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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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Blue Diamond Almonds – Bold Lime ‘n Chili

Posted in Nuts

Happy Thanksgiving Eve Eve… if that’s even a thing. Are you guys as excited about Thanksgiving dinner as I am? I honestly feel like a kid counting down to Christmas. I think its because I am longing for a home cooked meal like no other.

Tonight I gave these Blue Diamond Almonds – Bold Lime n’ Chili a go. I am not overly sure what prompted me to grab these from my stash, as I already felt like I was breathing fire from the Tapatio smothered tacos I had at lunch today. And if you don’t love Tapatio, well, I don’t know what’s wrong with you.

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I mentioned a while back that almonds and I have not always been friends. There was just something about them that I could not palate. I don’t know if it was the pointy ends, the weird skin or the texture, but it wasn’t until this year that I decided that almonds and I could give it another go. Now I am slightly obsessed. I enjoy spicy foods or foods with bold flavors. I also really enjoy lime flavored things, so these almonds seemed right up my alley. These were picked up at Walgreen’s on a late night snack run, and ran a whopping $4.00 for this measly tin.

Upon popping the tin open, I was immediately slapped in the face with the lime smell. There was also no shortage of flavor coating on these bad boys. I popped a few in my mouth and instantly tasted the lime, but where was the chili? The chili flavoring in these is rather subdued and honestly only brings a smidgen of heat to the almond. The lime however is very bold and is a nice compliment to the almond flavor. I was expecting more of a spice with these due to the mass quantity of visible flavoring, but honestly all I could taste was lime.

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Texture: 4/5 – These almonds have the standard texture that we are all used to. The flavor coating on the outside dissolves immediately in your mouth, which does not leave a gritty taste like I would have expected it to.

Smell: 4/5 – The lime flavoring is very pungent upon opening the tin of almonds. They smell delicious but sadly the smell is stronger than the taste.

Appearance: 3/5 – You definitely know what you’re getting into by the looks of these almonds. But at the same time, they also look like you maybe dropped them under the refrigerator and put them back in the tin. You decide.

Taste: 3.5/5 – These almonds were tasty, but they were not outstanding. I was really hoping for more heat from the chili, but was honestly just met with a lime almond, which is a combination that I would have never would have thought would work. They are good, and would be nice as a change up kind of snack in your desk drawer. The flavor is rather dominating which would keep me from consuming the entire thing. (Unlike the Cinnamon Roast AlmondsYUM!)

November 20, 2012
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