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Degustabox October reveal

Published October 30, 2017 by Bizzimummy

My October degustabox arrived a few days ago. And as always, here is my box reveal.


TREATS!


My favourite bit of Degustabox are the treats. The chocolates, sweets, crisps etc. 

This month bought me a large bag of Chippeas which seem to be a new take on puff type crisps. Instead of being made from potatoes they are made with chickpeas. Unfortunately they was not to everyone’s taste. I thought they was okay, a little herby but my children did not like them at all.

Millions Vimto however went down a right treat. I actually didn’t even get to try one of the tiny flavoured vimto sweets and it was a fairly big tub too. My kids were like vultures with these. 

Michel et Augustin cookies – I made sure I did get to try one of these. I say one because there were only two cookies in the pack. Soft, sweet and ever so slightly like the taste of rusk. I would of liked a few more but yes these get the thumbs up. 

Nuttvia breadsticks – This is a new type of chocolate spread product, similar to Nutella but claims to contain 97% less sugar. It comes as a jar spread as well as the breadstick pots which are like the old retro choc pots I had when younger. The chocolate is delicious and certainly doesn’t taste like there is less sugar. They do not come cheap tho, forget the old 30p choc snack. These cost £2+ each. It was probably my favourite product this month from my box but there is no way I would pay that amount for a small breadstick and chocolate dip snack. 

 The small white packet contains a chocolate disc from the Real hot chocolate company. These discs are all wrapped and sealed individually by hand. They make an excellent cup of dreamy milky hot chocolate. Just what I need on a cold Autumn dark night.



DRINKS!

Just two drinks this month, both of which I am quite familiar with.

They are from the same company – Feel Good. The infusions being one of the new refreshing additions but not really a flavour I’m too fond of. It just doesn’t sit well with my palette, I don’t like mint and it’s quite watery too. The orange and mango still juice is on the other hand a lovely refreshing treat.



CUPBOARD ITEMS!

Finally the cupboard treats, or the items with a longer shelf life that can be stored in my cupboard.


Heinz spaghetti hoops, the no added sugar variety make a very simple and easy lunch during school holidays. Tinned spaghetti on toast being one of the rare things that all three of my kids will actually eat.

Misfortune cookie – I think this was put in as a Halloween treat, or trick. They don’t taste too great.

Lo salt – I don’t think this needs much explanation. It’s a tub of salt that contains less sodium than regular salt so a bit healthier. 

Pulsin bar – A healthy bar, they don’t taste great to me tho and far too expensive. It’s probably cheaper to make my own. 


AND ALSO !


Kabuto Noodles – I’ve had a fair few of these noodle pots in my boxes over the past few months. Unfortunately again, I’m not a big fan of pot noodle snacks or microwave noodles so I end up giving these away.

Valfrutta seems to be a vegetable Quinoa product. I have not made this yet. Not too sure if I will or what I’ll make it with.

Lee Kum Kee – Now these look really interesting and tasty. Real Chinese, Cantonese and oriental sauces to make delicious dishes. Instructions in English too. I cannot wait to make the king prawn dish. I just have to get round to buying the ingredients.


 I found the October box a little bit of a strange one. There seemed to be a fair few “repeat” products from previous months. A few social network comments from box subscribers state the same too. 

 I did enjoy a few of the products, mainly the Nuttvia, hot chocolate, and my children loved the millions and always enjoy spaghetti. The salt will come in useful as it will last a while, salt of course being used for many things, not just chips. The Chinese sauces will be used in the next few weeks and I’ll hopefully remember to get a quick snap of the dishes I make. All the treat products are now gone, along with the drinks. I did like the addition of the novelty fortune cookie, even tho they don’t taste great to eat, it’s one of those silly food type products that everyone wonders what’s actually inside. None of us like the protein bars or the noodle snack, but apart from that it’s been a fairly good box. 

The content total is approximately £21.00 or just over and subscribers pay just £12.99 per box including the postage and packing. Therefore it’s still worth it even with the odd few products that we don’t really like. Degustabox currently have an amazing offer of 55% off a box, meaning the box only costs £5.99 (including p&p) instead of the usual £12.99.

 If you’re new to reading my posts and have never heard of Degustabox then head over to Degustabox UK to read all about the monthly subscription.

In a nutshell you get up to 15 different full size products delivered in a box each month. The products are usually new items that have recently appeared in UK stores and supermarkets or even products yet to hit stores, sometimes mixed with a few well known items. The products will never be small sample packets as no one wants those do they? Some boxes contain alcohol, some don’t, you can choose whether to receive an alcohol box or not. It’s all about trying new things each month. Yes there will usually be one or two items which you won’t like but just do what I do and offer them to friends and family to try instead.

Degustabox is without a doubt my favourite food/snack subscription box and yes I’ve sampled a fair few different ones.

Foodie tried and tested roundup

Published October 20, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Recently we have been trying a few new foods and snack products; so! I thought I would start featuring a few. From now either every week, or every fortnight (depending on the amount of items) I’ll be listing a few foodie products that we have tried and liked.

And here is today’s list!








Popcorn Shed – It was hard to not get excited about bags of gourmet popcorn which is exactly what popcorn she’d have. The three mouth watering flavours being pecan pie, salted caramel and rich chocolate. Absolutely delicious as far a popcorn goes and well, not really the thing I would be happy sharing as it’s just so good.



SavourSmiths – I would describe these as posh flavoured crisps with rather unusual flavours of Wagyu beef with honey mustard and Truffle with Rosemary, these are certainly not the everyday bag of cheese and onion. The crisps are chunky and the flavouring is strong and rather rich. It’s a new brand and so only four flavours to choose from at the moment. Certainly makes a different snack experience. SavourSmiths UK 
Yazoo – I can see why both kids and adults alike love Yazoo milkshake. I like it too and more so just out of the fridge when it’s ice cold and first thing in the morning. The shakes got a shake up a while ago to include kid sized handy bottles which are also the “no added sugar variety”. They now come in chocolate, banana, strawberry and chocolate. Yazoo UK.  

Simple Bakes – A new flavoured savoury snack from Wellabys UK. Odd shaped pieces of flavoured crackers. Good for snacking on, dipping and great for kids lunch boxes too. They come in large 120g bags, I found them rather filling and would certainly struggle to get through a full bag myself. My favourite are the sweet chilli. Wellabys UK
Heinz spaghetti hoops – This one may seem a strange inclusion, considering that Heinz spaghetti has been around for years. The reason for including them is that the tins seem to have recently gone through a slight makeover and the hoops are now “no added sugar” and also (I’m told) one of our five a day (I’m guessing it’s the tomato sauce). Did you also know that Heinz spaghetti is packed full of good stuff too? , such as Vitamin D and Iron. Spaghetti hoops make an easy quick hot meal when time or money is limited. I loved spaghetti hoops on toast when younger and my kids eat it today too. The hoops can also be served as a side portion with a meal. Heinz UK 


And that sums up my foodie product round up for this week.

Degustabox September reveal

Published October 3, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Yes it’s that time of the month again! It’s Degustabox reveal, the box that keeps coming packed full of foodie surprises.




It’s a fairly random mix this month, perhaps not quite as many sweet/snack type products as I would have liked but there are some good food cupboard (as I call them) useful things here.  

Chocolate from Green & Blacks: £1.99. A really dark deep 70% cocoa bar here. Perhaps a little too strong on the cocoa for me but it would be great for making cakes or deserts with.

Mentos mints sharing pouch £1.19. There aren’t too many food things that I dislike; but! unfortunately mint and mint flavours are one of them. I can’t even use mint toothpaste as it makes me gag, even the thought of it. So no I’m certainly not a mint person. Luckily my children do like the occasional few mints so they had them.

 Nestle Cheerios Oat Crisp £2.49. Nice big full size box as always. I really hate those small sample packs, they just seem to linger in the cupboard for all eternity. Full boxes get opened and used. I’m not a cereal person, I rarely eat breakfast but I have three children who need fuel before school and cheerios is quite healthy. 

Green’s egg custard mix £0.69 – I’ve not got around to using this yet. Just not had time or found a suitable recipe. It looks easy enough to make egg custard so hopefully I’ll give it a go soon.

Knorr concentrated stock £2.20 – A bottle of liquid beef stock. This goes good with beef stews or casseroles for added flavour.

Midi Ramen noodle kit – not got around to making these yet. I’m not overly keen on packet noodles such as these but we will see.

Dreams Rice Quinoa £1.60 – A milk alternative for those who can’t or don’t want to drink cows milk. It’s plant based. It’s okay, wouldn’t want to make me swap my normal milk tho. 

Wild Planet Albacore wild tuna steaks £3.49. I think this is damn expensive for one tin of tuna. It’s a no drain type but still expensive. I wouldn’t buy this due to the price and as three of us in our home (plus cats) eat tuna then it would get expensive. However it was nice, a richer flavour compared to other cheaper brands.



Tuna pasta is a really great easy meal. Large quantities can even be refrigerated and used for packed lunches in tubs etc. It’s really versatile too as any ingredients and sauce can be added.

The Virtue can you see here  was also in the box. I had two of them and they cost £1.35 each. It’s flavoured sparkling water. I found them a little bland and tasteless with only a slight hint of flavour. Not really something I would choose to drink. 

San Migel £2.00 per bottle – It’s beer and gluten free but again not for me. I’m not a beer drinker.

Santa Maria Latin American Kitchen £1.85 per pack.

Santa Maria have launched a new range of cooking sauces and rice packs. Latin American brings the flavours of South America here. There are five varieties of rice and five of the sauce.

Easy to make. Add chicken or other suitable meats, add any vegetables, add sauce, cook on high heat. The rice can be microwaved in the pack for a few minutes. Then serve and enjoy!


And that concludes my Degustabox reveal. All of this for just £12.99 a month which includes postage and packing too. With this box I was able to make two family meals with drinks, treats and a big box of cereal.
Get your Degustabox here. First time triers get a box for just £5.99!

Slabs – the biggest crisps I’ve ever seen! 

Published September 25, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Anyone who enjoys a good old bag of crisps will love a bag of slabs


Slabs are mammoth sized crisps. Not only are they big in size but they are also very thick too. Not as thick as wedges but they certainly pack some chunkiness compared to the rest.


These are like big chunky man sized crisps. The sort you could imagine a group of men on a building site happily tucking into. Of course anyone can eat them and they are also full of awesome flavour too.


There are five flavours in total to choose from, so a bit of something for everyone. Most of the flavours being based around more traditional crisp flavours such as the mature cheddar and onion and the salt & malt vinegar. For those who don’t like the flavoured crisps there is a sea salt variety too. My favourite being sweet red chilli. 

Two packet sizes – a 40g single serve and the larger 80g bag for the greedy gets! I think the larger may be meant for sharing? 

As these crisps are so big and thick, the way a crisp should be, it means hardly any crumbs. The odd chipped off chunky broken bits maybe but no small crumbs at the bottom of the packet with these.

Slabs are a very new product so are only available to buy in a few select stores at the moment. They are available to trade via the slabs website and will be on display at various foodie fares and shows across the country. I am hoping the crisps will appear in local stores or supermarkets in the near future.

Hong Kong Crate

Published September 15, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Yeahhh! It’s another snack subscription box from the other side of the world – Hong Kong to be precise. 

Watch my unboxing video to see what’s inside!

Hong Kong Crate subscription deliver monthly and ship worldwide. It’s $30 a month which roughly works out around £23 or so. Lots of snacks in this one, both savoury and sweet.  Subscriptions can be purchased via Crate joy

Try Treats Subscription box 

Published September 11, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Today’s Subscription box is called Try Treats. This subscription delivers a monthly box of treats from a different country each month. It’s a unique way to try the delights that the world had to offer and snacks that would be hard to find here in the UK. 


The treats may come from any countries in the six main continents (excluding arctic/Antarctic of course). Each month brings a different country with different munchies each time. 

 The service is based in the USA but they offer very low cost shipping rates to the UK and worldwide. As the products come from various countries all over the world; there is of course a chance that one box may just be UK based too. The boxes start at $11.95 per month with a choice of box sizes.  

 My box of treats is all about Argentina. I would have no idea at all what snacks are sold in Argentina but I have to say, I was not disappointed with this selection.

 

Chocolates, biscuits, and a few lollipops all included here. There is a card in English explaining what it all is and another card with a few facts about the country.

 

I think this is a very low cost subscription, low shipping rates considering it’s in the USA and a good opportunity to try new foods too. 

You can subscribe here and “GET 15% OFF A BOX USING CODE BIZZIMUMMY

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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.

Subscribe on line over at the Degustabox website. 

Find Degustabox on social networks too. 

Instagram: @Degustabox_uk 

 Twitter: @DegustaboxUK 

 Facebook: @DegustaboxUK

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.
Find Degustabox at http://www.Degustabox.com and on social networks:

Instagram: @Degustabox_uk                   Twitter: @DegustaboxUK                 Facebook: @DegustaboxUK

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.

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