April 7th, 2017

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Graze Box #23

This box got used up earlier than normal, what with Passover approaching. My next box is snoozed, also because of Passover, so it will be longer than usual until the next snack review.

Thai Sweet Chilli Dippers: This consists of a sweet chili sauce with multigrain soy rice crackers and has 90 calories. Though I have gotten this a few times before, this is the first time I’ve noticed the odd spelling in the name. As I have almost certainly said before, the sauce is sweeter and less hot than I would prefer, but it is still tasty.

Baobab & Raspberry Clusters: This consists of coconut chips with baobab and raspberry, along with pumpkin seeds and dried apple. It has 130 calories. I like this more each time I get it, though I have to admit I’m still not really sure what the baobab contributes to the flavor.

Thai Tom Yum: This is a spicy broth with lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves, to which one adds zucchini, red pepper, and rice noodles. It’s quite tasty and only 50 calories, but it does have 810 mg of sodium. That is better than many soups, but it still tastes a bit saltier than I prefer. Still, it’s a good quick lunch.

Twist of Black Pepper Popping Corn: 130 calories worth of popcorn, with added black pepper. This is, indeed, a nice twist on plain popcorn and makes for a filling savory snack.

Honeycomb Almond Protein Granola Topper: This consists of oat and barley granola, almond slivers, chocolate coated honeycomb, and soy protein crisps. It has 150 calories, which is actually more than the small cup of plain Greek yogurt I ate it with. I don’t really care about that, per se, but I find it ironic. Anyway, this is both crunchy and tasty. I do, of course, wish there were more of the chocolate coated honeycomb, but that is only because it is so very very good.

Vitamin E Defense (new): This is a mixture of roasted hazelnuts, redskin peanuts, jumbo raisins, and cranberries. It has 190 calories. The hazelnuts are the best part of this, but it’s all good snacking fodder. However, the ingredients don’t seem to go together particularly well. Usually I think Graze snacks work best if you eat a blend of components in each handful, but that didn’t work for me with this one.

Lemon Drizzle Flapjack: This is a rolled oat soft granola bar with lemon curd and a yogurt drizzle. It has 250 calories, which is okay if you use it as breakfast, rather than as an actual snack. It’s one of my favorite Graze snacks, with a good strong citrus flavor. I really ought to investigate the various flapjack recipes out there and try making some of these myself, because I bet I could do something with not quite so much sugar. But, in the meantime, these are awfully good.

Cinnamon Apple Pie: This is a deconstructed dessert, with cinnamon-dusted apple pieces, yogurt-coated raisins, and almonds. It’s pretty good, but I think the almonds should be in smaller pieces, maybe halves or slivers. The raisins are surprisingly good. Not bad, but there are other sweet snacks I like better.

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