Graze Box – Number 1

Hey guys! Have any of you ever heard of Graze? It originally started in the UK and has been slowly branching out into the USA on an invite basis. The basic concept is that for $5 they will send you a mailbox sized box full of 4 different snacks every other week. There are over 80 different options to choose from and they are adding more.

Graze uses the following scale to rate how often they should send you something: trash, try, like, love. One of my New Years resolutions goals is to try new foods, so when I was picking out stuff I really made myself select try on more foods than I normally would.

Because of the amount of food, I will review the treats in a little bit different format than I normally do. Let’a go!

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The outside packaging is no frills.

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My first delivery had a nice mixture of different types of treats that Graze will send you.

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Nacho Libre : salsa almonds, cheesy sombreros, jumbo chili corn

This snack mix was really good. The almonds had a nice coating of spice and the cheesy sombreros are light and crunchy. The jumbo chili corn were seriously on steroids, move over Corn Nuts.
Overall this mix : love

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Billionaires Shortbread : Belgian milk chocolate, almonds, cranberries, fudge

I will admit, I was a little leery of the cranberries in this mix. I really like cranberry flavored things, but I don’t like the texture of raisins, so I was cautious. The Belgian milk chocolate was crazy good. I found the almonds to be a bit disappointing because they were completely plain, which made them slightly bland, not to mention due to the lack of skins on the almonds, they were squeaky on my teeth. The tiny fudge cubes were really yummy. Ready for my feelings on the cranberries? YUM. They were really good and not raisin-y at all.
Overall this mix : love

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Inspired by Jaffa Cake : Belgian dark chocolate, orange raisins, roasted hazelnuts

Up until a few minutes ago, I had no idea what a Jaffa cake was. After a little google-fu I found out its a sponge cookie with a layer of orange jam with a coating of chocolate. I think had I known this I might have passed on this mix, but hey, what’s the harm in trying.

As before, the chocolate is very good. The hazelnuts have the same problem as the almonds did in the Billionaires shortbread, lack of roasting, not to mention they really picked up the orange flavor. The orange raisins? I can’t. I tried, I really tried. Nope. Not only do I not like raisins, I don’t care for oranges.
Overall this mix : trash

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Summer Berry Compote : berry compote with wholemeal shortbread dippers

I was most excited to try this one in the box. Shortest review yet? SO GOOD. The compote was sweet and tart and the shortbread was exceptionally good.
Overall this mix : LOVE

*please note that this post is my own opinion (like all other posts) and was not paid or compensated with goods from Graze for this post.

Pocky – Coconut

Evening friends! Tonight I bring you another offering from my trip to the Asian market. I have had regular and strawberry Pocky before but I have never had coconut. I enjoy Pocky and coconut, so this has to be good.

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I was surprised to see how few were in the box when I opened it. Usually there are quite a bit more inside but these look mighty fancy. I really liked that they put them in a clear package so you can see the deliciousness you’re getting into. Each stick of Pocky is coated in a later of chocolate, then a layer of coconut followed with a final layer of chocolate.

Normally when I eat Pocky I like to take teeny little bites quickly like some sort of rodent but the coconut Pocky just doesn’t lend itself to that. I was greeted with the familiar flavor of chocolate and a cookie biscuit but the coconut flavor was a bit underwhelming. I could taste it, but it was not as bold as I expected it to be.

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Texture : 3/5 – The biscuit has a nice snap to it, the chocolate is smooth, and the coconut is flaky. I feel like the tiny shavings make for a kind of weird texture.

Smell : 3/5 – This flavor of Pocky mostly smells like chocolate.

Appearance : 4/5 – The coconut is very visible on the Pocky as well as the amount of chocolate. These look very tasty!

Taste : 3.5/5 – These are rather good but I was hoping for more coconut flavor. The flakes moreso got stuck in my teeth than anything. The biscuit is good as is the chocolate. I’d give these another go.

Everyburger Cookies

One of the nice things about living in a larger city is the abundance of various ethnic markets. I always joke and say that I’ve never met a dessert I didn’t like (but that’s not true) however I have yet to try an Asian confection that I did not care for.

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I was introduced to Everyburger cookies by my partner in snack food and life crimes Richard. He is far more versed in these treats than I, but he knows me pretty well so I take his word for it when he says that I will like something.

When I first picked up the package I couldn’t help but be enamored with all the fun art all over it. Good thing American packaging is usually more subdued or I would buy all of the things, every of the time.

The package contains two individually sealed trays of eight cookies each. The cookies are about the diameter of quarter or so. They have a cookie “bun” with a chocolate patty and what I’m guessing is orange colored vanilla “cheese”. Or secret sauce, or I don’t know. These bite sized cookies are pretty irresistible. The cookie is crunchy with a light sesame flavor to it. Both if the chocolates are flavorful and sweet, delicious! My only qualm is that some “buns” are a little overcooked on the top sometimes. My guess is that they use a bit of an egg wash to get the coloring. But even those are still yummy.

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Texture : 4/5 – this bite sized cookie has great texture. Crunchy outside cookie with a perfect amount of smooth solid chocolate in the middle.

Smell : 4/5 – The cookie has a sweet smell with a slight sesame undertone.

Appearance : 3/5 - These cute cookies make for a really fun snack. Sometimes when they are sandwiched together its done before the chocolate has set all the way so they get a little wonky, but who doesn’t like a messy burger?!

Taste : 5/5 – These cookies are delicious and addicting. I dare you to eat just one package.

Keebler Cookies – Pitter Patter Cookies

Hey everyone! If you don’t live in the US you may not be familiar with Girl Scout season. I am not convinced that people give up on their fitness resolutions because of lack of commitment, I am convinced they give up because of Girl Scout season.

I don’t know what is so addictive about their cookies, maybe it’s because they are laced with merit badges, dreams, unicorn tears, and sickeningly sweet girls hawking them at every supermarket, big box store, and work place, but I feel like Keebler is trying to get in on this action with the release of their Pitter Patter cookies.

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Pitter Patter cookies are most similar to Do-si-dos but are also sort of reminiscent of a Nutter Butter. There is a crunchy cookie exterior with a nice layering of peanut butter in the middle. Is this cookie the answer to my scout cookie crazing when they are out of season?! Maybe.

The cookie portion by itself is good. It has a hint of peanut butter baked in (at least that’s what it tastes like). It’s quite crunchy and somewhat dense, but not to the point where it’s too much cookie. The peanut butter is decent. It has a nice sweetness to it and a very faint salt undertone which keeps the cookie from turning into one sugary peanut butter brick.

The reason why I said maybe on the scout cookie replacement was because they use a different cookie. Girl Scout cookies use an oatmeal cookie for theirs which not only changes the flavor, but the texture. I’m also slightly confused about Keebler’s naming choice for these. Name aside, these cookies are decent. I really with Keebler would have done something slightly different to sent themselves apart from the other peanut butter sandwich cookies, but overall, I’d buy them again.

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Texture : 3/5 – The crunchy cookie coupled with the moist peanut butter makes for an enjoyable texture that does not leave you feeling like you just but into the driest desert.

Smell : 4/5 – There is no mistaking that these are all business when it comes to peanut butter.

Appearance : 2.5/5 – The basketweave pattern on the outside of the cookie is alright, but there is nothing overly exciting about the cook of these cookies.

Taste : 3/5 – These cookies were pretty middle of the road. I enjoyed the cookie portion and the peanut butter was decent, but I didn’t find them all that memorable. If you like Nutter Butters and Do-si-dos, you will most likely enjoy these.

Keebler Filled Pretzel Bites – Peanut Butter & White Fudge

Hello my dudes! Guess what?! Today is my birthday! That’s pretty radical eh? Today I bring you the white fudge version of yesterday’s Keebler treat, so lets get into it!

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I thought the chocolate fudge version had a little but of an identity crisis, but not nearly as bad as the white fudge do. The outside coating is good, but because of its translucent state it makes the snack look a little less appealing. Normally I find that white fudge and/or white chocolate is too rich for my liking but I feel like the fudge that they used on these added more of just a hint of sweetness than an explosion of vanilla.

Sadly they made no changes in the peanut butter recipe so we are stuck with the same weird dried out log of peanut butter on the inside. But like the chocolate version, as long as you consume them in one whole bite, the texture of the peanut butter is pretty unnoticeable.

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Texture : 4/5 – The outside fudge is smooth and creamy, the pretzel has a good crunch, and the peanut butter innards are gritty as ever. Somebody get that PB a glass of water.

Smell : 2/5 - These smelled rather sweet with a hint of peanut butter.

Appearance : 1.5/5 - The exterior coating is a weird translucent white which makes the pretzel look weird. The pretzels look quite different from the picture on the outside of the box.

Taste : 2.5/5 - The white fudge version was okay. I prefer the chocolate fudge myself. I was expecting more of a vanilla taste from the fudge but it was mostly sugar. The pretzel was nice and crunchy and perfectly salted, but much like the chocolate counterpart, the peanut butter is grainy and dry. Hopefully Keebler will rework this element.

Keebler Filled Pretzel Bites – Peanut Butter & Fudge

Hello hello! Today I bring you something new from the elves at Keebler. I super love the Anderson peanut butter filled pretzels, so I figured that this would be similar but covered in chocolate – winning! I found it kind of interesting that they decided to put this snack out considering cookies are more of Keebler’s forte.

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I was rather surprised to see how few were inside of the package. These would be a nice lunch treat but as for snacking? You’ll eat the whole box before you’re satisfied. I have a bowl that I keep packages of snacks this size like the 100 calorie almonds and the like in so it worked out well. Also I feel less guilty when I eat one of these little packages.

The picture and the product are a but different than each other. The real thing (pictured below – duh) looks more to me like chocolate covered panda cookies than pretzels. The pretzels are also not as full of peanut butter as the picture on the box would lead you to believe.

Upon first bite I was pleasantly surprised. Sometimes chocolate covered pretzels lack the salt on the pretzel which makes it taste more like a wafer to me. Keebler kept the salt and I think it really enhances the flavor. The peanut butter on the inside was a little dry, but as a complete bite, they were good. I decided to bite one of the pretzels in half and eat the peanut butter by itself. Bad move. I don’t really know how to describe the taste but without the pretzel outside, the peanut butter is nothing but a chalky little log. Yuck.

Because of the size of the package, there are usually only 3-5 pretzels inside, which can be slightly disappointing when you start to get into them.

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Texture : 4/5 – The chocolate fudge on the outside is smooth, the pretzel has a nice crunch to it, and the peanut butter is a little weird. For best results eat in one bite.

Smell : 3/5 – The only smell that I could pick out was the chocolate.

Appearance : 2/5 – These aren’t the most visually appealing snack food out there. The shape is rather odd (though if they were not covered in chocolate I think the shape would be okay).

Taste : 3.5/5 – These were good but I wouldn’t call them great. The gritty peanut butter kind of ruined it for me, but I would probably buy these again if I saw them on sale. The chocolate outside is very tasty, which I attribute to the skill that Keebler has in making cookies.

Mothers Circus Animal Cookies – Fudge and Vanilla

Mothers Circus Animal cookies were probably one of the first cookies I ever had as a kid. The classic white and pink cookies are my Mother’s favorite (fancy that.) A while back, Mother’s tried trick me into thinking that they came out with new circus animal cookies by putting out the green and white jungle animals. I’m on to you Mothers – all you did was change the color! The Fudge & Vanilla almost slipped by me because I thought they were trying to do some gypsy magic again but this time they in fact changed the favor, not just the color!

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Mothers circus animal cookies are not something I normally buy despite liking them. I can’t usually eat more than a few as I find that if I eat more than a few that I feel like I might combust. Just something about them that makes me feel that way. I was leery about the fudge coating because I was afraid that it would be chocolate flavored instead of chocolate. Trust me there is a difference.

I decided to try the fudge cookies first since I pretty much already know what the vanilla cookies taste like. The inside cookie is still a shortbread, not chocolate, which I could have gone for, but still good. I was really surprised by how delicious the fudge cookies were. I then moved on to the vanilla and found that they tasted even better than the vanilla cookie that I remember as a kid. I don’t know if it is because of the fudge and vanilla cookies being jumbled around in the same bag had something to do with it which may have slightly altered the flavor but these cookies were SO good.

I had to place the bag across the room because I was literally to the point where if I continued to eat them, that I would make myself sick.

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Texture : 4/5 - These cookies have a nice crunch to them and a delicious smooth outside coating. The sprinkles on the outside also add a nice little crunchy element to it as well.

Smell : 4/5 - When opening the bag you are greeted with an extreme sweet smell, but man do they smell delicious!

Appearance : 3/5 - The coloring of these are pretty basic. Some of the animals are hard to tell what they are because of the external coating.

Taste : 5/5 - If had to choose between these and the classic Mother’s circus animal cookies, I would choose these every time. I think the reason why I do not quickly tire of the flavor is because of the chocolate element. I really hope that this is something that they add to their permanent line up as if they plan on going away, I guess I should start stockpiling.

Popchips – Katy’s Kettle Corn

Hi food friends. I can’t seem to recall the last time a popstar had their own food product, that is outside of being on the cover of a Wheaties box. When I found out that Katy Perry was getting her own flavor of Popchips, I was curious to see what kind of flavor she would go with. I spotted these at Target and thought I Would give them a go. I enjoy kettle corn, and Popchips are alright, so it couldn’t’t be too bad, right?

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Much like the two previous reviews on this blog, There was really no stretch of the imagination when it came to picking a flavor that could be endorsed by someone like Katy Perry. I guess the kettle corn angle works because she could claim that shes a little bit rock n’ roll and a little bit pop, but eh. The outside of the bag had cute little sparkles all over the chips, so I was hoping that Popchips would bust out the disco dust and add some glitter to my chips. I guess that would drive away some of their audience though, but I guess nothing stops me from doing that myself eh? Too much effort.

The chips deviate from the normal round Popchip and are triangles. They remind me a lot of the rice cakes that Quaker Oates has as far as texture. They are kind of a compressed popcorn, and are slightly sweet and salty. I really enjoyed these as it was a nice balance of both vs too much of one or the other.

The evil thing about Popchips is that they make their bags slightly smaller than a normal chip bag, so the chances of you eating the entire thing, like I did, are good. Overall I thought these were decent, but I fail to see the connection between the chip and Katy.

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Texture : 4/5 - These chips have a nice crunch to them that makes them rather addicting.

Smell : 2/5 - These chips had hardly any smell to them. You could slightly smell buttery popcorn, but it was really faint.

Appearance: 2/5 - I already voiced my sadness about how there was no glitter on these chips. There is nothing special about the way that they look. Just a plain white triangle. BOO.

Taste: 3/5 - I must have hit a run of the mill snack food streak because nothing I have been buying lately as been incredible. These were good, and I ate the whole bag, but they could have been anyones kettle corn and I would have probably done the same thing. I’d buy them again, but they are not something I would go out of my way to find.

Orville Reddenbacher’s Pop Crunch – White & Sharp Cheddar Mix

Hello world. Orville Reddenbacher has brought you another flavor from the grave, this time with a more savoury punch. This combines two foods I can’t eat but I decided to do so anyways for the sake of journalism or something (maybe just stupidity)

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Now when I think of cheese popcorn, the first thing that comes to mind is Smart Food popcorn. That stuff is total crack in a bag. I don’t think I’ve ever been able to exhibit any sort of self control when it comes to that stuff. I also am a fan of the popcorn tins that you can get at drug stores during the holidays – yum yum! I was expecting the same when I broke open the bag of this popcorn. The flavor is good, but not strangely addicting as the previously mentioned popcorn treats. I feel like the sharp cheddar really overshadows the white cheddar, which is slightly disappointing.

As with any sort of cheese dusted snack, prepare to have orange fingertips, but in my eyes, that’s my favorite part. I guess I’m a bit of a weirdo.

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Texture: 3/5 - The popcorn has a nice crunch to it, but also has that slightly chewy texture that bagged popcorn seems to get. You would think science would be able to do something about that – maybe a non-nutritive varnish? I hope I’m not the only one that gets that joke, though it is slightly out of season.

Smell: 4/5 - This popcorn definitely smells very cheesy!

Appearance: 4/5 - The difference in cheese flavoring is visible, so if you enjoy one cheese more that the other, or are OCD, you can easily pick out the flavor you want.

Taste: 3/5 - I thought this popcorn was pretty run of the mill. The cheese flavoring is good and its coupled with a slight saltiness that brings in the classic buttered popcorn taste, but I really don’t think there was anything all that spectacular about this flavor. Better luck next time ‘ole Orville.

Orville Redenbacher’s Pop Crunch – Brown Sugar Cinnamon

How’s it hanging internet? Tonight I bring you a new offering from Orville Redenbacher. How this man keeps conducting new flavors from the grave is beyond me. Another thing I didn’t know? That there was a Brazil, Indiana. If you are wondering how the two are related, Orville was from Brazil, Indiana. So if you’re ever looking to take a vacation to an exotic destination, but don’t have a lot of money, why not stop on by Indiana? You could tell people that you went to Brazil over a long weekend and they wouldn’t know the difference!

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Brown sugar cinnamon sounds like a match made in heaven. I like cinnamon/sugar things, like making my own mixture and pouring it on hot buttered toast, so I’m sure bringing brown sugar into the mix will only turn this popcorn up to 11. Target/Archer Farms makes an insanely good cinnamon and white chocolate drizzled popcorn that comes out during the holiday season that I had hoped this would taste similar to. Sadly popcorn and I have a love/hate relationship. I love it, but it hates me so I had high hopes because anytime I subject myself to foods that I ultimately end up regret eating, it better dang well be worth it.

I was expecting a light dusting on the popcorn, but when I opened the bag I was surprised to find a bag full of heavily coated popcorn. I grabbed a handful and was pleasantly surprised at the nice buttery taste melded together with the sugary sweeteners from the brown sugar. The cinnamon added a nice spice to the mix to round out the whole flavor. Overall I really enjoyed this popcorn and it measured up with the Archer Farms brand that I love so much.

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Texture: 4/5 - The popcorn retains its crunchiness despite the heavy sugar coating. The coating does make it slightly chewy at the end.

Smell: 5/5 - When you open the bag you can really smell the sugar and cinnamon. Delicious!

Appearance: 3/5 - Visually the exterior coating is quite visible and you can see how much sugar and cinnamon is actually used on this.

Taste: 4/5 - I really enjoyed this popcorn and would buy it again. This would be a nice afternoon snack or a delicious movie theater treat, not that I advocate bringing in your own food ;)