January 8, 2014
This post has not been sponsored by Graze Box, nor have I received any compensation from them. Total free will here!
In case you hadn’t noticed by now, I really like food. I also really like getting stuff in the mail. So when one of my co-workers sent an email around about his free codes to join Graze Box, a snack subscription site, I decided to check them out!
For $6 a shipment (which includes shipping), you get snack-size portions of four different healthy snacks. Healthy is variable depending on your ideals of course, but the full ingredient list for all snacks is available on line and most are free of scary, unpronounceable ingredients–the exception being some of the cracker-y things but really, what do you expect from crackers. (Those scamps!) You can sign up to get a box every 2 weeks or every 4 weeks, I’ve opted for the latter and have received three boxes so far.
These snacks are definitely SNACK sized. So if you want more bang for your buck, buying bulk bags of your favorite snacks and divvying them up yourself would probably be better. If you have problems with portion control or just want to try some new things then I think this is a good way to go.
Graze Box snacks fall into one or more of the following categories:
- Cracker-y type items, which includes the sub-category of ‘dippers’–a (usually) cracker-like item served with some type of dip or sauce
- Dried fruit
- “Flapjacks” which is just a fancy-ass way of saying granola bar
There is much overlap in the fruit/nut/chocolate category. Ok, they give you lots of trail mix you could say. But it’s GOOD trail mix, and I’ve never been a trail mix fan. Things like Dark Rocky Road (pecans, cranberries and dark chocolate buttons) or Jelly Doughnut (raspberry fruit strings, raspberry infused cranberries, almond slices and sponge pieces.)
The coolest part is that when you sign up, you can browse their list of snacks and adjust your preferences. Hate anything spicy? ‘Trash’ the chili and honey almonds and you’ll never receive them. Can’t get enough of fancy-ass granola bars? ‘Love’ the flapjacks to receive them in your boxes more often. I nixed most crackers and spicy items from the get-go, along with any unpalatable flavor combinations, and left the rest set to ‘try’ so I could taste-test as many concoctions as possible. If you’re allergic they can’t guarantee no cross-contamination, but picky eaters are safe. Heck, you could even ‘trash’ all the chocolate if you believe in a world without chocolate. (Like a world without shrimp, a la Anya’s explanation of other dimensions in Buffy. But why would you want a world without chocolate?!)
As boring as it may sound, I have to give full props to the dried fruit. I don’t know what magic they inject into each tiny dehydrated nugget, but all the fruit is really juicy and tasty. You know when you’re eating a bag of raisins or dates or whatever, and there are always a few depressingly hard ones, like they’re shells of their former fruity selves? I haven’t found any of those in my boxes yet which is pretty slammin’. A+ to the fruit. The cheesy sombreros (seen in the top right above), however, are a lie. I pictured a festival of cheesy, vaguely Mexican taste sensations in my mouth. Like Goldfish or Cheez-Its, but with a more fun name. Instead they are hard, decidedly un-cheesy rice wafers. The biggest Graze Box blow so far, F-. I immediately trashed any other sombrero-containing snacks out of my future boxes.
Currently you need a referral code to sign up, or you can ask to be put on their wait list. I happen to have two shiny codes, so leave a comment if you would like one! First two people to comment with their emails included get them–and maybe you can spread yours around once you sign up to anyone else wanting one? Sign-up via code gives you your first and fifth boxes free, yay, and the person whose code you used gets $1 off a future box so that’s all the kick-back I receive. I’m big on disclosure.