I ordered the M&S food box which is ‘filled with essentials’

High street retailer Marks & Spencer followed in the footsteps of supermarket Morrisons last week when it announced the launch of its £35 food box.

Unlike Morrisons, M&S told its customers exactly what they would find inside the boxes. However, some of its content did receive backlash from fans who felt there were too many sugary snacks included.

The food box is priced at £35 plus £3.99 for home delivery via courier.

To order, shoppers simply purchase the box online, choose whether they would prefer a meat-eaters' or vegetarian box, and then await an email confirming the delivery slot.

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Our colleague at StokeonTrentLive, ordered hers on a Tuesday and received an email saying it would be delivered three days later, on the Friday. It didn't actually turn up until three days after that, on the morning of the following Monday – but given the circumstances this isn't a bad delivery time frame.

The box arrives, similar to Morrisons – in a big cardboard box by DPD courier.

The full list of contents for the meat-eaters' box is:

  • Fusilli (500g)
  • Baked beans (220g)
  • Tomato and herb pasta sauce (550g)
  • Beef Bolognese pour over pasta sauce (340g)
  • Chunky vegetable soup (400g)
  • Basmati rice (500g)
  • Cream of tomato soup (400g)
  • Chunky steak (206g)
  • Rich roast instant coffee (100g)
  • English breakfast tea bags (125g/50 bags)
  • Scottish all butter homebake style shortbread squares (200g)
How M&S' food box arrived
  • Dark chocolate (100g)
  • Milk chocolate (100g)
  • Prime corned beef (205g)
  • Wild Alaskan red salmon (213g)
  • Vegetable curry (400g)
  • Roasted and salted large peanuts (200g)
  • Giant milk chocolate buttons (150g)
  • Percy Pig™ (170g)
  • Soft white 2-ply toilet tissue (pack of 4)

As you can see from the list, while the box does include some essential items such as toilet rolls, teabags, pasta and soup there are a lot of items which are definitely not essential (although still delicious)

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Percy Pigs, chocolate buttons, milk chocolate, dark chocolate and shortbread biscuits, while a nice treat, we do feel that other products could have been included instead.

This food box is more of a luxury treat than a box of absolute essentials.

If you have a self-isolating loved one then this may be a way of sending them a treat if you can't see them for a special occasion.

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