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Degustabox Food Subscription Review + Coupon – December 2017

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DegustaBox Pantry Food Subscription Box - December 2017

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! 

Unboxing Degustabox

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.)

Full Degustabox Review & Unboxing December 2017

About Degustabox

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

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.

Degustabox December 2017 Review

December Box Info Card Front

This is everything in the December box! This gives you some background info on each item as well as a retail value– super handy since you can’t always buy these items online unless you’re buying in bulk.

December Box Info Card Back

The back of the info sheet this month includes some recipe ideas for the items you’ll receive. Even though this isn’t a meal kit box like Blue Apron, I often find that you can put together quick weeknight meals using just items in this box.

Cow Tales Minis in Packaging

Goetze’s Cow Tales Minis, 4 oz. bag – Retail Value $1.69

(This item isn’t on our info card because it’s a free gift for new subscribers.)

Cow Tales Minis, opened

These candies bring my right back to my childhood! My great grandmother always seemed to have a stash of cream-filled soft caramels around.

MinI Cow Tales unwrapped

Cow Tales Minis Nutritional Facts & Ingredients

These are a nice small size and are super soft, perfect for a little afternoon treat or holiday stocking stuffers.

Briannas Creamy Balsamic Dressing

Brianna’s Home Style New American Creamy Balsamic Dressing, 12 fl oz – Listed Value $3.99

Always nice to have a little encouragement to eat more salad this time of year!

I’ve had and enjoyed Brianna’s dressing before. This Creamy Balsamic has a good balance and depth that I think goes equally well with spinach greens or crisper lettuces like romaine. I typically eat my salads with just lemon juice or just balsamic, but this was a nice and flavorful change of pace!

Briannas Creamy Balsamic Dressing Nutritional Facts

Briannas "Incredible Creations" Booklet

Brianna’s also included a recipe booklet with some different ideas for their various varieties:

Briannas "Incredible Creations" Booklet Briannas "Incredible Creations" Booklet Briannas "Incredible Creations" Booklet

They also have this chart in the back so you can easily find dressings that meet your specific dietary needs! As much as I want to be the person who reads all the ingredient labels, I skip that step a lot in store, so I love this cheat sheet.

Suckerpunch Pickles Spicy Garlic Originals

Suckerpunch Gourmet Pickles, 24 fl oz – Listed Value $5.99

I *love* pickles, people. I’ve been known to eat a tiny platter of cheese and pickles with crackers for lunch when I work from home, much to my husband’s chagrin. I prefer spicy and dill varieties so I was super excited to try these! With a name like Suckerpunch, they have to be really bold, right?

Pickle Detail

These were really good, although I found them to be very sweet and actually not spicy at all. There are whole cloves of garlic and whole red peppers in the brine, so that was somewhat surprising!

Suckerpunch Pickles Spicy Garlic Originals Nutrition Facts

They were still delicious and definitely won’t last long in our fridge.

Suckerpunch Coupon

Suckerpunch Card

We also received a coupon code and this intriguing recipe for Creamy Pickle Dip. I might have to whip this up for an upcoming holiday party!

Barilla Sundried Tomato Pesto

Barilla Sundried Tomato Pesto – Listed Value $2.99

This is another great pantry item to receive. I love having pesto on hand and it’s one of those things you can use in so many different ways!

Barilla Sundried Tomato Pesto Detail

Great on hot and cold pasta, great on eggs, great on bagels, great on veggies… I love pesto more than traditional red sauce for sure.

Barilla Sundried Tomato Pesto Nutrition Facts

We’ve used this so far to dress up our Sunday morning egg, bacon, and cheese bagel sandwiches, and it’s delicious if you love sun dried tomatoes like we do!

Barilla Ready Pasta Gemelli

Barilla Ready Pasta, 8.5 oz – Listed Value $1.99

This is a fully cooked gemelli pasta that you can microwave in a minute, or stirfry on the stovetop.

Barilla Ready Pasta Gemelli Nutrition Facts

I would have loved to have something like this in college to be honest, when we had just a hot plate and a microwave at our disposal. These days, I’m rarely so rushed that I can’t spend 10 minutes making pasta, so not sure I’d ever buy this on my own.

That said, this is a perfect dinner for my husband next time I’m out for the night and he has to fend for himself. Into the pantry it goes!

Pesto Ideas  Pesto Ideas

I do like that we have both a pesto and a pasta this month, so it’s possible to make a full and tasty meal from this box using those two items. Barilla also included a coupon and more recipes for your pesto in case you need some inspiration!

Cauli Rice

Cauli Rice, 7.05 oz – Listed Value $2.99

This is a shelf stable cauliflower rice that can be cooked in just a few minutes in the microwave. If you’ve never tried cauliflower rice, it’s a gluten-free and low calorie, low carb alternative to regular rice. I have made it from scratch a couple times (which is super messy) and have liked it as a way to get more veggies into our diet, although it really tastes nothing like rice.

Cauli Rice Nutrition Facts

We ended up using this right away, topped with hot sausage, peppers, tomatoes, and cheese. I will say it had a very odd smell after microwaving that I can only describe as hay-like. Once it was assembled, though, it basically tasted like nothing and served as an easy way to soak up sauce and bulk up our meal without adding a lot of calories and carbs.

This was super fast and way easier than DIY cauliflower rice, so I totally get the appeal… but I think I want to try a frozen variety before I go back to this shelf-stable one.

Honey Sticks

Honey Straws – Buy a box of 100 for $20

This isn’t listed on our info sheet, so it might be a small throw-in item this month.

Honey Sticks, various

We received 5 different flavors. These are another super nostalgic thing for me, as I remember picking them out in little touristy candy shops and such as a kid.

Honey Straws Coupon

We also got a 30% off code in case you want to reorder these.

Barilla Baiocchi Cookies

Barilla Mulino Bianco Baiocchi, 5.29 oz – Listed Value $2.99 (buy a pack of 10 here for $23.08)

I literally just tried these for the first time in Yummy Bazaar so I was thrilled to get a full-size bag! These are hazelnut and cocoa sandwich cookies and they’re sooooo good.

Barilla Baiocchi Cookies detail

My toddler was also pretty thrilled by these. They’re on the small side but just packed with delicious Nutella-like flavor. I’m a huge fan of any kind of chocolate + nuts combo so these did not last long in our house.

Barilla Baiocchi Cookies, nutrition facts

If you have more restraint than I do, they’d also be nice to set out for holiday guests. There were about 15-20 small cookies in this bag.

Barilla Sfilati Breadsticks

Barilla Mulino Bianco Sfilati, 7.05 oz – Retail Value $3.95, Listed Value $3.99

These are simple breadsticks filled with black and green olives.

Barilla Sfilati Breadsticks detail

They’re nice and crunchy, and the olive flavor is very prominent. These would be the perfect addition to a cheese tray or served alongside some soup this winter.

Barilla Sfilati Breadsticks nutrition facts

I do wish the packaging had held them together since many were broken inside. Any other serving suggestions for these?

Good Thins Beet Crackers

Good Thins “The Beet One” Snack, 3.75 oz – Listed Value $2.49 (buy a box of 6 here for $20.22)

These veggie snacks kind of defy classification. They’re not quite chip and not quite cracker.

Good Thins Beet Crackers Nutrition Facts Good Thins Beet Crackers Detail

They aren’t playing around, either: these have a very strong beet and balsamic flavor. I loved them paired with parmesan cheese (and yes, pickles), but I also love both of those flavors.

I know I’m recommending a lot of these items for the holidays, but you could make a beautiful cheese tray from the beet snacks, pickles, and breadsticks. I love that these have such a festive red color!

Morning Rounds Coupon

Full Size Coupon for Ozery Bakery Morning Rounds or Snacking Rounds

The last item this month is a coupon good for a free package of Morning Rounds or Snacking Rounds from Ozery Bakery.

It looks like these are currently carried only at Whole Foods and other local co-op type stores near me, so it might be a little out of my way to use this coupon. These sound pretty good, though; they look sort of like a dense, multi-grain English muffin with various fruit flavors? Although they’re described as a pita bread, so I’m not really sure what the texture is. Has anyone tried these yet?

Verdict: Degustabox is always fun to open and share, and it’s a rare box where I end up using everything, every month. This month, we received 9 items worth over $29 retail for $19.99 (not including the honey sticks or full-size coupon we received). In addition to some great time savers, we got some snacks that are just perfect for sharing during the holidays.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? From Degustabox:

For your first box:

  • If you sign up before the 19th you should receive your box by the 5th of the following month.
  • If you sign up between the 19th and 25th, you should receive your box by the 10th of the following month.
  • If you sign up between the 26th and the last day of the month, you should receive your box by the 15th of the following month.

This applies to the first box only. From the second month you will receive your box at the beginning of the month.

Coupon: Use 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!

Value Breakdown: At $19.99 for this box, I got 9 items (not including honey sticks or full-value coupon) which prices them at $2.22 per item.

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Written by Lacey Volk

Lacey Volk

Lacey’s introduction to the world of subscription boxes was Julep Maven, but she quickly moved on once she discovered there were subscriptions for cooking, coffee, and art supplies. Current favorites include Hello Fresh and Honest Company, and she’s looking forward to trying more.

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.

14 Comments

  1. I’m clarifying because MSA makes it sound like you can still get the December box as of their posting on December 13, but that’s wrong. You will always get the next month’s box. I signed up on December 7 and got my January box on the 4th of January as my first box. It looks like they bill one month ahead.

  2. This is my 2nd Degustabox, and I liked it.

    As other reviewers mentioned, it was a bit disappointing to get so many Barilla products, since I have a problem with their politics and have consciously avoided purchasing their items. I will most likely give these to the local food bank.

    Degustabox seems to have one item that is an either-or — you either get “a” or you get “b”… this box, I’m guessing “a” was the honey sticks and “b” was toasted quinoa. I got “b”… I’m actually pretty excited to try it. The pouch is huge, so I’m a bit nervous to open it until I figure out what to use it on — salads? we’ll see. The product on amazon is here: https://www.amazon.com/Carrington-Farms-Toasted-Quinoa-Ounces/dp/B0767NFD2W/ref=sr_1_5_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1515185679&sr=8-5&keywords=toasted+quinoa

  3. The coupon code DOES NOT work. I use honey frequently and my boss does too, so I figured they would be cute and fun for the office. The coupon code was good for the box it was originally sent in (I’ve subscribed for quite some time, so no idea when it was an actual box item.) I was disappointed and did not end up ordering. I e-mailed customer service and they said it was their fault.

    SO, the coupon code does not work. 🙁

  4. Still my favorite box–my son and I always look forward to opening it. We got the salted caramels as well.

    I found the pickles to be sweet and spicy. If i have just one or two, the heat doesn’t really kick in, but the more I eat them, the spicier they get. Definitely builds. My son doesn’t like a lot of spice, so he can only eat a couple and his mouth is “on fire” according to him. But he still likes them. He doesn’t think they are sweet at all. Interesting how we can all taste it differently.

    I’m a no go on cauliflower pretending to be anything else (just…no) so I’ll pass that on, but everything else was super usable. I also received a bag of salted caramels but no cow tales or honey.

    I also got a bag of toasted quinoa–did anyone else? I didn’t see that on your review and I’ve lost my info sheet.

    Surprisingly, I liked these beet chips better than I thought I would. I definitely do not care for beets–which I remembered after ordering some from Nature Box. So I was hesitant to try these, but the beet flavor was milder to me and balanced by the seasonings. I could eat more of these for sure.

    • I got the quinoa as well. It went into the bag for my church food drive. 🙂

  5. So the website says that you can earn points by answering questionnaires. I can’t figure out how to get to the questionnaires. Help?

  6. I thought the pickles were a bit spicy myself. I surprisingly really liked the beet chips. I had high hopes for the cauliflower rice but I really did not like it. The breadsticks and cookies were really good too. This was my first degustabox and i was happy with it. My husband accidentally called it Disgustabox, which made me laugh hard and say- I hope not! 🙂

  7. I thought this was a pretty good box. Not overwhelmingly awesome, but solidly good.

    The bf LOVES the pickles and is finding all sorts of ways to use them.

    The cookies were yummy as were the cowtails. I didn’t get the honey sticks – I think I got something else but I can’t think of what.

    I love Brianna’s dressing and balsamic vinaigrettes are my favorite, so that’s totally a win. 🙂

    We tried the beet chips and didn’t know what to think of them at first. After a couple chips, we came to the conclusion that they’re gross.

    I can’t say I’m super thrilled with microwavable pasta, but it’s handy so I imagine I’ll use it at some point.

    I don’t like regular pesto, but I do like the red kind, so that’s cool.

    We still haven’t tried the Siflati sticks from the last time we got them.

    The cauliflower rice scares me.

    Whenever we find something new to love, I count the box as a win, especially if we get to use most of the items.

  8. First, I’m a total wimp when it comes to spicy foods and I can verify those pickles do have some heat to them. BUT they are also very sweet and therefore even I like them (so to your point, they must not be very hot though…haha). I was planning on giving them away to a friend but curiosity won out and I figured I’d just try one first. Needless to say, they are still in my fridge…well, at least the half of them that are still left. 🙂 Also, I’m a long-term subscriber and I got the extra pack of Cow Tales too (they often throw in “gifts” of extra inventory…I’ve literally gotten Cow Tales 3 times but I’m not complaining because a bonus is a bonus!). The little honey straws were also from awhile back and a bonus too….you’ll notice the expiration date on the coupon is almost a year ago. Good thing honey never goes bad. Hehe. I don’t remember getting that as my other bonus this month, but I can’t remember what I got instead….

    • Ah thank you! I haven’t received this box in awhile and I thought the cow tales and honey sticks looked familiar 🙂

      • I finally remembered what my other bonus was (besides the Cow Tales). It was another bag of the turkey jerky from last month maybe?!?! I guess it was hard to remember because that didn’t last long either. LOL.

  9. This was my first Degusta box and I didnt get the Cowtales or Honey Straws but I got some Salted Caramels instead? Even though I didn’t like most of the items in my box I still had fun opening up the HUGE box and filling up my pantry with new goods that I may either pass on or attempt to use in the future. I got my first box for $9.99 and like I said the box had so many items. Looking forward to future items.

    • I had the same thing – no cowtales or Honey Straw, but the salted caramels instead.

      I have to say I’m a bit disappointed in the amount of Barilla items – i feel like it’s such an everyday brand and the items are easy to find in my local grocery store. I typically purchase higher end pasta and sauces, or Wegmans’ organic brand, so it seems like a downgrade from what I normally get.

      I also only paid 9.99 to try this out, but definitely will not continue to subscribe to it. I have a trial box of Lovewithfood on the way, hopefully I like it better!

    • The caramels were definitely the free gift for new subscribers! And yes, I always feel like this box is packed full each month 🙂

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