Snack #1 – Peanut Butter & Jelly: This consists of baked salted peanuts, raspberry fruit strings, and vanilla fudge. Due to the latter two ingredients, it is rather high in sugar (16 grams) and is 220 calories. On the plus side, it has 7 grams of protein. And, wow, is it delicious. Those raspberry fruit strings have really strong fruit flavor. I’m not convinced the vanilla fudge bits add much, frankly, though they aren’t offensive. If it weren’t for the sugar content, I would rate this as "love," but given that, I left it as "like."
Snack #2 – Honeycomb Flapjack: This is described as a rustic rolled oat flapjack (i.e. a soft granola bar sort of thing) with honeycomb and chocolate drizzle. While 240 calories is kind of high for a snack, that’s about what things like Clif bars run. And this is filling enough to stand in for lunch between telecons. At any rate, I thought it was fabulous – lots of honey flavor (although the honeycomb candy doesn’t contain any actual honey), along with a touch of chocolate. I’ve liked all the flapjacks Graze has sent, but this is my favorite so far.
Snack #3 – Soy Roasted Seeds: When I saw soy-roasted, I was concerned that this combination of roasted pumpkin seeds and roasted sunflower seeds might be very salty. But, in fact, it has only 90 mg of sodium. It is 200 calories, but that is for what felt like quite a lot of seeds. Overall, I thought this was fairly basic, but good. I don’t normally eat sunflower seeds because they usually come in the shells and I have a stupid phobia about accidentally swallowing a whole seed and having it sprout inside me. (Note that this phobia is very specific to sunflower seeds – other seeds are fine. It is probably related to my aversion to sunflowers. And, yes, I know I am nuts.) Anyway, the seeds here are shelled, so I consider them safe. This was pretty tasty and filling, but not something unusual enough that I would necessarily want to get it often.
Snack #4 – Sweet Memphis Barbecue: This consists of salsa flavored peanuts, wild rice sticks, and BBQ flavored peas and is 190 calories. I thought this was a good, crunchy snack. The rice sticks were rather bland on their own, but the combination of ingredients made it a lot more interesting. This is the sort of thing I would never have thought of on my own, which is exactly why I am doing Graze.
Snack #5 – Lightly Salted Popping Corn This is a 130 calorie bag of microwave popcorn. It’s pretty good microwave popcorn but not significantly different from what you can buy in the supermarket at a slightly lower price. The black pepper popcorn I’d gotten in a previous box is somewhat more interesting.
Snack #6 - Yummertime Punch: This is a dried fruit mixture, specifically goldenberries, pineapple, and coconut. I had to google goldenberries and it turns out they are what I know best as cape gooseberries, a common ingredient in yogurt in South Africa (though, apparently, native to South America) and available at our farmer’s markets in northern Virginia a week or two each summer. Since dried pineapple is my favorite dried fruit, I was really looking forward to this. Unfortunately, the combination was not as well balanced as I’d hoped, with way too much coconut. The dried pineapple was also a bit odd in texture and not as sweet as it often is. The goldenberries were, however, incredibly good. The mixture was not terrible, overall, but disappointing, given what this combination should be.
Snack #7 – Thai Sweet Chili Bites This consists of a sweet chili sauce with soy crackers to dip into it. It’s only 80 calories. The sauce was both sweeter and less hot than I expected. They were tasty and I liked them, but I’d have loved for them to be a bit hotter. I suspect I am in the minority on this. At any rate, a nice change of pace.
Snack #8 – Roasted Chili Honey Peanuts & Almonds: This is a mixture of roasted almonds and peanuts with a chili and honey glaze. It’s 210 calories. This is an excellent mix of spicy and sweet and right up my alley as snacks go. I’ve rated it as "love" in hopes of getting it frequently.
Overall, this box was a good mix of sweet and savory. Most of the snacks in it were interesting and not necessarily things I would have tried on my own. My biggest issue is deciding which one to eat which day!
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