January Degustabox

January Degustabox

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Degustabox. All opinions are my own.

When I received January’s Degustabox for review a couple weeks ago, the weather was freezing and I remember looking at all of the savory items and thinking they would pair well with some hot bowls of soup!

January items!

So with the weather right now being warm and sunny, it feels like I received this package ages ago!

The edamame spaghetti was one of my favorites. For meal prep, I basically soaked a serving in some water overnight to get the noodles into a relaxed texture.

edamame spaghetti
Explore Cuisine – Organic Edamame Spaghetti

When I came home at the end of the day, I drained the water and combined it with soup! Mixed with a warm lentil or tomato bisque, I had some pretty blissful noodle bowls that could compete with what you’d find at a ramen shop 😛

Mixed with tomato bisque soup :9

Maya Kaimal Naan Chips were also good in soup! Since my box came with two packs of the sea salt flavor, I eagerly crushed up one of the bags and used it to top some lentil bean soup. So comforting, crunchy, and warm!

Maya Kaimal Naan Chips

I had to pass on the Go Organically fruit snacks since they contained gelatin, but my labmates had no problem finishing those up for me!

Go Organically Fruit Medley Snacks

Uncle Dougie’s Wicked Good Marinade looked like a thicker sauce than it actually turned out to be. It had a strong, tangy flavor from all of the vinegar poured in (distilled malt and distilled regular vinegar), not to mention the assortment of peppers (Sweet Bell Peppers, Cayenne Peppers, Chile Peppers, Fresh Ground Black Peppers…)

Uncle Dougie’s Wicked Good Marinade

Of course, I used it as a dressing for my crockpot veggie bowl like I always do, and I actually like it as a dressing for baked potatoes. (I should note that with this box, you would either receive Uncle Dougie’s or Maya Kaimal Naan Chips, and that I received both in order to construct this review).

I’ve loved every single one of the Loacker products that Degustabox has featured over time, and this white chocolate bar with a wafer texture on the inside was no exception.

Loacker White Chocolate Crispy Wafer

It looked like a solid, unassuming white chocolate bar on the outside, but it was all light and crispy wafer on the inside! Melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

The Monini Originale EVOO bottle I received was a huge, 500ml one, and I “gifted” it to my sister since she could use it for some wide-range kitchen experiments. She made popcorn from scratch (at least starting with the kernels, lol), but persoanlly didn’t notice a difference in the taste. But looking at that bowl, seems like the kernels popped up nicely!

Monini Originale Extra Virgin Olive Oil

I also had my sister try these Cello Whisps Cheddar Cheese Crisps, and while they looked crater-like with no actual density to them, they packed a powerful, cheesy punch! Too much for even my cheese-chocolate-and-bread-loving sister.

Whisps Cheddar Cheese Crisps
Whisps Cheddar Cheese Crisps

If she had made her batch of popcorn at the same time I tried Boon Chicka Pop’s Sea Salt flavor, maybe it would have made for a good taste test. While these kernels had a good amount of salt, that was pretty much it. Not sure what else made this popcorn bag unique from the others.


The Wasa Rosemary and Sea Salt Thins were very crispy and fragrant, haha! There was definitely a rosemary scent to these! I used them similarly to the naan chips as a crumbled topping on crockpot veggies.

Wasa Thins Rosemary & Sea Salt
Wasa Thins Rosemary & Sea Salt

The small sample packs of Crown Maple Sugar were enough to win me over as a fan! The sugar was finely-ground, a warm brown color, and I could see it being a sweetner or added to anything that requires white sugar—coffee, baking, oatmeal, the options are endless.

crown sugar
Crown Maple Sugar

I was never a fruit cup kind of person so maybe I’m biased, but I wasn’t a fan of these Dole fruit cups. It was interesting to find that these particular cups had fruit cubes soaked in coconut water, but they didn’t taste like mangoes to me. I personally could not detect any discernible flavor at all, and rather just noted a chewy, bland consistency.

Dole "Pineapple, Peach & Mango" in Slightly Sweetened Coconut Water
Dole Peach & Mango Fruit Cups in Slightly Sweetened Coconut Water

I think it’s safe to say this month’s box had a great assortment of products to try! Which ones would you think would be your favorites?

January Degustabox

January Degustabox

Having a hefty box of goods from DegustaBox to start the new year was something I was very excited about!

January’s DegustaBox

It was a half miss/half win for me this month in regards to these products. I couldn’t have a couple due to the ingredients, but the ones I could consume were good (despite some of my critiques, haha) on many accounts!

I normally don’t think about buying microwaveable popcorn from the grocery store, but having the option to have it as a snack for three weeknights was a nice change in routine! This kind was lightly buttered, but had quite the kick of salt. It made procrastinating with Netflix a whole lot easier and fun, haha.

Jolly Time – Healthy Pop Butter Popcorn

I also got a small pack of Entenmann’s Little Bites in Party Cake flavor.

Entenmann’s Little Bites ~ Party Cakes

The cakes were super moist and glistened at the top, and took their calorie density seriously. Only four are provided in a pack that’s 190 calories. They are called “little bites” for a reason, but I think only putting in four miniature cakes in a packet is disappointing. And no frosting either…ah well, at least each “bite” was delectable 😛

Soft little bites.

The Berry Good Smart Kids bar I had wasn’t one of my faves. The bar was a cereal-type bar, dusty with berry pieces mixed into the bar. I think the powdery coating is what made me not appreciate this bar. The texture was just too rough for something you’d think would be chewy, especially if berries are involved.

Smart Kids Bar ~ Berry Good

Unfortunately, I had to skip out on trying three products this month. These Organic fruit chews were one of them, as they contained gelatin.

Go Organically Fruit Snacks ~ Fruit Medley

These Welch’s fruit chews might have tasted nice, and while they didn’t have gelatin, they did have confectioners glaze/lac-resin, which is derived from secretions from the lac insect. So I had to pass on these as well…

Welch’s Fruit ‘n Yogurt Snacks ~ Strawberry

Then there were the Cello Parmesan Whisps. Their website was actually very informative about their cheese making process and what types of rennet they use as far as if it’s vegetarian friendly or not. They even had a descriptive FAQ page, but unfortunately for me, their parmesan cheese wasn’t listed under the list of their cheese products made with microbial rennet. So, I had to pass.

Cello Whisps ~ Parmesan Cheese Crisps

I’m pretty fortunate to have always-hungry co-workers though! I brought the packages to lab one day and everything was eaten by the time be day was over. I guess I should also add that one of my lab mates is a six-foot tall guy…”always hungry” is an understatement I suppose!

The ginger sugar was an interesting addition. I think it’s made by the same company as tiger balm because the ginger tea box came with this handy dandy promo flier.

A flier for Tiger Balm?

The crystal packets were packed individually, and contained a generous amount of honey crystals to mix into hot water for a satisfying cup of tea.

Ginger Honey Tea Crystals

The crystals themselves look like rice puffs close-up, but they had a sharp, sweet flavor.

They look like rice puffs!

When I first saw this box, I immediately thought my breakfasts for the month were set…well, if not breakfast, then at least after-dinner desserts!

Hungry Jack Complete Pumpkin Spice Mix

This box is the complete package—you just need to add water to get the mix going. For convenience sake, I scooped a quarter cup out and mixed it into a mug with water until I got a thick batter. I then microwaved it for about 2 minutes. The result was a soft, doughy cake that I then proceeded to top with coconut milk-yogurt mixed with pumpkin spice-flavored greens. Ah, twas delicious!

I absolutely loved the Alo Light drink, and didn’t expect it to be so refreshing! It had aloe pulp, and it had a jelly-like consistency, so it reminded me of those jelly cups or jelly cubes that they add to drinks at boba places. I had the whole bottle within minutes, and shared my love for it on Instagram, even though I was on my way to lab all stressed out. 

ALO Refresh Light

The same day I felt stressed, I came back needing a nourishing dinner. I had the option of using either one of these two spice or sauce mixes.

Time to season and spice things up!

I chose to have the One & Done seasoning mixed in with my crockpot cabbage bowl with squash and red bell pepper. I also added in a grill pressed eggpant wrap from Trader Joe’s. It came with a cup of tahini sauce that I added into the bowl, and with the seasoning + sauce, it was an instant flavor party.

Trader Joe’s Grilled Eggplant Wrap with seasoned cabbage, squash, and pepper

I’m sure when I try the McDonnells Indian Korma Curry Sauce (an Irish product suitable fr vegetarians, based on the package!), I’ll love it as well.

Which of these products would you try to kick off the new year?

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