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Degustabox July

Published July 21, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I had a sneaky suspicion that my July Degustabox may just arrive with some sort of Summer theme; and I was not wrong either. 

The theme is Summer and it’s Summer outside. So let’s take a look what’s inside the box this month.

I was very happy with the Blossom hill spritz of course and am looking forward to popping it open over some ice on a hot day. 

My daughter Jordanna loves the Mango and passion fruit juice and of course it is much healthier and better than fizzy pop.


I would of liked to have seen more sweets, chocs or crisps in the box, but I was happy with a bag of new rowntrees ransoms. 

The fry light bottle is actually avocado oil as opposed to the usual olive oil. Again being more healthier and I can use exactly the same as I would any other cooking oil.


My girls will eat the Weetabix. I’m just not a breakfast person at all. We like ryvita thins and have tried a few of the other varieties previously. The Djohn mustard may come in handy to make a recipe, perhaps some sort of sauce or flavouring for a meat dish. 

I’m not too sure about the packet of Quinoa. I know it’s a more healthier version to rice but I just prefer the rice too much so maybe I’ll pass it on to someone who will enjoy it more. 

None of us are really keen on olives either so the Oloves will be passed on to an olive lover somewhere.

It’s a nice box. The blossom hill was a lovely surprise. 

As always Degustabox costs just £12.99 monthly which includes U.K. delivery. If you use this special code – OMES2 at checkout then this will give you a massive £7.00 off a box meaning you only pay £5.99. The blossom hill costs £4.99 alone to buy so it’s a bargain price to pay.

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Chimasu Snack subscription box

Published July 21, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Chimasu is an Asian smack box, bringing a taste of Asia to UK door steps each month.

Each monthly box comes filled with at least 12 snack products from Asian countries such as Japan, China, Thailand etc. The majority being products that we never see over here and would find difficult to get hold of.

Monthly subscriptions start at £18 per month. This includes free shipping to the UK. Subscriptions cost slightly less if you sign up and pay in advance for longer.

And here is our unboxing video, so you can see all the goodies we got inside our July Chimasu box. I had 19 products in total.

Pocky sticks are gaining some popularity in the U.K. now tho I doubt we will see the full range of flavour like Japan has. The chocolate biscuit product was lovely as were the fruity gummy sweets. I was very surprised with the sunflower seeds too, they were like sweet crunchy nuts. I probably won’t eat the noodles myself or use the green tea tea bags but everything else is going down pretty well in our house.

Degustabox June reveal 

Published June 22, 2017 by Bizzimummy

A few days ago my monthly Degustabox arrived with a Summer bbq theme. 

This time I thought it would be a nice change to do something different with the box, so I decided to make an unboxing video showing all the contents. 

All the products are shown in the video. I am including a few pictures too for those who can’t be bothered watching the whole video.

Snacks 

Brands are – Haribo, Walkers shortbread, &a Light Bites


Drinks

Brands – Eisberg, berrywhite, Westons cider & ENRJ drinks.


Cupboard items

Brands – Spoon Granola, Capsicana, Schwartz & Original O’s


Degustabox normally costs £12.99 per month with box contents adding up to much more than what you pay. If you use my DISCOUNT CODE” 0MES2 then this gives a massive £7.00 off a box.
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The snack organisation presents…….

Published June 20, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Their freeze dried fruit snacks & flavoured rice crackers! 

The snack organisation are a new brand in the UK and have a healthy selection of snacks including crackers and freeze dried fruit packets. 

I have been very lucky, sampling both the fruit and the crackers recently. 


The fruit packets contain 18g of real fruit. The fruit goes through a special process of freeze drying I’ve no idea what exactly happens during this process but they taste amazingly good. 

I’ve tried a few dry fruit snacks in my time. I found some of them damn right disgusting , some taste just like they say – “dried fruit” as in fruit that’s been left to dry out in the sun. Yuk! Needless to say these previous snacks were not worthy of a blog mention, but the Snack organisation  variety are. 


There are a few fruit varieties. I have the pineapple packer on display here with a few strawberry pieces at the side. It’s hard to pick a firm favourite but the mixture of banana with strawberry gives a nice mixed treat.


As far as this type of product goes (dried fruit snacks) these rank amongst my top picks. They seem to not just retain, but increase in sweetness compared to the original fruit itself.

These snacks, whilst full of nothing but 100% fruit; do give a whole different taste experience to eating actual fruit. So for fussy children these may come in very useful. Whilst they don’t taste like sweets, they do taste like a sweet fruity snack (if that makes sense. And young children especially may not even realise that actual fruit and nothing else is in the packs. 

And then, there was all these! 


These crackers come baked instead of fried which instantly makes them more healthier than any fried product. The packs are 100g and they come with many flavours to choose from, my personal favourite being sweet chilli. 

You will probably notice that some packets of crackers have different packaging. This is because there are 2 versions of the rice crackers. The oriental type in the black packets and the Ancient grains in the other packets. The main difference between these two is that the Ancient grain varieties are made with brown rice & quinoa and a few other different ingredients to the other packets. 


These rice crackers make a good tasty light snack and can be included in a packed lunch. They are fine to eat alone or use with some sort of sauce or healthy topping.

Again good for both adults and kids alike. My children really like these crackers. The shape and size of each one is perfect for small hands and the variety of flavours, including lightly salted means there is one to suit most tastebuds.

Both the crackers and dried fruit products can be purchased via The Snack organisation website but only as multiple packs, not individual. Individual packs can be purchased from Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and other good shops and supermarkets.

Degustabox May 

Published June 7, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Our Degustabox box arrived just before half term began and with it came a picnic theme. 

I did like this box this time round and would put it midway amongst  the top ranking boxes I’ve received (in my opinion)

And onto the goodies! 

Snacks

Kicking off with this mammoth size chocolate bar from Cadburys. No explanations needed with this one except that it’s chocolate with peanuts and caramel crisp and lots of it. To buy this in the shops it can cost up to £3.49

Next it’s those tiny sweets; Millions. Two new flavours here – chocolate and sour strawberry and just 50/60p each packet. 

And if that was not enough sweets for us then I found these too! 


Now these are new to me and really sweet, tangy and full of flavour. Candy Kittens are gourmet sweets and come in 4 flavours. The sweets are cat face shaped jellies and we all loved our sour blueberry cat heads. These cost about £3.00 per 150g bag.
Yet more treats and munchies courtesy of portlebay popcorn. These are one of my favourite popcorn brand and I reviewed them last year in a separate post. I think this is a new flavour as it’s not one I have previously tried. A small bag of popcorn will cost about 79p. 


Chippeas seem to be one of those more healthier alternatives to crisps. The baked puffs are made using chickpeas. To me they just taste like regular puff type snacks. The £1.50 price tag is a little too high for a small snack I think.

Cupboard items

Now onto the products which I often refer to as “cupboard items” meaning products such as tins and cereals which have long shelf lives and usually get kept in a cupboard.

First is the Deli Kitchen Skinni Wraps


Wraps always go down really well in our house as they seem to be one of those foods that we all eat. I usually make chicken and add a sauce or batter of some sort and add salad. 

There was 6 wraps per packet which were in an unusual envelope shape. They did seem thinner or skinnier than regular wraps but still just as good. These cost £1.25 per pack of 6.
Cereal lovers crunch time nuggets 


Unfortunately these did not go down to well. Jordanna normally enjoys most types of cereal but not this one. It could possibly just be this particular flavour which contains orange, nutmeg and ginger. There are 2 other varieties to try. These are granola nuggets to enjoy with milk or alone straight from the packet. Each pack is £1.59 each. 
A much nicer box of cereal was also in our May box. 

This is MOMA cereal in a tasty raspberry and coconut. £3.20 per large box.
Homepride is a well known name in baking. They have been making flour for over 50 years. And I have one of their products in my box this month.


This strong bread flour will come in useful as my son is taking cooking as one of his school options and flour seems to have a really good shelf life. £1.50 is not a bad price either.

Drinks

Finally onto the drinks. It’s always good to find a nice refreshing fruity drink in my monthly box and this time it is a can of fruity Zeo.


Zeo is low calorie with fruits and botanicals mixed with spring water and costs £1.19 a can. Again a bit too pricy to drink daily but quite nice anyway.


It’s crabbies ginger beer and the alcoholic version so no passing it onto my kids this time. It’s not my thing. I’m more of a wine, vodka, or baileys girl. I’m sure I’ll find someone who wants it. Only £1.89 a bottle.

And finally – a very surprising item indeed!


Yes it’s coffee bags. Just like tea bags but coffee version and from Raw Bean proper coffee company. I can use them just like I would a tea bag and they make a lovely cup of coffee too. Not too strong and not too weak and less mess as it’s all in a bag. 

What an amazing box this month, just bursting with some lovely stuff. 

These boxes are mixed, some will contain alcohol and others won’t. I get all the items in my box as it’s a review box. However the subscription boxes usually contain 9 items or more and are delivered once a month. 

The cost of a Degustabox subscription is usually just £12.99 but they have a really good offer for new customers and are offering a box for just £5.99 giving a huge £7.00 off. You can see by my contents above that the products are all worth more than what the box costs. The box price also includes UK delivery. Sign up today at Degustabox UK.

Raw chocolate snacks from the Raw chocolate company

Published May 18, 2017 by Bizzimummy

The raw chocolate company was one of my very early posts when I first started this blog. That was a long time ago and I am pleased to be munching away on their tasty products once again.


These are raw chocolate snacks. If like me your not too sure what raw chocolate is then the process is explained in detail here. To cut it short, raw chocolate is just how its name says, its raw and its organic. The main ingredients in raw chocolate products are organic fair trade raw cacao and organic fair trade virgin cacao butter. When chocolate is made raw it can be a little bitter or too strong to eat so to give the raw chocolate a sweeter taste; natural sweeteners such as coconut palm sugar, fruit powder, vanilla and Xylitol are added.

No milk is added to the raw chocolate or any other animal product making it fine for vegans to eat too. The chocolate does not contain any type of additives or anything artificial making it totally organic and raw.

The Raw chocolate company make and sell both raw chocolate bars and chocolate snacks. The snacks consist of raw chocolate over a selection of nuts and berries. Almonds, ginger, mulberries to name just a few. They look just like many other chocolate nibble type snacks and are good and healthier than regular chocolate snacks  for both adults and children.


The snack bags are 25g and a large bag 110g. These can all be purchased on the website.

As the chocolate is raw and made differently it is more like dark chocolate than the milk chocolate variety that most of us are used to. They do make a white chocolate bar, again with organic natural ingredients but no milk is used in their products.

I don’t mind dark chocolate anyway but I do not like the really dark strong 70% plus cocoa chocolate. It tastes way too bitter and not like chocolate at all. Raw chocolate snacks don’t have that extra strong bitter chocolate taste due to the natural sweeteners used along with the sweetness of the berries used. The stronger taste is the cacao powder dust which many of them are coated in.

They make a nice quick snack for us all. The 

April Degustabox reveal 

Published May 8, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I’m starting the week off with one of my favourite and regular subscription boxes which of course is the Degustabox. The big box of foodie surprises delivered to doorsteps all over the UK for just £12.99 per month and no extra cost for shipping. 


This most recent box contained a varying assortment of items. The first thing to be consumed was the big bag of Seabrooks Lattice crisps. This was a nice sized share bag containing chunky cross cross style crisps in a sea salt & black pepper flavour. 

Plenty more snack items in this box too, such as these Whitworths: full of super!


Vanilla maca-roon health balls. These are not usually something I would go for but they are surprisingly good. 

Then a few packs of Nothing but. I’ve had these a few times. I was glad to find the fruit snacks as opposed to the dried vegetable variety which I just don’t get at all. They are what they say on the packets and that is simply – freeze dried fruit slices. They even count towards the recommended 5 a day fruit.

Here’s quite a strange one – Doisy & Dams: Quinoa, smoked tea and vanilla chocolate.

Yes you heard that right. The chocolate is thick and chunky but this flavour jusr did not sit right with my pallette at all, it almost tasted like smoked bacon flavour chocolate and it just does not taste so good. 

New York Delhi – brings me nuts, hog chilli VIP nuts that is. 


Also – Polo sugar free pack- my son pinched and ate these before I could snap an individual photo but polos it seems now come in little tubs as well as the packets and are now sugar free so kinder to teeth. I don’t like mints or mint flavours so was happy to let my son have them.

“And something for the cupboard”

Dorset cereal – One from the ultimate adventures range of breakfast cereals. It’s essentially muesli  with Brazil nuts, berries and coffee! Maybe my girls will like it as I’m not a cereal person, in fact I haven’t eaten breakfast at all in decades. 

Pasta from Garofalo. Obviously Italian and penne type pasta tubes. This should come in useful for a nice bolognaise or tuna pasta dish. 

Good hemp? – I do occasionally come across food items that I have absolutely no idea what it is or what to do with it and this is one of them. Hemp seed hearts??? I’m clueless but the packet says for baking, topping and sprinkling and they have a nutty type flavour. 

“And the drinks”

Just two drinks this month one being organic lager from a company called Celia organic. No lager drinkers in my house so I can’t comment on that one.

And finally from Fentimans; the well known company for those traditional old fashioned looking glass bottles of pop and alcohol. It’s a pink grapefruit tonic water. This I think is intended as a mixer with the likes of gin or vodka etc, but I just couldn’t resist a good old mouthfuls of it by itself. It’s very sweet but refreshingly good. 

Aprils box did seem to be themed towards more healthy products with lots of organic, and sugar free products. It’s a mixed feeling box this month. Some products I liked, others I did not. The products I don’t use get passed to friends and family.

Degustabox is usually £12.99 a month. However they currently have an offer on for jusr £5.99 a box meanings big £7.00 off. You can find more details about this offer on their website.

Two by Two Artisan biscuits for children (& mummies of course!)

Published May 5, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Think of all the biscuit flavours that you may have tried in the past, be it strawberry, or any other fruit flavour. Do they actually taste anything like the fruit they are meant to be? I don’t think so! Usually not even close. Until now that is…..


These little cuties are the new Two by Two peach biscuits from Artisan biscuits. They are called two by two because each box contains two characters from well known nursery rhymes and stories. These include George and the dragon, Owl & Pussycat and the most recent addition – Mary and her little lamb. The nursery rhyme is even printed on the underside of the box. 

Artisan biscuits are a family run bakery who started over 70 years ago. All their products are still handmade by people and not robots with all natural ingredients sourced in the UK.

These new character biscuits are made with real peach juice and clotted cream. Of course I had to try the odd one myself to make sure my kids would like them as always! And I have to say Wow! These biscuits certainly are mouthwatering delicious. They do taste like real peaches with cream and if I had to liken the taste to anything then it would be the peach Oykos yoghurys which are also peaches with creamy yoghurt. I honestly was not expecting such an amazing flavour from a child’s biscuit. 

The packs contain about ten biscuits, five of each character. Each one roughly the size of my palm.  The designs are pretty, the flavour is just heavenly and of course my kids love them (as do I!) 

The other two by two products also contain natural juices and flavours including strawberry, toffee, lemon curd and vanilla. I think I may just have to try a few more flavours from the Artisan kids biscuits shop or rather my children will (honest!!). These biscuits cost £2.30 a box which is a good price for a special treat. 


They have lots of other goodies and biscuits too, even a whole section of treats just for us grown ups

March Degustabox reveal 

Published March 31, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I was left very happy after opening up my Degustabox this month. It’s possibly one of the best ones I’ve had. Lots of yummy treats which we have all enjoyed. 


And as always I will start with the treats, sweets and snacks.

1) Cadbury’s dairy milk Oreo – I found two bars in my box, one being peanut butter and the other mint. I had the peanut butter and Jordanna had the mint one to herself as I’m not a fan. These bars combine the tastes of dairy milk, Oreo and flavours together. 

2) Jelly bean factory – Certainly one for my kids. I don’t think I got to try a single one and there are apparently 36 flavours inside the box. 

3) £onepounders chocolate eclairs – Called £onepounders because they cost just a pound. Many more £1 sweet bags to choose from too. 

4) Pipers crisps – I have tried Pipers before but not this cider vinegar and sea salt flavour. They don’t contain any sort of cider so don’t let the name put you off.  It’s a unique flavour and differs from the usual salt & vinegar. Pipers crisps are full of flavour and chunky real round crisps, hardly any crumbs or small bits at the bottom and a good sized share bag too. 

And of course lots of refreshing drinks to try! 

5) Gusto organic lemon drink – I am always a little dubious with unknown organic drinks in glass bottles. I’ve tried a few and some of them from previous Degustaboxes and they have not always been that nice. This one, I’m pleased to say is nice, very nice actually. It’s pleasantly refreshing, sparkling and fruity. Best served chilled of course.

6) Rebel kitchen chocolate mylk – No it’s not a spelling mistake it’s how this drink is spelt. Rebel mylk products are dairy free. They are made with coconut milk and added ingredients to flavour such as cocoa. For a drink that is dairy free, this tastes very good indeed. A different taste to a regular chocolate milk drink but just as good.

7) Naturelly – I was unsure whether to add this to the drinks section or the snack section as it can be a drink or jelly snack. Unfortunately ours had leaked a little in the box so there wasn’t too much of it left. It’s suitable for youngsters aged one year and over so probably more a healthy type drink/snack for toddlers than adults or bigger kids.

8) Weetabix on the go – I was glad to find two of these. I was feeling a little unwell, sore throat and sniffles and was in need of a cool refreshing milky drink or two. Now I hate weetabix, detest the stuff. To be honest I don’t like cereal full stop, never eat the stuff but weetabix is definitely at the bottom end for me. These drinks do not in any way taste like weetabix, they just happen to be made by the same people. They don’t need to just be for breakfast either and of course they are pretty healthy too. 

Now for some cupboard treats: in other words those bottles, tubs, tins, tubes and packets that can be stored in my cupboards for a while! 

9) Heinz: (seriously) good sauces – I did not realise Heinz did stuff like this, I am more used to beans and baby food from them. I think there are a few varieties which come in glass jars. I was lucky to get this creamy pepper sauce, which of course is just perfect for steak. 

The sauce is ready to use from the jar and can be heated if required. It saves me the job of making it from a packet, which usually ends up burnt in a pan.

10) Maldon smoked sea salt flakes – okay so it’s salt, probably not the most interesting thing but it is good for cooking with and especially fish dishes. I coat fish fillets in this stuff prior to cooking and it helps bring out the flavours. The salt is like little crystals. It’s also good on chicken. 

And I also had two cans of cider in my box being from Caple road & Purity brewing:pure hopped. I don’t drink cider and have not done for years. An extremely drunken episode in my younger days put me off for life so I did not drink these but passed them to a friend who does so at least they have not been wasted. 

This has been one damn good Degustabox this month. I hope next months is just as good or even better. 

And if you want a Degustabox to try them head on over to Degustabox uk. You can also find them on social media channels and view what others think of their boxes too. @DegustaboxUK, Instagram- @degustabox_uk, and Facebook.

February Degustabox Reveal 

Published March 8, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Well about two weeks ago came a knock at my door and the arrival of my monthly Degustabox snack box. As always packed full of delicious sweets, treats and goodies and oh; was this a great box!

Starting with a few of my favourites – the goodies (sweets, crisps and all that) 


Look at these sweet goodies I found tucked in the box –

 1) Willy Chase: apple cider vinegar popcorn – a very strange flavour of “fit” popcorn but very nice and a rather huge (movie share) bag too. 

Next two bags of sweets courtesy of Bebeto – cheesecake jelly type sweets and Candy crush soft candy mix which was a colourful sticky assortment of many sweets. These didn’t last long as you can see. 

Finally and one of my favourite products from the February box – 3) Maui & Sons chocolate coated banana chips. These were delicious. I don’t normally like dried fruits but dried banana is an exception and when it’s covered in chocolate it’s even better. This is certainly one product that I’ll be looking out for again. 

“And then even more snacks!”


4) Peppersmith are mints and chewing gum. Mints and gum are two  of the few things that I really dislike. However they did not go to waste because my children do like mints and my friend got the gum. 

5) Ameicanos – The label states perfect with coffee and that’s probably because these are coffee. Coffee beans with dark chocolate coating. They were okay but not really something I’d go out and buy. The coffee taste was slightly overpowering. 

“Moving on to the beverages”

Lots of refreshing beverages came in February’s box. 

6) Coldpress – A blend of fruity greens in a bottle – kiwi, banana, and a bit of celery  and kale all blended together. The taste wasn’t really for me but my 9 year old daughter loved it.

7) Just Bee – This one is honey water with blueberry flavour and a natural antioxidant. I did not taste any honey in this drink and the blueberry flavour was fairly weak but tasteable. The drink on the whole is extremely refreshing and seems to be a real thirst quencher so these would be good for Summer bbqs.

8) Double Dutch – Cucumber and watermelon sparkling tonic. There are other varieties of course and all come in glass bottles. They are designed as mixers to have with a gin or vodka or any other tipple. However once again my daughter Jordanna; spotted this drink and asked if she could try it (minus any added alcohol of course). I tried it too and for a drink which contains cucumber it isn’t too bad at all. The fizziness makes it all the more better. 

9) Blossom Hill – Oh the excitement when I pulled this bottle out of the box! It’s wine and fruity bubbly “rosé” type wine too, my absolute favourite. Their fruit bloom wine is just 5.5% and has hints of summer fruits. A sweet fruity refreshing taste.

10) Koko dairy free – Its a milk alternative aimed mainly at people who can’t; for whatever reason drink regular cows milk. This one is made from freshly pressed coconut milk. The overall taste isn’t too bad – I’ve certainly tried worse milk alternatives. It does however claim to be similar to cows milk and suitable for use in hot drinks such as coffee and tea. This is where I have to disagree: and it may just be my opinion, but! It just does not taste right in a hot drink or on a bowl of cereal. 

 

“And last but not least!”


These are what I call the “cupboard” items or if I’m being old fashioned – the “pantry” stock. Those tins and packets that can be stored for a while. I often find 2/3 items in most of my Degustaboxes, some great, some not so good and some that last ages.

11) Heinz – Yes its beans, love them or hate them but us Brits seem to go through millions of the tiny orange things. These mini tins are a new no added sugar recipe. I don’t mind the smaller tins, in fact I prefer them because the bigger tins end up being wasted as only my two girls really eat them in our house. 

12) Willy’s apple cider vinegar – This was an extra free sample item included in Feb’s box. If I’m being totally honest I have absolutely no idea how or on what to use this stuff. I don’t think it’s the sort of thing to shake onto my fish and chips. I have read somewhere on the internet that it has a fair few health benefits as well as perhaps being used in some sort of cooking. The brand “Willy’s” being William Chase.

13) Kabuto – Its noodles, rice noodles to be exact. One of those on the go type pots that gets filled with hot water. Slightly spicy, not really something I eat myself but my daughter loves them.

And that concludes my February Degustabox reveal. All those goodies for just £12.99 a month, full sized products too and no tiny samples. Postage is free so sign up today at Degustabox UK

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