Degusta Box – March 2016

Degusta Box – March 2016

The Degusta box for March was full of lovely goodies, perfect for this time of year. Everything from snacking to main meals, Degusta had us covered. 

Degusta

 Rice Cakes

Crackers

This months’ box had two flavours of rice cake. Now, I must be honest and say that I’m not a rice cake fan. I wish I was, because I know they are great for a calorie controlled diet, and my sister often tops them with delicious looking things. I love the things, but find the rice cakes a chore. The rest of my family don’t have that problem though – the kids devoured the rice cakes in one sitting.

The Kallo Quinoa and Seeds Multigrain Cakes are a tasty flavour for the rice cakes. I’d love them as a cracker topping. Hints of savoury, and a little sesame ‘pop’ they are very tasty, even if I can’t get over the rice cake texture!

The Kallo Milk Chocolate Rice Cake Rounds have the savoury element of the rice cake, topped with the sweetness of the chocolate. They are a good sweet treat for rice cake fans. And they come in two packs of three in each bag, so you can ration your treats too.

We also had an unusual cracker  called Parle Monaco (yellow roll pictured above). These Indian-origin biscuits are very unusual. They have a simultaneously savoury and sweet flavour. I think they are fairly sweet biscuits with a salty sprinkle over them. Unusual but delicious in the way a McDonalds burger is delicious – it’s that definitely not home made balance of sweet and salt. I don’t know how to explain it, other than to say that the salt hits you first, and the sweet comes after. It’s definitely a nice biscuit to experiment with.

Weetabix On the Go Breakfast Drink

Weetabix

I was sceptical of these drinks initially as I thought they were going to contain mushy Weetabix bits. You’ll be glad to know they don’t. Instead they are a thin, drinkable smoothie with good flavours – Strawberry/Raspberry and Blueberry/Blackberry  , and they don’t contain sweeteners or artificial bits and bobs. There’s 20g protein in each serving to help keep you full and energised. There’s  a peel cover on the lid so you can keep it in your bag till you’re ready to snack.  And in terms of on the go foods, they are really convenient. It took about 20 minutes after drinking half the bottle (and sharing the other half) that I felt really full, and the feeling lasted for ages.  Before drinking it I’d been thinking of making waffles for brunch, having drunk it, I decided I was too full for that, so it definitely helps curb the munchies!

Brioche Pasquier

Pain au Chocolate

What better time than a long weekend Saturday morning to break out the Brioche Pasquier Pains au Chocolate? They are perfect for lazy spring mornings. Each pack contains 4 individually wrapped Pains au Chocolate, which is good for people who’d only have one per sitting (a bit of OTT packaging for a family sitting down to eat it at once though). They are soft, and squishy, filled with chocolate and thoroughly delicious. You can enjoy them on the go or warm them up for a special breakfast.

Hide and Seek biscuits

hide and seek

These little biscuits don’t look like much, but they pack a rich chocolatey punch, surprisingly so, considering they look like plain biscuits with chocolate chips. They have a chocolate centre though, which makes for a yummy tea time treat – or as we had it, a beach snack!

Pipers Crisps

pipers

I absolutely adore these crisps. My favourite crisp flavour is cheese and onion anyway and these are a brilliant, deep and intensely flavourful variety.

There’s nothing to not like about them. Every crisp has the fabulous cheesy flavour,and this is definitely the favourite on my crisp list now.

Chewits

ChewitsChewits are great! They are individually wrapped chewy sweets with fantastic strawberry and blueberry flavours. They aren’t good for people with fillings, but if you let them warm in your mouth a little they’re less dangerous to your teeth, last longer and are very tasty!

Lindt White Chocolate Bunny & Metcalfe’s Skinny PopcornMovie treats

Lindt is my favourite chocolate – I told you I loved this box! – but I’ve never liked white chocolate. I always find it too sweet. But I had to try some of this, for the review, and it was so good! I didn’t even share it with anyone. I know, I’m terrible. If I have to eat white chocolate in the future, it’ll definitely be Lindt. It’s so smooth and beautifully rich.

We go to the cinema a lot, and as a result end up eating a lot of popcorn. Our cinema doesn’t mind you taking your own snacks in, so we took this lovely sweet popcorn in with us and I was pleasantly surprised by it. It’s moreish, because it’s not sickly sweet, but sweet enough to make us okay with not buying a bag of chocolate or pic’n’mix to take in too.  It’s definitely a great lower-calorie alternative to have to hand!

Good Hemp

The Good Hemp milk alternative is interesting. It looks like milk, but it has a coconut and something else flavour – the something else being the hemp, I guess. It says you can use it as milk, and I guess if you’re not a milk drinker, you could easily substitute it. My dairy-free friend was happy to have it in her coffee, but for me the flavour is too disctinctively not milk to pass for milk. For a milk-like drink though, it’s tasty. It kind of grows on you!

KentsKitchen Cranberry And Orange Stuffing

cranberry orange

Finally, the KentsKitchen Cranberry and Orange Stuffing. This is another delicious surprise to come out of this month’s Degusta box.

I’ve cooked many a bird for many a roast lunch, but I don’t actually think I’ve ever made stuffing before, because in my mind it required a lot of ingredients and effort. It couldn’t be easier with the cranberry and orange stuffing though – simply mix with water and bake. Easier than gravy!

The orange and cranberry flavours are a perfect combination, and they add a fantastic element to the standard turkey lunch – and perfectly good on next day sandwiches too.

 

Our score: 9.1/ 10

A lovely box for Easter treats and spring time picnics!

  • Quality of products9.5
  • Originality8
  • Packaging and delivery10
  • Value for money9
  • Selection of products9

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