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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. 

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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...I like the healthy foods that are currently being included in the box such as fruit crisps, no added sugar and high protein treats and 'cook from scratch' ingredients.

Here are my thoughts about what's included in this month's Degustabox:

1. a2 Milk Long Life Semi-Skimmed Cows Milk (shown with a war time Woods Jasmine jug).  I do buy long life milk as a back up regularly so was interested to try this. I was pleased it was semi-skimmed as I prefer that or skimmed milk. This tasted almost the same as fresh milk and apparently it is easy to digest because it only has A2 protein in it. This is not relevant to me as I am not lactose intolerant, however might be worth looking into if you are.

2. Mindful Bites Squeeze Sachet, an 'on the go' snack. This is a liquid snack which you suck out of the sachet with an integral straw. There are 116 calories in the 20 gram pack which has ingredients such as almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts and berries. This is not something I would need, but anyone undertaking running, cycling, swimming or surfing etc are sure to find these an interesting energy boost. I am giving mine to my daughter in law who is a runner.

3. Strawberry & Banana LioBites Fruit Crisps - healthy version of crisps? Well no they're not! They are quite a lot more interesting and weirder than crisps (in a good way!)  They look like dehydrated spaceman food, light, airy and a bright pink. When you put them in your mouth they are crunchy and then almost immediately turn soft, squishy and make your mouth water. Pretty soon it's like a thick smoothie with a bit of chew. You can really taste the fruit and the strawberry pips. They are really sweet and made from apple puree, banana puree, strawberries & black carrot juice, so no added sugars or preservatives. I thought they were odd to begin with, but grew to like them. They are 65 calories per 16gm bag. You can get a 20% discount, using the code FITNESS20 at - fab!

4. Idahoan's Perfect Mash Roasted Garlic - I normally make my own mash so we'll see, could be good on top of shepherds pie? In the end I had this with a salad, I wanted something really quick to have for dinner. It wasn't too garlicky which was good I had left this to try until last as I thought that it might be. Very easy to mix and fluff up and tasty. To be honest I would probably only buy if I was going camping or something as a quick meal.

5. Bottle of Mutti Passata - Ideal as I cook a lot from scratch. I used it for a vegetable bolognese made with onions, sweet peppers, celery and quorn. All I added was a vegetable stock cube, dried basil and black pepper. it made for a very rich, tasty sauce.

6. Mutti Finely Chopped Tomatoes shown above with a vintage Skyline utensil from the yay retro! online shop.  These tinned tomatoes were lovely, I made a simple Quorn bolognese with some basil, onion, chilli, sweet pepper, vegetable stock cube and a little bit of tomato paste. The tomatoes were very finely chopped and the meal tasted noticeably rich. I would recommend these.

7. Haribo Giant Strawbs -  I saved these as a treat for Grandchildren. Everyone gave them the thumbs up including my son and daughter in law as they are vegetarian, they were pleased they were gelatine free. I really liked them as they were not very sweet. They had a really good consistency and there were enough in the pack for 6 of us to share.

8. Lucozade Energy Orange - Wouldn't normally buy a fizzy drink, hubby will prob have this at lunchtime, or we'll keep for a boost if we are unwell.

9. Milky Bar Wowsomes x 2 - These look cute. Inside are three chunks of white chocolate with fun embossed pictures on them, with a creamy, slightly crispy centre due to the small amount of oats in them. They are very small and come up at 95 calories each with 30% less sugar. Very nice taste, not sure I would buy again, perhaps more suitable for those with young children.

10. Juicy Fuel Cola - Wouldn't normally buy a fizzy drink, so it's nice to try. I tried the Blueberry flavour and the can tells me it is all natural and part of my 5 a day. It tasted mainly of sort of fruit sweets with a tiny bit of cola flavour. There are 125 calories in the small 250ml can, and I would go for zero calorie drinks if I were to ever go for the fizz. However this was tasty and a nice treat. 

11. Trek Energy Chunks x 2 shown with a vintage 1960/70s Taunton Vale melamine tray. These Whole food snacks are ideal to try out on a lunch break. I've eaten most of the Cocoa and Peanut Peak chunks as you can see by the photo! These are completely delicious and I would be keen to buy them again. They are made from things like Dates, Grape and Apple Juice, Peanuts, Soya, Cashews, Peanut Butter, Raisins, Cocoa, Gluten free oats and a few other things like Soya Flour. They are high in protein and so make you feel fuller for longer and give you an energy boost without added sugar or syrup - the dates and fruit juice give them the prefect balance of sweetness. Loved them, can't wait to try the toffee flavoured ones. This is something I would have overlooked had it not been for Degustabox.

12. HappyDown Lychee Guava Chilli Drink
This is a confusing drink whose overall, eye catching branding says one thing, but it's another. It's actually an alcoholic drink which I only found out only by reading the can very closely. The bright pink colour, jolly name and graphics made me think this was a soft drink and I nearly served it to my very young grandchildren, however very luckily we ended up opening it on our own to go with a picnic. We found it too sweet and threw it away and were both upset with the inappropriate branding - it has 4% alcohol in it.

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?


14. The Food Doctor Full of Beans Protein Mix and Smokin' Edamame Mix
This is a small bag packed full of energy. In the one photographed ( we've kept the other for a future snack) there were Broad beans, Soya Beans, Black Soya Beans, Peas, Corn Kernels, Sunflower Oil & Salt. My husband ate it and enjoyed it, he found it filling and I thought it looked full of fibre and healthy stuff. At just 127 calories per bag this is a healthier alternative to crisps with less calories.

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