: £1.49 (each)

There's nothing worse than the rest of your food being cooked and ready to be demolished, yet your rice stills needs a few more minutes (well, there is, but y'know). These Veetee packs of flavoured rice are convenient to have around as they only take two minutes to cook. I received the 'Spicy Mexican Style' and 'Peri Peri' flavours, which I'll probably add to wraps or stir-frys. There's also a Mushroom flavour available which I was pleased not to receive because, mushroom, *vom*, but each to their own...

Schwartz Recipe Mix (India), RRP: £1.08 (each)

Degustabox seem to have an ongoing partnership with Schwartz (yay!) which makes me super duper happy as their products are a great way to add flavour to a meal. These recipe mixes are perfect to use when making a homemade curry and really affordable. I'm looking forward to trying both of these out - there's also Rogan Josh and Biryani mixes available.

Cirio Supercirio & Tomato Fillets (Italy), RRP: £1.20 & £1.69

Chopped tomatoes are pretty much a kitchen cupboard staple, so these Cirio double concentrated tomato puree pots and can of tomato fillets are welcome additions. Francesco Cirio was a pioneer in preserving tomatoes in tin cans in 1856, and these products provide a snippet of Italian flavour to your cooking and taste buds.

Nando's Groove Cut Potato Chips (Portugal), RRP: £0.69 (each)

Nando's have released a range of crisps?! Say whuttt! When it comes to Nando's, I am a wuss and definitely a 'mango & lime' kinda girl. You'd think after travelling I'd be able to cope with a bit of heat, but nope, na-da. If anything, I've reverted back to my wuss levels. I happily munched my way through the Peri-Salted packet, but think I'll be passing the Spicy Chicken & Sizzling Hot ones on to the strong and brave. I think it's really good that Nando's have branched out into the world of crisps, and I also really enjoy that they're 'groove' cut. Crinkle crisps/chips are always better. Fact.

Kinder Chocolate with Cereals & Choco-Bons (Italy), RRP: £1.55 (each)

Yummy, yummy mouth-watering treats! I'm very pleased to see chocolate goodies rather than sweets in this month's box. Kinder is one of my favourite chocolate brands and both of these melt in the mouth. The Chocolate with Cereals have a milky filling with a bit of wafer(?) and the Choco-Bons have a creamy centre that contains hazelnut pieces - NOM!

Scheckters Organic Energy drink (South Africa), RRP: £1.35
IdrinkQ Enhancement drink (Germany), RRP: £1.49 (each)

When I think of energy drinks, I tend to think of red bull/monster/relentless - bleurgh. Not a fan. This Scheckters drink, however, is slightly more appealing as it's 100% natural and contains ingredients I actually know of and like, such as: organic lemon juice, pomegranate juice, elderberry juice, and ginseng. The included organic energy blend is made up of green tea, guarana and green coffee extract and is said to improve alertness and increase physical performance.

As mentioned, I'm always wary of drinks that contain ingredients I've never heard of/don't know much about. Therefore, I'm not sure how I feel about these IdrinkQ drinks which are said to help you think smarter (I'm already smart thanks, lol JKs but srsly). Containing two active ingredients: Vitamin N and L-Arginine, I think I'd rather do a bit more research before trying these. If anyone's given them a go, I'd love to know what you think in the comments below.

Wonjo Hibiscus soft drink (The Gambia), RRP: £2.50
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Kingfisher Lager (India), RRP: £2.00

"Oooh hibiscus drink... wait, hibiscus is a flower?", said me when I saw this drink. This non alcoholic drink is made from the hibiscus plant which is rich in vitamin C, calcium and magnesium. Hibiscus is used in traditional folk medicine and is believed to treat urinary tract infections, cardiac diseases and help lower cholesterol. It's said to contain high levels of antioxidants and basically, screams HEALTH. I was pleasantly surprised by the taste of it, it's sort of like sangria but not(?). This is the original flavour, but it's also available with several different added ingredients such as: ginger root, Moroccan mint, spices and apples.

When registering for Degustabox, you can select whether you want to receive a non-alcoholic drink (in this case, the Wonjo just mentioned), or an alcoholic one. For this month's International box, the alcoholic option is a bottle of Kingfisher lager. This is apparently India's No.1 selling beer and is brewed for over 150 years. It tastes light, refreshing and almost citrusy - perfect to come home to after a long day!


I hope you've enjoyed looking through what the April International box contained, and hopefully you can see why it's probably my favourite yet. The theme, in my eyes, is a winner and there's a great mix of drinks, snacks and cooking ingredients, rather than focusing on just the one.

If you've been umming and ahhing whether to give this subscription box a go, I'd definitely say this is the time to take advantage of the £3.00 discount code mentioned in the opening of this post as this really is a great box to start out with. I'm excited to see what Degustabox bring next as this is a hard one to match/top!

What do you think of this month's themed box? Let me know in the comments.

25 comments:

  1. I am definitely eyeing up those Nando crisps! They sound so yummy!

    Natalie Ann xo // Petal Poppet Blogs ♥

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  2. love those kinders gahhh x

    Much Love | Trillu | Instagam

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  3. This sounds like a really good box! I am loving the sounds of those cookies! Yum :) x x

    www.beyondthevelvet.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. Nandos bringing out crisps?! Think my reaction was the same as yours haha! xx

    http://theultimateobsessions.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. This sounds like my kind of box! ;) Love that Nando's have crisps, and I am also ALL about curry so those rice's can just come to me now. Ha!

    Elle
    www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

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  6. Ooooe yummy - these look so good!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

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  7. Is it too late to get this box? I always claim that every month is my favourite but this seems to have blown them all out of the water, I love crisps and nandos PERFECT combo, and that cookie looks and sounds awesome! xxx

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  8. I loved this months box x

    www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

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  9. My eyes went straight to the Nando's chips! YUMM! :)
    ♥NY
    Yours Truly, NY

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  10. Good to know you love Kinder as much as I do. The Schoko Bons and Cereal ones are my personal favs. The cereal version is actually called Kinder Country in Germany :) Best when they come fresh and cold from the fridge :)

    Caz | Style Lingua

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  11. Nando's is one of my favourite place to eat but I had no idea they made crisps? Must try to hunt it down! And gosh, Kinder is one of the best chocolate out there, once I start I can't stop!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  12. Now this is a box I could get on with! Kinder is my absolute favouriteeeeee <3 xx

    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

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  13. I like the sound of the Wonjo drink. Plus those Kinder goodies <3 xx

    Ramblings of a Beauty Bird | Beauty Blog

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  14. Ooh i've never heard of this box before! It looks so cool and you seem to get so much in it for the money you pay! Fab find, great post! X

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  15. Ohh what a box! I'd eat this all. And I do love a bit of microwave rice...a snack cooked in next to no time!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  16. ER, best box EVER? I'd eat all of this! Especially those crips and the Kinder chocolate - my FAVOURITE! The mini cereals are delicious!

    Tara x

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  17. This is an awesome box!! Yummy!

    XO, Natalia from www.darlingtrend.com

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  18. Yay you got something from South Africa! I've never seen that here before but to be honest I never really look at the energy drinks. Such an exciting box!

    www.daisyperson.blgspot.com

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  19. This is such a great box, I can definitely see why it's your favourite as there's so many great things inside. Barry's Tea is a favoruite of mine too (we actually only got a pack sent to us not too long ago from family in Ireland haha) x

    Beauty with charm

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  20. This honestly looks amazing. I'm moving to the uk in July so I'd love to try this out!

    G.J - A Personal Style, Beauty & Lifestyle blog.

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  21. This is definitely one of my favourite boxes, so many amazing things to try! Kinder Bons are my all time favourite ever too aha.

    India | Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

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  22. I really need to get on these box subscriptions, it would feel like Christmas to me getting all this stuff! Especially getting to try new foods (and chocolate!!).

    Gabby xo

    Blog - What She Buys / Instagram / Twitter

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  23. This box had a really good amount of varied products, I do agree with you that I think this is their best box lucy x

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  24. This looks like a great box! Choco-bons are the best thing in the world and love the huge variety, such a bargain!

    Alex
    efflorescentdream.co.uk
    x

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  25. This is amazing, Karen! Everything looks so delicious and super tasty! I haven't heard from these brands before, but I love to try new things, especially food! As usual, thanks for sharing! xx

    http://alemint.blogspot.com/

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