After the new products we tried from the June Degustabox I couldn’t wait for our July box to arrive. I love delving into a subscription box and discovering what goodies are inside for me to try! The July Degustabox seemed to be centred around summery drinks with a few treats and of course healthier products to enjoy too.
So what was inside the July Degustabox?
Sarson’s Balsamic Vinegar
I love cooking with balsamic vinegar but usually just use it in sauces (Slimming World BBQ sauce for example!) but to persuade hubby to eat tomatoes, I decided to use this Sarson’s one with some tomatoes. I fried them and the balsamic made them lovely & caramelised, but not too tangy, and yes, he ate them! I think it’s safe to say that this is a win. My only slight niggle is that I wish the cap was a droplet type cap so it didn’t just pour out.
Rowntree’s Fruit Pastilles Infusions
I love the usual Fruit Pastilles (the purple one is my favourite! What’s yours?) but I hadn’t heard of the Fruit Pastilles Infusions before. The three flavours of the Infusions are orange & grapefruit, raspberry & pomegranate, and apple & elderflower. Being an infusion they are a different type of flavour; they taste much more mellow, and also summery. The orange, raspberry, and apple are the prominent flavours but all 3 infusions taste great together too! These are perfect for sharing.
I have actually tried ALO before, all of the flavours in fact except for this one – mango & mangosteen. With it having aloe vera pulp in it, it is a weird texture for a drink, though one that I was obviously expecting. Brush aside the weird texture and it is a lovely mango flavour, very refreshing for summer.
Jordans Swiss Style Muesli
I love muesli and I usually tend to have it sprinkled over fruit & yogurt as muesli & milk alone doesn’t tend to fill me up. This Swiss style muesli is a new product from Jordans and it does taste just as good as their other muesli products. I actually made some no bake muesli bars with this, look out for the recipe soon!
itsu crispy seaweed thins
I was looking forward to trying these as I do like seaweed and these appealed to me being a low calorie snack for the whole packet. They were a lot thinner than I expected – practically paper thin. I wanted to assess the full flavour so I tried one on its own to start with, and I’m afraid to say it really did not appeal to me – it just tasted overly fishy! Understandable with seaweed being from the sea of course, but it was just too overpowering. I then tried one with cream cheese as a topping but the flavour was still just too overpowering and the rest didn’t get eaten.
Gherkins are one of my favourite pickles and I usually buy a jar of whole baby gherkins and chop them up to add to a salad or a cold pasta dish, so it was nice to receive a jar of the bigger already sliced ones! These sweet pickled gherkins are so good, I could sit and eat the jar in one sitting; I didn’t though, I added some to my burger and they were absolutely delicious, it made my burger taste just like one from one of those unhealthy fast food joints 😉
Bahlsen Choco Leibniz
As both a chocolate and biscuit lover, I am surprised I have never actually tried these although I have seen them in shops. These little packs contain two biscuits and they were actually bigger than I expected! Such a milky slab of chocolate with a rich biscuit set into it, perfect with a cuppa. Also very handy for part of a packed lunch or a picnic!
Seabrook Crisps – Food Heroes
Seabrook are one of my favourite crisp brands so I was delighted when I saw this new product in the box! I love the design of the packet with its lift up flap, so it really is much better for sharing than the usual top opening. These chicken jalfrezi flavour were quite spicy, but as I’ve mentioned before I do like spicy food so I loved these – very flavourful and with the signature Seabrook lattice design.
Rejuvenation Water (Spanish Orange)
I was intrigued by the description on the bottle of this product, so I thought a train journey to a spa trip would be the perfect place to try it out! It didn’t taste like pure juice, more like a squash mixture but more upmarket. It had a bit of a tang to it, which I expected with it being Spanish. With only trying the one bottle and being a long journey, I can’t say for definite it it made me feel rejuvenated but it certainly tasted refreshing!
Cracker Drinks (Pineapple, Coconut & Lime)
I do love a pure fruit juice as they are so refreshing straight from the fridge, and this is a flavour combination I have never tried before. With it containing pineapple and coconut, I was expecting a tropical taste and that’s what I got. There was just a hint of lime and so it didn’t overpower the other flavours. I think this would be lovely made into a gin cocktail!
Now, I’ve heard of most brands of chocolate (ahem), but Brookside is a new brand to me and I was really intrigued by the blueberry and acai flavours of this packet. These chocolates are soft fruit centres coated with dark chocolate, but far superior to other soft fruit centred similar chocolates I have tried. I’ve never had acai before so wasn’t sure what to expect, but these were so tasty. I could have easily sat and eaten the full pack!
Berrywhite Organic (Cranberry & Guava, Lemon & Ginger) and Qcumber (Cucumber) Sparkling Spring Water
These cans are handy size to stick in your bag on a hot day. All of the flavours were very refreshing and being flavoured water they are very low calorie too. The cranberry & guava flavour was fruity but not an overpowering cranberry flavour; the lemon & ginger one had just the right amount of each flavour for them both to come through – I’m not usually keen on ginger flavour drinks but I enjoyed this. I was a bit dubious about the cucumber one and when I tasted it I was a little unsure at first, but the cucumber was a subtle flavour and it was lovely and refreshing with a BBQ on one of the hottest days of the year.
You can get a whopping £7 off your box by using the code BLDEG15!
RRP – £12.99
My rating – 5/5
I was sent this product free of charge to review. All thoughts and opinions are honest & my own.