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Degustabox Food Subscription Review – January 2019

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.)

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:10-15 full-size items packaged food items each month, with a retail value of $30+.

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 January 2019 Review

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

The back is different each month. This month features two ways to use the “Product of the Month”, La Tortilla Factory Low Carb Flour Tortillas.

There’s a full-page ad and coupon for Sweet Baby Ray’s Hot Sauce, which is also in the box!

Let’s see what we got!

Chocolat Frey Dark Crunchy Nut Bar, 3 oz. – Listed Retail Value $3.29

Ah yes- my favorite chocolate companion, the hazelnut! This bar didn’t last long with its creamy Swiss dark chocolate and large hazelnut chunks! Two thumbs up! Would purchase again.

Partners Crackers in Olive Oil & Sea Salt – Listed Retail Value $3.99 (Buy a case of 6 for $15.80)

I’m always wanting to snack on cheese and meats and the best way to do that is along with some tasty crackers. These are so much more buttery than I would imagine and the flavor doesn’t overpower the toppings. I enjoyed these with some salami, cheddar, and smoked gouda, but they are pretty darn tasty on their own!

Idahoan Mashed Potatoes in Smokey Cheese & Bacon and Cheddar & Sour Cream, each 4 oz. – Total Estimated Value $3.78

Well, I’m not super excited to see these again. We got them not too long ago and I still haven’t broken into those. I think I’d just rather spend my time boiling and mashing whole potatoes than go the dehydrated route. These are two different flavors than in the past though, and the bacon and cheddar one doesn’t seem to be available online that I can find. Perhaps new flavors?

MaraNatha Almond Butter in Coconut, Caramel, and Dark Chocolate, each 1.15 oz. – Buy a 12 oz jar for $6.62

I have been enjoying almond butter as of late, spread across some toast with sliced bananas on top. It’s a great snack when I need some protein and I love how almond butter tastes. I went for the coconut flavor of these packets immediately since it appealed to me the most. It was super tasty and had just enough coconut flavor to let me know it was there. I passed the others on to someone else since they seemed a little decadent for me.

Vitabella Strawberry Pillow Snack Cereal, 10.6 oz. – Listed Retail Value $5.99

I rarely eat cereal since it normally rips up the roof of my mouth, but I sometimes indulge with a handful now and then as a snack. These strawberry pillows come straight from Italy which is a first for me, and they happen to be gluten-free as well. They’re also soy free and are made with no GMOs or artificial colors. They kind of remind me of the shredded wheat with fruit inside except these are less textural. The pillows are light and they overall taste great and I wouldn’t pin them down as being a healthy GF alternative.

La Tortilla Factory Low Carb Flour Tortillas, 8 ct. – Listed Retail Value $4.89

YESSSSS! This tortilla brand is my favorite and was introduced to me by this very box, over a year ago! I don’t think I’ve had the low carb version before but am totally on-board to try them. I love Mexican food so tortillas are a staple of my pantry and I love making quick quesadillas when I don’t want to make too much of a fuss for dinner, or burritos stuffed full of yummy ingredients. The info sheet this month has a couple of unique recipes to use these with, but they’re a little out of my comfort zone.

FREE GIFT: Michel et Augustin Cookie Squares 

They included two little single cookie squares this month as a bonus. Each one has a shortbread cookie base and it filled with chocolate ganache and topped with crushed up hazelnuts. These were really tasty and come all the way from France. YUM.

Lundberg Original Grounded Snacks in Vanilla Chai, 4 oz. – Retail Value $4.05

These are organic, gluten-free, vegan, and non-GMO. So, how do they taste? Pretty decent, actually. They honestly remind me of cinnamon toast crunch cereal or those cinnamon twists from taco bell, only, healthier. They’re salty and sweet at the same time though, which is kind of a no-no for me. I don’t hate these, but I don’t love them.

Smashmallow Smashcrispy Rice Treats in Cinnamon Churro – Listed Value $1.99 (Buy a 6-pack for $9.99)

Smashmallow Smashcrispy Rice Treats in Strawberries & Cream – Listed Value $1.99 (Buy a 6-pack for $9.99)

Someone explain to me why the churro one tastes like soy sauce? I can’t do it, y’all! The only way I can enjoy any rice treat like this is if I make it myself. Even the Rice Krispies brand pre-packaged ones aren’t my fave. I’m just a hater over here.

Sweet Baby Ray’s Hot Sauce, 5 oz. – Get a 12 oz bottle for $1.50

Dang, I JUST bought hot sauce to make guacamole a couple weeks ago and this guy shows up right after. Ah well. I already like Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce, so no doubt their hot sauce will be fantastic. Oh yes- this I properly spicy! I can’t go too hot, but this is really nice without going overboard. This would be amazing on wings or chicken tendos OR to use on burritos with my tortillas!

Verdict: Degustabox had a lot of hits and misses with me this month. The hot sauce, tortillas, chocolate bar, almond butter, and crackers were all great, but the cereal, rice treats, mashed potatoes, and vanilla chai snacks were kinda meh. For $19.99 I got 15 items, some with larger values than others which makes the average cost under $1.50. That seems like a good value. 

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: This box costs $19.99 + free shipping, which means that each of the 15 items in the box (11 brands) has an average cost of $1.33.

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Written by Marne Orenich

Marne Orenich

Marne is a lipstick connoisseur, record collector, and twice over cat mom. She loves discovering new clean beauty brands and has quite the collection of beautifully packaged serums and moisturizers.

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Comments (8)

  1. If you still need a use for the instamash potatoes, you can use them like bread crumbs or panko in recipes that call for that.

  2. Did they stop the refer a friend for points? I can not find it anywhere on the site now.

  3. Haha, I love idahoan potatoes! They’re my emergency dinner when I don’t want to bother cooking — all you have to do is boil water.

    The trick is to really load them up with other stuff you have on hand, like bacon pieces, cheese, butter, sour cream, herbs, etc.

    • I do too! It can be so handy for last minute addition to dinner. Also, I’ve tried other brands and this one really is the best. The potato flavor is noticeable and it mixes really well.

    • That’s a great tip, Marion!

  4. Would anybody who got this book be interested in swapping those Idahoan mashed potato pouches for something else? Oh my! Mashed potato is my comfort food and I would loooove to try this. We just have plain mashed potato here 🙁 I had never seen these flavors. In fact I would love to have several packs of this at home so happy to swap with four or five ladies.

    Things I can send in exchange:

    – Items from the subscription box Nomakenolife. I have so many Japanese & Korean face masks, curl mascara, mermaid brush for the face etc. Still in their original packaging.

    – Chocolate and tea. I am currently teaching in Bulgaria so I can send chocolate bars from Bulgarian brands and also the most popular brands from Poland & Ukraine as these are sold in my local supermarket.

    I am OK with sending first and I would use recorded delivery.

  5. I really liked almost everything in this month’s box, especially the Vanilla Chai snack! I want to buy more but can’t find it in my area. The potatoes were perfect for an episode of illness, quick to make and smooth to eat. The crackers and tortillas were far better than I expected and I will look for them now. I didn’t care for the cereal, but that was the only thing I didn’t like in this box.

  6. Strange review but OK. The Grounded snacks are awesome! The “rice krispy” treats are disgusting. The crackers are blah-no taste whatsoever. The mashed potatoes are good. We eat them all the time. It’s easier and cheaper to make than regular mashed potatoes. Hot sauce is hot sauce? I haven’t, and won’t eat the packs of almond butter. Too many calories. Tortillas are all the same to me so…..

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