I’m a girl who likes podcasts. It’s true, I keep tabs on quite a number, my two current favorites being high-rated Rooster Teeth podcast (formerly known as Drunk Tank podcast) and College Humor’s Jake & Amir: If I Were You Show. Both of this have paid sponsors and often include promo codes to get you deals. They have such sponsors like Sheri’s Berries, SlugBooks, Audible and HuluPlus. Another sponsor they plugged delivers healthy snacks to your door: 5 snacks for $20, 10 for $30, or 20 for $50. They call themselves Naturebox. I checked out their catalog of snacks and man, were some tempting. Country ranch peas, salted caramel pretzel pops, whole wheat apple pie figgy bars… It was and still is tempting to give it a go.
Then one day I happened to be browsing Facebook one day when I scroll on an ad for Graze.com. Same idea, but instead of 5 snacks for $20, it was 4 for $6 or 8 for $12, including shipping. SOLD. I clicked on the page and read what people were saying about it. People were writing rave reviews and posting “friend codes;” if they get a new person to sign up, they save a dollar on their next box. And the new person signing up gets their first and fifth box free. I plugged in some random person’s friend code (thank you and you’re welcome) and within minutes I was on my way to getting my first FREE box.
A cool feature of NatureBox was that you get to choose exactly what to put in your box and secretly I wish Graze had that feature. They do have something similar, though. You can browse their snacks and rate them “trash”, “try”, “like” or “love.” They’ll never send you anything you rated trash, so if you super don’t like coconut or spicy things or whatever it is you can’t fathom putting in your mouth no matter how cheap or healthy, don’t worry. They won’t if you throw it in the trash.
I got my first box free and knew I could cancel at any time, and had come to terms with the fact that if this wasn’t good, I didn’t ever have to get or be charged for another one. It was totally pressure free but when it finally came conveniently in my mailbox, I definitely won’t be canceling any time soon. Here’s the four snacks Graze picked for me for my first box.
1. Toffee Apple – 70 calories
My rating: like.
This snack consisted of dried granny smith apple slices and some sweet sticky toffee to dip it in. I do love fruit- I don’t eat nearly enough of it- but I have to be honest, I just don’t get the appeal of dried fruit. (Raisins are good.) For me, half the experience of a good apple is the texture. I love a nice crisp juicy apple, whether it be sweet, acidic, or a little on the sour side. That satisfying crunch could make any day. Dried apple? It tasted okay but that apple experience left me lacking. I’m a sucker for toffee though and the toffee alone was good enough to put me down for like and possibly get it again.
2. Herby Breakbasket – 90 calories
My rating: love.
Oh man. This was one of my two favorites from this box. In it was a trail mix or sorts with garlic crostini, mini basil breadsticks, and oregano rice crackers. It was salty, flavorful, crunchy and sooo satisfying. I shared some with my boyfriend and roommate (even though I would’ve been fine having all of it to myself) and they agreed with me. My favorite part was easily the oregano rice crackers which honestly, reading the description, I was most on the fence about, but I could eat just a bag of those things.
3. Pina Colada – 100 calories
My rating: trash. :(
If you like dried fruit like dried pineapple and mango with flakes of coconut, you’ll like this. Unfortunately of those three ingredients, I only really like coconut. The dried pineapple and mango (AGAIN, HOW DO PEOPLE ENJOY THESE THINGS) was… dry. Sweet. A little chewy. I like my pineapple and mango juicy and tangy. To each their own I guess.
4. Mississippi BBQ Pistachios – 100 calories
My rating: love.
I have to be honest, I’m not a fan of nuts. My favorite nuts, cashews, aren’t even really technically a nut. The only other nuts I can stomach occasionally are peanuts, and that’s only with a shitload of salt or honey. I was hesitant on putting all the pistachios as try instead of trash, but I’m so glad I did. Believe me when I tell you that this put a totally new spin on pistachios for me. Is this a thing that usually happens?! I’m so oblivious to the world of nuts that maybe this has been done a million times over and I’ve been missing out for years. Regardless, these things were tasty. I had to teach myself how to shell a pistachio which was interesting and terrifying and sometimes didn’t work as planned but this is another snack I could definitely eat more of.
Overall: not cancelling my subscription.
This service and product is available in the US as well as the UK and if you live in the UK, you actually have a lot more to choose from. Hopefully they’ll be adding more goodies to the US menu soon. The UK gets to enjoy things like brownies, olives, and jerky. (SO. JEALOUS.) In the meantime though, I’ll be crossing my fingers that the next box is graced with sour cream and onion cashews, wholegrain banana caramel dippers, or black pepper popcorn.
If you live in the US or the UK and would like to try Graze and get your first (and fifth) box absolutely free and can cancel anytime, use promo code JOLIEN9NP. Thank you. And you’re welcome.