I recently signed up for a Graze Box. It’s a subscription box that gets delivered either weekly or biweekly and contains four different snacks. I liked the idea of being able to try different snacks, plus having the convenience of it being delivered to my home. At $6.99 a box including shipping (it was $6.49 when I signed up), it’s a little pricey, but I used a referral code to get a better deal and I thought it would be something fun to try. I’ve gotten two boxes already and I’m really happy with the service so far. My favorite part of the service is being able to rate the different snack options. Once you sign up, you are able to look at all of the snack options and rate them in four different ways: trash, try, like, and love. If you “trash” a snack, you will never receive it in your box. If you “try” a snack, it means you’re open to getting it in your box. If you “like” a snack you will receive it more often and if you “love” it, the snack will appear even more frequently in your boxes. You can change your ratings at any time. I’m a picky eater, so I really like being able to somewhat control what comes in my box.
I get my box delivered every two weeks but you can also choose to receive it once a week. The subscription is very easy to control- you can switch back and forth between weekly and biweekly subscriptions whenever you want, and you can also order one-time boxes if you are feeling extra hungry or want to send a box to a friend. There is also a “snooze” option where you can postpone your subscription if you’re going on vacation or just need a break. Everything is very clear and the website is extremely easy to use, so there shouldn’t be any confusion on your part. The snacks come in a slim cardboard box that fits in your mailbox, so no need to sign for packages or worry about them being stolen from your porch.
Each box comes with a personalized insert that gives you nutritional information about your snacks. It also lists best by dates for each snack. I subscribe to the nibble box, which pulls from their full range of snacks, but there is another option called the calorie counter box which features only the snacks between 50-150 calories. You can also select snacks based on your dietary preferences (for instance you can easily “trash” all snacks that aren’t suitable for vegans or that contain gluten).
My first box contained these snacks: Garden of England, Wholegrain Banana Caramel Dippers, Cherry Fudge Sundae, and Japanese Nori Crackers. It was a nice range of snacks with different flavors. Here is my Graze Snack Box Review.
Garden of England is a fruit mix that contains mini strawberries, blackcurrants, and soft apple pieces. When I opened it there was an immediate fresh berry/apple smell. The mini strawberries were soft but not chewy with a great strawberry flavor. They had a slightly sweet flavor with a nice aftertaste that made me want more. The blackcurrants were tart but not overwhelmingly so. They were a little tougher than the strawberries but still not super chewy, which was good. The tartness was a good balance for the sweet strawberries. The apple pieces were firm but still soft and pretty tart (they tasted like green apples). This snack had a great flavor and texture. It was fairly tart/acidic, but in a good way. I wish it was just a little sweeter. The mix was mostly apple pieces and I wish it contained more mini strawberries. I had this as an after dinner snack and it was the perfect size.
Next I had the Wholegrain Banana Caramel Dippers (caramel sauce with wholemeal banana shortbread dippers). I had read really good reviews of these online so I was looking forward to them, but I was pretty disappointed. The dippers had a slightly crunchy and crumbly texture, but didn’t have much flavor. The caramel was a nice viscosity but had a slight artificial taste. Something about the texture and taste of this snack was just a little off. I really like the idea of these dippers but I was not a fan of the taste. They weren’t awful, but I don’t want them again (especially because there are so many other snacks I haven’t tried yet).
The Cherry Fudge Sundae snack is a mix of chocolate fudge, blanched almonds, cherry-infused raisins, and cherries. The fudge had a nice sweet flavor with a firm but not hard texture. It had a slight powdery/fake chocolate taste, almost like a Tootsie Roll but without the hard, chewy texture. The almonds had a nice sweet flavor and weren’t too hard. The raisins had a good texture and were sweet with the normal raisin aftertaste. The cherries were gooey with a soft texture and weren’t too tart. The cherries and almonds were my favorite part of this snack, which was a little surprising to me. I could have done without the raisins. This was a good amount of food for a snack.
My final snack from my first box were the Japanese Nori Crackers (Japanese seaweed crackers). I did not like these. They tasted like firmer, crunchier rice cakes with a spicy taste and a very strong seaweed flavor. I immediately went to the website to trash these. I did force myself to eat the whole package to see if it was a flavor i would get used to, but I hated them the whole time. This would be good if you want a snack that tastes like spicy seaweed, otherwise forget it.
Hot Cross Yum is a fruit, nut, and cookie mix with sponge pieces, cinnamon and honey almonds, and orange-infused raisins. When I opened the package I immediately smelled oranges. The sponge pieces were like a softer, less-crunchy version of Nilla Wafers. The were smaller and not quite as sweet. The cinnamon and honey almonds were crunchy with a cinnamon outer layer that crumbled in my mouth. They had a nice nutty flavor that contrasted well with the sweet outer shell. The almonds tasted slightly like oranges because of being packaged with the raisins. The orange-infused raisins tasted like raisins with an orange over-taste. They were softer than normal raisins, which I liked. I really liked this snack mix, and it might be my favorite so far. It is just slightly sweet with a nice blend of textures and a great predominantly orange flavor. For once I was happy to have lots of raisins.
Triple Berry Smoothie is an all-fruit mix with mini strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, and chewy banana coins. I loved the mini strawberries in the Garden of England mix, and I still loved them here. They had a dense, chewy texture with a nice sweet flavor. The blueberries had the perfect amount of chewiness and a subtle blueberry flavor. They were sweet but not too sweet. The cranberries were sweet but not tart with a typical dried cranberry texture. The banana coins were soft, chewy, and dense with a strong banana flavor. Triple Berry Smoothie had a nice mix of flavors, but I wish the cranberries were more tart to balance out the flavors. I also wish there were fewer cranberries and more strawberries and blueberries. Overall this was a sweet, chewy fruit mix with lots of cranberries but hardly any blueberries.
My box also contained Fruity Mango Chutney with Black Pepper Dippers. The mango chutney was thick and chunky. It had a fruity, tangy, spicy flavor. The dippers were crunchy with a good neutral taste. They had a slight rice cake taste with a crunchier texture. This snack was just so-so for me. It was a little too spicy. I would have preferred a sweet chutney with peppery but not spicy dippers. This had a good flavor, it just wasn’t for me.
Summer Berry Flapjack is a rustic rolled oat flapjack (granola bar) with berry-infused cranberries. This smelled very fresh when I opened the package. I was expecting a typical granola bar but it was much better than that. It had the normal oat taste, but was moist and soft instead of dry and hard. The berry-infused cranberries gave it a nice berry flavor. It tasted like a granola bar, but a much better, freshly-baked granola bar. It’s not as good as Hot Cross Yum (will anything ever be as good as Hot Cross Yum?), but I really liked it.
I’m really happy with the two Graze boxes I’ve gotten so far, and I’m going to continue receiving them for the time being. I like to be able to try different snacks, and it is really nice to have healthy, pre-packaged snacks that I can just grab and take with me. If you would like to try Graze 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. You can read more of my Graze snack box reviews here.