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Degustabox a box of Foodie Fun! Voucher Code & Reviews April 2018

I'm Sue and I run the yay retro! online vintage shop. I am really lucky to be involved with reviewing the fun and surprising monthly food boxes from Degustabox. Degustabox is a monthly subscription where you get a range of different foods to try, delivered to your door for £12.99 (the foods included are always worth more than this). It's a fun way to get ideas and for trying foods you may never have thought of. 

Try Degustabox with yay retro! - Use Code: WBWEO and get money off your first box!

Join in the fun on the Degustabox website here, then you too will receive a marvellous surprise box of foodie treats! Use the special yay retro! code above to get £5 off your first box - you’ll pay just £7.99 instead of £12.99!

above what's in April 2018's Degustabox...

Here are My Initial Thoughts about What's Included in this month's Degustabox, more in depth reviews will be posted as and when I have tried the items, so do come back to find out more.

1. a2 Milk Long Life Semi-Skimmed Cows Milk - I do buy long life milk as a back up so look forward to trying this version. 
2. Mindful Bites Squeeze Sachet, an 'on the go' snack, unusual looking possibly ideal for sports and activity types?
3. The Food Doctor full of beans protein mix - 2 sachets - hubby will probably like
4. Strawberry & Banana LioBites Fruit Crisps - healthy version of crisps?
5. Idahoan's Perfect Mash Roasted Garlic - I normally make my own mash so we'll see, could be good on top of shepherds pie?
6. Mutti Passata - Ideal as I cook a lot from scratch
7. Mutti Finely Chopped Tomatoes  - Ideal as I cook a lot from scratch
8. Haribo Giant Strawbs - Treat for Grandchildren
9. Lucozade Energy Orange - Wouldn't normally buy a fizzy drink, hubby will prob have this at lunchtime
10. Milky Bar Wowsomes x 2 - These look cute
11. Juicy Fuel Cola - Wouldn't normally buy a fizzy drink, hubby will prob have this at lunchtime
12. Trek Energy Chunks x 2 - Wholefood snacks to try out on a lunchbreak

13. Nicks Kexbar - Ate this immediately and it was bloomin' delicious. I need to buy more of these right now! This is a no added sugar, big chunky, crispy wafer covered in chocolate with a lovely filling inside. Made in Sweden this has 195 calories, that's 487 calories per 100gm. I really loved this it was light, airy, chocolatey and felt bold and chunky in your mouth. Fab. Plus you can get 20% off at Amazon if you want to give them a try with the code DEGUSTA1. Why not give it a go?

Come back for more reviews as and when we try the products!

Degustabox Box March 2018, Foodie Reviews & Voucher Code - yay retro!

yay! another parcel of lovely foodie treats to try out! Read on to see what's included in this month's Degustabox and to get a money off voucher for you to have a try...

above...The contents of the March Degustabox

I'm Sue and I run the yay retro! online vintage shop. I am really lucky to be involved with reviewing the lovely food boxes from Degustabox each month. Degustabox is an affordable monthly subscription where you get surprise foods delivered to your door to try out, for £12.99 (the foods included are always worth more than this). It's a great way to expand your ideas for your shopping list, getting you to try foods you may never have thought of.

Try Degustabox Use Code: WBWEO and get money off your first box with yay retro!

Join in the fun on the Degustabox website here, then you too will receive a marvellous surprise box of foodie treats!  Use the special yay retro! code above to get £5 off your first box - you’ll pay just £7.99 instead of £12.99!

Here are My Thoughts about What's Included in this month's Degustabox....

1. Smarties & Milky Bar Mixed Mini Eggs - Large Sharing Pack for Easter 
This is the first thing we tried and we absolutely loved them, the two of us shared them over two nights. There was plenty of eggs and the Smarties ones tasted like super sized Smarties - yum - especially the orange ones which are my favourite.  The Milky Bar eggs which just like a Milky Bar but with a crispy shell. Divine and definitely a future buy for us!

2. Cirio Pasta Sauce & Encona Caroline Reaper Chilli Sauce (limited edition) 
The Cirio pasta sauce is a premium sauce made with 100% Italian ingredients - ideal for quick after work meals.  I used this alongside the Encona Caroline Reaper Chilli Sauce and made a spicy bolognese sauce. This tasted really tomato-y, rich and delicious.  The Chilli sauce added a massive kick as it is very strong indeed (thankfully I had used it sparingly). I went on to use the chilli sauce in a vegetable chilli. I normally make my own pasta sauces using cheap chopped tomatoes. I could taste the difference when using the Cirio, and might use it when I have people over and I want to knock something up quickly. The Chilli sauce is way too hot for us to use other than for cooking, and even then I have used it ultra sparingly. If you adore extra hot things then this is for you!

3. Mr Lee's Noodles - My thoughts were that this would be a super vegetarian fast food for lunch time. On opening I was impressed with the amount of proper veg in it like mushrooms and spring onions. Sadly I didn't like the taste of it, however am sure others would.

4. Hafervoll Flapjack Ltd Lebkuchen a no added sugar natural oat bar, right up my street. This was chock full of proper ingredients like dried fruits, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, walnuts, almonds and apricots. This particular flavour was a limited edition and was developed to bring to mind a Christmassy feel. My husband really liked it. Apparently the bars are pressed into moulds and then air dried before being gently baked. They are moist and cake-like and definitely taste healthy. Shown with a 1970s Poole Pottery Delphis bowl.

5. Shreddies Max Granola - I love Shreddies and I love oats so I enjoyed this cereal. I would have liked it to taste much more of Shreddies however, their particular flavour didn't come through for me, and I couldn't see very much Shreddie in the bowl. The cereal includes oat flakes, Wheat, Rice Crisps and small pieces of Shreddies. Apparently they are a good protein source, are high in fibre and low in fat, though they do contain added sugars. It's a small funky box, at £2.59 each I think I would prefer to go for a larger box of regular Shreddies as I do love the flavour of those.  The cereal is shown with a Woods Jasmine Bowl and a Poole Pottery Biscuit Barrel from the yay retro! shop.

6. Encona Caroline reaper Chilli Sauce - something for my husband, I will use for cooking. See above as I used it with the Cirio Pasta Sauce!

7. Ribena Pineapple and Passion Fruit - large bottle - Ideal for when the grandchildren come over, this squash has no added sugar and contains less than 15 calories per 250 ml serving. This will be super for the warmer weather being a tropical flavoured drink. I've now tried this and it's really fruity, uplifting and not too sweet, would definitely recommend.

8. Cheestrings Snack Mix Voucher to redeem in store. Happily my local Morrisons had these in stock to redeem my voucher. I was also selected to receive a lovely lunch bag complete with the 3 different Cheestring Snack mix flavours to review- Fruity Cubes, Cherry Strings and Fruity Mix, plus a pen and pencil set too!   Initially I was doubtful about these as we don't have children to prepare packed lunches for. However we ended up snacking on them at night, and I also had some when I was dashing about on a work day. I was actually very impressed. Everything is presented in nice, small and healthy sized portions ideal for little children to calorie conscious adults. The cheese is very flavoursome, fresh looking and tasting, even though it is pre-cubed.

The crackers and treats vary from pack to pack. In the Cherry Strings pack there are Ritz-like crunchy crackers, the cheese cubes and then little strings of chewy sweet cherry, teeny round digestive biscuits and chocolate covered raisins (pack = 189 calories). In the Fruity Mix pack there are fish shaped crackers, cheese cubes and then apricot pieces, raisins and little balls of white chocolate (pack = 184 calories). In the Fruity Cubes pack there are Pretzels, cheese cubes and then dried cherry and apricot cubes with yogurt coated raisins (pack = 160 calories). I think they are all fun and interesting and provide a variety of tastes and textures. They're a good source of protein and the treat element - chocolate etc is small, giving a good portion lesson perhaps? Once eaten the pack can be opened and each has an array of games and puzzles to do such as crossword puzzles, snakes and ladders and racing games, quizzes and jokes. I would imagine children would find these great fun! They are £1 each which is a quite an investment, it would be good if they become available in multipacks and I can imagine buying them for picnics and train journeys, as well as for a quick on the run treat/snack.

9. Appy Kids Co Roald Dahl Fruit Drinks

My 3 grandchildren had these, with there being 3 cartons in the pack there was so 1 each - so a big yay! to that. They are low in calories and have no added sugar or preservatives. They all liked them and said they tasted really nice, they smelt lovely and fruity.

10. Canny 100% Natural Chocolate Milk -yum (extra gift for subscribers who have reviewed products on the Degustabox website the most). OMG! This is completely luscious! It's a thick, rich chocolate drink which tastes of heaven and has just the right level of sweetness. Me and my husband shared it as a dessert and it made me think it could easily be used as a topping for fruit etc in place of cream as it has a creamy consistency. Worth noting it has nearly 274 calories in the small carton, so it's definitely a treat. Interestingly it contains milk, date nectar, cornflour, cocoa and sea salt, so the sugar is from the dates. I would definitely like to have this again and wonder where best to find it. The product actually reminds me of Laccao chocolate milk which I used to have on holiday in Spain when I was a teenager and is a taste and flavour I've remembered ever since!

The only thing I would say is that the packaging is not appealing, clear or 'stand out' for me. It's really confusing with lots of Newcastle 'speak' on it which doesn't really make sense at all in relation to promoting the product. I think it should indicate the creamy, chocolatey, wonderfulness that is within!! #cannybanter

11. Tenzing Natural Energy Drink
This natural caffeine drink contains green coffee, guarana, green tea, Himalayan Rock Salt, beet sugar and lemon juice. I had it at work and I was really impressed. I don't really like fizzy drinks and never have them, however, I would definitely go for this one again, it was truly lovely! 

above...the Degustabox prior to opening! (note I am lucky enough to receive my box in return for blogging about the contents. All my reviews are honest and fair.

Pop in to the yay retro! shop for a lovely vintage browse now.

Review of Scheepjes Boxed Set of 50 Stone & River Washed Yarns

For lovers of 1960s and 70s style Crocheted clothes and homewares read on......Recently I invested in a wonderful boxed set of 50 ten gram balls of Scheepjes Stone Washed & River Washed yarns, having seen someone share a pic of theirs online.  I simply had to buy one straight away even though I had no project in mind. It costs around £26.25 plus postage and I got mine from the who sent my order quickly and well packed.  Initially I intended just to keep and look at it, it gives me the same feeling as a brand new box of paints or a calorie free box of chocolates!!

The yarn is 78% cotton and 22% acrylic and is the first top quality I've used in my recent foray into continual crocheting (I'm literally hooked!) It's soft, strong and there is a distinct difference between the stone and river washed effects - the river washed has a fluffier finish and is two tone with seemingly the outer fluffy layer being the contrast colour. The stone wash has a far subtler colour change from dark to light within the yarn. With the vast array of up to the minute colours to choose from, the pack is very inspirational and is a great help in thinking of interesting colour combinations.

Happily I came across a 1960s knitting and crochet pattern for a 'Coat of Many Colours". This involves making 114 squares measuring 2.5 inches across and then adding a knitted border and sleeves. I decided to dive into my colour box of Scheepjes and am delighted so far!

I've ordered 5 more 50gm balls of the Smokey Quartz stonewashed wool for the edging and sleeves. It was very hard to choose which colour to use as I love every single colour in this box!  I am impressed with how far the 10 gm or 26 metre long balls go in the box and would definitely recommend this to other crafters, in fact I fully intend to buy another box when this one's gone! 

I have now completed this project and actually adapted the vintage pattern heavily to suit this yarn weight and to make a waistcoat instead. Click here for my adapted pattern should you wish to have a go.

(note this is not an ad I paid for the box myself.)

yay retro! Talks Crochet and Life with Zeens and Roger

Recently I have started crocheting again, having been inspired by blogger and pattern writer Rosina who publishes under the name of Zeens and Roger on her Blog & Instagram. She recently set up #grannycal18, and I got back into crochet big time thanks to this fantastic crochet along.

Rosina mentioned the idea of a group Crochet Along on an episode of her vlog on YouTube and everyone was really positive about it. Her main reason for doing it was to get everyone involved in something simple and fun; make what you want as long as it has a granny stitch. No pressure crochet.  She also wanted to breathe life back into the granny square, as she's really keen to see some different takes on it. It’s her first CAL and she’d love to do another because the feedback has been amazing. She really didn’t expect it to take off quite so successfully! 

above one of Rosina's Granny Square Blankets with resident cutie xx

Crocheted clothes were a big hit in the 1970s with people such as Paul McCartney being seen sporting a granny square waistcoat, Twiggy regularly being photographed in crocheted dresses and tank tops, and trousers and hot pants being crocheted and worn by hippy types. Now there is a resurgence in crocheted clothes, blankets, cushion covers, shawls and of course Amigurumi toys. With the resurgence in all things 1960s and 70s, crocheted clothes are also being shown by some of the big designers, so it's the in thing for sure!

If you are looking for crochet patterns, want to talk crochet or find out hints and tips then Zeens and Roger is definitely your kind of thing. Rosina designs crochet patterns which are available from Ravelry, where you'll find patterns for bags, hats, scarves, blankets, toys and more. She has recently had her patterns featured in several crochet magazines and says that her shawls are one of the most popular patterns of hers adding: "shawls are awesome, I love them!!"

above Rosina's Holey Smokes shawl which is available from Ravelry

Rosina lives with her family in a beautiful part of Devon called Ottery St Mary. It is about twenty minutes outside of Exeter, just fifteen minutes away from the coast and a five minute stroll to the countryside. She says, "I'm a little bit in love with Devon at the moment!! I love it here and it quite often feels a little bit magic!"

She started to crochet just over a year after she had her first son (he’s coming up for nine): She tells me when her son was born her "Nanna made him a blanket, my sister in law made him a blanket and Mum also handed me two baby blankets that she’d made in the seventies. I felt sad that I hadn’t made anything for my baby and I wanted to remedy that. I bought a simple beginners book and sat in front of YouTube for a week. Finding the correct tension was the hardest thing but once I had that, off I went!!"

above Rosina's Embroidered Amigurumi Easter Eggs

Zeens and Roger is Rosina's online home, you’ll find stuff related to all things crochet and she occasionally throws in posts about a different craft she's tinkered with, and maybe something about the garden, or a recipe she's made. Things have gradually evolved and she now also has a fortnightly chat over on YouTube which is well worth having a watch of.

She tells me that: "Most of my patterns are pretty simple but even with the ones that are trickier, I try to provide everything I can think of to make the pattern as easy as possible.  Anything with as granny stitch is pretty fun and easy......My Holey Smokes shawl has some pretty complicated stitches but once you get your head round those, the shawl flies off the hook. This is a pattern where I have everything I can think of to make it as easy as possible: written instructions, chart, photo tutorial, video tutorial. In the end it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be!"

She's discovered that seasonal crochet patterns are very popular. At this time of year her embroidered Amigurumi Easter eggs are a top choice with her followers, there is a currently a freebie pattern on her blog for you to work from.

above Rosina's crochet corner in her lounge

Emergence of Spring Shawl - The pattern is in issue 99 of Inside Crochet Magazine

Rosina tells me she has two favourite makes: "My colourful Geo Rainbow Corner to Corner blanket (below). People can’t believe it’s made all in one piece. And then there’s my new shawl/wrap, which is in issue 99 of Inside Crochet magazine. It’s called the Emergence of Spring (above) and it’s a filet number with pretty, lacy details. I’m really proud of it as it involved lots of maths to work out the multiples. Maths and I are not friends."

Rosina's Geo Rainbow Corner to Corner Blanket

I asked Rosina for her top tips on yarn, and she says she has a thing about local yarns. She has a handful that have been spun or hand dyed relatively nearby and she’d love to have more. Her favourite yarns to work with are Merino and Blue Faced Leicester. Both are beautifully soft, squishy and warm.

She's always thinking about the next thing and how it can be better from the last, and is curious about new ideas, new stitches, new yarn, textures, methods of making. She tells me: "I want to know everything! Crochet has kind of taken over but I also like to sew and mess about with embroidery every now and again. I love to draw however weeks can go by and I don’t pick up a pencil. I haven’t mastered knitting yet, anything beyond the basics and I’ve got no clue! I’ll get there one day."

Above a shelf of vintage collectables in Rosina's home including her Sylvac rabbit.

Rosina's Home is apparently a mish mash of brown furniture "I don’t like my sideboards painted, shabilly or otherwise!" she says! We live in a 1950’s semi so it’s always good when I find something that fits in with its age but there’s a lot of Victorian stuff too. In amongst the furniture is a lot of junk collected from jumble sales, charity shops and places like the antique centres in Topsham and Honiton. Illustrated books are a real draw but my favourite things are those with provenance; a 1930’s Grandmother clock inherited from my Great Aunty Alma, it’s lovely but very loud. The desk I work on was Grandad’s for decades. It became mine last year. And we have a mid-century table that was made by my father in law when he was at school. It’s simple yet beautifully made."

Rosina's beloved bureau with vintage books, ornaments and Arthur Wood Coffee Pot

Rosina says that her favourite item in the yay retro! online vintage shop is a Prestige Skyline ladle of all things!! "All the kitchenalia reminds me of a ladybird book I had as a kid; Cooking with Mother (I don’t have the same copy anymore but I do have the same book in my Ladybird book stash). I remember my dad cutting tomatoes all zig zaggy for me just like the way they did in the book. And Mum making me the ladybird cake for my birthday!"

Pop into yay retro! for a browse of vintage wares now or visit Zeens and Roger on Instagram for a feast of crochet!

Recent Feedback for yay retro! and a Lovely Customer Photo

Recent *HaPpY* messages and feedback from yay retro! customers who bought a retro shelf, vintage French glass storage jars, a vintage kettle, a 1970s biscuit tin and vintage shot glasses in a rack:

'The Shelf is lovely! Thank you. So well packaged and fab free gift. The glasses fit in the rack perfectly- just need to fill them up!' Lindsey (see photo) I Love the way Lindsey has combined her two yay retro! purchases together.

'Just received my retro kettle from you, and I am really pleased with it, it is gorgeous also thank you for the Scandinavian dish cloths they will come in very handy in our old motor home where the kettle will be living too, and what a great service I have received from you xx' Julie

'Dear Sue, I am just emailing to say thank you. Your parcel arrived this afternoon... I shall definitely be using your site again. Again many thanks for your prompt delivery and for the return of the other postage most appreciated.' Sandra

Review of Sue Ryder's Steinberg Retro Patchwork Storage Cabinet

Recently I have been undertaking a lot more craft activities in a bid to get off the computer of an evening and unwind from work. As a result my small home has been inundated with wool, embroidery threads, craft books and magazines and much more paraphernalia!  I needed to be able to put everything away tidily otherwise I might quit crafting all together!

Fortunately I found the most wonderful retro styled cabinet on Amazon in the Steinberg Retro Patchwork cabinet range. It's sold by the Sue Ryder Charity shop and is a new flat pack piece of furniture which includes a tallboy and a chest of drawers. Both are of a compact size meaning you can use them in a small space.  Though don't be fooled by their dimensions as they are built like the Tardis! Here's my chest of drawers in situ. I simply adore the 1950s styling in the leg department and the Scandi feel with the happy colours which match my lounge perfectly. 

The dimensions of this particular cabinet is W70 x D29.5cm x H85 cm. It arrives in a large box which is extremely heavy, so two people are needed to carry it.  We unpacked and laid out all of the contents to check everything was there before starting to assemble it. My husband was the person doing the constructing, and I was very glad about this as it took him three evenings to put together, doing a bit each night. The different drawers and little cupboard are all well constructed, with a matte finish to the coloured panels. We made everything extra strong by adding PVA glue to the wooden dowels.

I actually bought this to house my yarn stash, however now it's put together, I am using it in a different way which tidies all my bits and bobs away. I have a drawer for my cottons and needles and one for buttons and embroidery threads. Then all my knitting and crochet needles share a drawer with my knitting patterns.  I have a drawer for my current craft books, and a cupboard which houses boxes of craft kits. The two small square drawers are as deep as the unit and house my felt tips and crayons, when I need them I can simply pull the entire drawer out - perfect! I actually have one empty drawer and intend to find the suitable thing to pop in there today!  I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone who is handy with flat pack furniture and at £129.99 I think it's fantastic value. 

If you love handmade items, there are some for sale in the yay retro! online vintage shop here:

Cushions using vintage fabrics
Knitted Dolls
Vintage Textiles for your own crafting projects

If you wish to find the unit for yourself on Amazon here is a link. NOTE this is NOT an Ad. I purchased this myself.

All this for just £5.99 using the yay retro! Special Degustabox Code this January!

My January Degustabox just arrived and here is a sneaky peek along with a lovely special voucher code for you to get your first box for just £5.99 - a £7 saving! 

You can sign up for your Degustabox and like me, receive lots of foodie surprises and treats to try each month delivered to your door. Use the special yay retro! Degustabox voucher code WBWEO to get £7 off your first box - you’ll pay just £5.99! (The normal price is £12.99 per month, and the items inside will always be worth more than this amount.)  

What’s in January’s Degustabox?

A bottle of Mahtay Yerba Mate Sparkling Tea
Clipper Everyday Organic Tea
Pulsin Vanilla Choc Chip Protein Booster x 3
Pulsin Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
Superdrug Lighterlife Fast Ready to Drink Shakes x 2
Mallow & Marsh Coconut Marshmallow Bar
Latin American Kitchen by Santa Maria Chipotle Mayo Topping
Latin American Colombian Crunchy Chicken Bites Seasoned Corn Coating 
Wild Planet Albacore Wild Tuna Steaks
Miso Tasty Spicy Ramen Noodle Kit
Jordans Juicy Red Berry Frusli Bars x 2
Robinsons Fruit Cordial
Hersheys Cookies N Creme 5 Pack Snack Pack
Explore Cuisine Organic Edamame & Mung Bean Fettuccine

What I love about this Degustabox so far...

The Frusli bars were the first thing I tried, as they were ideal for my lunch. Can’t wait to try the Hershey bars as a treat one evening, along with the Mallow & marsh bar - yum! The protein rich Pulsin products are excellent for me as I am a vegetarian and need to ensure that I keep my energy levels up. The bean Fettucine looks great,  again due to the higher protein as it’s made from beans. Loving the tea products - I’m a teaholic and I’ve not tried either of these. I’ve previously tried the Tuna thanks to Degustabox and it’s our firm favourite and the only tuna we now buy! All of the drinks will be super for lunchtimes and I’m already planning on buying some Quorn fillets to try the Latin American corn coating which we’ll have with the Chipotle Mayo Topping.

Keep an eye on my blog to see detailed reviews of each of these products later on this month!

In case you don't know, I'm Sue and I run the yay retro! online vintage shop, which sells vintage home and cookwares from the 1940s, 50s, 60s & 70s. I'm into cooking and eating, fun and surprises! So the Degustabox monthly food subscription is the perfect monthly treat for me! 

December 17 Degustabox Reviews by yay retro!

Last month's Degustabox arrived just before Christmas, and I found the contents really interesting. We've just finished taste testing everything, just in time for today's next exciting Degustabox delivery!!

In case you don't know, I'm Sue and I run the yay retro! online vintage shop, which sells vintage home and cookwares from the 1940s, 50s, 60s & 70s. I'm into cooking and eating, fun and surprises! So the Degustabox monthly food subscription is the perfect monthly treat!  We get 10 to 15 surprise products delivered directly our home each month to try, and they come wrapped in a lovely box for much less than you'd pay in the shops! See below for a Degustabox voucher code to join in the fun and surprises get money off your first box.

San Miguel 0,0 Alcohol Free Beer

I love drinking craft beer, and so I approached this with trepidation, however I found it to be completely fresh and yummy with a good depth to the flavour. I would definitely want to drink this again when I am cutting down on the booze or am the designated driver. A future buy for sure.

Willie's Cacao Black Pearls Sea Salt Caramel

Made in a small factory in Cullompton, Devon these beautifully rich chocolates come in swish packaging and are gold foil wrapped. These little dark chocolate balls have a rich, zingy flavour to the outside and a lush melting caramel inside. I kept them in the fridge and so they had a nice crunch to them as you bit into them. Nice and rich, so you only eat a few at a time. Apparently Willie's Cacao only uses single estate cacaos which have their own individual flavour (think wine vineyards, but cacoa!). The chocolate is made in individual batches 'to taste' using a both antique and modern machines, I'm not sure if you can tell this, but they were very nice.

COLDPRESS Golden Delicious Apple Juice

Made using a cold pressure process to retain the vitamins and nutrients, this juice has an intense feel and flavour on the tongue. I rarely drink fruit juices and found this all a bit too much and sweet for my taste. However, it did feel clean and looked pure. Am sure if juices are your thing, you'll love it! 

Planters NUT-RITION Protein & Energy Mix

We always buy Planters Lightly Salted & Dry Roasted Peanuts which we adore. I found both these packs dull by comparison to be honest. The Energy Mix promised chunks of chocolate covered honeycomb, however there were only 3 pieces in the pack. We did enjoy the brazil and walnuts, but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy these. The protein mix was just 2 different peanuts and almonds and I think maybe a couple of cashews which were all unsalted, we found these very boring and would not buy again. We found it a 'must' to share these small packs due to the really high calorie content.

LIFT Matcha Instant Green Tea

This is a really posh cylindrical box containing sachets of powdered green tea. Quick to make and very green looking! I didn't like the taste and actually never drink green tea, however if you do I would give it a go, as it's quick to make and apparently you can add it to a health shake too.

Star Wars Popchips Galactic Puffs - Sour Cream & Onion Flavour

These are made from potato and have no artificial ingredients. They are very strongly flavoured and are a quite a satisfying snack.  The shapes include BB-8, the Maillenium Falcon, Stormtroopers and TIE Fighters, which would probably be fun for kids to find and sort. They come out at 100 calories per 23gm serving which is pretty good and on a par with regular crisps.

Ryvita Lightly Salted Rye Cakes

These thin rye cakes are an alternative to rice cakes. They are wholegrain and high in fibre and are just 23 calories per cake. They would be an ideal base for toppings such as cottage cheese and salads for a healthy snack and for anyone on a post Christmas diet! I feel they do need a topping to give them an extra dimension taste-wise.

Sleep Well Vanilla Milk Drink

I gave this to my Mum to have a try, I'll let you know how she got on soon!

'Taking the Pea' Smoked Ham Coated Crunchy Peas.

Given to a friend as I am vegetarian.

Mary Berry's Lemon & Mustard Seed Vinaigrette

This was a nicely presented salad dressing in a recyclable glass bottle. The dressing was a good consistency and looked 'posh'.  I don't actually like mustard so the taste wasn't for me, though I am sure that anyone who likes that kind of flavour would be hooked - you can't really go wrong with Mary Berry can you, and if you decanted into a vintage jug you might even convince people you made it yourself! 

Candy Kittens Gourmet Sweets, family size pack of Sour Watermelon flavour

These were large cat shaped chewy sweets. They exploded with flavour in your mouth and were quite unlike anything I've ever had before.  Very perfumey and strong, so that you only needed one at a sitting.  I found them overpowering, but my husband really liked them and has happily chewed his way through the pack.

Robinsons Fruit Creations Peach and Raspberry Squash

This is a squash which has no added sugar and is made with real fruit, so would be top of my shopping list. It is a nice flowery, summery flavour - tasting more of peach than raspberry. Am sure the grandchildren will really enjoy this when they next visit.

This month's Box Overview:

The box was really interesting to try, even though this time around many of the items were not particularly to my taste. Having now had six Degustabox deliveries I have found lots of new and exciting foods which I now regularly buy, and which without Degustabox I would never have found out about. Love food? Then Degustabox is for you, why not give it a try using the special yay retro! code below?

*Try Degustabox with yay retro! and get money off your first box!

Why not join in the fun on the Degustabox website here, then you too will receive a marvellous surprise box of foodie treats!  Use the special yay retro! Degustabox voucher code WBWEO to get £7 off your first box - you’ll pay just £5.99 instead of £12.99! 

Pop in to the yay retro! shop for a lovely vintage browse now!
Note: I have been invited to try this box for free after subscribing for several months and enjoying all the boxes. All my opinions on the products are honest and true.

Degustabox December 2017 Unboxing & Voucher Code - yay retro!

Hi I'm Sue and I've just opened this month's Degustabox, after being been invited to test drive the December 2017 box!  Below is a box overview and a voucher code for you to join in on the Degustabox fun! 

Just so you know, I'm Sue and I run the yay retro! online vintage shop, which sells vintage home and cookwares from the 1940s, 50s, 60s & 70s. I'm into cooking and eating, fun and surprises! So the Degustabox monthly food subscription is the perfect pressie idea for someone like me!  You get loads of yummy foods and treats delivered direct to your home to try, all wrapped up in a happy box! See below for a Degustabox voucher code to get money off your first box.

What's in the December 2017 Degustabox? A Quick Overview:

1. First of all I got a handy Degustabox cotton shopping bag, not sure if all subscribers got this, but I love the cute designs all over it! 
2. Star Wars pack of Popchips Galactic Puffs - Sour Cream & Onion Flavour - big family sized bag ideal for afternoon tea when grandchildren come over.
3. Ryvita Lightly Salted Rye Cakes - Will be eating these for post Christmas lunches
4. A presentation box of 15 Lift Matcha Instant Green Tea Sachets - hubby loves green tea - again a post Christmas treat to give him an 'instant lift!'
5. A Carton of Sleep Well Vanilla Milk Drink. Ideal for getting off to sleep on Christmas Eve? 
6. 'Taking the Pea' Smoked Ham Coated Crunchy Peas. Snack size pack, will give to a friend as I am vegetarian.
7. Willie's Cacao Sea Salt Caramel Black Pearls Dark Chocolate Sweets - these look amazing and come with a flavour map (more on my the tasting blog post once opened!)
8. Coldpress Golden Delicious Apple Juice
9. Mary Berry's Lemon & Mustard Seed Vinaigrette - looks fab for Christmas Supper and Boxing Day
10. San Miguel 0.0% alcohol free beer ideal if we attempt Dry-anuary!
11. Planters Nut-rition Energy and Protein Mix packets of mixed nuts
12. Candy Kittens Gourmet Sweets, family size pack of Sour Watermelon flavour
13. Robinsons Fruit Creations Peach and Raspberry squash - looks delicious

As you'll see it's a great assortment of tastes and products, and below you can get money off your first box with yay retro! Come back soon to read each individual product review! Note, as a previous subscriber to Degustabox I am delighted to have been gifted this box and invited to blog my reviews of each product. Reviews will be honest and balanced.

*Try Degustabox with yay retro! and get money off your first box!

Why not join in the fun on the Degustabox website here, then you too will receive a marvellous surprise box of foodie treats!  Use the special yay retro! Degustabox voucher code WBWEO to get £7 off your first box - you’ll pay just £5.99 instead of £12.99! 

Pop in to the yay retro! shop for a lovely vintage browse now!

November 17 Degustabox Money Off Voucher & Unboxing at yay retro! HQ

Today is Degustabox delivery day! Woop! I love this day of each month as it's when a fabulous box of goodies arrives on my doorstep to try.  Hello! I'm Sue and I run yay retro! an online vintage shop selling vintagewares from the 1940s-70s. I love to cook and share my easy peasy recipes which I do here on my blog (see retro recipes), and I adore food so Degustabox is completely perfect for me - it's only £12.99 per month, and the box contents will always be worth more than this... (see below for a special yay retro! voucher code to get your first Degustabox box for only £5.99!)  If you love food and surprises then Degustabox will be ideal for you too!

yay retro! Degustabox November 2017 Unboxing - Spoiler Alert!

Degustabox have kindly invited me to review November 2017's box, and here is a quick overview of this month's fabulous box! Have to say this is the best box to date. It's a heavy one and chock full of useful foods and also tasty treats.

Why I love this month's Degustabox!

I was genuinely excited opening this box up, as every product was exciting, useful and looks ideal for us.  Brilliant! Here's a list of this months contents:

1. Taylors of Harrogate Ground Coffee - This one is ideal for Mr yay!  He is a coffee addict and loves to try new flavours.
2. The Jelly Bean Factory Super Sours - what's not to like about Jelly Beans? Nothing that's what!
3. Dalston's Fizzy Apple Soda - Fab for a night in front of X Factor me thinks
4. Rio Mare Tuna in Olive Oil - Ideal for a winter salad look out for my recipe when this one gets cracked open OR - Filipo Berio Classic Pesto OR Filipo Berio Formaggio Crostini (note one of these items will be in the November box, as a blogger I received all three to try).
5. Cadbury Picnic Bites - Cadburys is my go to chocolate - a great sharing bag!
6. Weetabix Additions - Apple & Raisin - I love Weetabix often have cereals at supper time, never had this flavour, all good
7. Propercorn Perfectly Sweet Popcorn - Popcorn is a great alternative to crisps, I adore it
8. Planter's Fruity Chocolate Crunch - being vegetarians we need to eat more nuts - problem solved with this treat sharing pack - Planters is my favourite peanut brand.
9. The English Provender Co's Caramelised Red Onion Chutney - Perfect for cheese and crackers
10. Kallo Organic Stock Pots - I use these all the time, so very pleased to see these in the box
11. ALO - An Aloe Vera soft drink to try - interesting!
12. Ryvita Multigrain Rye Cakes - I eat more crackers than I eat bread, so these are great, never seen them before

That's 12 products for just £12.99 a bargain when the total amount would be £26.21 at recommended retail prices! 

*Try Degustabox with yay retro! and get money off your first box!*

Why not join in the fun on the Degustabox website here, then you too will receive a marvellous surprise box of foodie treats!  Use the special yay retro! Degustabox voucher code WBWEO to get £7 off your first box - you’ll pay just £5.99 instead of £12.99! Pop in to the yay retro! shop for a lovely vintage browse now!

Come back soon for in depth reviews of each product!

(Note I have been invited to review Degustabox and the contents were sent to me free of charge on this occasion.)

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