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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.

March 8, 2013
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Skittles – Darkside

Posted in Candy

Hello!

I hope everyone is doing well this fine eve – I myself am taking a trip to the darkside. No, no, I am not watching a marathon of the Star Wars flicks and contemplating who I would use the force grip on, I am enjoying Skittles new offering Darkside Skittles. Skittles has a few incarnations that I really enjoy, the classic and the tropical being my favorite, but according to this package, I am about to embark on a trip to the other side of the rainbow. (I though the other side of the rainbow was the same as the beginning, who knew!)

You may have noticed a small little cat face poking out behind the package of Skittles, that would be Jimothy and he refused to occupy himself while I attempted to take a picture – I guess I have a new assistant.

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So what flavors you ask compose the flavors of the darkside? Pomegranate, dark berry, midnight lime, forbidden fruit, and blood orange. So what you’re telling me Skittles is that you came up with a new flavor and rebranded the rest to make them spooooooky. I also though the release of these seemed a little mistimed – Halloween would have been a better gimmick, no? Anyways, like a moth to a flame, I couldn’t help myself and may or may not have devoured the entire bag in one sitting. Dear Internet, riddle me this…

How do you eat your various colored candies?

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Personally? I organize them by color and then eat them based on flavor preference, starting with my least favorite first. In the event that there is no difference in flavor vs colors (i.e. M&Ms) I organize them by color and eat them based on color preference, starting with my least favorite – which is brown in case you were wondering.

I started with blood orange, since I am not a huge fan of orange flavored things. They were OK – I noticed no difference in flavor than from the regular Skittles. Next I moved on to the forbidden fruit. What is a forbidden fruit anyways? According to the Bible, its an apple, but these are definitely not apple flavored. I did not care for whatever fruit flavor this was as it was a tad bit soapy. Next we have dark berry, which tasted like your standard nondescript berry flavored mixture, leaving you to wonder which berry it actually is. Pomegranate followed, which I also thought tasted a slight bit soapy as well. Finally we have midnight lime. Lime flavored candies are probably my favorite when it comes things not consisting of chocolate, so I always save it for last. These also tasted like the standard lime flavor that you would find in a regular Skittles bag.

Overall, I think that this mixture is not bad, but I think the flavors could have been a little more adventurous, considering what Jelly Belly can do with a jelly bean. So far the only place that I have spotted these have been in the checkout lines at my local Target.

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Texture: 3/5 – There is nothing different about these texture wise than a regular bag of Skittles. If you have never sampled Skittles before, they have a hard candy shell with a chewy inside.

Smell: 3/5 – The bag smelled like a fruit mixture with a LOT of sugar added in.

Appearance: 3/5 – The colors used reminded me of a mixture of the tropical Skittles and the Skittles Riddles. Want to up the ante? Make the entire bagful black and make me guess and what I am eating – thats a little bit of evil right there.

Taste: 3/5- Overall I thought the collection was OK. Like I said above, I do not think that the flavors used were extremely imaginative, as most of them were just their standard flavors given new names, but I would buy them again… If I couldn’t find a bag of Tropical.

January 22, 2013
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Got Milk? Magic Milk Flavoring Straws – Cookies & Cream and Wild Berry

Posted in Confectionaries

Hey guys! Have you ever had one of those days where you are sipping on a glass of milk (or almond, soy, rice, whatever milk) and thought to yourself, “Man, this moo juice would taste SO much better if I could drink it through a complicated straw that housed tiny little flavor crystals that would flavor each sip!” Me either. Somewhere along the way Got Milk? thought of this interesting idea. These flavor straws are nothing new. They have been around for at least a year or two, but every time I pass them hanging on the sidecap, I try to convince myself to buy them and give them a try. Finally I broke down and picked these up at SaveMart the other night.

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So, again I ask myself, what the hell is a wild berry? And why can’t I buy it at a store? According to Got Milk? wild berry is a mixture of blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, and BLACK CARROT JUICE CONCENTRATE. WHAT IN THE… What in the world is black carrot juice. Why is it in my milk? Now I must admit. I don’t drink milk. Not only do I not enjoy it, but I am lactose intolerant. I also hate that soy milk only comes in the most giant container ever made and rarely buy it because I can’t finish the entire thing before its time to throw it away. So to try these, I opted for some vanilla dairy free yogurt. I know what you’re thinking, you sucked yogurt through these straws? No, I didn’t. I broke the first rule of Got Milk? Magic Milk Flavoring Straws, I cut them open. Other rules include using only one straw for one glass of milk and making sure children under 3 are supervised while using a straw.

I find the design of the straw itself rather ingenious. The cookies and cream flavor has the top and bottom of the straw dimpled together to allow the milk to come through it. The wild berry is a bit more sophisticated with a plastic filter on each end.

The cookies and creme flavor is pretty much just chocolate because your milk or the yogurt in my case makes up for the creme flavor. The flavor crystals also do not dissolve very quickly so I fail to see why they put a limit of 1 glass of milk per straw, honestly I think you’ll need 2 glasses at least to use up a single straw. The wild berry tastes mostly like raspberry, no carrots here. I actually preferred to just cut the ends off these and pour them directly into my mouth, kind of like Nerds.

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Texture: 3/5 – In their raw form, the flavor crystals are really crunchy. They don’t dissolve quickly (at least in yogurt) and I imagine they would not change the texture of your milk drink until you get to the point where they are so small that they would pass through the tiny holes in the filter.
Smell: 4/5 – The cookies & cream flavor smells like a milky chocolate treat. The wild berry smells like berries mixed with a slight hint of vanilla.
Appearance: 5/5 – I am impressed with the design of the straw (and easily amused). I also like the color variants in each of the straws. Makes me think of sprinkles, for your milk!
Taste: 3/5 – The cookies & cream flavor is pretty much just chocolate. I need to sample the regular chocolate flavor straws to see if in fact they taste the same.  The wild berry flavor is pretty good. Raspberry is the most apparent flavor out of all of the berries used in these. I would probably buy these again, just to eat straight from the straw for a nice 17 calorie treat.

December 7, 2012
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Newtons – Triple Berry

Posted in Cookies

Hello Hello! Sorry today’s review is a bit late – time got away from me while I was watching a marathon of Wipeout on TruTV. There is just something so hilarious about people falling down that sucks you in and steals away hours of your day. I have been at my Mom’s since Thursday and I have eaten more food than I have eaten in probably the last 6 months. SO GOOD. Something about someone else cooking for you makes it taste so much better, even when it is just simple things like toast, or mashed potatoes, or a glass of water.

Because of how much I have been eating, I really wanted to opt for something more “healthy”. I just needed a break from greasy and salty chips, sugary sweet cookies, etc. I picked up these Newtons Triple Berry at Walmart on Black Friday (because that’s what everyone was standing in line for – actually they were standing in front of it for a TV in the dairy department.)

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Did you know that Nabisco dropped the ‘Fig’ in Fig Newtons to attempt to move away from the stigma of sounding overly healthy? It’s true and apparently it sparked a slight outrage. I think I will always call Fig Newtons, Fig Newtons, despite a flavor change, like the Triple Berry ones, much like facial tissue is called Kleenex and adhesive bandages are called Band-Aids. I actually really like Fig Newtons, despite never tasting a fig in any other way.

When I opened the tray of cookies, it smelled exactly like a tray of regular Fig Newtons. I am convinced that the cookie outside dictates the smell more that the internal flavor. I was curious if there were actually 3 berries featured in this cookie or if they were just some sort of amalgam of ambiguous ‘berry’ flavors. The inside jam is a combination of strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, and apple? Hey apple, you’re not a berry. These honestly don’t taste much different than standard Fig Newtons. The berry brings a slight tartness to the puree inside. The puree also tastes vaguely like a less sweet version of the inside of a strawberry Poptart. These actually really good, the only downside is that I found them a bit dry.

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Texture: 3.5/5 – The outside portion of this cookie is really dry. Like Death Valley dry. The only way to get through a couple of these would be if you had a beverage to go with. I also liked that they strained the fruit puree so that there are no seeds from the strawberries in it.

Smell: 3/5 – The berry flavor is the most prevalent smell in this cookie. I personally could not pinpoint what berries were used based solely on smell.

Appearance: 3/5 – Less is more with these – no frills, just cookie and jam innards.

Taste: 4/5 – These were pretty delicious. The most recognizable berry flavor was the strawberry. The raspberry made for a nice little tang and the after note was the blueberry. If you are a fan of Newtons, I would definitely give these a try if you are looking for a change from the norm. I would definitely buy these again.

November 24, 2012
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