Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Graze Box Review - Marvellous Macaroon & Fruity Ploughmans

Graze Box Delivery Date: 13 July 2012

Seven months of Graze box deliveries, and not one has ever missed its delivery date. Quite a feat considering the vagaries of the postal system. But it looked like Friday the 13th was going to break the spell, as my fortnightly Graze box failed to materialise along with the rest of the post.

Ah well, if it was going to happen, it made sense it would be on this day. But no sooner had I resigned myself waiting another day, when the postie returned an hour later, armed with my Graze box. I couldn’t open it soon enough.

So what was inside? Four snacks as usual, two of which have been received earlier and two new ones.



Looking at the packs, it seems they've all been given a bit of a makeover with new symbols on all the lids.


Graze snack box


Graze box rock the casbah snackOld favourites were ‘Rock the Casbah’, one of my first ever snacks and reviewed in week 3. This mix of walnuts, dates and pumpkin seeds, has been given a 'health star' symbol. This means it’s ‘super healthy’.

Graze box poached pear snack
And ‘Poached Pear’, reviewed in week 21 is a mix of pear, lemon sultanas and pumpkin seeds (flavoured with vanilla and honey). This now has ‘extra light’ and ‘vitamins & minerals’ symbols. 

Extra light means it's under 110 calories and ‘vitamins & minerals’ means it’s a good source of vitamins and minerals!

New snacks this week were Mavellous Macaroon and Fruity Ploughmans.

Marvellous Macaroon

Marvellous Macaroon is a new Graze snack and has been given a ‘fibre’ symbol (provides a good source of fibre). This is a mix of teeny amaretti drops, almond slices, coconut flakes and white chocolate buttons.

The white chocolate buttons are quite large and delicious. The almond slices are sliced so thinly you can almost see through them. But eating them one at time makes the snack last ages. I adore coconut flakes and would happily eat a whole punnet of these alone.
Graze box marvellous macaroon snack
Marvellous Macaroon - White Choc buttons, almond slices, coconut flakes, amaretti drops

The only bit I wasn’t too keen on were the amaretti drops as I’ve never particularly liked almonds or almond flavoured biscuits etc. It tastes a bit too much like marzipan which I can’t eat.

But overall, I’ve given Marvellous Macaroon a rating of LOVE because everything else in this snack was delicious.

Calories for the punnet: 158.


Fruity Ploughmans

Graze box snacks fruity ploughmansFruity Ploughmans is another of Graze’s new dip snacks. This has been given a symbol of ‘Extra Light’, so it’s another one under 110 calories. Inside the punnet are two sections, one with a small portion of apple and pear chutney and the other side has some cute little poppy seed flatbreads.

The miniature flatbreads have a slightly wafer like quality but are almost chewy. They’re gorgeous, really tasty and I could easily eat all these with no dip at all. Onto the chutney. I’ll first say that chutney isn’t something I ever buy, so I can't really compare it with other varieties.

Graze box snacks fruity ploughmans
Fruity Ploughmans - flatbreads with apple & pear chutney
I tentatively dipped half a flatbread into the chutney, scooping out a small amount. It’s very sweet, and has a lovely taste, but it meant I could no longer taste the flatbreads. I preferred them on their own but everyone else in my house loved the chutney and were happy to finish it off. That won’t stop me wanting to get these again, as the flatbreads are delicious. And it’s such a low calorie snack (must be a lot lower without the chutney too!). This one gets a LOVE rating.

Calories for the punnet: 95.


This week the Graze nutrition booklet has a printed key, describing what each of their symbols mean.

They’re all called ‘Snacks with Benefits’ and Graze say:
Every single graze snack has at least one healthy benefit. You can tell what these are by using out handy symbols, which you’ll find both on the website and on the punnets themselves.
Graze box snack leaflet
If you want to try out a Graze box for yourself, you can do so for free by visiting Graze and using this code: 9HZTPXFD.

Simply browse through the selection and choose your favourite four items. Enter the code (9HZTPXFD). and you’ll get your first box at no cost.

Don’t worry, you’re not signing up for any long term contract. If you don’t want any more, you just cancel. And if you want to keep receiving Graze boxes, you can choose as many of as few deliveries as you want.

Happy grazing!


For more Graze snack reviews click HERE.



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