Degustabox Food Subscription Review + Coupon – May 2018

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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! 

open Degustabox a look inside 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 may 2018 Degustabox

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.

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 May 2018 Review

info sheet for may 2018

Degustabox always has a really nice info sheet that goes over each item included in the box with their retail values.

word search on back of info sheet

The content on the back changes from month to month, and this time there’s a word search that uses words pertaining to the items!

Zollipops & ZaffiTaffy with info cards other side of Zollipops & ZaffiTaffy with info cards

ZaffiTaffy Samples + Coupons

Degustabox has thrown in some ZaffyTaffy samples with coupons to get a free 5.2 oz bag where they’re sold. I ate one that tasted like grape or berry and it was really soft and sweet without being overly sugary. Not sure I’ll redeem this coupon or not, but I suppose I’ll keep it around in case I get the hankering and remember to cash it in.

Karma Wellness Water in Blueberry Lemonade lid of Karma Wellness Water in Blueberry Lemonade

Karma Wellness Water in Blueberry Lemonade – Listed Retail Value $2.29 (Buy a 12 pack for $24.99)

I don’t know how I retain these things, but I recall getting this once before in Degustabox back in July of last year. That was a different flavor, but the product is the same in that there is a powder stored in the cap that you push down into the water before drinking. Once you shake it up to mix, you’ll receive 100% of fresh A, E and essential B vitamins plus BC30 Probiotic. It kind of reminds me of the glass bottles of Japanese soda I used to buy when I was younger that had a marble sealing it. You’d push the marble into a little vestibule to open it. Makes for a fun way to start a drink. Like the Acai flavor I received before, this one isn’t bad and does resemble lemonade, but it has a weird aftertaste that I don’t love which I’ll blame on the Stevia.

Goya Medium Salsa Verde dish with Goya Medium Salsa Verde

Goya Medium Salsa Verde, 17.6 oz. – Retail Value $2.68

Another variation of a past item is this full-size jar of Salsa Verde from Goya. Salsa Verde is my number one favorite salsa, so I did a little happy dance when I opened this one up. Of course, I wish that tortilla chips came with this, but wouldn’t you know I still have the barbacoa slow cooker sauce to make from last month and I think this salsa would go well with it. Plus, I usually do have some chippies on hand. This salsa is just a little spicy without going overboard.

Rufus Teague Honey Sweet BBQ Sauce

Rufus Teague Honey Sweet BBQ Sauce, 16 oz. – Retail Value $6.95

It’s so rare that I use BBQ sauce, but this jar intrigues me since it looks like a flask of whiskey. Haha. My Mom loves food more than I do and was really jealous of this box in particular, so this month I finally got her a gift subscription since she’s over in Ohio and I can’t just share mine with her easily. She excitedly told me about everything she got in her first box over the phone a couple days ago and said she received the Smoky Apple version of this sauce. Upon opening, it smells really delicious with a touch of sweetness. It has a little zip to it and you can taste the honey. Looks like I’m going to have to find a reason to slather thing all over something soon.

Post Grape Nuts Trail Mix Crunch back of Post Grape Nuts Trail Mix Crunch bowl of Post Grape Nuts Trail Mix Crunch

Post Grape Nuts Trail Mix Crunch – Retail Value $3.98

For some reason, I love receiving cereal in this box. I think I secretly love cereal but never buy it, so when it arrives unannounced, I welcome it with open arms. I grew up only eating Cheerios, Corn Flakes, and Raisin Bran so I prefer the healthier side of things compared to sugary colorful cereal a lot of kids were allowed to eat when I was a kid. I was jealous back then of those kids but glad now that I’m not particularly fond of it. That’s my longwinded way of saying that this Cranberry Vanilla Trail Mix Crunch is right up my alley. If I’m out of milk (which is all the time), I can also just snack on it without and it’s just as satisfying. The dried cranberry gives a nice sour sweetness to the otherwise dry ingredients.

Explore Cuisine Organic Chickpea Fusilli back of Explore Cuisine Organic Chickpea Fusilli

Explore Cuisine Organic Chickpea Fusilli – Listed Retail Value $5.69 (found here for $4.71)

Another thing I enjoy getting in sub boxes is pasta! This is an organic chickpea variety so it will be a new adventure for me as well. Pantry items are always essential for me since I’m really lazy and don’t live suuuuper close to a grocery store. I can put this in my cupboard and use it when I’m hungry but don’t want to leave my house. I don’t eat gluten-free, but it seems like those items are usually on the healthier side of things, so I’m down to check it out.

Cello Whisps Cheddar Cheese Crisps Cello Whisps Cheddar Cheese Crisps on a plate

Cello Whisps Cheddar Cheese Crisps – Listed Retail Value $3.99 (Buy a 3 pack for $10.96)

These Whisps are marked as “Back by popular demand” on the info sheet which means I’ve had them before and remember thinking they were slightly addictive. The sharpness of the cheddar is really surprising and although they’re a bit on the greasy side, I keep going back for more. I described them before as “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” and I stand by it. These crunchy little devils are so tasty.

Goya Maria Cookies Goya Maria Cookies on a plate

Goya Maria Cookies, 6.7 oz. – Retail Value $0.92

There’s nothing quite like a simple cookie. No frills, just perfectly crispy sugar cookies that taste like Vienne Fingers without the cream center. I could eat this whole pack in one sitting and not bat an eyelash. I find them rather nice to look at as well!

Deep River Sweet Maui Onion Kettle Cooked Potato Chips Deep River Sweet Maui Onion Kettle Cooked Potato Chips on a plate

Deep River Sweet Maui Onion Kettle Cooked Potato Chips, 1.375 oz. – Buy a 24 pack of 2 oz bags for $28.99

I am obsessed with potato chips but this Sweet Maui Onion flavor gives me pause. I will deal with onion flavoring, but these are also sweet, so I’m not having it. The chips are nice and crunchy because of that nice kettle cooked style, but I can’t support this flavor.

two bags of Popcorn, Indiana Kettle Corn Popcorn, Indiana Kettle Corn on a plate

Popcorn, Indiana Kettle Corn, 1 oz. x2 – Buy an 8 oz. bag for $3.29

If you read my latest Oreo Cookie Club review, you know that I am not a fan of Kettle Corn in general. It’s a savory/sweet thing that I can’t get into (even though there are loads of exceptions). Lucky for me (jk) they’ve sent two bags of it, so I have two bags to give to someone else who will enjoy it. In the grand scheme of things, its fine, I just don’t want my popcorn to be sweet is all!

Verdict: Degustabox had a mix of small-sized snacks and full-size heavy hitting condiments with some pantry items, cheese snacks, and cookies peppered in. The clear winners for me this month are the salsa, BBQ sauce, whisps, and cookies. The bummers are the drink, and the popcorn and potatp chips that just weren’t the right flavor for me. 

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 11 total items (though only 10 different products since I got 2 of the same popcorn) which means they cost about $1.82 per item.

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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, natural skin care products, and anything with food.

Posted in Degustabox Reviews, Food Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: degustabox usa | 15 comments


  1. I got the June box. The value was just over $20, and I’ll probably only use half of it. Good thing I only paid $9.99. I’ll be canceling…

  2. I finally got around to trying almost everything in this May 2018 box other than the chickpea pasta, but I printed a recipe for that yesterday. I have received this box three times now and the only time I wasn’t happy was the April box, to much candy and snack type food. I did love the Barbacoa slow cooker sauce though. Almost everything in the May 2018 box was delicious except for the BBQ sauce, a little to overly sweet for me. Two things that I now love were in this box, both were items I didn’t notice or passed up in the grocery store. One was the Whisps (addicted!) which I use in place of croutons on salad and the Goya Salsa Verde. Thought I didn’t like the green sauce, but after making the most delicious chicken enchiladas with it, it will become a buy more often now.

  3. I dipped egg rolls in the barbeque sauce. Super good!!

  4. I had been getting this box for a long time, but i just finally cancelled. The yucky giant box of candy from last month, and now this month was less than stellar (no one easts pop corn-especially kettle type, or onion chips, or cereal) in my house and we keep getting it. Degusta has given me some amazing things to try in the past that i never would have gotten to try otherwise , so for that im not mad. Just taking a break. Perhaps ill be back 🙂

  5. I’ve been getting Degustabox for about a year and while yes, it is hit or miss, for the most part, I’ve been happy with it. I’ve been introduced to some things I wouldn’t have chosen to get for myself and while I can’t always eat everything they send (I’m allergic to coconut and for some reason, that crap is popping up in all kinds of stuff nowadays), I can always pass it along to someone else who can.

  6. I love the BBQ sauce, it’s definitely better than most I’ve tried. I got the apple and can’t wait to try it on some meat. I was also surprised at how much I liked the popcorn as bagged popcorn can be hit or miss for me.

  7. Not that they need it, since they’re tasty on their own, but those cookies are deeelicious with a tiny bit of jam/some sort of fruit spread! That’s all we at for breakfast when I was studying abroad haha.

    I second the other comment about not being able to find the taffy at Walmart (the only store listed on the coupon that we have in town.)

  8. I signed up last week. I really hope I get this box, as I love everything in it!

    I’m not a fan of the last two boxes before this one, so I’m hoping this one isn’t an anomaly.

    The box seems worth it for the $10 intro price, but do you guys think it’s worth $20?

    • I am wondering the same thing. Cancelled my subscription. Loved it for 10, but 20?

    • I have been getting Degusta Box for a long time. I do think it is worth the $20. It is hit and miss, but overall I really like it. I have gotten full size bottles of olive oil, tomato sauce products, tortillas, lots of snacks. Sometimes I am disappointed, but it is usually a nice surprise. This month, I didn’t like the cookies at all, but someone in the house will probably eat them. I also usually give the drinks away, since I don’t care for stevia. Give it a try for a month or so and see what you think!

  9. Our favs this month were the crisps, taffy, bbq sauce and kettle corn. We didn’t like the cereal at all and we are cereal eaters. The crisps are really good on salads in place of croutons to add flavor and crispness. I really want that taffy but can’t find it in the store.

    • There’s a store locator on their website.

    • I found it at Walmart in the kids toothpaste section.

  10. I wasn’t sure about this box when the bbq sauce was revealed–I’m not a sweet bbq person and don’t like anything with apple flavoring (which is what I ended up with) but everything else was a win for us. I’m normally not a savory/sweet person either, but I really liked that kettle corn. It was almost like when you get caramel corn–more sweet than savory for sure.

    I had to laugh when you described the cereal and the constant lack of milk–you just described my life in a nutshell.

    I thought the Goya cookies tasted a lot like graham crackers.

    I haven’t made the barbacoa from last time either–mainly because the roast it calls for is so dang expensive here and I can’t figure out whether to shell out $15 for a piece of meat, or try to substitute something else. If I’m going to make it, I’d rather do it while my son is still at home (2 more weeks) because otherwise I’ll never be able to eat it all.

    Did anyone ever use the sauce with something besides a beef roast?

  11. I agree 100% with everything you said about the cereal and pasta (chuckled in agreement the entire way) but I have to disagree about the Maui sweet onion chips and kettle corn! Me and my sweet tooth love them! I just made my crockpot taco stuff yesterday and it turned out really good. Thanks to whomever here suggested having it with mango salsa. I picked up a jar and the sweetness balanced the seasoning well!

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