Blog review and unboxing video March 2017 Easter themed UK Degustabox

I had high hopes for the Easter themed March Degustabox*, what choco-holic wouldn’t get excited about an Easter themed food subscription box winging it’s way to them, right? I expected posh chocolates, maybe even an Easter egg or two, but definitely lots of posh chocolates. Unfortunately it seems that I got a little carried away in a chocolate haze and the Easter themed box wasn’t exactly what I had expected it to be…

While the contents of the box were great I just wasn’t overly happy. Don’t get me wrong, it did contain a few chocolate products but nothing overly Easter-esque, posh or exciting. Saying that, the mint flavour Oreo was actually amazing and I want another right now. The peanut butter Oreo chocolate wasn’t as nice as I had expected and is one that I won’t be repurchasing. I also really enjoyed the Pipers crisps, which is high praise as I’m not really a crisp person.

Onto the pricing, as always there were two varieties of the box and I received all of the contents, unusually I have received the price lists for both boxes so I can show you an individual breakdown of both subscriber boxes :

Box 1 : £21.01

  • Heinz (Seriously) Good Sauces – £1.99
  • Pipers Crisps – £2
  • Naturelly £1.19
  • Cadbury Dairy Milk Oreo – 2 x £1.49
  • Maldon Smoked Sea Salt Flakes – £1.50
  • Weetabix On The Go – £1.39
  • Weetabix On The Go Protein – £1.99
  • Whitworths Cacao Raw Bars – £1.50
  • @onepoundsers Chocolate Eclairs – £1
  • The Jelly Bean Factory Fairtrade box – £1.49
  • Westons Cider – 2 x £1.99

Box 2 : £20.42

  • Heinz (Seriously) Good Sauces – £1.99
  • Pipers Crisps – £2
  • Naturelly £1.19
  • Cadbury Dairy Milk Oreo – 2 x £1.49
  • Maldon Smoked Sea Salt Flakes – £1.50
  • Weetabix On The Go – £1.39
  • Weetabix On The Go Protein – £1.99
  • Whitworths Cacao Raw Bars – £1.50
  • Rebel Kitchen Chocolate Mylk – £1.89
  • Gusto Organic Lemon Energy – £1.50
  • The Jelly Bean Factory Fairtrade box – £1.49
  • @onepoundsers Chocolate Eclairs – £1

As you can see all variations of the box are just shy of £20, which isn’t half bad for a box that costs £12.99, or £5.99 with discount code P2W4U (new customers only).

*I receive the Degustabox each month in exchange for an honest review*

Degustabox february 2017 unboxing video - random box of food surprise hamper delivered monthly subscription

We recently received our February Degustabox* and I have to say, this one was a good one! It contained a good mixture including alcohol, chocolates and the other random treats that I have come to expect from this monthly food subscription box. As always me and my glamorous little assistant couldn’t wait to get stuck in and trial the delicious items from within the box, so I filmed an unboxing video.

My favourite product in the box was most definitely the Blossom Hill Fruit Bloom, I drank almost the entire bottle on the weekend and I really enjoyed it, it’s light and fresh and very pleasant. I think it’s safe to say Aria’s favourites were the Maui and Sons chocolate coated banana chips (they were delicious, I only wish that she had let me try more than one!) and the Diablo no added sugar chocolate covered wafer. I managed to sneak one bite of the chocolate wafer and it was delicious, a real treat with no sugar – winning!

Onto the pricing, the information leaflet in my box shows a total of £22.39 worth of products + a sample of Apple Cider Vinegar, which isn’t at all bad for a box that costs £12.99, or £5.99 with discount code P2W4U (new customers only).

The products on my information leaflet were :

Koko (dairy free milk alternative) – £1.50
Heinz no added sugar Beanz x2 – £1.30
Kabuto Noodles – £1.99
Bebeto Cheese Cake sweets – £1.69
Bebeto Candy Crush sweets – £1.69
Blossom Hill Fruit Bloom – £4.99
Peppersmith – £1.50
Coldpress – £2.79
New York Delhi’s Americanos – £1
Diablo No Added Sugar chocolate wafer – £0.95
Willy Chase’s Fitcorn – £1.99
Maui and Sons Chocolate Bananas – £1
Willy’s Apple Cider Vinegar – Free sample

As I am sent the box to review I receive the product choices for all of the box variations, so in addition I also received :

Peppersmith – £1.50 (subscribers received one of two items, I received both)
Just Be Honey Water – £1.49
Double Dutch Mixer – £1.19

*I receive the Degustabox each month in exchange for an honest review*


When Voucherbox got in touch to ask if I would like to take part in their £2 food challenge I couldn’t resist, I love food, I love a challenge and I love saving money! For this challenge Voucherbox have teamed up with Zamcog to help support Zambia’s most at risk children through food and education. They are challenging families to feed their family for just £2 per head for a day. Giving our family of three a total budget of £6 for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.

can you feed your family for just £2 a day? Join the budget food challenge with voucherbox and zamcog

It is difficult to believe how much of a struggle this challenge was, especially when you consider that it costs just £2 a day to both feed and educate a child in Zambia. I’ll be honest, I thought that this would be easily doable, but I was wrong. There was a lot of fiddling around with my meal plan in order to try and eat filling, healthy meals while keeping the costs down.

So, what did we eat and how much did we spend? We spent a total of £5.79, which gave us three healthy meals, a snack and a pudding and some change!

Breakfast – Porridge & milk – £0.54
Tesco Everyday Value Oats 1kg 75p || Approx 120g = 9p
One pint milk 45pLunch – Ham salad sandwich – £1.72
Tesco white Danish bread 45p || Approx half the loaf = 23p
Tesco Everyday Value Ham 60p
Nightingale Farms Round Lettuce 40p
Tesco Cucumber Portion 24p
Nightingale Farms Cherry Tomatoes 49p || Approx half used = 25p

Tea – Spag Bol & garlic bread – £2.99
Tesco Beef Steak Mince 250g £2.00
Tesco Everyday Value Chopped Tomatoes 31p
Onion 16p
Tesco Large Garlic 50p || Two cloves used, approx = 10p
Tesco Everyday Value Spaghetti 500g 20p || Approx half used = 10p
Tesco Everyday Value Garlic Baguette 32p

Snacks – 54p
Tesco Everyday Value Chocolate Mousse 20p || 3 out of 4 used = 15p
Tesco Loose Bananas 13p x 3 = 39p

My top tips for feeding your family on a budget are to shop the stores own brands, they are usually just as nice as the premium brands for a fraction of the price, and to buy things that can be used for various meals throughout the week, for example the large bag of porridge will see us through breakfasts for quite a while.

You can read more about the campaign here, where you will also find details of how to take part yourself.

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I received the January Degustabox* this morning, I resisted opening it until this evening when Aria came home, the suspense killed me but I really enjoy filming the unboxing videos with her so decided to wait. The information leaflet doesn’t speciffically state that this is a healthy themed box but going on the content and the fact that it is January I am going to assume that it is.

UK Degustabox Jan 17 Unboxing Vlog - blog header image photo of contents with text over

As mentioned in the video this box was quite dull. It contains a lot of foods that I just won’t eat, and some that weren’t very nice. There were a lot of drinks in this box and while it is nice to receive one or two drinks (especially alcohol or coffee!) I did feel that six drinks was a bit too much.

I’m really looking forward to trying the hot chocolate, the Crabbie’s Ginger Beer and the coffee. While filming the video I didn’t realise that the Crabbie’s is Scottish Raspberry flavour which sounds delicious.

Onto the pricing, the information leaflet in my box shows a total of £25.29 worth of products (assuming that you actually go to get your yoghurt!), which isn’t at all bad for a box that costs £12.99, or £5.99 with discount code P2W4U (new customers only).

The products on my information leaflet were :

Quinola Mothergrain – £2.49
Aspire Drinks x 2 – £2.90
Finn Crisp – £1.89
Natvia – £4.99
Protein Boost – £1.29
Propercorn – £1.99
The Collective – £2.00 (there is a voucher for this rather than the physical item)
Fruittella – £1.25
Yushoi – £1.79
Crabbie’s – £1.39
Popchips – £1.99
The Chia Co x 2-  £1.32

As I am sent the box to review I receive the product choices for all of the box variations, so in addition I also received :

Real Hot Chocolate Co – £1.50
Island Coconut Flavour Infused Coffee – £2.99
Chosan Organic Hibiscus Drink with Fiery Ginger – £1.56

*I receive the Degustabox each month in exchange for an honest review*

Spencer and I used to regularly order HelloFresh boxes*, they were great as they saved us money on our weekly shop, meant that we didn’t need to come up with a meal plan, were relatively easy to prepare and had us trying new foods. I’m not really sure why but we stopped ordering them, I would guess it’s because, even though the recipes are easy to make, as with all cooking from scratch it can take quite a while.

review of hellofresh box january 2017 including an unboxing video and time comparisons.

If you are intrigued to see exactly how the box and the contents arrive take a peek at my unboxing video below, otherwise go straight down for my thoughts, photos and to find out how long it really took to cook the meals.

Honey and mustard glazed pork with lentils foodie photo on white wood backdrop - HelloFresh blog review Jan 2017

Honey and Mustard Glazed Pork with Lentils – While this meal was relatively straight forward to make it did require a lot of peeling and chopping. I am very slow when it comes to peeling and chopping and as a result I took a whopping one hour and five minutes to make this dish, a whole fifteen minutes longer than the suggested time of forty minutes.

Slowness aside this was a delicious dish. I would never consider using lentils and chopped veg as a base for a meat dish but it worked really well and was packed full of flavour.

Hellofresh food subscription blog review 2017 - prawn and serrano linguine

Prawn and Serrano Linguine – I was really looking forward to making this dish as HelloFresh suggested that it would only take twenty five minutes, alas, this was another dish that required quite a bit of chopping and so ended up taking me forty five minutes, twenty minutes longer than the time stated.

This was another delicious and flavoursome dish and definitely one that I will make time and time again. I’ve never thought to simply use crème fraîche and stock as a pasta sauce but will definitely be doing so from now on, it is a simple to make and versatile sauce.

italian pork and tomato risotto from hellofresh box 2017

Italian Pork and Tomato Risotto – Another one with quite a bit of chopping and faffing, this one took me fifty five minutes to make, fifteen minutes longer than the stated time.

This was my first time making risotto and probably my last. I have very weak arms and couldn’t cope with the constant stirring. Despite being a real chore to make the dish was delicious and super tasty.

mexican chicken wraps with appley beetroot slaw and potato wedges hellofresh box recipe

Mexican Chicken Wraps with Appley Beetroot Slaw and Potato Wedges – Spencer made this one and forgot to time it. The card states that it takes forty minutes and Spencer thinks that it took between forty minutes to an hour to make.

Another relatively simple to make but delicious, flavoursome dish. We really enjoyed the appley slaw and the chicken tasted delicious with the kick of the Mexican spice and the sweetness of the honey.

Overall we were really impressed with our box. All of the meals were filling and healthy. While they may have taken a while to make the simple instructions were super easy to follow and it was all easy to make. We ordered the box for a family of four which fed Spencer, Aria and me in the evenings and we had enough leftover to put aside a smaller portion for mine and Spencer’s lunch the following day.

Price wise this box costs £64, although it is currently on offer for £32 which is amazing! I personally think that the boxes are great value for money considering the quality of the ingredients and the ease of the meal planning burden. You can cancel your subscription anytime (I’ve cancelled mine several times throughout the years, it really is easy to do) and you can view the meals on-line before ordering your box so you have no nasty surprises.

There are a variety of boxes available including a veggie option. Find out more and sign up to HelloFresh here.

You can also collect a whopping 13% cashback when ordering via KidStart so don’t forget to sign up!

*Disclosure – I received the HelloFresh box in exchange for an honest review*

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A blog review of the HelloFresh family box for four people, Find out how it works, how long the meal really take to prep, see photos of the finished meals and more - meal planning without the effort!