January 30th, 2017

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Graze Box #18

I have lots of other things to write about, but it takes more energy than I have right now to write rationally about politics (which is much, though not all, of it). So you get the latest in snack reviews.

Twist of Black Pepper Popping Corn (repeat): Popcorn flavored with black pepper? At 130 calories a bag, this is a tasty and healthy snack. I especially like that it isn’t just plain popcorn which, face it, I can get cheaper at my local supermarket.

Vitamin C Crush (new): This consists of dried mango, dried pineapple pieces, and coconut flakes. It has 110 calories. The coconut flakes definitely dominate the combination. Overall, I think this is okay, but it could be better balanced. And, while Graze usually does very well with dried fruit, their dried pineapple is not as good as what I can get at, say, Trader Joe’s or even Wegman's.

Lemon Drizzle Flapjack (repeat): Well, yes, this soft granola bar with lemon curd and yogurt drizzle is 250 calories. But it works fine as a meal replacement for one of those interminable lunchtime meetings other people are inclined to schedule. This is one of my very favorites.

The Cheese Board (repeat): This has cheese-flavored cashews, cheddar cheese bruschetta, and baked herb bites. It’s 120 calories. Overall, it’s a reasonably tasty savory snack, though I wish there were more of the herb bites relative to the other ingredients. But, then, I am more of an herb person than a cheese person.

Honeycomb Almond Protein Granola Topper (repeat): This has oat and barley granola, almond slivers, chocolate coated honeycomb, and soy protein crisps. It has 150 calories and 5 grams of protein. The crunchiness is nice and the chocolate coated honeycomb is delicious. I wish there was more of the chocolate coated honeycomb relative to the other ingredients, though it’s hardly a meager portion. It’s just that I like that part so much. Very good.

Thai Tom Yum (repeat): This is a spicy broth that comes with zucchini, red pepper, and rice noodles. It’s only 50 calories, but still makes a reasonably satisfying lunch. The lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves are definitely the dominant flavors. I find it works better if you let the dry ingredients steep a bit longer than the directions say, so they absorb the spices.

Eleanor’s Apple Crumble (new): This is a mix of soft apple pieces, caramelized honey and cinnamon almonds, and raisins. Yes, raisins. I decided to remove them from my taboo list, largely because of my positive experiences with other dried fruit I was skeptical about (e.g. rhubarb). And, frankly, they were fine. The mixture has 110 calories, which is less than one would expect, given how sweet it tastes. Overall, like many Graze dried fruit mixes, it works best if you eat all the ingredients together. Despite which, I do have to say that the honey and cinnamon almonds are the highlight of this. Overall, not bad, though I think it is actually a bit too sweet.

White Chocolate with Wild Blueberry Toasts (repeat): This is a white chocolate dip with whole grain blueberry toast slices to dip into it. It has 130 calories. It has more blueberry-infused cranberries than actual blueberries, but it does have some wild blueberries. Overall, it’s pretty tasty, though, of course, white chocolate is not actually chocolate.