Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Graze Box Review - Honey & Lemon Oatbakes, Fig & Cherry Preserve

Graze Box Delivery Date: 15 June 2012 

This week’s Graze box contained promotional leaflets as well as the usual tasty nibbles. The accompanying nutrition leaflet does it’s best to get customers into a summer mood, despite the British weather refusing to cooperate. 

Included were postcards and vouchers for free Graze boxes and a cardboard 'construct-a-cactus' set. This gesture from Graze acknowledges the fact that the sun doesn't often shine here in the UK, so perhaps they're hoping that a dessert plant might brighten our spirits.

Onto this weeks delivery. Together with two previous favourites, I was lucky enough to receive another of Graze’s new dip snacks and a Graze nibble snack I've not yet tried.

Previous favourites making a welcome comeback were Lemon Meringue Pie (mini meringues, lemon sultanas and yoghurt dipped peanuts), reviewed in week 2, together with Apple and Cinnamon Flapjack (oats, cinnamon and apple) reviewed in week 1. New snacks were Honey & Lemon Oatbakes and Fig and Cherry Preserve.

Graze box snacks - honey & lemon oatbakesHoney & Lemon Oatbakes 

This is another of Graze’s new Dip selections. The punnet is divided into two parts, one for the snack and the other for the dip. In this case, the dip is pure blossom honey while the snacks are wholegrain lemon oatbakes. 

The oatbakes have a lovely rustic look about them, slightly uneven in shape with a bumpy texture. What’s immediately obvious is the delicate lemon flavour which actually makes them perfectly tasty on their own. Dipping them into the honey is certainly a novel experience and doing this actually helps slow down the speed of eating them.
Graze box snacks - honey & lemon oatbakes
Honey & Lemon Oatbakes
While the honey has a nice flavour, I found it slightly overpowered the lemon from the oatbakes. So, although lemon and honey traditionally go well together, I didn't feel they enhanced the flavour of the oatbakes. I ended up using about half the honey with a few oatbakes and ate the rest on their own.

The Honey & Lemon Oatbakes are classed as a Graze Light calorie nibble. Since these were tasty, satisfying and took a while to eat, I’m rating them as LOVE.

Calories for the punnet: 124.

Graze box snacks - fig and cherry preserveFig and Cherry Preserve 

This is the first time I've had this snack. Each punnet contains a mix of baby figs, cherries and whole pitted dried plums. I only got to eat one of the baby figs as my girls love them too. They're perfectly sweet and crunchy on the inside.
Graze box snacks - fig and cherry preserve
Fig and Cherry Preserve
The dried plums and cherries are both lovely and soft, very sweet and almost juicy. Sometimes dried fruit is, well, a bit too dry. But not so with these cherries and plums. Eating the entire punnet counts as one of the recommended 'five-a-day' and is also a  Graze Light calorie nibble. I would like this one again and am rating it as LIKE.

Calories for the punnet: 116.

As mentioned earlier, this week’s box came with a construct-a-cactus kit. Fortunately, having children with time on their hands to do this sort of thing, one daughter was happy enough to put it together for me. See below. I think she did a pretty good job.

If you’d like to try a FREE box of Graze snacks, pop over to the Graze website, and order one completely free using this code: 9HZTPXFD.

All you need to do is log onto Graze, enter your details, choose your type of Graze box and enter the special code (9HZTPXFD) for your free box. You’re not committed to an ongoing delivery. If you don’t want any more, simply stop deliveries (up to 4pm the day before). Alternatively you can set up your personal delivery schedule to suit your needs including day of the week and frequency.

This post provides an outline to how the Graze system works.

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