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08 December 2017 @ 02:03 pm
Graze Box #38  
I am swamped at work and annoyed at the world. But I can sort of keep up on snack reviewing. And, yes, my general stress level is probably why I am obsessed with this topic.

Twist of Black Pepper: This is 130 calories worth of microwave popcorn with salt and black pepper. I get this fairly often and continue to find it satisfying. It’s just about the right amount of popcorn, pops up with few orphans, and has a nice flavor twist thanks to the black pepper.

White Chocolate with Wild Blueberry Toasts: This consists of miniature toasts with blueberries and blueberry-infused cranberries, along with a white chocolate dip. It has 130 calories. White chocolate is not, of course, actual chocolate, but this is still a nice sweet snack. They’ve done a good job on getting the proportions right, so you have just the right amount of dip for each piece of the toast.

Summer Berry Flapjack: This is a soft oat granola bar with strawberry and raspberry infused cranberries. It has 230 calories. This is delicious, albeit a bit sweeter than I would want regularly. It’s also filling enough to serve as a lunch substitute.

Booster Seeds: This is a mix of sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and golden flaxseeds. It has 200 calories and 9 grams of protein. It’s good enough, but not very exciting. And the flaxseeds, being tiny, are a bit of a pain to eat.

Eleanor’s Apple Crumble: This is a mixture of soft apple pieces, raisins, and caramelized honey and cinnamon apples. It has 110 calories. It is best to eat all the components together, but that doesn’t stop me from noting that I particularly love the almonds. A nice mix of flavors for a sweet snack.

Fiery Teriyaki Crunch (new): This is a mixture of soy-glazed almonds, edamame beans, jalapeno chickpeas, and chili broad beans. It has 130 calories. I thought this was surprisingly good, though not exactly fiery. The almonds had a slightly sweet undertone, which was a nice contrast with the rest of the ingredients.

Super Kale & Edamame (new): This consists of kale chips baked with cashew butter and chia seeds, along with edamame beans. It has 110 calories. I was skeptical about this – and justly so. The kale chips crumbled annoyingly and, alas, the cashew butter did not harmonize with the kale flavor. I trashed this snack, so I won’t get it again.

Jelly Doughnut:This is a mixture of raspberry fruit strings, almond slivers, raspberry infused cranberries, and vanilla cookie drops. It has 130 calories. If you eat all of the components together, it does taste surprisingly like a jelly doughnut. The raspberry fruit strings are particularly awesome, but the key to this is the balance of flavors and textures, since the fruit strings alone would be way too sweet. Yum.

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