Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Degustabox Is A Subscription of Surprises

Who doesn't like a fun snackable surprise?


That's the idea behind Degustabox, a food subscription box that launched in the US this June. I was lucky enough to try it out for free. Let's dive in!

Degustabox started out in Spain and, like I mentioned, just launched in the US. For $19.99 a month, you receive a box of about 10-15 surprise products. You never know what's going to come each month.

My first impression: They don't skimp. The box was a good size and surprisingly heavy. Everything inside was neatly packaged with plenty of bubble-wrap.


Here's what was included in the June shipment:
  • 2 snack-sized packages Wise Sea Salt Popcorn
  • 2 snack-sized packages Wise Cinnabon Popcorn
  • 1 full-sized bottle Briannas Italian Viniagrette
  • 3 mini-sized samples Vita Coco 100% Organic, Cold Pressed, Unrefined Coconut Oil
  • 1 full-sized bottle Topo Chico Mineral Water
  • 1 full-sized bottle Topo Chico Lime Flavored Mineral Water
  • 1 regular-sized jar of Jif Cinnamon Peanut Butter Spread
  • 1 snack-sized package Orchard Valley Harvest Cashew Halves + Pieces
  • 1 snack-sized package Orchard Valley Harvest Cranberry Almond Cashew Trail Mix
  • 1 regular-sized package Haribo Sour Gold-Bears
  • 1 full-sized container Elmhurst Harvest Chocolate Almond Milk
  • 1 full-sized bottle Soy Vay Teriyaki Sauce
  • 1 regular-sized package Honees Cough Drops
  • Plus, a few coupons and recipes
I am VERY particular about ingredients, so there are a few items in the box that I just am not going to eat. I don't want to preach, I just would encourage you all to read ingredients and decide what is best for you. Now that that's out of the way, let me tell you about the items that got my thumbs up.


I don't encourage stress eating, but sometimes I just need a snack when I'm struggling with writer's block. It happens. So, yeah, I housed the Wise Sea Salt Popcorn.

The same goes for the Orchard Valley Trail Mix and Nuts. I was going to make something with them, but then just snacked on them as is. A nice "healthy fat" energy boost after a workout.

The Vita Coco Coconut Oil was totally up my alley, especially because it was 100% organic, cold pressed and unrefined. That's the good stuff. That's the stuff you want to have in the kitchen. Cook with it, put in a smoothie or even use it as a moisturizer.


I love bubble water! Topo Chico has a nice gentle fizz to it. The lime flavored one was flavored with actual lime. Delightful to sip on a hot summer day by themselves or splash into summertime cocktails for a touch of refreshing fizz. Stay tuned for a fun recipe!


I normally prefer unsweetened nut milk, because flavored ones tend to have a lot of added sugar. So while I wouldn't necessarily have the Elmhurst Harvest Chocolate Almond Milk every day because of that, I did like it. It was fun to put in a smoothie. Recipe coming soon!

I marinaded a few chicken breasts in the Soy Vay Teriyaki before tossing them onto the grill this weekend. The sauce has a nice flavor and wasn't too salty. I think it would also be great to add in a quick stir-fry.

Cheese, herbs and calamata olives give the Italian Vinaigrette from Briannas a nice flavor that can stand up to more than just leafy greens. It would be great in a pasta salad, a dip for crudite, or drizzled on an antipasto platter. It's important to keep in mind that pre-made salad dressings, even ones with good ingredients like this one, tend to have a lot of calories. Just don't go overboard.

I have yet to try the Honees Cough Drops. I put them in the allergy/cold remedy basket for use when we really need them.

Overall, I generally liked my box of surprises from Degustabox. I'd love to see more ingredient-conscious items or maybe down the road, they could offer a separate ingredient-conscious box option.

Do you subscribe to Degustabox or a similar service? What do you think of it?

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. I received one month of Degustabox free of charge (approximately $20 value). The opinions contained herein are my own and reflect my experience with the products. Your own may differ.


Photos by Renato Ghio
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