November 10th, 2016

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Graze Box #13

I'm not quite ready to write about the election. So here are snack reviews.

Snack #1 – Twist of Black Pepper Popcorn (repeat): This is 130 calories worth of microwave popcorn, with some black pepper added. It pops up quickly, with few orphans. The black pepper is a nice touch. Very good.

Snack #2 – Spicy Sriracha Crunch (repeat, but changed): This has sriracha-flavored peas, roasted cashews, baked salted peanuts, and garlic sesame sticks. It’s 200 calories. It also has 6 grams of protein, which is quite good for a savory snack. Interestingly, they’ve reformulated this since the previous time I got it, when the sriracha peas were accompanied by corn kernels (both large, unflavored ones and half-popped sriracha ones). I suspect this was intended to tone down the spiciness some, but it didn’t really work for me. It’s just a bit too much sriracha and, while I have a fairly high heat tolerance, the flavor doesn’t feel very balanced. I decided to trash this one.

Snack #3 – Thai Tom Yum (repeat): I’ve gotten this soup a couple of times before. It’s got a nicely spicy broth, with a reasonably strong lemongrass flavor, along with rice noodles and zucchini. A big plus is that it is only 50 calories. This is definitely one of the better soup options Graze offers, but it probably helps that tend to like soups, in general.

Snack #4 – Honeycomb Almond Protein Granola Topper (new): This consists of the usual oat and barley granola and soy protein crispies, with almond slivers and chocolate-coated honeycomb. It has 150 calories. The chocolate-coated honeycomb is particularly good and I’d have liked more of it. Overall, this was a good way to add some crunch and sweetness to a bowl of yogurt for breakfast. I was using plain yogurt from the farmer’s market, but I think this would actually taste pretty good on a berry yogurt, too.

Snack #5 – Peachy Orchard (repeat): This consists of dried pear, dried rhubarb slices, and peach fruit drops and has 110 calories. The peach drops are especially delicious.

Snack #6 – Chia Coconut Cookie with Special Blend Black Tea (repeat, but changed): This is only sort of a repeat, as the previous time I got this, it came with turmeric and ginger tea. The tea it has now is a blend of Kenyan and Assam tea leaves with bergamot, so is like a very mild Earl Grey. The cookies are buttery with a definite coconut flavor and well worth the 120 calories. Overall, a very nice afternoon pick-me-up.

Snack #7 – Sweet Memphis Barbecue (repeat) This consists of salsa flavored peanuts, wild rice sticks, and BBQ flavored peas. It has 190 calories. It’s a nice savory mix. Tasty and high in protein is always a good thing.

Snack #8 – Summer Berry Compote (new): This consists of whole grain shortbread cookies, with a compote (i.e. jam) of raspberries, blackcurrants, and strawberries. The raspberries dominate the flavor. The compote is sweet, of course, but the whole thing has only 120 calories, so it’s not too bad. The shortbread itself is rather bland, but that works since the point is the berry compote. It was also a bit on the crumbly side, which is typical of shortbread. At any rate, this is thoroughly delicious.