Graze-review-JulyGraze is a recurring snack subscription box — you can choose the size of your box and how often its delivered: every week, every two weeks, or once a month. Prices are $6.99 for a 4 snack box, $11.99 for an 8 snack box, and $25 for a sharing box. Shipping is free, and use code RIGELB8LB to get your 1st and 5th boxes free (woOt!).

Graze-Review-July-UnboxingGraze promises that their foods contain no GMO ingredients, no artificial flavors or colors, no high-fructose corn syrup, and no trans fats.

Graze-Review-July-2015Graze snacks are always a surprise but they offer a ridiculous number of customization options for setting parameters around what you will and won’t get. There’s a voting system, where you can view example snacks and rate them “try, like, love, or trash,” they have a “dietary preferences” page where you can trash all snacks with any specific ingredient (dairy, for example, or wheat/gluten), and there are preset box categories for limiting yourself to only low calorie, low sugar, high protein, or ‘high energy’ snacks.

They do go to great lengths to say that everything is prepared in the same facility, however, so even though ingredients can be ‘unchecked’ some cross-contamination is still possible (i.e. if you have a severe nut allergy Graze is not for you).

Graze-Review-serving-sizeSo on to the good stuff! All the snacks are packaged individually, in really cute little boxes with tear-off plastic tops. Be aware that the serving sizes are nutritionist-approved, which means they seem really tiny until you get used to them (at least they did for me).

Here’s what I got:

Graze-Garden-of-EnglandGarden of England Dried apples, strawberries, and black currants. Love! Very chewy, perfect mix for me. I love dried fruit, have never had little whole strawberries like this. Fun.

Graze-Review-Herby-Bread-BasketHerby Bread Basket Mini basil breadsticks, oregano rice crackers and garlic crostini. I like this. It’s like a blander, healthier version of Gardettos. Not an amazing mix as a whole but those little bits that look like fried chicken are super good.

Graze-Review-Hot-Pepper-JamHot Pepper Jam Hot pepper jam with multigrain soy rice crackers. Love! Was worried this would be too spicy for me but it turned out to be one of my favorites. Not really hot at all, more like a sweet and sour sauce. The crackers were fairly bland alone but their sesame flavor went perfectly with the dip.

Graze-Vanilla-Walnut-FudgeVanilla Walnut Fudge Walnuts, fudge pieces, raisins and vanilla pumpkin seeds. This was good! I’m not a huge fan of walnuts outside of baked goods, even though I know they’re so good for me, so not my favorite. Take out the walnuts and it would really be yummy. Also weirdly one of the major things I noticed about this is that there were exactly 3 1/2 walnuts in it.

Graze-Cinnamon-Fig-RollCinnamon Fig Roll No longer available Loved! Kinda bummed I can’t find this one on the website anymore to get the ingredient list. It has been a few weeks between receiving it and writing this review, so it must have been discontinued between then and now. I suppose they switch out things all the time. This was a great mix for my sweet tooth though!

Graze-Blueberry-Crumble-Granola-TopperBlueberry Crumble Granola Topper Blueberry granola, blueberry flavored cranberries and almond slivers I put this one on yogurt and it was good! No surprises or amazing combination here. Just tasty blueberry-flavored granola.

Graze-Black-Pepper-CashewsBlack Pepper Cashews These are peppery! And also apparently no longer available. I think maybe they were not as popular as other cashew flavors because while they were edible (I’m a trooper like that) they really just tasted like the cap came off the pepper shaker mid-shake.

Graze-Black-Pepper-PistachiosBlack Pepper Pistachios So much pepper! There must have been a trend trying to get started, and it failed, because these aren’t in the Graze system any more either. These were very similar to the cashews above but a little better because the shells took some of the pepper damage, and those get discarded. Also I love pistachios, so I forgive them.

Summary: I like Graze! It’s fun, everything is tasty (the stuff I didn’t like is gone or can be eliminated in future boxes), and I like that it’s healthy and can be personalized in such a detailed way. At $1.50/snack it is a bit of a splurge compared to what you could make up yourself at the grocery store (especially for these small portions), but the convenience, variety, and fun are worth something for sure. And as Zeplin is getting more and more teeth I’m also thinking that a lot of these could make for really handy, healthy, purse-friendly snacks for him as well.

Additional notes:

  • FYI Graze does not send shipping notices or tracking numbers, and it took what felt like a really long time for this first box to arrive (almost three weeks I think). Just as I was really getting worried, it showed up.
  • Each Graze box comes with a detailed card that lists ingredients and nutritional information for each snack.
  • You can “snooze” or put your subscription on hold at any time, for up to a year at a time.
  • You can cancel at any time.
  • You can change the size of your box at any time.

Interested in trying out a Graze box for yourself? Don’t forget to use coupon code RIGELB8LB at checkout to get your 1st and 5th boxes FREE (and you’ll give me a referral credit to boot, tyvm!)

 

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