I was contacted a couple of weeks ago by a company called Deluxebite and asked if I would like to trial one of their food boxes. Being a "detox box", and feeling sufficiently bloated after some Christmas overindulgence, I was more than happy to see what was on offer. The real selling point for me about this brand was the fact that for every box they sell, they donate a meal to foodbanks throughout the UK through the Trussell Trust, who operate a network of nearly 4000 foodbanks across the country. The majority of us are fortunate enough not to worry about where our next meal will come from, but for some people, and at times of crisis - even something like an unexpectedly high bill coming in - that next meal can be a real concern - so I think that really gives Deluxebite an edge over its rivals and adds that feel-good factor that is rarely there when we part with our cash.
Deluxebite works much like other subscription box services, whether beauty or otherwise. You subscribe for £20 a month (or choose a longer term plan for discounted prices), and every month a box of 5 handpicked artisan and gourmet food samples are delivered to your door. Here's what was in January's detox box...
Bracken Hill Fine Foods Apple Chutney, £3.85
Bracken Hill Fine Foods are based in Yorkshire, and are renowned for their delicious ranges of marmalades, jams, curds, chutneys, jellies, sauces and mustards that make the perfect accompaniments to a whole host of foods. They have won a grand total of 20 Great Taste Awards since they started out, which is testament to how lovely their products are (all of which are suitable for vegetarians and GM free). I'm a huge fan of chutneys, especially with cuts of meat, and I had this with some leftover Christmas gammon and it was absolutely gorgeous! The packaging is unassuming and unpretentious but the flavour is wonderful. If you like your meat and cheese lunches, this would make the perfect accompaniment.
Raman's Hadmade Relish - Butternut Squash, £3.50
There's something that sounds so luxurious about a relish, and this one lived up to my expectations. I know some people aren't huge fans of Butternut Squash - it was definitely an acquired taste for me - but this definitely lived up to my expectations. Raman call it "one of our most interesting concoctions" and it is made by a process of slow-grilling the butternut squash to maximise its flavour. Recipe recommendations for this include adding a bit to soups, serving with chargrilled Cajun spiced chicken or using it as a marinade for prawns and white meat. All of those sound delicious to me so I'm more than happy to have this in my fridge!
I know this should probably have been photographed cooked - but I was too excited to eat it to think about getting my camera out again!
Nim's Fruit Crisps - Kiwi and Pineapple, £1.25
For me these were crisps the most disappointing of the bunch - but not unpleasant by any means. I do love dried fruit but I don't take too well to tart or sour foods, and these were slightly on the bitter side for me. The texture was lovely, however, and the concept is great, so I'm sure I'd like one of their other flavours a lot more - Orange and Melon sounds delicious to me!
The Coffee Factory Black Label Blend, £4.05 for 250g, available here (also in 1kg bag)
Those who know me know that I'm an absolute coffee fiend, and bog standard filter coffees are actually my favourite. My parents bought themselves a fancy Nespresso machine last year and I still prefer my coffees from the cafetiere, so this was another winner for me. A beautiful smooth blend with a nutty, chocolatey finish, I drank about six cups of this in one day (whilst frantically essay writing) and thought it was fantastic. I'll definitely be purchasing a full-sized bag of this once it's finished!
Overall, I was so pleased with the contents of this box, and think that the concept of Deluxebite is fantastic. I'm starting to lose interest in beauty boxes and quite honestly receiving this made me think I'd rather subscribe to Deluxebite - not only does every box you buy make a donation to foodbanks, but there is clearly a lot of thought that goes into these boxes and every single product was something different - and delicious.
If I don't end up subscribing for myself, I'd definitely buy boxes here and there for gifts for loved ones - I know my mum and dad have enjoyed the contents of this box just as much as I have!
Does the concept of Deluxebite appeal to you? Do you subscribe to any food subscription boxes?
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