Degustabox Food Subscription Review + Coupon – 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!
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
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
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.
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.
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.)
These candies bring my right back to my childhood! My great grandmother always seemed to have a stash of cream-filled soft caramels around.
These are a nice small size and are super soft, perfect for a little afternoon treat or holiday stocking stuffers.
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!
Brianna’s also included a recipe booklet with some different ideas for their various varieties:
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 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?
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!
They were still delicious and definitely won’t last long in our fridge.
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 – 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!
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.
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, 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.
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!
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, 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.
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 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.
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.
We also got a 30% off code in case you want to reorder these.
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.
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.
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 Mulino Bianco Sfilati, 7.05 oz – Retail Value $3.95, Listed Value $3.99
These are simple breadsticks filled with black and green olives.
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.
I do wish the packaging had held them together since many were broken inside. Any other serving suggestions for these?
These veggie snacks kind of defy classification. They’re not quite chip and not quite cracker.
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!
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.
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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What is your favorite item from Degustabox this month?