UK: The Craze for Graze
There is a craze going round the UK, and we're not talking about toys or new technology, we're talking about about a surprise healthy snack box that is turning up on office desks and homes all round the country.All the boxes are sent by Royal Mail. It is also getting people talking and exploring new snacks.
What is Graze.com?
Graze.com is a British business, run by a handful of foodie friends who quit up their jobs to start a online healthy snack business.
How did I hear of it? I was buying a magazine at W H Smith at the time, and they gave me a Graze voucher offering a Free Graze Box.
What sort of things can you get: nuts, seeds, little puds, beef jerky, popcorn, olives, dried fruit, flapjacks, little puds, teacakes
Do they do anything for veggies and gluten free people: Yes, and a good selection too. They can't be sure that their products don't have nuts though.
How often can you get a box: You can order a One off one, or have a box on a more regular basis, say, once a fortnight and you can choose what ingredients you want.
What got you into Graze? I like healthy snacks and I like a variety of nutritious foods from around the world and the UK And I like the free delivery too.
Having had a few boxes, thought I would share with you about I had this week:-
COST: This was my third box and it cost me £3.89. My Second box was: £1.94.
WAS THERE A LOYALTY CARD SCHEME: NO, but as soon as I became a regular customer the price shot up. My first box was free, as I had a promotional code.
Did it arrive on time? It sure did. Very happy. I also noticed the attention to detail as the box said that you had to turn it the right way round or else the nuts would fall out and make a right mess of your desk or table.
Who did you share it with? My boyfriend, who is more of a health freak than me. My secret confession is that I would love a Graze.box all to myself.
OK, What was in my box?
1. Salt and vinegar Nut Selection – Salt and vinegar almonds and peanuts – Yum 9/10
Now I loved these, big time.
But, if I am being slightly picky, it was very salty and I had a supposedly nutritious Graze box. It was really delicious and a bit ‘naughty’. The salt tasted fresh, rather like sea salt and the vinegar chosen was strong and distinctive unlike in salt and vinegar crisps. It was really delicious and I have already clicked’Send Soon’ in my account. I gave it 9/10 because there was a just a little too much salt in. It makes good ‘bribery food’.
2. Florentine – pumpkin seeds, dark chocolate buttons Yum: 10/10
I love the look of these, and the colours. They were a joy to the eye. I am not a huge berry person, but I can just about cope with a few cranberries. As a ‘Not a berry person’, just a small amount tempted me to try some. I liked the different textures which were fun to eat together. The chocolate tasted strong and not sickly. I liked the fact that they used healthier dark chocolate rather than white chocolate, see – attention to detail again. The pumpkin seeds were large, fresh and crunchy. So this one looks like ‘it’s going to be a winner’.
3. Natural vanilla seeds – vanilla sunflower seeds and vanilla pumpkin seeds YUCK 3/10
I didn’t like these much although my boyfriend liked them as he likes nuts. I thought they were too sweet, powdery and sickly. I would have them again, but not for me. Perhaps if they were less sweet, I would eat them. It is ironic as I have such a sweet tooth.I found that by using Graze, I didn’t like much of the sugary things and prefer the more savoury items. This is really good news, perhaps I am making progress! Yes, I know they had honey but perhaps I am just not used to it. Even several weeks after, I can imagine the powdery nuts in my mouth. Verdict: Will have it again if push comes to shove.
4. Scandinavian Forest – blueberries, lingonberries, cherry infused raisins and apple – YUM – 7/10
These ones looked intriguing. I wondered what the lingonberries were. Actually all of them seemed to taste the same like berries do. Once again, I had to brave my dislike of all things berry. I tried a few and the rest went to my boyfriend who is berry mad. This one is a good one to have, a bit like medicine for me but it is ‘good medicine’. Once I have eaten it then I know that I have done my bit for my personal health and got it over with. It has a real feel good factor about it.
THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR:
I have just put myself down for their Breakfast box, with their porridge selection.. They are just working on it at the moment and I look forward to doing a review of them in the near future.
DO I RECOMMEND THEM: YES/NO: Yes – What do I like best: Their passion and adventure, and their healthy green attitude. No quibble customer service. The boxes are a bit of fun, and we all need a bit of that.
GREEN POLICY AND CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY Their boxes are recyclable. They have a good waste policy: “We pack small amounts of our ‘dry mixes’ and our cake is baked fresh; this means we’re really accurate with our buying, keeping food waste to a minimum. Anything left over we give to homeless charities based in London. And because all our food comes in individual portions it means no food waste for you (and no extra waist).” They package the products in the UK. There was no information on the website on whether all the staff cycled, went by car or used public transport. I would like to see what they do to reduce their carbon footprint.
WOULD I RECOMMEND TO FRIENDS/WORK COLLEAGUES/FAMILY/ENEMIES – I would recommend to Friends, colleagues and family.