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Degustabox Food Subscription Review + Coupon – July 2017

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

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.)

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: 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!

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. To order to the mainland UK, check out their Great Britain website.

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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Each box has a large format info card with some info and pricing for the items included. Since many of these items are available in grocery stores, the pricing listed here may vary from online stores or prices in your local market.

This month, the reverse side has a summer fun crossword puzzle!

Onward to the items!

Karma Wellness Water, 18 oz – Value $1.98 (Get 12 for $23. 74 on Amazon)

So this water is kinda fun, because you get to push a little button in the cap that releases a powder into the spring water containing flavor along with vitamins A, E, D and B. The flavor I got is Açai Pomegranate, and it doesn’t taste half bad. Anything that says it’s “low calorie” scares me because that inevitably means it has a weird sugar substitute or otherwise yucky ingredient that I don’t want to drink. Even though I prefer regular water through and through, this is an easy way to get essential vitamins into your body while hydrating.

Vermont Smoke & Cure Beef & Pork Stick in Cracked Pepper, 2 x 1 oz. sticks – Total Value $2.60 (get a case of 24 on Amazon for $31.14)

I am a fan of jerky, beef sticks, et al.These cracked pepper flavor meat sticks are made from beef and pork that are vegetarian fed and raised without antibiotics or added hormones from the US and Canada. These are certainly better than a most grocery store jerky brands, and I like the slightly spicy pepper flavor.

Kala Beautiful Beans in Tropical Curry, 5 oz. – Value $9.47 (found on Amazon)

Daaaang, these are over $9 a bag? I’m glad Degustabox included a full size of these because they are really tasty! At first, I thought these roasted fava beans tasted “too healthy”, but this one was a bit of a grower on me. The more I eat, the more I like the muted flavor, and the curry later creeps up on you. As always, I am happy with anything that has an ingredient list I can understand.

King Arthur Essential Goodness Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix, 16 oz. – Value $4.34

This month, this chocolate chip cookie mix comes with a helping hand. For each box of “Essential Goodness” by King Arthur that you, they will donate one meal through Feeding America to help the millions of people suffering from hunger in the United States. Even better, there is no limit, and they guarantee to donate at least one million meals each year. That sounds as good as these cookies look: Fantastic!

Goya Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 8.5 oz. – Value $5.94

Extra virgin olive oil, or EVOO, is my preferred cooking oil to use. When I’m making meal kits 2-3 times a week, I go through quite a bit. I’m happy to see this Goya product in the box and was glad it was wrapped well so it didn’t break in transit.

 

Mutti Tomato Sauce, 14 oz. – Value $1.77 (Get a case of 12 for $21.19 on Amazon)

The brand Mutti and I got acquainted back in May via Degustabox, and I didn’t know what to do with their finely chopped tomatoes until a helpful community member (Hey, Vianny!) told me I could simply use it as a sauce (It was delicious!). This month they’ve included a can of classic tomato sauce with a booklet welcoming all of their products to America for the first time. Ciao, Mutti! I just learned how to easily make a killer pizza sauce via Blue Apron, so I’ll probably use this to do so!

Wise Cinnabon Popcorn, 2 x 0.5 oz. bags – Total Value $0.45 (Buy a 5.5 oz. bag for $2.49 at Target)

Wise, you sneaky, sneaky snackers. How’d you know that Cinnabons are my most beloved garbage food? The ONLY Cinnabon anywhere near me is at the Pittsburgh Airport. Anytime I fly in or out of there, I have to get a ceremonial Cinnabon that I immediately regret eating. This popcorn is slightly less intense but really nails the “OH MY GOD THIS IS SO SWEET” factor of the actual cinnamon bun slathered in frosting. Crap, now I’m looking up the cheapest one-way ticket so I can gain entry to the airport…

Wise 30% Reduced Fat Sea Salt Popcorn, 2 x 0.5 oz. bags – Total Value $0.45 (Buy a 5.5 oz. bag for $2.49 at Target)

Of course, I have to switch to the reduced fat version of popcorn after eating those Cinnabon ones. These have 10 less calories per bag than the Cinnabon flavor as well. This plain sea salt popcorn is good, but I think I’d still rather pop some the old fashioned way with coconut oil if I’m feeling the urge.

Mrs. Thinster’s Cookie Thins in Brownie Batter4 oz. – Value $4.39

Don’t get me wrong, I like cookies, and I like chocolate, but I’m not into thin crispy cookies. I also usually prefer to break up my chocolate a little. These are almost TOO chocolatey if that’s a thing. At least they don’t contain artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. They also don’t contain corn syrup, if that is a concern for you.

Waffle Waffle Buttery Vanilla Waffle, 2.75 oz. – Listed Value $1.79

I was unable to find this online, (brand is simply “Waffle Waffle,” so it’s tricky to search for), so I noted the value given by Degustabox.

Do you see how many times I typed out the word “Waffle” above? Kooky. I dunno. This waffle is moist and a good size, but it’s really just too sweet for me. I don’t know if fresh baked goods should be packaged like this to eat in the car or what have you. It may be better if I put it in the toaster, but it’d still be an (“Authentic Pearl”) sugar rush.

RXBAR, coupon for 1 free 1.83 oz. bar – Value $2.06 (Buy a case of 12 for $24.69 on Amazon)

The last item comes in the form of a coupon to bring to your nearest retailer to redeem for an RXBAR. It also came with a coupon to get 20% off your first order of these bars from their website. The reviews on Amazon are pretty amazing (4 out of 5 stars with 1,802 reviews). I’ve dabbled in protein bars now and again, and my favorite are probably Kind Bars. I’m not sure if I’ll remember to redeem this coupon. I kind of wish they would’ve just tossed one in the box to cut out the middleman (me). Good to note: there is a list of stores on the flip side of the 20% off coupon that has Trader Joe’s in the mix, but then says you won’t be able to use the free bar coupon there. Drat. Giant Eagle, Whole Foods, and Target will though (among others), and all of those are near me.

Verdict: This Degustabox was super snacky this month, but on the healthier side of things (not you, Cinnabon Popcorn). I think this month made me realize that I enjoy the “pantry” items of Degustabox more so than the snacks, so I am always longing for more pasta and pesto like I got back in May. The Kala fava beans, meat sticks, and olive oil win this round, and the waffle and cookie thins were a total miss. After all is said and done, I valued this box at about $33, not counting the RXBAR coupon since I may never actually redeem it ($35 if you want to include it). Since the cost of this box is $19.99, the value is there, but you must gamble with what you receive, as always. 

Was this month’s Degustabox a hit or miss with you? 

Written by Marne Orenich

Marne Orenich

Marne has been feeling the pull of subscription boxes ever since her first PopSugar Must Have. She currently enjoys discovering new beauty + skin care products, and drools over anything with FOOD!

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.

20 Comments

  1. This was my second box and last months was more of a winner for me…way too much sweet stuff this month and the pantry items were light…last months was my favorite with that AMAZING bbq sauce and bean crisps & lemon waffles…. this month it just was a bit of a let down to me. :/… we are it all of course. Lol my son LOVED the popcorn lol I as hopeing for a strong pantry item again… I still haven’t found that BBQ sauce anywhere…we used it in stir fry…dipping sauce…sandwiches. ..it was my favorite by far item.

  2. My first box, and Love it!! I have been keeping an eye on it and glad I subbed. The thinsters are yummy, and 2or3 is plenty. Quite sweet. I am a big fan of the beans. Perfect crunch and seasoning. I can always use evoo and tomatoes, sounds like these tomatoes are perfect, and appreciate the sauce tips.
    I like snack foods, and like most- enjoy sweet, and salty is good balance.

  3. OMG those Kala Beautiful Beans are soooo addicting!!! We got the Simply Peppered flavor and I can not stop eating them, really happy to have found a fairly healthy light snack!! Also the cinnabon popcorn is amazing lol.

  4. For those saying that the waffle would have been better heated up, it does say on the packaging that you can put it in the microwave or the toaster oven to heat it up. I haven’t eaten mine yet, so I can’t comment on the taste Lol but I like sweet things sooooo we shall see.

  5. I couldn’t resist reading this earlier even though my box hadn’t arrived yet. I was actually happy with everything and came home and found my box. I think it was May that was heavy on the pantry items and most people (including me) were wishing for the balance of snacks and pantry we’ve been used to. I even mentioned that in my survey. Last month was perfect and while this one had more snacks, I was really pleased to get everything. This is still my favorite box!

  6. I’m loving these boxes. This was only my third one. I actually like more snacks than pantry items. We don’t eat much rice or any pasta. My kids get excited to open this box every month.

  7. I thought I was the only one who resents too sweet sweets. More sugar is not always better. I’d like to find moderately sweet snacks where you can taste other flavors too. And does chocolate have to be in everything, when there are other flavors available? And sugar in everything, including bread and meat? I’m worried thinking about what that does to our blood sugar and taste shaping. Rant over, good box. 🙂

    • Haha, well said though! This reminds me of an episode of Royal Pains I was watching where the pastry chef said “yes, there is such a thing as too sweet” and that “the secret is salt”. There is soo many other things to flavor w/ than cavity inducing sweetness! You really do need a balance.

      I have been watching this box, and I just can’t jump on it. I prefer the pantry side to this uber sweet/chocolate/semi boring snacks side lol!

      Oh and any on the verge of subscribing who likes money back should try swagbucks, you can get $10 bucks back as a new subscriber 😉 (and you can redeem a variety of cards at $10) -would put my refer code/link for a bonus $5 for anyone interested, but not sure if that’s allowed.(yes my hobby is money saving lmao)

  8. This was our second Degustabox so far, and we are really loving it for our tiny household of two!

    I loved the Cinnabon popcorn! The cinnamon that they use tastes really high quality. I really liked the lighter popcorn, too.
    Thanks for letting us know that they carry it at Target!

    The waffle wasn’t bad, but also wasn’t great. When I tried it, I had the same thought that you did, about it possibly tasting better warmed up!

    I really disliked the meat sticks, but my beau liked them. We know for certain that we will really enjoy the cookie thins. I am really intrigued by the water. Thanks to your review, I’m no longer hesitent to try it! We’re both pretty amused at how small the bottle of olive oil is, but of course we will use it. I’m really hoping that the tomato sauce won’t be too spicy for my stomach to handle.

    We’re really looking forward to more Digustaboxes!

    • The water is amazing, I received the one Marne got and man, so good.

  9. One thing that I noticed when reading the box of cookie mix is that the donate a meal thing ended at the end of June. I’m still behind the cookies since I love King Arthur, but it was worth mentioning.

  10. Hiya Marne!

    Glad my post helped you with the Mutti chopped tomatoes. I must say I like them better for a sauce than then actual sauce but it is still good and I’m a fan of them now.
    I use the tomatoe sauce on home made pizza and it was good.
    The cookies try them in icecream, I been eating them alone, but again I don’t discriminate food lol.
    I was super happy with the oil, since it is something I use in a regular basis so win win.

    I also prefer the pantry side of Degustabox than the snacks, no complains since I’ll use every little thing but I prefer to have dinner ideas and ingredients 🙂

  11. I have always loved my degustabox since the start, i just feel like this month was a bit of a snooze fest, for me anyways. The wise popcorn ive had a billion times, i did need evoo cause i was almost out, so that was cool, that waffle thing is NOT worth 350 some odd calories, but i do like getting more pantry items over a bunch of snack items. I felt like the box was a little light this month? I dunno. Maybe because it was mostly snacks. Win some/lose some.

  12. Every single month I think I’m gonna sub and then I don’t. I live in a tiny house so I don’t have room for a lot of food I will not eat. That said I still want this dang box……but not this month either.

  13. I love Degustabox and have subscribed to it for almost a year now! Loved this box and everything in it EXCEPT for the high ticket item (the fava beans – I got salt and vinegar flavor which I can’t stand) so that brought down the value of the box drastically. I’ll probably include it as an extra in a swap so no harm, no foul, but I would have liked to try the flavor you got!

  14. I loved the Mrs. Thinsters and pretty much everything else in this box. I considered it all a win!

  15. What happened to “new”snacks? Beans and jerky were in past boxes.I am wondering how the items are selected each month.

  16. The Mrs thinsters were my favorite and now I can’t find them in the store. I thought this was a good box

    • I also love the Mrs Thinsters, and they just showed up in my local Costco!

    • I can find them at Target. I hope you can get them there, too!

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