4 November 2015

Degustabox October Review

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Degustabox is a monthly foodie subscription box which delivers you 9-14 exciting new food products  and some old favourites. I have always wanted to try food delivery boxes as they look like so much fun but I was put off by the price tag, however Degustabox comes in at a very reasonable price of £12.99
I spent a nice Autumnal afternoon snapping photos of the box and tasting what it has to offer - this may just be my favourite box yet. With a variety of snacks and some useful cupboard items to cook with, it has everything you need to excite your taste buds and discover new foods. 
Because I am currently working as a selected Degustabox blogger, I do receive the boxes free of charge however I think I will continue my subscription after my trial ends because I love the snacks that I discover through this brand. AND I HAVE EXCITING NEWS! I can now offer you, my lovely readers, a discount code which gets you £6.00 off a box if you decide you want to give it a go! Just use the code: BLDEG15 at checkout :) So without further delay, lets explore the October Degustabox:

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Chip Strips Sour Cream and Onion, and Sweet Paprika flavoured potato snack:
When I opened the packed of the Sweet Paprika Chip Strips, they looked so flavoursome and appetising that I couldn't resist and take one to try - it did not disappoint. These snacks are like crisps that think outside the box but with an incredible hit of flavour: usually I don't go for paprika flavoured things because it never tastes 'real', mainly just fabricated and dry - but not Chip Strips. The paprika flavour is everything that you need to eat on it's own or to dip into sauce, or to serve with crudités. They are delicious!

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9BAR Energy Bars:
9BAR is an energy bar with a difference - firstly, it's delicious. Packed with natural protein which comes from seeds this gluten free and vegan approved bar is also a source of fibre and magnesium which helps keep a good energy level throughout the day. It also has reduced fat and sugar, making it the perfect snack for anyone on a health kick. It has a carob topping which makes it caffeine free - carob is an alternative to cocoa and chocolate, which both contain caffeine.
9BAR also helps provide energy to those in need by working with Solar Aid - for every bar they sell, they give a night light to a child in Africa. I also loved the fact that when I visited their website, 9BAR encourage a sense of healthy community with that consistent message across all their social media. Delicious AND nutritious!

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Geeta's Foods Korma Curry Paste and Lime & Chilli Chutney:
I am a HUGE fan of Indian food and we often have curry nights - a takeaway is great, but there is nothing better than a homemade curry. I started making curries by buying sauces and then adding fresh ingredients to them, until I learnt how to make a curry sauce from scratch which is the most delicious thing as you can control the flavour and add what you like to it (like I add a lot more chilli than necessary to mine because I love a hot curry!). But on some occasions I still buy a sauce or paste to get the curry done quicker, especially on weekday nights. I've also gotten obsessed with chutneys and pickles - because I make my curries so spicy, I offer sides which will take away from the heat like cucumber raita, mango salads or chutneys. This lime and chilli chutney is slightly spicy, but eaten with some poppadoms it's just plain delicious!

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Liberation Oven Baked Salted Cashews & Peanuts:
Liberation Foods is the UK’s only Fair Trade, farmer-owned nut company: this means that all the workers and farmers involved in the supply chain of the nuts get paid at least the Fair Trade minimum price. This is great to know if you care about where your food comes from and about the farmers who produce your food - and it's Liberations mission to spread the word. 
The nuts themselves are fresh and delicious - with just enough salt for flavour but not overpowering the nuts themselves. A great snack for when you want something savoury or an accompaniment to a cheese board!

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The Snack Organisation Freeze-Dried Apricot Snack:
Freeze-dried snacks are all the rage in food at the moment - the process involves freezing fruit or vegetables in a pressurised container and allowing water to escape but keeping all the goodness and nutrients of the foods within it still. Because this process keeps so much of the original fruit or vegetables properties like colour and taste, there aren't any additives which you will find in most other snacks.
The apricot snack is very tasty - especially added to a yogurt or porridge! It's quite tart so balance it out with something naturally sweet.

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The Snack Organisation Lightly Salted Rice Crackers:
I love love love Asian food and the perfect accompaniment is crackers which you can dip into sauce or crunch on with your noodles/salad. Rice crackers are a light and delicious snack to enjoy with a dip - my preferred choice for these was a spicy sriracha sauce, mmmm.... You can also crunch up the crackers and sprinkle over Asian style salads to add some texture!

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Cirio Passata and Chopped Tomatoes:
I often cook with tinned tomatoes as they are an exception to the fruit and vegetable rule: tomatoes are actually better for you when cooked. Lycopene (which is found in tomatoes is a carotenoid pigment which is said to prevent certain types of cancer) is better absorbed after it has been heated. The cooking process really turns up the power on lycopene which makes tinned tomatoes the perfect source for this valuable nutrient. Studies also link tomatoes to preventing and slowing down heart disease so ensure you have plenty of tomatoes in your diet!
I use passata and chopped tomatoes to make homemade bolognese sauce, lasagna, tomato soups and in curries. These two are an essential cupboard item for any kitchen!

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Nudie Snacks Coconut Chips:
Healthy snacking is an important part of life - especially if you work in an office, like me. I snack a lot and recently I have started ensuring those snacks are healthy (with the exception of chocolate bars being passed around the office). Coconut chips are delicious and nutritious - and now they event come in flavours which could be replacing crisps!! Like my favourite Salt & Vinegar. Now I know it sounds strange and controversial BUT they actually taste amazing. Coconuts have been used in both sweet and savoury cooking so it's not that strange that these savoury flavours are coming out and it's about time someone gave crisps a run for their money.
The original coconut chips are smooth and delicious - sweet and soft, they taste like paradise far far away from the hustle and bustle of city life. I'm a huge fan, and will be stocking up on the Salt & Vinegar flavoured chips for sure!

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Kabuto Noodles:
I received a pot of the Chicken Ramen Kabuto Noodles which I have previously seen in stores and always wondered what they tasted like but never actually went for one. Well, now's the time to try them! This is a take on the classic Japanese ramen dish and includes chicken, noodles, ginger, chilli, coriander and spring onion - delish. All you have to do is add hot water and wait for a couple of minutes until you get the perfect ramen on the go! This would be excellent for camping, or for a warming lunch during the colder months.
I personally like to add a couple of extra fresh chillies and spring onions when I'm at home, and garnish with fresh coriander to really lift the flavours.


Lorina Coconut-Lime Parisian Style Lemonade:
This naturally favoured sparkling soda is what dreams are made of - seriously, not kidding. It's like a pina colada in a handy bottle but more refreshing. It's also free from artificial flavours, colours, preservatives and caffeine.
I think I'm obsessed with this drink because it's just perfection - serve over ice with a lime wedge, or add in your favourite spirit to make the best party drink (if you're over the age of 18 :P).

The box also contained a voucher for a tub of President butter which I will be looking forward to trying once I get my ass down to the local Tesco! Remember, if you want to try a Degustabox then use the code BLDEG15 at checkout to get a whopping £6.00 off!
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  1. This looked like such a lovely box! I love Kabuto noodles xo

    Emily | emsalice.com

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