July Degustabox
July Degustabox items

Degustabox – £12.99

Many people have already received their July Degustabox this month, so this review will probably not come as a surprise to many of you, but there is a story behind it.
I originally received my first box two Thursday’s ago and it was damaged, so I asked the courier to return it. Instead of the courier returning it they turned up the next day with my damaged box again except they had dumped the items into an unlabelled box and removed the leaking items from the original box. I was absolutely furious! I complained to Degustabox and to their credit they were very sorry about the service I’d received (including last month’s damaged box!) so they apologised and sent me 2 boxes!! of exciting stuff which I was very pleased about. It definitely made up for the rubbish experience I’d had so far. I wouldn’t blame Degustabox in all honesty, it was more the courier who are absolutely appalling. I thought Yodel were bad but DPD take the bloody biscuit.

This month I received a lot, as I mentioned, but all these items were in the July edition of the Degustabox:

Portlebay Popcorn
These are probably one of my favourite items from my box. I love popcorn anyway so it was exciting to try new flavours. I received three flavours: sweet & salty, chilli & lime and maple syrup & bacon.
I loved the sweet and salty and the maple and bacon was suprisingly nice, although not that bacon-y really, rather more tangy. I wasn’t that overly keen on the chilli and lime flavoured popcorn but thankfully Harry was so he devoured those. I could definitely be tempted to pick up a few packets if I see them in store when I’m shopping.

Zeo Drinks
I wasn’t sure what these were until I read about them. They are supposedly grown up soft drinks, I think along the lines of Shloer. They were ok, I didn’t feel like you got a lot really in them and the only flavour that I liked was the zest one. One thing I did like about the drinks however was the fact it was a mixture of sugar and stevia that sweetened the drinks. I skip so many soft drinks because they’re full of sugar so it was nice to be able to drink one and not feel guilty. I don’t think in all honesty I’d pick these up but they were nice to try.

Green & Blacks Lemon Bar Chocolate
I was very happy to receive this little item in my box. I love Green & Black’s but it’s so indulgent and luxurious. I’ve tried quite a few flavours before but not the lemon so I was eager to try it and I’m happy to say it’s delicious! It’s also rich enough for me to only have a couple of squares so I don’t feel so guilty. I may pick this up again.

The Berry Company
I received the white tea with peach and lemon. If it’s anything like Lipton’s Peach iced tea I’m sure I will. Note: Just tried it! It is like Lipton’s peach iced tea. LOVE! I really like this, I’d definitely be interested in trying other flavours. It is a little on the expensive side so I’d definitely only pick it up if I wanted a treat or was feeling flash!

Hornsby’s Blueberry Cider
The cider is actually surprisingly lovely. It doesn’t have a particularly nice smell, (especially when it leaks all over your box) but it tastes really quite nice. I quite like flavoured ciders so I think I would definitely pick some of these up for a special occasion.

Frank Bar Blueberry and Chocolate Bar
I love trying new health food bars but they’re always so expensive! This item is probably the only item I really didn’t like. The blueberry flavour is quite strong and it’s a very cloying bar. I definitely won’t be purchasing again.

Dr Oetker Eton Mess Sprinkles
As you all may know I’m an avid baker so I’m quite excited to use these, although I haven’t yet thought of an instance where I might. Perhaps I will use them to create a sophisticated professional finish on my cakes for the next bake sale at work. I do like eton mess so I think I will probably get more use out of these than the violet crystals.

Dr Oetker Violet Crystals
To say I was disappointed to receive the Dr Oetker Violet crystals is a bit of a harsh statement, but I’m not entirely sure when I’ll use these as I have a sneaking suspicion that these will be a little like the parma violet sweets, which I hate! I will possibly have to use these on bakes on other people!

Maggi packet sauce mixes
I received quite a few of the Maggi packet mixes in my box, in fact because I’ve technically got 3 boxes I now have 18 packets of Maggi! I’m not a big packet sauce lover I prefer to cook from scratch, but the Maggi ones have piqued my interest a time or two when I’ve been doing the weekly shop, especially the bake in the bag ones. So far I’ve only tried the Peri Peri chicken one. It was ok, but I don’t think I’d buy it again, it was quite spicy and in all honesty I prefer the taste of Nandos Peri Peri Marinade . I am looking forward to trying the oriental soy and garlic one though it sounds right up my street.

I am going to give Degustabox another month before eventually making up my mind. Although I was absolutely irate this month, they did sort it out and make it up to me and I am pleased with the items I received (eventually). I’m just really concerned about their courier as I hope I don’t get another bad experience.