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Degustabox February 2015


February’s Degustabox was one of my favourites in a good few months, with a good mix of the types of things that I enjoy eating, and new brands that I hadn’t tried before, including Whole Earth, Laimon Fresh, and Lily O’Brien’s.

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The box contained eleven individual items, with a total value of over £22.  Degustabox costs £12.99 each month, so this box saves you around £10, which is a pretty decent saving.

Also, this month I’ve decided to start rating each item of out 10, so you can get a better idea of which items stand out for me, and which don’t.  Here are my thoughts on each item…

Lily O’Brien’s Cocoa Cookie Crunch (RRP £2.60)

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Lily O’Brien’s is said to be Ireland’s ‘best loved chocolatier’, and being a chocolate fiend myself, these were without a doubt my favourite thing in the box. The bag contains a generous amount of large individual chocolates, consisting of Oreo-like cookie pieces, coated in milk chocolate. The cookies have a fantastic crunch and a deep, rich cocoa flavour, offset perfectly by the sweetness of the milk chocolate. As you can imagine, the chocolates are very moreish, and it didn’t take Charles and I long to finish the bag. I’d definitely purchase these again!

Rating: 9/10

Whole Earth Peanut Butter with Sunflower, Pumpkin & Flax Seeds (RRP £3.19)

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I adore peanut butter so this was another welcome addition to the box, especially as I’ve been eyeing up Whole Earth products in Morrisons for a while now. This particular peanut butter is new to the range, and contains a mix of sunflower, pumpkin and flax seeds, so is packed full of protein. The flavour is authentically nutty, as it isn’t overloaded with salt and sugar like some cheaper peanut butters are, and the seeds add a pleasant crunch and flavour. Perfect on wholemeal toast for breakfast!

Rating: 8/10

Jack Link’s Beef Snack (RRP £1.39)

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Jack Link’s Beef Snack is a beef jerky style bar, which aims to be a healthy, on the go snack. Being vegetarian, this one got passed straight to the fella for him to try. As soon as he opened it I was hit with the spicy scent of heavily seasoned meat, and it also looked very greasy. Almost sweaty! Apparently the flavour was a bit of a let-down. Despite the smell of spices, he said it tasted fairly bland, and was far too chewy. Not a winner, even by the meat-eater’s standards.

Rating: 4/10

Beet It Sport Pro-Elite Bar (RRP £1.85 each)

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Beet It Sport’s Pro-Elite Bars are predominantly made of oats and beetroot, and contain a high level of dietary nitrate, which is apparently used by universities around the world for research in lowering blood pressure and improving sport performance.  I’m yet to try these and I want to save them for when I start running again (which will happen once Spring kicks in, honest!)  I’m not sure I’d pay £1.85 for a single bar, but I’m definitely intrigued to see what these taste like.

Peanut Hottie (RRP £3.00)

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I tried Peanut Hottie fairly recently and enjoyed it, so was pleased to find this in the box.  Peanut Hottie is a peanut butter flavoured hot drink, and it’s exactly what it says on the tin.  It’s very easy to make, very much like a powdered hot chocolate, as you just need to add hot water.  When made up it looks like strong tea, but has a slightly salty, slighty sweet, nutty flavour, which is quite unusual for a drink.  I really like it, but a small mug is plenty enough, as it can get quite sickly.

Rating: 8/10

Laimon Fresh (RRP £1.99)

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Despite having a name that sounds like washing up liquid, Laimon Fresh is honestly one of the nicest drinks I’ve tried in a long time. It contains a mix of natural ingredients, including fresh lemon and lime juices and mint, which combine to create something deliciously thirst quenching. The fruit juices are balanced perfectly – not too sweet and not too sour – but the star of the show is the authentic flavour of fresh mint. I drank this alone, but it would make a great base for a Mojito – something I’ll definitely be trying in the summer!

Rating: 9/10

Schwartz Flavour Shots (RRP £1.40 each)

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Schwartz Flavour Shots have appeared in a Degustabox before, and make for quick and easy delicious meals. Each shot contains a mix of herbs and spices, as well as sunflower oil, and are used to form the flavour base of a tasty dish.  The Masala shot has a fantastic blend of spices which are full of flavour, and not too hot. I used Quorn chicken in my curry, and combined the shot with chopped tomatoes and milk, as suggested on the packaging, and it tasted great. A big thumbs up from me.

Rating: 8/10

American Muffin Company Chocolate Brownies (RRP £2.50)

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American Muffin Company has created a range of gluten-free cakes and brownies, and I was lucky enough to receive the exact item I would have chosen in store – the brownies. The tub contains six individually wrapped brownies, and though the texture is more cake than brownie, they are incredibly yummy. The cake is thick and moist, and the cocoa and chocolate used is very rich, which gives them a high quality flavour. Perfect as an afternoon treat with a cup of tea!

Rating: 8/10

Melba Thins (RRP £1.39)

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Melba Thins aren’t the most exciting snack in the world, but they are versatile, and work well with a variety of toppings.  As the box says, they’re great for ‘night owls & early birds’.  For an evening snack they’re fab with cheeses and pickles, and for breakfast or brunch they’re lovely with sweet spreads, such as jam or chocolate spread.  I like the fact that the thins in this pack come in generously portioned individual packets, as they can also be taken in lunch boxes to work.

Rating: 6/10

If you fancy giving Degustabox a go yourself, you can get a £3 discount by entering code 2S7LB at the checkout.  You can also follow Degustabox on Twitter and Facebook for more exclusive offers.

Naomi x

PS. You can check out the rest of my Degustabox reviews here.

*This Degustabox was sent to me for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are honest and my own.*

Winter Degustabox 2014


It’s been a while since I last reviewed a Degustabox, so today I thought I’d share with you my thoughts on the Winter edition.

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The Winter Degustabox, received in November, included eight brands, and fifteen individual items, with a combined value of £20.94.  Each Degustabox costs £12.99, so this one saves you almost £8.00.

Lindt My Melting Moment (RRP £0.65 each)

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Once again I was pleased to see a Lindt Lindor treat in the box, this time in the form of five Melting Moments.  As usual, they taste delicious, are a good size, and have the same smooth and creamy texture that I love from Lindor.  They look great too, with a lovely snowflake shape and pattern.  One thing disappoints me though…  Considering this is a Christmas treat, I would have liked to see Lindor incorporate a festive flavour.  Ginger perhaps, or cinnamon, or even mincemeat!

Kent’s Kitchen BBQ Flavour Shots (RRP £1.85)

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These BBQ Flavour Shots by Kent’s Kitchen are one of my favourite items in the box this month.  The pack consists of four little pots of concentrated seasoning, which just needs to be stirred into meat a minute or two before serving.  I’ve used a couple of these so far, both with Quorn fillets, served them with rice, kidney beans and veg, and they are delicious.  The BBQ seasoning is intense, with a smoky but sweet flavour.  They make for such a quick and easy meal too, which is just what I want after a long day at work.  At £1.85 I’d definitely buy these again, and I’d like to try the other flavours too.

Cool Dawn Recovery Drinks (RRP £1.49 each)

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I’m not much of a drinker, so I haven’t actually tried these Cool Dawn Recovery drinks.  They’re herbal detox drinks which are supposed to prevent and cure hangovers, by drinking one before bed, and one in the morning.  They aren’t carbonated, and contain no stimulant ingredients, and though the citrus and liquorice flavour sounds intriguing, I’m not sure it’s a combination I’d enjoy the morning after a night of drinking!

Montano Cider (RRP £2.79)

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Montano Cider is an Italian cider made from apples grown in the foothills of the dolomites.  Apparently, ‘these orchards are the highest in Europe enjoying fresh mountain air and over 300 days of sunshine each year.  The result is a golden, elegantly sparkling, medium-dry cider with a refreshing, crisp finish’.  Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?  I’m not the biggest fan of cider, but this one sounds that little bit more refined, so I may give it a go when the time is right.

Kettle Salsa & Mesquite Chips (RRP £2.19)

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Kettle reintroduced two old favourites as a limited edition over Christmas – Stilton & Port, and Salsa & Mesquite, which is the flavour I received in my box.  This was one of the original Kettle flavours way back in 1988, so it was nice to try a blast from the past.  As you’d expect from Kettle, the chips themselves are thickly cut, pleasantly crunchy, and the flavour is strong.  The salsa flavour shines through, and tastes very authentic, which makes these crisps oddly refreshing, if that’s even possible!

Pip Organic Cloudy Apple Juice (RRP £1.50 each)

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Pip Organic is a family run company based in London, which specialises in organic juices and smoothies.  In my box I received two small bottles of Cloudy Apple juice, which are the perfect size for lunch boxes.  The juice is made from 100% fruit, with no added sugar, water, preservatives or additives, and it shows.  The juice is thick, and has the sweet, sharp flavour that you get when eating an apple – very different to your bog standard supermarket juice.  However, at £1.50 for a small bottle, they seem rather expensive, and I’m not sure I’d pay that myself.

Branston Caramelised Onion Chutney (RRP £1.50)

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I planned on saving this new Branston Caramelised Onion Chutney for Christmas, but I ended up using it for packed lunches instead.  The chutney has a lovely sweetness to it that goes well with a variety of cheeses.  I tried it with a subtle, creamy Double Gloucester, and a strong, sharp Cheddar, and it complimented both.  I have plans for this chutney as I want to use it in tartlets with goats cheese, so check back in the future for a recipe post!

Holy Cow! Curry Sauces (RRP £1.69 each)

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Last but not least I received two Holy Cow! Curry Sauces – a Mughlai Korma, and a Madras Chettinad.  I’m yet to use the Korma, but I tried the Madras and it was incredibly tasty.  The sauce has a tomato base, but it’s the coconut, curry leaves and fenugreek that gives it a unique flavour.  The sauce is very hot, but the combination of the Indian spices with the coconut is out of this world.  It’s really easy to use too – just snip open the packet and pour into the pan with your meat and veg a few minutes before serving!

Overall, the Winter box is another impressive offering from Degustabox.  If you’d like to try Degustabox yourself, you can get £3.00 off your first box using the code ‘XI4CK‘.

Check back soon for my review of the December Degustabox!

Naomi x

PS. You can check out the rest of my Degustabox reviews here.

*This Winter Degustabox was sent to me by Degustabox for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are honest and my own.*

Degustabox July 2014


After a very hectic few weeks of trips away and caring for a poorly pet rat (long story but she’s much better, thankfully!), I have finally got round to reviewing the July Degustabox!  As usual, the box arrived on time, and features eight brands and a massive nineteen individual items, many of which I’d never tried before.

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Degustabox did something slightly different this month and offered one box containing alcohol, and another without.  I received the alcohol box, and the combined total value of the products is £22.19; a saving of almost £10.

Portlebay Popcorn (RRP £0.79 each)

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Portlebay are a small company from Devon who make ‘great tasting, fun and interesting food’, including these bags of Kracklecorn artisan popcorn.  I received three different flavours in the box – Crispy Bacon & Maple Syrup, which unfortunately I can’t eat as it isn’t vegetarian, Chilli & Lime, and a classic sweet and salty flavour.  The Chilli & Lime is particularly tasty, as the flavouring is very authentic and perfectly balanced, and is reminiscent of an Indian chutney.  The bags are a good size too and provide a very generous portion – perfect for snacking, or as part of a packed lunch.

ZEO Drinks (RRP £1.29 each)

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I’ve been seeing ZEO drinks around for a while now, so I was pleased to finally be able to try some.  ZEO pride themselves on creating low-calorie, naturally sourced soft drinks that aren’t full of sugar, but are lightly carbonated with a hint of flavour.  Again, I received three flavours in the box – Burst, Crush, and Zest.  Unfortunately, they didn’t quite live up to what I was expecting.  The packaging and branding are very impressive, but the drink inside isn’t so much.  The flavour is very subtle, so you get more of a taste of carbonated water than anything else, and it’s also quite dry.  However, it does give a cooling and ‘tingling’ sensation as the packaging suggests, which is quite refreshing on a hot day.  Not the best, but not awful.

Green & Black’s Lemon Bar (RRP £2.29)

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I usually love Green & Black’s chocolate as it’s Fairtrade and amazing quality, but I’m in two minds about this particular bar.  The chocolate contains 60% cocoa solids, so is lovely and rich, and is infused with a zesty lemon flavour.  Though I like the smooth and luxurious depth of the dark chocolate, I’m just not sure about the lemon.  It’s very tangy, which doesn’t seem to balance well with the bitterness of the chocolate.  Rather, it makes it taste a bit sour, which isn’t really for me.  I can only eat a few squares of this at a time before wrapping it back up, to the point that I still have most of the bar left, which is unusual for me!  I personally think lemon flavours go better with sweeter white chocolate, but if you have less of a sweet tooth, then this may be for you.

The Berry Company Peach White Tea (RRP £1.49)

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The Berry Company is a family business who produce nutritious and delicious juices and fruit flavoured teas.  These new Special Teas are available in four different flavours – Green Tea with Blueberry and Aronia, Red Tea with Hibiscus and Cranberry, Black Tea with Elderflower and Lemon, and White Tea with Peach and Lemon, which is the flavour I received, and are pleasingly healthy.  They’re full of antioxidants, vegan, gluten, dairy, lactose and fat-free, and contain no artificial colourings, preservatives or flavourings.

Hornsby’s Blueberry Cider (RRP £1.25 each)

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Hornsby’s is one of the leading ciders in the USA, and is apparently best enjoyed straight from a chilled bottle.  This is the second time the brand has been featured in Degustabox, but this month’s flavour – Blueberry – is new to me.  I’m not much of a cider drinker so I’m saving these for when I fancy it, but I like blueberries so the flavour intrigues me.  At 330ml the bottles are a good size, and great value at £1.25 each.  Degustabox recommend adding a squeeze of fresh lemon for an added kick, which sounds great for summer.

FRANK Blueberry & Chocolate Bar (RRP £0.85)

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This FRANK snack bar was my favourite item in the box this month – I wish there was more than one!  I’ve really been getting into raw, healthier snacks lately, and this is honestly one of the nicest healthy bars I’ve tried.  FRANK promotes ‘honest snacking’ and their bars are made with 100% natural ingredients, and are vegan, gluten and nut free, and also contain no refined sugar or dairy.  This particular bar is Blueberry & Chocolate, and at first it has a slightly bitter taste of dark chocolate, but with a pleasant natural sweetness from the fruit that it contains.  It also has a firm texture, offset by the smoothness of the chocolate, which gives the perfect balance of not too moist but not too dry.  Overall, the bar is moreish and delicious, and I’ll definitely be keeping my eye out for the other flavours, especially the orange one!

Dr. Oetker Violet Crystals (RRP £1.29) & Eton Mess (RRP £1.99)

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Yet another offering from Dr. Oetker.  That’s four boxes in a row now!  Not that I mind, as I do like baking, but if it isn’t your thing then it could get quite annoying.  These Violet Crystals and Eton Mess sprinkles are new to the range, and are inspired by the latest baking trends.  They look absolutely fab and would give any cake the wow factor, and going on my experience of other Dr. Oetker sprinkles, I’m sure they’ll taste great too.  I’ll keep you updated!

Maggi So Baked & So Juicy Sachets (Total RRP £5.54)

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I was slightly disappointed when I saw these Maggi sachets in the box, as I assumed they weren’t vegetarian, but after carefully reading the ingredients I can confirm that all but the Chicken & Leek one are!  I’ve used two of these so far – the Piri Piri Chicken bake, and the So Juicy Oriental Soy & Garlic Chicken, but rather than using real chicken I used Quorn fillets.  The sachets are easy to use – with the bakes you basically just chop everything up and bung it in a baking tray with the spices mixed with water, and the So Juicy ones are cooked in a plastic bag that comes in the sachet.  Both sachets worked really well with the Quorn, but with the So Juicy one I had to add water to the bag first, as Quorn doesn’t give off its own juices!  The Piri Piri Chicken was incredibly tasty, and worked perfectly with sweet potato, red pepper and red onion, served with rice.  A definite repurchase on that one.

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Overall, this wasn’t my favourite Degustabox, but it was nice to try some new brands, and I’m especially glad to have discovered FRANK!

If you fancy giving Degustabox a go yourself, you can get a £3 discount by entering code R9CPO at the checkout.  You can also follow Degustabox on Twitter and Facebook for more exclusive offers.

Naomi x

PS. You can check out the rest of my Degustabox reviews here.

*This Degustabox was sent to me by Degustabox for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are honest and my own.*


Degustabox June 2014


It’s time again for me to review the latest Degustabox!  The June box contained fewer products than usual, with eight brands and only nine individual items (ten if you count the extra freebie), but a couple of them were higher value, bringing the combined total to around £20 – similar to previous months.

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Estrella Damm Lager (RRP Unknown)

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According to the Degustabox leaflet, ‘Estrella Damm is an authentic imported, award-winning premium pale Spanish lager known internationally as the ‘Beer of Barcelona”.  Unfortunately, I’m not a fan of lager, so I’ve given this can to my fiancé to enjoy instead, as I wouldn’t be able to give a fair review of it anyway.  I will have a sip of it however, just to see if by some miracle I actually like this one.  I’ll keep you posted!  Also, I’ve put this down as RRP unknown as the leaflet says the cans cost £4 each, which seems unusually high, especially as you can get 4 bottles for about a fiver in Asda.

Elizabeth Shaw Milk Chocolate Amaretto Flutes (RRP £2.59)

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I loved the dark chocolate cocoa nib version of these that were in the May box, and these are 100 times better!  The milk chocolate is incredibly smooth and creamy, and they have an authentic, and really quite strong flavour of amaretto.  Amaretto is one of my favourite liqueurs, which tastes like almonds or marzipan, but unusually these Flutes contain no nuts or alcohol whatsoever!  These little sticks of luxury would make a fabulous evening treat for yourself, or to share round after a meal.  Sort of like a posh After Eight.

BEAR Alphabites Cereal (RRP £2.69)

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I always look forward to breakfast, and I like to have a variety of options available each morning as I often fancy something different, so these BEAR Alphabites have made a nice little addition to my cereal cupboard.  Unlike a lot of breakfast cereals, these multigrain letters contain ‘no nonsense’, meaning they’re completely free of refined sugar, salt and additives.  Instead, they’re sweetened with coconut blossom nectar, which happens to taste nothing like coconut, and contain wholegrain wheat, oats, corn, rice, and wholegrain barley.  Because I’m so used to eating sugar-packed cereals, these took a bit of getting used to as they don’t taste like a conventional cereal, but once you get past the ‘different’ kind of sweetness, they’re actually really nice.  And healthy too!  They even have my rats’ seal of approval.

Veetee Basmati & Wild Rice (RRP £1.49)

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Degustabox describe Veetee as ‘a deliciously convenient range of microwaveable rice products’, and though I’m not a big fan of microwaveable rice, this was surprisingly decent.  I received the Basmati and Wild Rice, which I served with a Quorn chicken and vegetable korma.  The photo above shows half of the rice, which when served with the curry and a couple of poppadoms is more than enough, so one package can easily serve two.  The rice itself is nice and fluffy, and the wild rice adds a touch of texture and flavour.  Using this kind of rice is especially great when you want a quick meal, as it only takes two minutes to cook in the microwave or wok.  I’d love to try the egg fried and wholegrain brown versions too!

Strawberry Lambrini (RRP £3.29)

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Lambrini Strawberry is one of several new flavours to be added to the Lambrini summer range, and it’s really quite yummy.  My fiancé and I enjoyed this one evening after chilling it in the fridge, and it made for a light, refreshing treat.  The strawberry flavour is quite sweet, but still has an authentic fruity taste, and at only 5% alcohol volume it’s pretty easy to quickly finish the bottle!  This would be perfect served at a barbecue.  Other flavours include cherry, peach, apple and blackcurrant, and rosé, all of which I would like to try.

Be Fast Banana Breakfast Drink (RRP £1.00 each)

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Be Fast is a ‘breakfast on the go’ drink, which is very much like a milkshake, but low in fat and packed full of fibre and protein.  Now, I really don’t think one of these would keep me full until lunchtime, as I seem to get very hungry in the morning, so I’ve been having half a bottle with my breakfast as a bit of extra ‘filler’.  The drink is fairly runny, just a bit thicker than milk, and it has a nice, refreshing banana flavour that isn’t overly sweet.  It would’ve been nice to have two different flavours in the box to try – I bet the chocolate one is fab!

Urban Fruit Pineapple Snack Pack (RRP £1.09)

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I’m currently on a mission to eat more fruit, so this Urban Fruit Pineapple came at the perfect time for me.  The fruit is apparently baked gently to dry it out, and 20g counts as one of your five a day.  That’s great, but the bag contains 35g, so you don’t get two full portions.  An extra 5g would be nice!  I ate half of this bag as a snack whilst at work, and I had the other half on a bowl of overnight oats one morning (read on for my recipe!).  The pineapple has a lovely sweetness to it, and a nice texture – soft and chewy but not too tough, and I’ll definitely be repurchasing.

Dr. Oetker Madagascan Vanilla Grinder (RRP £4.99)

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This Dr Oetker Madagascan Vanilla Grinder is such a simple yet innovative idea, and when I found it in the box I was really excited as I do a lot of baking, and authentic vanilla makes cakes and suchlike taste ten times better!  The grinder is a little bit like a pepper mill, but has two grinding options – coarse or fine.  The vanilla itself has a very strong flavour, and a little goes a long way, so the contents of the mill should last a good while.  I’ve been using this in my overnight oats for breakfast, and overnight the flavour infuses into the milk and it’s delicious.  I will 100% be repurchasing this!

Seeing as the June box has a bit of a breakfast theme, here’s my recipe for tropical overnight oats, using the Dr Oetker Madagascan Vanilla, and the Urban Fruit Pineapple.  These oats are the perfect combination of healthy, filling, and delicious…

Tropical Overnight Oats



1/2 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup semi-skimmed milk

Dr. Oetker Madagascan Vanilla

20g Urban Fruit Pineapple

15g Aldi Tropical Granola


– Before going to bed, combine the oats, milk and vanilla in a bowl, cover, and leave in the fridge overnight.

– In the morning, top with half a bag of Urban Fruit pineapple, and a sprinkle of tropical granola.

– Enjoy!

Again, this is another winning box from Degustabox, and everything in it was delicious.  Will they ever disappoint?  Hopefully not!  Bring on the July box…

If you fancy giving Degustabox a go yourself, you can get a £3 discount by entering code UPOAW at the checkout.  You can also follow Degustabox on Twitter and Facebook for more exclusive offers.

Naomi x

PS. You can check out the rest of my Degustabox reviews here.

*This Degustabox was sent to me by Degustabox for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are honest and my own.*

Degustabox April 2014


Late last month I took delivery of the April edition of my monthly surprise food box, Degustabox, and boy is it a good one!  In my review of the March Degustabox I mentioned that, though I enjoyed the contents of the box, the distinct lack of sweet treats was slightly disappointing, but April’s offerings sincerely make up for that.  In fact, this latest box is crammed full of so many of my favourite things, it’s as if it was put together specifically with me in mind!

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The April Degustabox contains nine different brands, and fifteen individual items, which for £12.99 is a lot better value than most food subscription boxes I’ve seen.  So without further ado, here are my thoughts on each item…

Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer with Raspberry (RRP £2.19)

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Crabbie’s alcoholic ginger beer is one of my favourite alcoholic drinks, and is so refreshing when it’s been chilled.  This particular bottle has a raspberry flavour, which I admit isn’t my first choice of flavours, but with the ginger it is really quite nice.  The beer is a lovely pink shade and the raspberry flavour shines through, before the warm, comforting burn of ginger kicks in.  I think I prefer the original version, but as a cool drink every now and then during the summer, this would be ideal.  I also want to try the strawberry and lime flavour that I know other people received in their Degustabox.

Lindt Lindor Milk Chocolate Bar (RRP £0.80 each)

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I’ve always been a fan of Lindt’s Lindor truffles, so when I saw that they’d been transformed into bars, I was curious to see whether they were as nice, and as it happens, they are!  These bars have the same cool, creamy taste and texture as their spherical counterparts – the chocolate itself is sweet, but not sickly, and the truffle it encases is luxuriously smooth and delicious.  These bars may be thin, but they feel like a proper treat, and I’ll definitely be buying more.

Cawston Press Rhubarb and Apple Sparkling Drink (RRP £1.00)

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Cawston Press’ Rhubarb and Apple drink was an unexpected highlight for me.  I don’t often drink fruity fizzy drinks, but this one tastes a little bit more sophisticated than the usual.  It’s free of any preservatives, additives and artificial sweeteners, and is made from concentrated fruit juice combined with sparkling water, so is light and refreshing.  The rhubarb flavour dominates, and is reminiscent of the rhubarb and custard sweets I used to eat as a child, without the overpowering sweetness.  I’ll be keeping an eye out for more from Cawston Press, as this tasted lovely and I’d like to try some of their juices.

Clearspring Miso on the Go Soup (RRP £1.29 each)

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Soup isn’t my thing, especially ‘cup of soup’ type things, so I wasn’t incredibly enthusiastic about these Clearspring Miso on the Go sachets when I first saw them.  I received two flavours of soup – White Miso with Tofu (pictured above), and Red Miso with Sea Veg, which I’m yet to try.  One thing that did stand out with these is that they’re vegan, and only contain 29 calories, so they’re healthy at least.

The soup is easy to make, and involves mixing 160ml of hot water in a mug with the freeze-dried block that the sachet contains.  I was surprised to see such chunky ingredients floating around in the soup, namely cubes of tofu and pieces of spring onion, and though it doesn’t look the best, the White Miso actually tastes rather nice!  At £1.29 each I probably won’t be buying these again, but I’m glad I tried them.

Go Splash Blackcurrant Water Flavouring (RRP £2.45)

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After seeing the Robinsons equivalent of Go Splash in supermarkets recently, I’d been keen to try something like this, but unfortunately I was slightly disappointed with Go Splash.  In theory, it’s a great idea – a little container of sugar-free, low-calorie fruit flavoured concentrate to add to water to make it that little bit more exciting, but I’m not sure the brand quite pull it off.  The packaging says to add one squirt to 200ml of water, which I did, but it made no difference, so I added another and still wasn’t happy.  The water still tasted like water, but I was left with an artificial, saccharine taste in my mouth after swallowing, with just a hint of blackcurrant.  Not the best, and I haven’t used it since.  I was looking forward to carrying this with me so I could enjoy it on the go, but I think I’ll pass.

Keogh’s Atlantic Salt & Irish Cider Vinegar Crisps (RRP £1.00)

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Salt and Vinegar is my crisp flavour of choice, so I was always going to love these, but they even managed to exceed my high expectations.  When I visited Dublin last year I was really taken by just how well Ireland do crisps, and these are close to perfect.  Keogh’s Farm is a family run potato growing and crisping business based in North County Dublin, and the family’s 200 years of potato expertise really shows.  The packet even features a ‘Spud Nav’, which tells you exactly which field the potatoes were grown in, the variety of potato used, and who cooked the crisps.  Brilliant!

The crisps are thick and crispy, not at all greasy, and incredibly well-flavoured, as the Irish cider vinegar gives them a pleasantly sweet tang, rather than a sour one.  They’re also gluten-free, made from all natural ingredients, and come in a generous 50g bag.  Walkers crisps don’t even come close to these!

McVitie’s Jaffa Cake Mini Rolls (RRP £1.30 per pack)

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I like cake, I like chocolate, I like Jaffa Cakes, so finding these in my Degustabox was another pleasant surprise.  The Mini Rolls come in two flavours – Tropicool, a mix of tropical fruits, and Berry Burst, and each tastes like what it says on the packet, although not intensely so.  The packaging states that these can be frozen, so I decided to give the freezing a go to see if it made much of a difference, which it did.  They were firmer and chewier, and obviously colder, which suited them well.  I think these would make a nice light treat in Summer when you’re getting tired of eating ice cream.

Mornflake Superfast Pots (RRP £1.20 each)

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My Degustabox also featured two Superfast pots by Mornflake – a Fruit & Nut Muesli, and a Raisin, Honey & Almond Granola – both of which are right up my street.  Each pot has a handy little spoon in the lid, and contains powdered milk so you can just add cold water to the mix and stir, which is really handy when you’re on the go.  Both of these tasted delicious, especially the granola, and the portions are generously sized.  I’d definitely pick one of these up if I was in a rush on my way to work.

Dr. Oetker Fine Cooks’ Chocolate (RRP £1.69 each)

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There were also two bars of this Dr. Oetker Fine Cook’s Chocolate in April’s Degustabox – an Extra Dark one with an intense 72% cocoa solids, and a creamier Milk chocolate, coming in at 35%.  As an avid baker, these were a nice little addition to the box and I couldn’t wait to try them out, so I whipped up a batch of tiffin as soon as possible.  Tiffin is a fantastic no-bake, easy to make treat, so I thought I’d share my recipe for…

Chocolate Ginger Tiffin



115g Dr. Oetker Fine Cooks’ Chocolate Extra Dark 72%

115g Dr. Oetker Fine Cooks’ Chocolate Milk 35%

150g Ginger Nut Biscuits

75g Rich Tea Biscuits

100g Dried Mixed Fruit

110g Butter or Stork Margarine

2 tbsp Sugar

2 tbsp Golden Syrup

4 tsp Cocoa Powder


1. Line a large, square baking tin with greaseproof paper.

2. Crush the ginger nut biscuits and rich tea biscuits until they are broken into small pieces.

3. In a pan, mix together the butter, golden syrup, sugar and cocoa powder over a low heat, until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved.

4. Add the crushed biscuits and dried fruit to the pan and stir until everything is coated.

5. Tip the biscuit mixture into the baking tin, spread out evenly and press down.

6. Melt the chocolate in the microwave in 30 second bursts until fully melted.  Pour over the biscuit mix and spread out evenly.

7. Leave the tiffin to set in the fridge for about an hour, before cutting into pieces.  This recipe makes about 18 decently sized pieces.

8. Serve and enjoy!

Of course, I gave the chocolate a little nibble whilst I was cooking (and I got to lick the bowl – cook’s perks!), and it’s delicious even as an eating chocolate.  I may even finish the bars myself…

The overall RRP of April’s Degustabox is £20, so for £12.99 you’re definitely getting a good deal.  Once again, everything in the box is vegetarian, and the abundance of sweet goodies is a winner with me.  I’d even go as far to say this is the best subscription box I’ve ever received from any company!

If you want to know more about Degustabox and this month’s products, you can visit their website here.  You can also find them on Twitter and Facebook.

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Naomi x

PS. You can check out the rest of my Degustabox reviews here.

*This Degustabox was sent to me by Degustabox for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are honest and my own.*

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