Okay, so I ordered some books from Barnes and Noble a couple months ago, and you know how those big online stores always include ad flyers in their packaging? One of mine was this company called Graze. Basically, they ship you a box of four ‘healthy’ snacks every other week at six bucks a box. The flyer had a code for a free first box for new subscribers, and I thought ‘What the hey, how bad could it be?’ and signed up.

The packaging was actually quite attractive. This is what the box looks like when it arrives, except I took off the clear plastic strips that keep it closed.

Graze Box

It’s a weird angle, I know.

The first box…was actually kind of a disappointment. The assortment, I mean.

Graze Box #1

It looks good, until you start eating them.

The first four snacks, in the order in which I ate them:

Vegetable Power

Vegetable Power

The cashews were pretty tasty, but they’re gonna need more spices on the chickpeas and edamame before they taste like anything but mealy dried beans.

Jalapeno Fiesta

Jalapeno Fiesta

Again, this needed to be spicier. Also, a more accurate name would have been Taco Fiesta, because the almonds had a definite taco flavor instead of the ‘salsa mesquite’ they were being billed as.

Black Pepper Pistachios

Black Pepper Pistachios

I liked these quite a bit, even if pistachios are kind of a pain to eat.

Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie

I really wanted to like this, but it kinda sucked, mostly because adding lime flavor to raisins doesn’t hide the fact that they are, in fact raisins. The meringue bits were the best part. The cookie bits were bland and had a weird texture.

I seriously considered canceling my account, but they have a lot of tasty-looking things on the site so I decided to give it at least one more try.

Second box looked a bit more promising:

Graze Box #2

I don’t know why they insist on calling them flapjacks when they look like oatmeal bars.

To be honest I don’t really remember the order for the second box. Anyway:

Raspberry and Coconut Muffin

Raspberry Coconut Muffins

These were AMAZING. Normally I feel the same about dried cranberries as I do about raisins, but apparently if you add raspberry flavor and mix them with sliced almonds, coconut flakes, and the most delicious teeny-tiny amaretti drops in the world and I will eat them with a spoon. I wish I had a whole big bag of this stuff to keep on my desk.

Garden of England

Garden of England

An all fruit mix. The strawberries were delicious; the blackcurrants, not. The apple pieces…there were too many, and they were awfully sour. I think I ended up only eating about half before I just got tired of the chewing and threw the rest away. They needed to put about twice as much strawberry to make up for how much the currants sucked.

Smoky Chipotle Dip

Smoky Chipotle Dipper

I love me some chipotle, but the dip was way to sweet and not chipotle enough. The breadsticks were nice enough on their own but not something I’d get excited about.

Apple and Cinnamon Flapjacks

Apple and Cinnamon Flapjacks

These are like a soft oat cookie. They were really good! The apple flavor was just strong enough.

I am now on my third box.

Graze Box #3

Really looking forward to that banana caramel dipper.

I’ve only had two of them so far:

Sour Cream and Onion Cashews

SOur Cream andOnion Cashews

SO the flavor is pretty much exactly the same as sour cream and onion chips, but the natural sweetness of the cashews gives it a little extra depth? I didn’t hate them, but I didn’t love them either.

The British Barbecue

The Bitish Barbecue

Another middling offering. The rosemary crostini are okay, the mini basil breadsticks tasted faintly of bologna, the smoked almonds were…smoked almonds. The seeds were not fiery at all. I’m beginning to think these people don’t know what spicy food is.

There are two left!

Morning Energizer

Morning Energizer

Walnuts, pears, and dried cherries. It’s in my bag to take to work.

Wholegrain Banana Caramel Dippers

Banana Caramel Dippers

I really, really, REALLY want to like this. Fingers are crossed.

So I think I’ll keep getting these for a while. I love to try new stuff, and the price isn’t too bad. They just raised the price per box to $6.49, which works out to about $1.63 per snack.

Graze Pack

Shown in my hand so you can get an idea of how big each pack is.

So, pros:
They include attractively detailed nutrition information for each snack.

They support charities.

All the packaging is easily recycled.

If there’s something you absolutely never want to eat, you can trash it and they’ll never send it to you again.

I’m really looking forward to later in the year, when they start mailing the snacks with chocolate in them. Those look mighty tasty!

Cons:

You need a credit card. They do not accept any other form of payment at this time.

They do not seem to know what spicy foods are supposed to taste like.

They just came out with some grody-looking date bars. Dates are the devil.

If you are a control freak, you will hate not knowing what you’ll get.

If you’re super picky, you might end up throwing out a lot of the selections.

That said, if anyone wants to try it, I have some first-and-fifth-box-free coupon codes to give away. Just shoot me a text/email/twitter/facebook message and I’ll send one to you.