If you haven’t heard of Degustabox before, it is a monthly food and drink subscription box containing a number of items from both well loved and exciting new brands so you can discover delicious new products and flavours each month. We have been lucky enough to have been reviewing these boxes for two years now, and i genuinely love them in particular as each month the contents are a total surprise until you open the box, plus i find the delivery service that Degustabox use is excellent so no worries about my box going missing or getting damaged in transit. I love my monthly chat with Kevin our delivery man! You can see my thoughts on previous boxes and some recipes I have made with products received in the boxes here.
Of course you want to know what was in the July Degustabox, so here goes.
Rowntrees Fruit Pastilles Infusions These were the first thing that caught my eye on this month's box, I haven't eaten fruit pastilles in years! Rowntrees are going for grown ups with the launch of Infusions which contains 3 different flavour combinatioms; Orange and Grapefruit, Raspberry and Pomegranate and Apple and Elderflower. I shared these with Phil and they were very nice, my favourite was the orange and grapefruit flavoured.
Berrywhite Organic At Berrywhite, they believe that treats don't have to be naughty to be nice and these drinks are organic with no added sugar, fruit extracts or artificial preservatives. The company also pledges to give 10% of their profits to disadvantaged children and communities in Africa. We received two flavours; lemon and ginger and cranberry and guava which was my favourite. These are lovely and a nice and healthier alternative to other sparkling drinks.
Qcumber Sparkling Cucumber Drink I absolutely love the brand name and the story behind this drink. One summer's evening Graham Carr-Smith was enjoying a gin with slices of crisp cucumber and the thought came to him "this could be the next drink flavour". After a lot of hard work Qcumber was born.
The drink contains only natural ingredients with no artificial sweeteners, colours, preservatives or flavourings, it can be drank on its own or as a mixer for vodka, Pimms or of course Gin and Tonic.
I tried the drink on its own and I have to be honest and say the taste wasn't for me, it wasn't bad just not for my taste buds but I would definitely try it again as a mixer with summer favourite Pimms.
Rejuvenation Rejuvenation water is designed to deal with the rigours of modern life. Made from Derbyshire Spring Water, natural fruit flavour and a unique amino acids profile the drink aims to fuel the immune system and build up a natural resilience to depression, stress and anxiety. While I can't comment on that, i did enjoy the Spanish Orange flavour that we received.
ALO Aloe Vera Drink At ALO the drinks start with real aloe vera, hand picked on their organic farm. The juice and pulp comes from the plant, no powder included! This is not a drink I would generally pick up and buy in a shop but it was surprisingly refreshing and I enjoyed on one of the warmer days we had recently.
Jordans Swiss Style Muesli I am a big fan of Jordans as a brand so was pleased to find some muesli in my July Degustabox. I always find that Jordans provide plenty of fruit in their products and this one is no exception, lovely and filling for breakfast with natural yogurt and chopped apple. I am planning on using some of this to make muesli bars for the boys.
Itsu Crispy Seaweed Thins Hailed as the new vegetable crisp, edible seaweed is a popular Asian delicacy. Low in calories and full of nutrients this makes for a healthy snack and is avaikable is sea salt or wasabi and sweet soy flavours. I really wanted to enjoy these but I just didn't, Seb who is our most adventurous eater also didn't take to them. I think it is probably an acquired taste.
Brookside Dark Chocolate Acai and Blueberry Flavours Soft fruit centres with dark chocolate covering, these are a real treat. The boys were really excited to try these and we all enjoyed them, I found them really moreish and would definitely buy these again.
Seabrook Crisps Limited Maybe it's because we live in Yorkshire but Seabrooks is a brand we regularly buy from but I hadn't seen this new range before. Seabrooks Lattice Food Heroes celebrates all that is good about British food and drink. The Chorizo from the chorizo flavour comes from a Yorkshire operation Three Little Pigs. These are a grown up crisp and Phil and I both really enjoyed them, they would be great for a grown ups picnic. The Lattice range is also available in a delicous sounding Chicken Jalfrezi created with Akbhars restaurant.
Sarsons Balsamic Vinegar The vinegar experts Sarsons have been making vinegar for over 200 years. Perfect on a salad or used as part of a recipe. We haven't had the chance to use this yet but I will report back when we do.
Cracker Drinks A brand new brand to me Cracker Drinks create natural fruit juice drinks with no added sugar or artificial sweeters. Pineapple, Coconut and Lime fruit juice drink contains 1 of your 5 day and contains just 57 calories per serving. This is a really tasty summery drink and I hope to try more of the available flavours.
Felix Sweet Pickled Swedish Gherkins Sweet Pickled crunchy gherkins handpicked in late summer when gherkins are at their best. Phil and I are not gherkin fans but we have saved these for the boys to try next time we he make burgers.
The July Degustabox was a hit and miss one for me. With all subscription boxes you will get times when some of the products aren't to your taste, part of the excitement for me is trying new things and finding if I like them so it isn't really a problem for me. The value of the products in this month's box was as usual over
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**I received this box for the purpose of this post, all oponions are my own**