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: £1.75Debeukelaer 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: £1.35IdrinkQ 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: £2.50orKingfisher 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.