I’ve been meaning to write about this for ages but I’m finally gettingaroundtoit … I’ve been subscribed to Graze for a whole semester now and I’m loving it.
If you don’t know who Graze are they’re a company that send boxes of healthy snacks to ‘make snacking more fun’ and healthy. So it’s free to sign up for the website and it is a subscription box but you can postpone or change the delivery date as much as you like, so you’re very much in control of how much you spend on it. You can also usually find coupons to have like 1st and 10th box free in various magazines and sometimes with other online orders – they’re all the hype apparently.
It’s a really cute little box, I especially love that the packaging is almost 100% recyclable, and I feel like a few boxes would make a really good gift for a friend who’s on a health kick, or a chocolate box for valentines day for a girl friend or something.
What do I get?
I get the Nibble Box. It’s a box of smaller snacks, 4 each time, which are designed to nibble on.
How often do I get it?
Twice a month, or once every two weeks, this is plenty for me really, any more would be a waste of money.
How much do I pay?
£3.99 per box – yea it’s not cheap, but it doesn’t kill you either.
Is it worth it?
Well, yes. For £3.99 you’d never get four such nice snacks anywhere, and I love that sometimes it comes with teabags too (BONUS!). Is it necessary though? No, absolutely not, it’s more like having a mini-Christmas every two weeks. I get excited to get the box, I usually scoff it all within two days and it’s definitely a lovely treat. But this is a lifestyle luxury for a student like me, I wouldn’t get it if you’re pushed for money.
Here’s the low-down on what I’ve had in my box so far:
Banana Cake with an Afternoon Infusion
Super Carrot Cake with an Afternoon Infusion
I’ll just go for both of them at once. Bottom line, anything that comes with a teabag will win me over. No doubt. But there’s kind of the golden rule that, if you’re feeding me, you can’t really go wrong with cake either. These are bite sized and delicious. It’s an excuse to take two minutes out and make yourself a mini-afternoon-tea.
Mixed Olives with Rosemary and Lemon
Basil & Garlic Olives
Yet again you can’t really every go wrong with olives for me. If they were too spicy I might have an issue but that’s it really. The rosemary and lemon ones are very light especially, neither flavour will be offensive to anybody because they’re so gentle. These aren’t extreme. Warning though, they do come in oil (I guess that’s so they keep longer), so if you aren’t a fan of oily food, or your skin is particularly sensitive to it or something, then I wouldn’t recommend them.
Fruit & Seed Flapjack
I like flapjacks when they aren’t too dry, I hate a dry flapjack. Graze flapjacks are delightfully springy. These is my favourite because it’s pack full of more ‘stuff’ than oats. The sunflower seeds are the best bit, it’s super yummy.
Fruity Mango Chutney
I adore mango chutney, so this was a winner. The sad thing is you don’t get very much but then it is a snack box. You get a small pot of chutney attached to a box of mini bread sticks in various flavours. These are a great Reading Snack, I like to have something fuss free to keep constantly stuffing in my mouth while I read a paper or an essay… thus Reading Snack.
Cherries & Berries
I always love just plain fruit. And dried fruit like cherries, cranberries, raisins – they’re the best. So if you’re a fruit fan too you can always tailor your box in the direction of fruit, Graze have a whole section of berry and nut mixes.
This is on the dried fruit list too, it’s an interesting mix including dried pineapple. Now, I’m not a fan of dried banana, or dried mango, but dried Pineapple was actually quite pleasant. It’s not something I’ll be dying to turn up in a box again but I won’t be sad if it does, it’s a nice mix of fruits and it’s pretty satisfying.
Graze Popping Corn – lightly salted and slightly sweet
My only problem with this is that I don’t have a microwave. So I have to keep taking it to other people’s houses and sharing it (sad times, although probably better in the long run). The plus side is that it’s actually a reasonable size to share. My favourite is the lightly salted, because I’m really a savoury girl at heart, and the bag was just right to share with the boyfriend while watching Chuck. If you don’t have a microwave though, I would make sure you hit ‘bin’ on the Graze website so this doesn’t appear in your box.
Smokey Chipotle Dip
Two more chips and dips, slightly spicier than the chutney but give you a nice kick. They kind of wake you up. Not too much to say, I just know that I like these and they’re great for the same reason as the Mango Chutney one. If you’re into spicy things, these are a good place to start and I think you can select some with increasing amounts of spice when you’re on the graze site.
Apple and Cinnamon Flapjack
See above, r.e. Flapjacks. I like it a lot, it’s nice and tasty. I’m often not crazy about apple in cakes, but if you tend to love apple flavoured things, grab this straight away.
Just nice little sun-dried tomato-y croutons. I like them.
Rhubarb and Pear Compot
Okay not one I expected to like, since I’m not even to sure what a compot is. It was basically a tasty chewy, dried fruit mix with surprisingly soft dried pear and rhubarb. It’s a really ‘different’ flavour if you’re bored of your normal dried fruit.
Cracking Black Pepper Cashews
Om nom nom. So good. If you like cashew nuts you’ll love these. Avoid if you don’t like nuts.
Cookies & Cream
I don’t know why I didn’t like this, I just found it a bit too sweet and the chocolate-y bits too much. This is one of those where you may well love it though if you have a sweet tooth.
Dark Rocky Road Granola Topper
I found something in this a bit too much, I’m not sure what, maybe the dried strawberries. I don’t really eat toppers on yoghurt though, so it’s worth a try if you’re usually into this sort of thing, I just found it quite rich.
I don’t like white chocolate or coconut and I found both in this. Sorry Graze.
I haven’t actually tried this, I ruled it out right away because I don’t usually like toffee.
Bonnie Wee Oatbakes
The oat biscuits, little baby round ones, were actually okay but very dry on their own. Sadly the chutney they came with was very onion-y, I don’t advise this if you’re not an onion fan.
Are you subscribed to Graze? Tell me what you get and what snacks you’ve loved so far!
*No I’m not sponsored by Graze and haven’t received any free samples from them*