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Graze Box – Number Four

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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This weeks mix is a half and half blend of sweet and savory.

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Fruit and Seed Flapjack : rustic rolled oat flapjack with mixed seeds and dried fruits
If you would have told me that there were apricots, dates, currents, sultanas, and raisins in this flapjack, I would have probably turned my nose up at it. I think in the last few Graze reviews I have made it pretty clear my feelings about raisins, but I had no idea when I was noshing on this delicious oat bar. Side note, because of my insane love of Hall & Oates, it is nearly impossible for me to type oat or oats correctly the first time. The flapjack is very moist and chewy, and the fruits included give it a great sweetness to it that is just right. The seeds that are included are sunflower and pumpkin which are both very tasty.
Overall this mix : love

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Brooklyn Bites : BBQ pumpkin seeds, poppy seed pretzels, and cheese cashews
This mix looks like a match made in heaven. Cheese cashews, poppy seed pretzels, and pumpkin seeds, yum! Unlike the other mix in my last Graze box, the pumpkin seeds in this are flavored, which takes this mix to a whole ‘nother level. The cheese cashews are slightly salty with a hint of cheese, but still keep the delicious cashew flavor. The pretzels were what I found the most underwhelming in this mix – they were pretty bland. All of the flavoring is concentrated on the pumpkin seeds which were slightly overpowering with the first bite I took. But out of the whole mix, I think I would say that they were my favorite.
Overall this mix : like

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Marvellous Macaroon : amaretti drops, almond slices, coconut flakes, and white chocolate buttons
Well it looks like the white chocolate didn’t hold up very well the few minutes my bag sat in the backseat of my car, baking away in the blazing hot sun. This made most of this mix turn into a katamari of ingredients, but I think it kind of worked out. The amaretti drops are so good, as are the white chocolate buttons. When this mix is eaten as it is intended, a little bit of everything at one time, it does in fact taste just like a macaroon, but because of my weird food habits, I eat everything separately. Sadly I was left with a bunch of almonds and coconut flakes and together those two things are the most bland thing on the planet.
Overall this mix : like

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My Thai : sweet chili sauce with baked soy bites
I love japanese cracker mixes – and I especially like the soy crackers, so when I opened my Graze box to find this mix in there, I was quite delighted. As usual I saved what I thought would be the best for last and I think I made the right choice. The chili sauce was spicy and sweet, but I am more of a dipper than a scooper when it comes to things like sauces, salsas, and the like, so I felt like they either gave me too much or didn’t give me enough crackers. The crackers alone were so good, and I could eat an entire bag if I had one and the chili sauce was very good. I could smother rice with the sauce or maybe some gyoza, man it was good. And sadly because I was so starved at work, I demolished the tray before even managing to take a picture. Crap.
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.

April 25, 2013
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Limited Edition – Doritos Locos Tacos Doritos Nacho Cheese

Posted in Chips

Good Evening All!

So I am sure by now everyone has heard about the Doritos Locos Tacos craze and I hope you have tried them as I can’t remember life before they existed. Regular crunchy taco? You’re going the way of the dinosaur!

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When I saw the picture that Marvo from The Impulsive Buy posted on his instagram of the Doritos Locos Tacos Doritos I thought it was a joke. Its like Dorito inception. What is next? Doritios Locos Tacos Doritos Tacos? Where does it stop!?

Anyways, I saw both the Nacho Cheese and Ranch flavors at my local Walmart and figured that I would give them a go.

When I opened the bag, I was immediately greeted with the smell of stinky pits. What is with the food that I have been buying lately that smells like someones armpits after a long day? I thought that Doritos would work some sort of wonder and craft a single chip that tasted just like a Taco Bell Taco – but they totally duped me and just mixed Taco Doritos and Nacho Cheese Doritos together. So unless you are shoveling multiple chips together into your mouth, you slightly lose out on the Locos Tacos flavor.

I also find that the Taco flavored Dorito lacks the fresh flavor of wilted lettuce that you get on a Taco Bell Taco (well, I don’t get it because I don’t really care for warm lettuce) I think they need to partner up with Jelly Belly to fine tune the flavor profile a little.

Overall I like these chips, though had I known that they were just going to mix the two together, I would have just done that myself and pitched to it Frito Lay, then maybe I might be a millionaire – oh well, next time I guess. Hey Frito Lay, want my next big idea? Make a Salsa Verde Locos Taco. I may just never eat another food item ever again.

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Texture : 5/5 – Unlike the occasional Doritios Locos Taco shell that I get, which is chewy – mmmmm. NOT. these chips are extremely crunchy – good luck eating them secretly at work.

Smell : 2/5 – As I touched on before, when you pop the bag open, it kind of smells like pits. And tacos. Pit Tacos.

Appearance : 4/5 – The flavor distrobution on these is a little wonky at times. There are some that have WAY more seasoning than others, but overall these look good, and the trained eye can spot which chip is Nacho Cheese and which chip is Crunchy Taco. However, due to the excessive seasoning, chances are that if you have more than a few, you may need to brush your teeth after because that seasnoning gets everywhere.

Taste : 4/5 – Despite the limited edition tag, I would not be sad if Frito Lay decided to make these a permanent fixture on their racks. I like Nacho Cheese but I find that I get burnt out on them quickly, so the mixture of Taco chips really makes this bag irresistable.

Tomorrow – Doritos Locos Tacos Ranch Doritos!

April 9, 2013
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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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Orville Reddenbacher’s Pop Crunch – White & Sharp Cheddar Mix

Posted in Chips

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.

January 28, 2013
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Late July Organic – Mild Green Mojo

Posted in Chips

Good evening folks! So you may have been wondering where I have been. I briefly touched on it on the previous post, but I figured I would elaborate a little. First off, I hope everyone had an incredible Christmas. Mine was rather short but it was nice to spend time with my mom and dad. About two weeks ago, I started a new job. This is very exciting considering last time I was without a job I was going nuts because I couldn’t find a job to save my life. The stars were aligned when I sent off my one and only resume and they hired me. So far, I’m really enjoying it. As far as the pet emergency, sadly Richard’s cat developed a tumor in his throat and after an emergency vet visit, pills and a regular vet visit, it was time to let him go. It’s been rather quiet and lonely here without him slinking around.

Richard bought these chips, not I as I would not normally go for something like these. But in true fashion, I had to steal some when be opened the bag.

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The first thing I noticed about these chips were the fancy typography on the front of the bag, what can I say, I’m a sucker for sexy fonts and visually appealing design. Next I notice were how exceptionally green these chips were. They also had a large amount of visible flavor dusting on the outside. These chips area combination of cheese and lime, which are not two things that I would normally put together. Neither of these flavors are strong, and I can’t really figure out what cheese they used but these chips are okay. With the vibrant color and visible flavoring on the outside I was expecting an explosion of flavor, but sadly was met with more of a sparkler if we are rating things on a scale of fireworks, I guess that’s what this blog has become – hah 🙂

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Texture: 3/5 – These have the texture of a normal tortilla chip.

Smell: 3/5 – The chips smell like a mixture of corn, faint cheese and a little lime. Ugh that typed out sounds really gross, but it’s not.

Appearance: 4/5 – I really like the color of the chips, but they only serve as an appearance enhancer.

Taste: 3/5 – Overall I think these chips are okay. I really wish that they were jalapeño, cheese, and lime or some sort of other spice to them. I find them sort of bland but would be good with salsa.

December 27, 2012
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Wheat Thins – Cheese Crunch

Posted in Snack Crackers

Hooray! It’s 4 day weekend time (unless you are working on Thursday or Friday, in which case I say, I am sorry)! I thought about hitting my local grocery store to see if anything new would tickle my fancy to review for you guys tonight, but then I remembered how much I hate large crowds – let alone large crowds searching for food for tomorrow. On my 45 minute drive home from work I mentally went through my stash and remembered that I had picked these up at Walmart not too long ago.

Of all the snack crackers, Wheat Thins are my absolute favorite. I could, and have, easily demolish a box in one sitting if I am not paying attention. There is just something about the slightly buttery wheat flavor with the perfect amount of salt that sends me into a snack food frenzy. There are a few things that I hold sacred in the snack food world. Don’t put ketchup on french fries, don’t flavor blast my Goldfish, and there is no such thing as too much butter on popcorn.

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I am not overly a fan of foods that have extreme flavor coatings. My mentality behind it is that it does not really enhance the flavor of the food it is on, but just clobbers it to death. Upon popping the bag open of the Cheese Crunch Wheat Thins, I was indeed met with a heavy coating of cheese powder on my beloved snack. I don’t know if working in grocery has turned me off to the way some cheese smells, or if working in the medical industry has exposed me to too much vomit, but honestly? This smelled like a mix between the two. You’re welcome for the mental picture.

After getting past the smell, I popped a couple in my mouth. Honestly? I wasn’t impressed. What have you done to my Wheat Thin? I feel like adding all these flavors to my favorite snack cracker is nothing short of trying to reinvent the wheel. The cheese flavor is definitely present, but does not leave any sort of aftertaste once you get to the thin itself. The sheer amount of powder all over these things really botches the entire flavor for me. Between these, Ranch, Sundried Tomato, and the Zesty Salsa, I only find the Zesty Salsa flavor somewhat decent.

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Texture: 3/5 – Due to the intense amount of powdered cheese, it is akin to picking up a flocked Christmas tree. It gets everywhere. The powder is not grainy so it does not change the texture of the normally crunchy snack cracker.

Smell: 1/5 – Ugh.. no thank you.

Appearance: 2/5 – It is apparent by the cheese that you are not eating a normal Wheat Thin. These are definitely a snack that you do not want to consume if you are wearing a dark colored shirt to the office. Everyone will think you have a lovely case of dandruff!

Taste: 2.5/5 – I did not care for these very much. The cheese powder was overpowering and totally steamrolled the flavor of the Wheat Thin. I feel like had the cheese been baked into the cracker instead of sprinkled on the outside, that they would have yielded better results. These are no replacement for a delicious Cheez-It though.

See what Junk Food Guy had to say about these!

November 21, 2012
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