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Degustabox Food Subscription Review + Coupon – February 2017

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Degustabox is a subscription box that sends out a variety of food items, some which are new to the market. You won’t always be able to find these items in stores yet!

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This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

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The Subscription Box: Degustabox

The Cost: $19.99 per month or $18.99 if you purchase the box bi-annually. Both prices include shipping to the Contiguous United States

LIMITED TIME DEAL: Now through 2/28/2017, use coupon code MSABONUS2017 to get your first month of Degustabox for only $9.99. (Regularly $19.99). Your first month will also include a free gift!

COUPON: Use code DEGUSTA10 to get your first box for $9.99!

The Products: “…a variety of exciting food products, the items in the box will be a surprise but we can say one thing, you will always find something new and delicious!”

Ships to: Continental United States. There is also a Great Britain website and they ship to mainland United Kingdom

Good to know: You can earn points by reviewing the products you receive or by referring a friend. Points are redeemable for a complimentary box.  

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Degusta Box always sends a full informational sheet with values (I always double check these values and add in the current value of the product that I find online, just to ensure that I am giving a correct value judgment!), along with recipes and coupons. I find that these values are accurate sometimes and not so accurate other times. With that said, I still appreciate the info sheet and the descriptions included with the products!

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Green & Black’s Pure Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt – Value $4.17

So I have a bit of a funny story for you all. I went to Target desperately searching for soy free chocolate – I am trying to avoid all soy in my regular diet and the vast majority of chocolate has soy lecithin as an emulsifier. I don’t eat chocolate daily, but I’d still like to have a treat every now and again. Anyway, I searched Target high and low and finally wound up in the Valentine’s Day section where I found a bag of Green and Black’s Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt minis. I flipped them around, reviewed the ingredients and did a double take when I realized that this chocolate was soy free (If you have an allergy, be sure to look at ingredients as you always would; some Green & Black’s chocolate does have soy). So I head home with a bag and find my DegustaBox has arrived! I hauled it upstairs for its photo op, and lo and behold I found this bar in my box! Serendipity. 

Now for taste – this is great dark chocolate. I really love the added salt – it adds a complex bite to it! I ate a piece of this chocolate with a Walker’s Shortbread round and it was heavenly. 

Walker’s Pure Butter Shortbread Rounds – Value $3.94

I love Walker’s Shortbread. The ingredients list is blissfully short and it’s always delicious! The majority of my cookies came intact but a few were broken. Either way, they’re still delicious!

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Look at all that deliciousness!

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Slendier Calorie Clever Spaghetti – Value $4.33

This ‘spaghetti’ is made from konjac flour, which is a root vegetable. Konjac flour is very high in fiber and low in carbohydrates. It is also gluten free. I opened this pasta and it smelled so terrible. Like rotten fish terrible – but I pressed on. I rinsed it for a minute, per the instructions, and then soaked it in boiling water. After that, I dry fried it in a pan to get some of the moisture out. 

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I opted to finish my ‘pasta’ with a pat of European butter, Romano Cheese, and crushed red peppers. I was hoping this combination of strong cheese and peppers would cover whatever that terrible smell was…and I was right. This was actually really good. I ate the entire package (it’s small – that’s all of it in my bowl) for lunch and was satisfied. I wasn’t nearly as full as I would have been with normal pasta but it was a nice change of pace! If you’re avoiding carbs for any reason, I would say give this a try, but try not to smell it when you first open it. 

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Ricola Herbal Immunity Lozenges – Citrus Herb – Value $9.99

These came at a perfect time – just getting a cold or flu or something and these were quite soothing on my throat. I liked the flavor as well!

Grace Coco Chips – Listed Value $2.99

I wasn’t anticipating liking these as much as I did. Maybe I’m starting to like coconut, I’m not sure! The texture was quite a bit better than I anticipated – they were definitely chip like, instead of coconut like. The flavor was great too – nutty and not too sweet.

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Popchips Potato Ridges – Salted – Value $1.49

I really liked these! I enjoy the regular PopChips as well but I enjoyed the texture of these quite a bit more.

Popchips Potato Ridges – Tangy Barbeque – Value $1.49

The flavor on these was great – not to mention the perfect texture for a chip. These are a great, healthier alternative to regular chips.

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Nando’s Peri-Peri Sauce – Hot – Value $2.98

This sauce is quite spicy! It is vegetarian and is gluten-free. It has no artificial flavors or colors either. I ate it with some avocado on a flour tortilla as a quick snack and it was delicious.

Jones Cane Sugar Soda – Orange & Cream Soda – Value $2.00

I am a huge fan of Jones Soda. Their OG cream soda is the best out there in my humble opinion! This soda was just as good if you’re a fan of orange soda. 

Degusta-Box-February-2017-PR-Bandar

PR Bars – Chocolate Peanut Butter – Value $1.12

These bars have 15 grams of protein and are gluten free. They are only 200 calories, and they are all natural with no sugar alcohols or trans fats. That’s a pretty good protein bar! This has a few ingredients in it that I can’t eat, so I passed this along to a friend that I knew would appreciate it. She let me know that it was delicious and it kept her full for quite a while.

Bandar Spicy Mango Chili Sauce, 2 packets – Total Value $0.36?

This month, all subscribers received two bonus sample packets of Bandar’s Spicy Mango Chili sauce. It was really good but probably an acquired taste for those of us that are obsessed with Indian food. This tasted quite a bit like the mango chutney (just without the sweetness) from my favorite Indian food place. I was craving some papadum to go with it!

Verdict: This months’ Degustabox has a value of about $35. The largest amount of that value came from the throat lozenges, which seem like something that most everyone can use – which is great. I enjoyed the mix of products this month like I always do. I have to be honest, taking everything out of the box, it looked like this month had quite a bit less than a usual Degustabox. I’m happy to say though, that the value is pretty on par with other months.

Written by Bekki Menzies

Bekki Menzies

Bekki first discovered subscription boxes in 2014 and they quickly took over her life! (Not quite, but pretty close.) She started with POPSUGAR Must Have, then moved to Little Lace Box, Birchbox, Hamptons Lane…the rest was history. Her favorite product find is Beekman 1802 Fudge (so, so good) and her favorite boxes are Birchbox and Hamptons Lane…but she’s always looking for a new subscription to try!

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

17 Comments

  1. The peri-peri sauce is amazing as an alternative to cocktail sauce for steamed or peel and eat shrimp. I got this in a past box from them and I also like to use it on hard boiled eggs to help jazz up such a bland diet food. I was a bit put off at first about all the repeats, I got the cake mix and batter and fruit snacks but I didn’t realize they were extras. Now I’m happy about it! 🙂 I’m looking forward to next month’s box. This is one of my favorites!

  2. This was our first Degusta box. I signed my kids each up for two boxes (one for them personally, and one to share with the family. Degusta was a “share” box.) Out of all four subscriptions, we are ONLY keeping the Degusta box one! We LOVED IT! My kids each had a bag of the popcorn chips, split the protein bar in half, LOVED the coconut chips, downed the soda… and we got the Welch’s fruit snacks, Lovely fruit chews, and popcorn extra. I couldn’t keep them away from the fruit chews. We already love the Welch’s fruit snacks, so those were a welcome addition! Popcorn was great for movie night the next Friday! I was disappointed that they took the shortbread cookies to Dad’s. My eldest son and i were having a cup of tea and they would have been perfect for tea time! We gifted the hot sauce since the boys don’t like hot sauce, but one of my kids has a teacher who does. Finally, the noodles…. they are still sitting in the cupboard because I am just plan frightened by them. My kids were recently introduced to quinoa and voted against it, so I don’t think they’d like the noodles. We got alfredo noodles, but I think I will pass them on to a friend who expressed interest in trying them. I have the Ricola drops at work (I work in a hospital!!) I couldn’t be happier! LOVE LOVE LOVE DUGUSTA!

  3. Anyone else feel like someone just went shopping at Cost Plus World Market? LOL

  4. I wish they would put those cheese crisps that were featured last month in every box. Those were awesome. I feel like this box is one I’m not going to be super excited to receive. I’m gonna wait another month and if this box starts to go downhill, I’ll cancel…

  5. Great story. I’m still waiting on my box, but I also just swapped for those ricola lozenges. Well, I catch everything that goes around it seems, so now I’ll have an extra. Decent box. I like the chocolate. The nando sauce, I swear we got that in a box like 3 or 4 months back. I’m not a spicy food person, so that will be up for swap.

  6. I absolutely hate pizza sauce, so I decided to substitute pizza sauce for this hot sauce, & it turned out amazing! My fiance even gave me props on a delicious meal, as he also hates pizza sauce. I also got a few extras from last month’s box, which I love (since extras mean you are just receiving additional items on top of what they send. I could never complain about getting free extras!) But it was like they really read my survey & only sent me things I would want! So make sure you do the surveys, your extras may depend on it.

  7. This was my first month. I also got fruit snacks and popcorn included in the box as extras, as well as a small pack of Lovely Chews.

    I did give a few things away as they were not my taste. I tried the pasta and it was HORRIBLE. It smelled bad but I gave it a chance. The taste was not bad, it actually tasted like nothing without sauce and cheese on it, but the texture was so disgusting I just could not eat it. It was more slimy and chewy (I have never had octopus but it reminded me of the look and feel of octopus) than usual pasta.

    Gonna stay subscribed for a bit and see but I feel like they promise 10-15. Your box being only 11 things is not really worth $20, mine having 14 things is closer to the value I expect from the box. If they routinely provided 13+ items than I see it worth it but if it is usually 10-11 items than not worth $20.

    • I had the same experience with the “noodles”. The texture totally killed it for me. However, it looks like they sent out different versions because I got one that was just labeled “noodles” as opposed to the spaghetti in the review here. The ones I had were very thick, so I think that made the slimy, chewy texture even more noticeable.

  8. I had the fruit & yogurt snacks & healthy popcorn as extras but was disappointed because these were repeats from previous boxes (as were the Riccola drops, which I also received a couple months ago) because 2 of those 3 were my least favorite things they’ve sent. This was the most disappointing box from the company (I also can’t eat the coconut things because I’m allergic to coconut but that’s not their fault). I’m pretty much keeping it until next month and then if it disappoints again, I’ll cancel.

  9. This was my first month with the box, and I was very unimpressed. The pricing they have in their items is finally over inflated. There is no way the Ricola drops are $14. All of my shortbread cookies were broken, and I didn’t get any extras.

    First and last box. 🙁

  10. I had the exact opposite of Bekki’s story happen to me. After I tried the chocolate I found myself in target’s chocolate aisle trying to decide what to get. I was so surprised to see Green & Blacks chocolate. I decided to go with the G&B mixed assortment small pieces too. Man, it’s not cheap! But finally decided to go for it, it’s so good.
    I received the organic fruit snacks and wasa crackers. I was impressed these bonus items were full size, even tho the fruit gummys were a repeat. I’m still amazed that they send soda bottles. Then Jones soda was a real treat and I liked that it had a screw cap.
    We haves those nando peri peri chicken places in our area butt don’t like hot so never tried it.
    Thanks for the noodle warning. I’m scared but will try them next week. I like that these products are so random.

  11. This was my first month getting the degustabox. I also got the fruit snacks, cake mix, and frosting as bonus items. I’m wondering if they do this each month or if this was just a one time thing.

  12. Nando’s is an chicken restaurant based in South Africa. It’s quite popular internationally. Peri-peri means spicy in…some African language. Try the sauce as a marinade on grilled or broiled chicken.

  13. I haven’t tried the noodles yet, and now I’m a little scared! Thanks for the heads up, though.

    I usually dislike the texture of coconut (and sometimes the flavor, if it’s really strong), but that coconut snack is actually really good. That’s what I like about Degustabox – I would never buy that product to actually sample it. The disadvantage – I got the same Ricola drops a few months ago, but in a different flavor. I’d rather not have a repeat with a major item. Especially when it’s a non-food item anyway…

  14. I had some extras in my box that weren’t listed on the card, not sure why… I also had a box of Go Organically Fruit Snacks (also in last months box) and Wasa Flatbread Thins

    • Same here!! I was hoping to get the cake mix and frosting. But my toddler enjoyed the gummies so it’s not too bad.

      • I had extras as well – the gummy fruit snacks, cake mix, and frosting. They were repeats but they were items we enjoyed so I was actually happy to get them. I wish they would repeat the Loacker cookies and Chips Ahoy Cinnamon Thins. And the ginger beer! This is one of my favorite boxes. The value is always there and I enjoy trying a variety of products.

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