Desgustabox – July 2017: Summer Box

Desgustabox – July 2017: Summer Box

Subscribing to Degustabox is like having your very own personal shopper go to the supermarket for you, picking out a surprise selection of new and exciting food and drink products, and then sending them all in a monthly box straight to your doorstep for you try out. It’s one of the most popular and affordable food based subscription boxes in the UK, and they are particularly ideal for families and students, as well as anyone who just enjoys trying out a variety of food and drink products.

This month’s box is themed around Summer and there’s a fantastic mix of products included. I liked last month’s box a lot, but this one is even better in my opinion!

Here’s what I found inside:-

Blossom Hill Spritz – Raspberry & Blackcurrant (RRP £4.99)

When you sign up to Desgustabox, you can choose whether you want to receive alcohol in your boxes or not, and this month’s alcoholic product is a lovely bottle of Blossom Hill Spritz. This lightly sparkling wine is perfect for Summer parties, barbeques and evenings outside with your family and friends. It’s much lower in alcohol volume than regular wine at just 5.5% which makes it a lighter and more refreshing option. There are two flavours available and I received the Raspberry & Blackcurrant one which is wonderfully fruity – I’d definitely buy this again!

Crafted Mango & Passionfruit Juice Drink (RRP £1.80)

I haven’t heard of this brand before, but all of Crafted’s fruit juice drinks contain no added sugar or sweeteners which is something that I always look out for in juice drinks, so I’m really happy with this one. There are four flavours available this month, and I was pleased to receive the Mango & Passionfruit flavour because they are two of my favourite fruits. Needless to say, this drink is absolutely delicious and one serving provides 1 of your 5 a day.

Ryvita Thins Three Cheese Flatbreads (RRP £1.89)

New from Ryvita are these yummy Three Cheese Flatbreads which are from their popular Thins range. Each one is topped with a mixture of Cheddar, Regato and Emmental for a cheesy and crunchy snack that you can dip into just about anything. I’ve tried these with soup, homemade salsas and olive tapenades so far, and they’ve worked very well with all of them.

Rowntree’s Randoms 30% Less Sugar (RRP £1.29)

Another new product launch, this time from Rowntree’s – these are their Randoms which have now been made with 30% less sugar which is great to see. Sadly I couldn’t eat these as they contain gelatine, but they were a big hit with my housemates and the bag was quickly devoured within an evening! Everyone who tried them said they were still very sweet and fruity, so it wasn’t obvious that they contained less sugar at all. A somewhat ‘healthier’ option for sweet addicts perhaps?!

OLOVES Chili & Oregano Olives (RRP £0.99 each)

I was very happy to see two packets of these beauties in the box because I’ve had them a couple of times in the past and they are super tasty! They’re simply Green pitted Olives seasoned with Chilli, Garlic and Oregano – perfect for a healthy, low-calorie snack in your lunchbox or on the go.

Merchant Gourmet Simply Cooked Red & White Quinoa (RRP £1.99)

As much as I love Quinoa, it can be a bit of a pain to cook from scratch and these microwaveable pouches from Merchant Gourmet are a fantastic and convenient way to get your Quinoa fix without the hassle. I haven’t tried this one before, but it’s their mixed Red & White Quinoa which has been pre-cooked in just a dash of water and a drizzle of olive oil, and nothing else. I really enjoyed this – it was enough to share between two people and turned out beautifully. Another product that I would happily purchase again!

Fry Light Cooking Spray with Avocado Oil (RRP £2.99)

In my household, we use a variety of oils to cook with and I regularly use Fry Light’s Olive Oil Spray when I’m watching my calories as each spray is only 1 calorie so they’re perfect for dieters to use. This one contains a mixture of Vegetable Oil, Rapeseed Oil and 30% Avocado Oil, and it can be used for pan frying, woks and roasting as it resists oxidisation at high temperatures. A good staple to have in the cupboard.

Weetabix Additions Coconut & Raisin (RRP £2.99)

New from Weetabix are these ‘Additions’ which, as the name suggests, features the regular whole wheat Weetabix with added ingredients – in this case, it’s Coconut and Raisin. It’s been a while since I’ve eaten a bowl of Weetabix as I’m more of a granola or porridge breakfast type of gal, but I have to admit that these were pretty good as I love anything with Coconut in it. They definitely help to add some much-needed flavour to regular Weetabix!

Maille Traditional Dijon Mustard (RRP £1.99)

I had literally just finished off a jar of dijon mustard when this month’s Degustabox arrived – talk about perfect timing! This one from Maille is an excellent French mustard and I’ve purchased it many times. It’s another one of those cupboard essentials and goes with so many different types of dishes.

Thor Dry Apple Spritz in Mint and Ginger (RRP £1.69 each)

When I first saw these in the box, I immediately thought that they were some new type of beer or cider, but they’re actually a soft drink. They’re made with lightly sparkling water blended with some Apple Juice and natural flavours, and they are so refreshing! I received two flavours; Mint and Ginger, both were amazing, but I’d say the Mint one was my favourite because it was so different and zingy. Both of these are perfect for Summer!

The Collective Dairy Vouchers

Last but not least, there were some vouchers that you can use to claim some free products from The Collective Dairy at your local supermarket. You can pick up a Big Tub of Kids Yoghurt and two Pro-Yo High Protein Yoghurt pouches, in any flavours, so I’ll definitely be looking out for these on my next grocery shop.

Our score: 9.4/ 10

I loved the variety of products included in this month's box with lots of new items to try out! My favourites from the Summer Box were the Thor and Blossom Hill Spritzes, the Merchant Quinoa, the OLOVES Olive snacks, the cheesy Ryvita thins and the Crafted Juice Drink.

  • Quality of products9
  • Originality9
  • Packaging and delivery10
  • Value for money10
  • Selection of products9

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