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Degustabox Food Subscription Review + Coupon – January 2018

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DegustaBox

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! 

Open 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.)

contents of DegustaBox January 2018

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

Coupon: Use coupon code MSABONUS2018 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.

January 2018 Degustabox Review

Info sheet for DegustaBox January 2018

First, you’ll find an info page that lists all of the items in this month’s box, with their retail value.

recipes for using some items from Info sheet for DegustaBox January 2018

The back changes from month to month, but this time has two different recipes that utilize some of your items: the edamame spaghetti, olive oil, and rosemary thins.

coupons

There are also a couple of coupons included for Go Organically and Maya Kaimal.

Maya Kaimal Naan Chips Maya Kaimal Naan Chips on plate

Maya Kaimal Naan Chips, – Buy a case of 12, 6 oz packages for $45.40

Though I appreciate these not being overly salted, I find them to be a bit on the bland side. I love regular naan, but something is not translating to these chips for me. Perhaps I need to think of them more of a cracker (like a vehicle) instead of a chip (which I could eat most of as-is).

Angie's BoomChickaPop Porpcorn Angie's BoomChickaPop Popcorn on plate

Angie’s Boomchickapop Sea Salt Popcorn, 0.6 oz. x 2 – Buy a 4.8 oz. bag for $3.29 (found here for $3.00)

I enjoy making popcorn the old-fashioned way of kernels in a pot on the stove, but when you are in a rush or not at home, this bagged popcorn is a good alternative. It doesn’t have anything weird in the ingredients. Just popcorn, sunflower oil, and some light sea salt. Nice n simple.

Loacker White Chocolate Wafers Loacker White Chocolate Wafers on plate

Loacker White Chocolate Bar – Listed Retail Value $1.99

Wow- this chocolate wafer bar seems rare online. I can’t seem to find it for sale, so I made note of the listed price from the info sheet, above. I’m not as huge of a white chocolate lover as when I was younger, but this super sweet bar is really creamy and full of a crispy wafer as well. One square crushes my sweet tooth!

Crown Maple Brown Sugar Crown Maple Brown Sugar in dish

Crown Maple Sugar – Buy a 10 oz. bag for $16.50

Hmmm- I’ve never noticed maple sugar in granulated form before. Has this always been around? The info sheet says this can be used in baking, cocktails, and of course coffee or tea. I don’t use sugar in my hot drinks, but I put a little of this in my evening tea to give it a whirl instead of honey and I’ll say a little goes a long way. It gave it a sweetness without tasting very “maple-like”. Recommended!

Cello Whisps on plate

Cello Whisps, 2.12 oz. – Retail Value $3.99

You know when you make something with cheese on top, then there are those crispy, almost burnt parts where the cheese slides off onto the pan or baking sheet you’re using? These ARE those crisp pieces, but not burnt at all. The amount of cheesy flavor that these Whisps pack is pretty unreal. The cheddar is super sharp and cuts right through your tongue. The best part is that they’re made with 100% cheddar cheese ONLY. Nothing else. The back of the package has these topped on a bowl of tomato soup and holy cow would that taste perfect.

Go Organically Fruit Snacks box Go Organically Fruit Snacks pouch Go Organically Fruit Snacks on plate

Go Organically Fruit Snacks – Retail Value $5.19

Fruit snacks are an item that tends to show up in snack subscription boxes often, but I’m always delighted to try different brands. I haven’t heard of Go Organically before, but their fruit snacks go down pretty easy and have a really honest fruity flavor. They’re gluten-free, GMO-free, made with real fruit, and are certified USDA organic. They’re not as soft as some of the other fruit snacks I’ve tried, but I like that they arechewiery.

Wasa Thins in Rosemary and Sea Salt Wasa Thins in Rosemary and Sea Salt on plate

Wasa Thins in Rosemary & Sea Salt – Retail Value $4.59

I eat a lot of cheese and generally really like charcuterie trays in general, so these crackers with rosemary and sea salt are a great addition to the likes. These have a pretty strong rosemary flavor (which I appreciate) but are a bit on the dry side, which seems to be their nature. I think these would be really great with a fruit or cheese spread as well to moisten them up.

Explore Cuisine Organic Edamame Spaghetti Explore Cuisine Organic Edamame Spaghetti on plate

Explore Cuisine Organic Edamame Spaghetti – Retail Value $4.07

I love pasta and am always game to try a new type that’s in the world. This here pasta is made from edamame (which I also really like) and therefore has a nice green color to it. The box boasts that it’s packed with plant-based protein so I’m willing to bet this is a pretty healthy alternative to pasta lovers that go a bit overboard sometimes (ahem, me). There’s a recipe for this on the info sheet that involves pesto, which sounds just awesome to me.

Dole Coconut Water Fruit Packs in box Dole Coconut Water Fruit Packs open Dole Coconut Water Fruit Pack on plate

Dole Pineapple and Mandarin Orange Fruit Cups in Coconut Water – Retail Value $1.84

Normally when I get these snack packs in DegustaBox, I shy away from them. I’m not sure why, but it’s something they tend to include a lot (in different variations and brands, of course). These, however, got my attention with the words “coconut water”. I gobbled two of these down pretty easily and honestly, wouldn’t have been able to tell it was coconut water.  They tasted pretty similar to the regular fruit cups to me. I do enjoy both pineapple and mandarin oranges, and these are great for packing lunches.

Monini Originale Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Monini Originale Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Retail Value $11.83

I use SO MUCH olive oil while cooking my meal kits, so I love when DegustaBox includes a full bottle in the box. This time they’ve sent a brand I’m not familiar with called Monini. This looks to be a somewhat expensive brand (I normally go whatever grocery store brand) and it smells heavenly.

Verdict: Degustabox was pretty good this month, in my opinion. I received 10 different items (most of which I hadn’t tried before) that have a retail value of over $40 for $19.99. You always roll the dice here (as with most sub boxes), but I have never thought that this one wasn’t worth the $19.99. If I don’t like a product, I can pass it to a friend, or donate to my local food bank. The olive oil and edamame were the most exciting since I’m eager to try them, and I was happy to discover Crown Maple Sugar and Cello Whisps!

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 MSABONUS2018 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 10 items which prices them at $2.00 per item.

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What are you making with Degustabox this month? 

Written by Marne Orenich

Marne Orenich

Marne is a stationery addict, lip product connoisseur, record collector, and twice over cat mom. Her favorite subscriptions contain office supplies, anything kawaii, and all things food. She is also proudly the unofficial “Meat Editor” of My Subscription Addiction.

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.

18 Comments

  1. I think you missed out by getting the Naan chips and not the wing marinade, which was bomb! My daughter loves to get these sauces and play with them, so she mixed it in with ground turkey and we had “wing meatballs” which came out amazing.

    Honestly Degustabox goes back and forth and I always toy with cancelling, with the caveat being, “if next month sucks, I’m done.” Then it doesn’t suck. Honestly, they could send me a whole box of those Whisps and I would’ve been happy. Those are my favorite!

    I’m a bit surprised that someone thought this was an unhealthy box. Yes, a lot of it seems “snackish,” but what I appreciate is that the sub seems to be angled toward sending out products that people would actually use/eat, but in newer, healthier options, like the edamame pasta or the chemical-free fruit snacks. Even the popcorn and Wasa crackers are lower in fat & calories than if you got a bag of chips or a box of Wheat Thins. So, no, this isn’t a box full of fruits & veggies but it introduces things that some people might not otherwise get and ultimately, if they switch their former options for these, they’re better off! Not everyone can do a 180 in their food habits. I really appreciate Degustabox’s gentle nudging!

    • I love the meatball idea, using the wing sauce! I might try that.

      I completely agree with you about Degustabox being a great box for trying out some more interesting (and maybe even unique to some) food/drink. There a several other sub boxes out there that are marketed as being on the more healthful side.

      Sidenote for Marne-
      I am not a fan of cocoa butter and sugar (white chocolate), but I wanted to try a bite of the Loacker white “chocolate” bar.
      That one bite was so sweet that I choked! I’m not kidding. Major sugar burn in my throat.

      Loacker looks to be based in both Italy and Germany, and is the same company that makes the sugar wafer cookies that Degustabox has sent us a couple of times before. I love their cookies, and see some available via Amazon.

  2. That sugar would be great to rim a cocktail glass with.

  3. I always love the thoroughness and great photos that you put into each of your reviews, Marne.

    We tried these pasta noodles before receiving this months Degustabox. We highly recommend putting the pasta sauce over each serving, right before eating. Not pouring the sauce over all of the pasta, mixing, and then serving. (My beau always does this. It irks me, and this edamame pasta soaks up most of the sauce.)

    I also have a suggestion for the maple sugar…sprinkle some on sliced ham and then warm it. We both loved it.

  4. use the noodles with the pesto recipe provided. It’s really pretty good. This recipe made about 6 servings for my husband and I. If you only like regular pasta (no whole wheat or other flavors/types) with jarred sauce. this is not for you.

  5. When my boyfriends parents went to Egypt they brought those white chocolate bars back for us. I am surprised to see them in a subscription box.

  6. arechewiery?

    • LOL… what’s funny about that is that these snacks definitely have a softer, chewier consistency than most fruit snacks with more chemicals & preservatives. I wouldn’t classify them as being worth the $5 a box they want for them, though. I know Marne loves to be funny with some of her creative words, so I don’t mind this… um… typo?

  7. My 2nd box and I was far more pleased than I was with the December box however…..I did NOT get the Naan chips which is kind of saddening because I think I would have liked them. I did get a bottle of wing marinade instead which was cool though. I got everything else and aside from the Edame noodle thingy stuff I was excited to try what what in the box. They even shipped in time before a storm. I cant wait for next months box.

  8. I LOVE Degusta box! The price is great for the value. Fun items that i may not try on my own. But down to earth, available in the US items.

  9. This may have been my least favorite degustabox ever. We both HATED the naan chips (which was disappointing since we both love naan) and the Wasa thins. Neither of us like white chocolate -I actually hate it. We haven’t tried the pasta yet since we don’t eat much of it – and I don’t like edamame. the popcorn was boring and I can’t think of a time when I’d want a maple flavor when I yet sugar.

    I was psyched to see the Go Organically b fruit snacks, though. We both love them and can’t find them locally. And more olive oil is always useful.

  10. I really tried to like the noodles, but it’s a no-go Lol

  11. This box resembles everything that is wrong with US eating habits.

    • Why is that? These are actually some pretty decent items, health-wise. Many of them are great substitutions for their regular counterparts. Fruit, whole-grain crackers, olive oil, and edamame pasta are what’s wrong with US eating habits? Perhaps this isn’t the box for you.

      • I agree Missy, no junk here. Someone is clearly misinformed about this box! Not the box for her.

  12. I love the Loacker brand of sweets and need to find more. I like the fruit cups and it is about the only way I get my fruit. Haven’t tried the coconut water ones yet.

    • Yeeessss. This sub has gotten me addicted to Loacker. And I don’t think I’m the only one. So I hope they keep them coming…that would make the sub price worth it for me! Lol.

  13. I received this box and it didn’t wow me. The white chocolate bar was delicious and I was excited about the oil as we use so much. Pretty much everything else was given away. I will try the noodles, but I am sure my husband is going to notice. LOL.

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