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Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Graze Box Review

I've been twiddling my thumbs for a while over these. I try to give my kids healthy snacks as an alternative to chocolate and sweets. Drinks are strictly no added sugar and other than packed lunch boxes, chocolate bars and biscuits are non existent except for their weekly, go crazy in the shop and spend £1, treat. As Graze have a trial offer for the first box free, i thought i would bite the bullet and give it a go.



Signing up was easy and fast. I was then given the option to choose how often i wished a box to be delivered and directed to a page where i could choose the snacks i wanted. With over 100 snacks to choose from, there was plenty to sift through, i was slightly spoilt for choice. All nutritional information is clearly advertised as well as the calories for each portion. The descriptions are mouthwatering and everything sounds amazingly tempting.

If you have specific dietary requirements you can bin products so they do not appear in your snack list. You can rank the snacks by choosing to try, bin, love it or simply select that your urgently wish that snack to be included. Doing this means you are able to get a wide variety of snacks specifically tailored for your personal tastes, over the course of you receiving your boxes. It also means you can choose to swap your snacks for something else should you not like what you receive. I received an email the day before it was due to arrive, letting me know what was in my box. I chose not to look at this as i wanted to to be a surprise. I asked for the box to arrive on Tuesdays and was surprised to find it had arrived promptly this morning as promised.

*Please note, that Graze boxes are NOT suitable for those with nut allergies. All products are prepared in the same area so Graze can not guarantee there is no traces of nuts. This warning is given on their site for all dietary requirements.  *


The Graze box arrived in a small recyclable box which was able to slide through my letterbox. Inside was a little leaflet detailing how Graze works and explaining different aspects of the site. It detailed the nutritional information for each of my snacks and even gave me a use by date.  The leaflet also contained 4 vouchers for me to give to friends so that they could receive their own 1st, 5th and 10th boxes free. There was 4 sealed pots, clearly labelled with each product and its calories and underneath the snacks is a biodegradable napkin. 

Here is the snacks i received.


  • Super Carrot Cake with an afternoon infusion
This little piece of cake comes with 1 Assam tea bag. It is a total of just 81 calories which is fantastic for me and points out that it is a high source of fibre. I love carrot cake so was super excited that this was included. It was moist and full of flavour. The Assam tea... not so much. I am pretty much a loyal Tetley's fan and found Assam tea way to strong. I would have loved to have a choice on What tea was included but the addition of the tea bag was a fantastic choice and gave me a little tea and cake me time. Here is some more detailed information on the carrot cake and tea infusion. 


  • Cherry Fudge Sundae
This is a mix of Chocolate Fudge chunks, cherries, cherry raisins and almonds. It was a very generous portion and points out that it is a great source of fibre and contains at least 2 vitamins and minerals. This smelt delicious. You can immediately smell the cherry chocolate as soon as you open the pot. Perfect for those with a sweet tooth and definitely a favourite with my kids. Here's a more detailed look at this snack. 


  • Chocolate Orange 
This is a mix of chocolate orange raisins, milk chocolate buttons, jumbo raisins and orange raisins. This is another snack which has a strong fragrance, i found it mouthwatering because i love chocolate orange! It points out that it is one of your 5 a day and think this would be a perfect snack for lunch boxes. My kids were not happy with this one as there is alot of raisins in it. Here is a more detailed look at this snack. 


  • Boston Baguettes with a BBQ Relish. 
This one i LOVED! I can not emphasise the word LOVED more :D The snack pot contained around 8 breadsticks and a little side pot of BBQ sauce. The relish was chunky and smelt delicious. Both me and him indoors could have easily made a whole meal out of this one pot. At only 81 calories it makes a perfect snack or possibly a side dish for a burger and chips :) Here is a more detailed look at this snack.


Conclusion

I was pleased with the snacks i received. It became apparent just what Graze aim their snacks at.... snackers. I do not really snack between meals. If i do i stick with carrot, cucumber and celery sticks. Its ideal if your looking for something to pick at while you are sitting at your desk or reading a book. For me personally i felt that the price was not something that suited my budget as a bag of fruit is more cost effective. If i had the option to have a box delivered once a month i think this would make a fantastic treat. My kids must have loved the novelty of the box arriving. I went out to make a tea and come back to an empty box barring a few raisins and baguettes :) As Graze do a kiddy box, i may well look into this just for them to have as a treat. 

The boxes are priced very reasonably at £3.79 including free delivery and i think are perfect for those who would like a varied amount of healthy treats each week or for snackers. 

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    1. My kids thoroughly enjoyed it :D There was alot of chocolate though!

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  2. These look and sound great, especially when they offer your first box for free, but, what iI don't like is that they asked for my bank details. I don't like giving that info online ,but I do for ebay, amazon, paypal ect. It's the fact that they are asking for a payment method before you've tried and decided that you want the product. If companies want to promote by offering free trials it should be just that. If you like it and want to continue to buy it that should be the point where they need your bank details.

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    1. I completely agree with you. I am really weary about adding bank details in online so i use 2 bank accounts. One for shopping online and one for bills and wages. It was super easy to remove my details though but i too have never understood the point in handing over details for a trial either x

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  3. These look great for nibbling on at work- the trouble is I would eat it so quickly!!

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