February 16th, 2017

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Graze Box #19

I have political things to write about and fun things to write about, all of which will require time and thought. So here is the latest set of Graze snack reviews.

This box was almost all repeats, so my comments will be particularly brief.

Peachy Orchard: This mix of dried pear slices, rhubarb slices, and peach fruit drops has 110 calories. Overall, this is a good fruity snack. As I’ve said before, the peach drops are particularly nice.

Sweet Memphis Barbecue: This mix of salsa -flavored peanuts, wild rice sticks, and barbecue-flavored peas has 190 calories. This is an excellent savory snack, high in protein and not too salty. I appreciate the built-in portion control for this sort of thing.

Chia Coconut Cookie: You actually get two cookies and a bag of black tea for 120 calories. The cookies are tasty and just sweet enough. I’m not a fan of dunking because I don’t like getting crumbs in my tea, but I think these would actually hold up to it. It’s just the sort of thing I like for a mid-afternoon break.

New York Everything Bagel: The reformulated version of this added cheese-flavored cashes and roasted pumpkin seeds to the poppy seed, onion, and sesame sticks. That also added protein (up to 7 grams) and calories (now 200). I like this, but I liked the original format, which was just the sticks, better. Admittedly, this is probably better for me. And it is still very tasty.

Roasted Chili Honey Peanuts and Almonds: This is 210 calories worth of roasted almonds and peanuts with a chili and honey glaze. You could put a chili and honey glaze on nearly anything and I’d love it. This is one of my very favorite Graze offerings and another good argument for their portion control. Yum.

Garden of England: This combination of dried fruits (apple slices, mini strawberries, and black currants) has 80 calories. It is my favorite of Graze’s pure fruit offerings. I will note, however, that this time there seemed to be a shortage of the strawberries relative to the black currants. But it could just be that I was in a bad mood due to searching for acceptable flights for an upcoming trip.

Chinese Shiitake: This soup consists of mushroom broth with dried shiitake mushrooms, corn, and rice noodles. It has 90 calories. It is pretty tasty, though a little on the salty side (as are most soups.) The rice noodles tend to stick together a bit, so it’s hard to get a spoonful that mixes all of the ingredients. But, overall, I like this as a light lunch or a supplement to other lunch foods.

Original Fruity Flapjack (news): This showed up now that I am allowing snacks with raisins. It’s a typical Graze flapjack, i.e. soft oat granola bar, with dried fruits (raisins, apricots, dates, and currants) and sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. It has 230 calories. I thought the most dominant flavor was golden syrup, but there is definitely plenty of fruit and nut flavor, too. I’d have liked more apricot flavor, but that’s a minor quibble. Overall, this is a nice, hearty, and filling snack.