I posted awhile ago about Graze, a new subscription snack box I was trying. Each Graze box can be delivered weekly or biweekly and come with four healthy and tasty snacks. My original post contains more information about the service, but basically for $6.99 you get a box of snacks shipped directly to your door (and they are small enough to fit into mailboxes, so no waiting for the delivery guy). Each Graze box offers a lot of customization so you receive only the snacks you want to try and that work for your diet. Hate certain ingredients or have dietary restrictions? No worries, you can “trash” any snacks you don’t want to get. The website is very easy to use and I love that you can order extra boxes when you want or even postpone your regular deliveries if you need to. My third box contained four snacks: Herby Bread Basket, Twist of Black Pepper Popcorn, Chili and Honey Almonds, and Cookies and Cream.
Herby Bread Basket contains a mix of mini basil breadsticks, garlic crostini, and oregano rice crackers. This was a good savory snack compared to the sweet ones I usually eat. It smelled nice and herb-y but wasn’t too strong. The mini basil breadsticks were slightly crunchy with a good basil flavor (I usually only like fresh basil, not dried, but these tasted great). The garlic crostini were crunchy like croutons with a really good, hearty flavor. They were not super garlicky, which is a good thing for a snack you can eat on the go. They were almost tomato-y. The oregano rice crackers were crunchy and light with a good flavor that wasn’t too strong. They had a good rice flavor to them. I really liked this snack. It had a great mix of textures and the crunchiness and blend of savory (but not salty) flavors was fantastic. I wish there were more crostini and fewer rice crackers but this is a snack I would be happy to get again.
Graze makes a couple of different flavors of popping corn, and in my box I received the Twist of Black Pepper flavor. I don’t eat much popcorn but my box arrived just as we were getting ready to watch a movie, so this was a perfect snack. This had a plain popcorn flavor with just a hint of black pepper. It wasn’t anything fancy but it did taste good and I’d never had a popcorn flavor like this before. The bag was a little smaller than a normal popcorn bag, but it is designed to be a snack for one person. I wouldn’t mind getting it again, but only every now and then just because I don’t eat a lot of popcorn in general.
The Chili and Honey Almonds are roasted almonds with a chili and honey glaze. I considered trashing this snack when I first signed up for Graze because I don’t like a lot of spicy foods. However, I do love almonds and honey so I thought I would try it (and I figured if I didn’t like them, someone in my family would). The notes I took while trying these are a little polarizing (just a little too spicy for me… nice honey flavor but chiles are a little overpowering… wouldn’t mind getting again). In the end, I ended up loving these and wished I had more. They are spicy, but the almonds and honey add some sweetness and make the chili tolerable for me. They tasted a little bit like barbeque sauce. These were a little sticky to the touch but didn’t get stuck in my teeth. Overall, they were a little too spicy for me but I loved the combination of spiciness and sweetness and just thinking about them makes me want more. I guess that’s the whole point of buying a box like this- you can try different flavors than what you’re used to and even if you hate them, you aren’t stuck with a bunch of leftovers that you won’t eat.
My fourth snack in this Graze box was Cookies and Cream. Cookies and Cream is a mix of mini chocolate cookies, roasted hazelnuts, white chocolate buttons, and sunflower seeds. As you can see, the white chocolate buttons didn’t fare very well in my box (Graze only ships snacks containing chocolate from fall to spring to avoid this but it was still a little warm here). It was hard for me to really try this snack since most of it was stuck together but I still got a pretty good feel for it. The mini chocolate cookies were good but tasted a bit like generic cookies from the store (but they weren’t hard). The roasted hazelnuts were kind of plain with a hazelnut aftertaste. I don’t really like white chocolate but I didn’t mind the taste of the white chocolate buttons. They tasted a lot better than normal white chocolate. The sunflower seeds were fine but also a little plain and there were way too many of them. This was kind of a strange mix. It wasn’t very flavorful and while I didn’t hate it, there wasn’t anything that made me want more.
My fourth Graze box contained Beach Bum, Tomato and Basil Pizza, Fruit and Seed Flapjack, and Salted Fudge and Peanut Cookie. So far I haven’t gotten any repeats of snacks yet which is great because there are still so many I haven’t tried.
Beach Bum is a fruit mix with dried pineapple, chewy banana coins, and coconut flakes. This smelled very fresh and pineapple-y when I opened it. The pineapple was a little tougher than most of the dried fruit I’ve gotten in my Graze boxes, but it still wasn’t hard to eat. It had a very fresh, tangy pineapple flavor. This tasted almost exactly like fresh pineapple with a different texture. I’ve had the chewy banana coins in a different snack mix before and really liked them. Unlike hard, dry banana chips, the banana coins are soft and chewy with a great banana flavor. The coconut flakes didn’t have a lot of flavor to them. They were kind of crunchy with a slight coconut aftertaste. The coconut flakes had a nice texture and were fun to eat but they were pretty flavorless and got worse as I ate more. This snack has a fresh summer flavor but I wish the coconut was sweetened. Beach Bum is a little on the chewy side and has too much coconut, but I’d be okay with getting it in another Graze box.
Tomato and Basil Pizza is a mix of mini tomato breadsticks, basil crunchini, and cheese flavored cashews. I wasn’t sure about this one but I’m really glad I decided to try it. It had a great basil/pizza smell to it as soon as I opened the package. The mini tomato breadsticks had a good amount of crunch and a good tomato sauce flavor to them. The basil crunchini had a pretty strong basil flavor (in a good way). They weren’t quite as crunchy as the garlic crostini in Herby Bread Basket, but they were pretty close. The cashews surprised me. I was a little unsure if I would like them but they had a wonderful texture and a great cheesy flavor. The flavors really blended together well in this snack. It was a great mix of textures and was another good savory snack. I loved Tomato and Basil Pizza and can’t wait to get it again.
The Fruit and Seed Flapjack is a rustic rolled oat flapjack (granola bar) with mixed seeds and dried fruits. I had gotten the Summer Berry Flapjack in one of my previous boxes and loved it, so I was happy to see this one in my Graze box. Once again, it had a very fresh smell and a wonderful texture. It was soft with a little crunch from the seeds. This wasn’t as sweet as the last one I tried, but it was still very good. I love Graze’s flapjacks because they are a way more superior, freshly made version of a granola bar. This tasted amazing and wasn’t dry and hard.
Salted Fudge and Peanut Cookie is a mix of baked salted peanuts, vanilla fudge pieces, mini chocolate cookies, and redskin peanuts. The salted peanuts were only lightly salted, so they weren’t super salty. The vanilla fudge pieces were a little chewy but not as chalky as the chocolate fudge pieces that I’d had before. They had a good flavor and tasted like caramel. The chocolate cookies were a little crunchy and didn’t have much of a chocolate flavor to them. In fact, all I could taste was peanuts. The redskin peanuts just tasted very plain. This was a nice combination of salty and sweet and I loved the fudge pieces, but this seemed pretty plain compared to their other snacks. Two kinds of peanuts seemed a little excessive. I think this would be a lot better if it was a mix of vanilla fudge pieces, mini chocolate cookies, and almonds for a slightly sweet flavor.
I’m still really happy with my Graze box. Even though I don’t love all of the snacks, it is a fun box to get every two weeks and it is very convenient for me. I originally thought the snacks looked too small, but they are actually the perfect size. I love the customization with this box and that there are so many options with snack flavors and box scheduling. If you would like to try a Graze box for yourself, you can get your first and fifth boxes free (and you can cancel at any time). Just go here to use my referral code.
Have you tried Graze? What did you think?