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My first encounter with Graze was when my sister used to have them sent to her, and I would always have a look at what shed been sent. I'm a fussy eater so this is not usually something I would go for however when I recieved an offer for half price boxes I decided to give it a go.
The idea is straightforward enough - after creating an account which is a little long winded because of having to put in all your info, delivery info and card details, you then go through loads of different categories of snacks and rate each one as either try, like, love or bin. You can also choose to tick a box saying send soon which they then obviously try to put that specific snack in your next box.
There is a huge range of products from things to put in your porridge to nuts and dried fruit. Like I said I am extremely picky and many of he things didn't really appeal to me. I love nuts and did decide to click try for some nuts or combinations I haven't tried before. They were often very tasty. I would have a box every other Wednesday and would always look forward to it however I did find that after a couple of months I seemed to be getting sent the same things. I also thought some portions of snacks were just so small it seemed silly.
Anyway after receiving about 9 boxes I decided to put an end to receiving them. The main reason was that I think the portions could be so ridiculous it just wasn't worth the money. Your paying near a pound for each punnet of whatever you have and for about 13 nuts I just cannot justify it any more. It's possible I would return to graze but only if the portions got bigger or price got cheaper.
I understand the point is that they fit into all letter boxes etc but they could definitely create a different design within the box to ensure there's more space - or they could just actually fill the packets up instead of leaving them half empty.
If you can afford them I would recommend them but if it's a luxury for you, it may be that you'll get more for your money elsewhere. :)
** GRAZE SNACKING BOXES **
**ABOUT GRAZE - MY EXPERIENCE**
(All Quoting is adapted from http://www.graze.com/uk/about)
"Graze is a company which was set up by seven 'food loving' friends who wanted to make the most out of 'snacking' without having the worries of an increasing waistline - like many people. They started inventing nutritious snacks that showed off health's more pleasurable side looking at ingredients and the nutrition which it provides the body with. They all quit their day to day jobs and started up the company aiming to find a way of sharing their snacks with the nation. They are now 5 years old! "
Honestly, until recently I had never heard of 'Graze'. My first hearing was about 6 months ago when I received a leaflet for them with an order I bought from New Look. I thought it was very strange that a fashion company were sending out food leaflets so I just left it assuming it was a little 'scammy'. That following week I remember seeing an advert for them on the TV and they actually looked quite appealing. For anyone unaware of 'Graze' they are a company which send out a selection of 4 healthy snacks to any address you wish. This could be at home for yourself, at work for your boss or as a present for your Nan. Whatever whenever. The snacks pictured all looked like they were of a 'natural' nature. They consisted of dried fruits, nuts and pulses. The advert gave the brand a very 'organic' feel which goes along with the packaging and product which I will tell you about later on. I was impressed but sceptical. As with many online sites it is difficult to tell which are trustworthy and which are not. I didn't want to be in a situation where I was having lots of money taken from my account months before I got my product that I may not have enjoyed- like that of somewhere like Netflix where you need to remove yourself months in advance. Due to this I left it and carried on with my day.
It wasn't until last week when my mum s ordered herself a 'graze' box that I was again intrigued. Her box looked yummy and was completely FREE!
Free is a word I like to hear a lot. With her box she was given a 'friend code' which meant that anyone who used this individual code could sign up for a free 1st, 5th and 10th box. Obviously as it was free I was again interested. I went onto Graze.com and signed up. You have to give in your details of your credit/debit card to ensure that you can pay for additional boxes. Although, you can cancel at any time up until 3 days before your box is due to ensure no money leaves your account. I did so and placed an order for my box. This was on a Friday. When you sign up and enter your details the site then explain to you how to choose your snacks. Out of the 100's of snacks available you need to go through them and choose whether to bin, try, like, love or "[send soon]". Bin means you don't ever want to receive, try means you would like to sample, like means you enjoy that item and want it sent occasionally, love means you want it sent lots and [send soon] means they will try and send in your next box. I think this system is different but a nice way of looking at 'sampling'. You can opt out for items containing ingredients you're not fond of and try what you like the sound of. However, the fact you can't just pick and choose exactly what you want could be difficult. However, for a first timer like me I was interested in sampling many as all items sounded yummy. I hence due to this system went through all snacks and rated. My free box arrived the following Tuesday in the box. The box fit through the door like a letter so there was no need to sign for it.
I was very impressed by what I received. I got "Healthy lightly salted popcorn", "Track and Field", "Pomodoro Crustella" and "Honeycomb Flapjack". I had chosen send soon on the popcorn and simply try on all other items. I thought it was a good mix of snacks there was something from each food group. I had the carbohydrates, fruits, Pulses/nuts (protein and vit/min) and sugar/fat. Each snack came in its own little sealed plastic container within each own section of the cardboard Graze box. The box comes with a serviette, little instruction/about leaflet containing use by dates and a booklet containing a few 'friend code' codes to hand out. I thought this all looked informative and sweet. I especially liked that the bottom of the box was printed with a 'grass' image. I got the image of being at a picnic. I hence ate my snacks over the following days and really enjoyed them. It's not often you buy 'ready made' snacks which actually taste natural and good. Likewise, I know they were nutritious which is another bonus. I especially loved the popcorn for 127 Kcal you get a good large dinner bowl full which impressed me. I have set up to receive a box every fortnight from here on out and am hoping my experience with box 1 is as good as my others. Obviously the next few will cost me but the 5th will again be free. Along with the 10th. So, I don't feel too bad. Although for such yummy snacks I don't might a little cost.
The website offers, like I said, over 100 different snacks. These all vary dramatically. They are split into the following sections on the site. "Little puds's", "brownie", "Popping Corn", "Dip and Dippers", "Guilt Free high Teas", "Flapjack", "marinated Olives", "Savoury Selection" ,"A Touch of chocolate", "naturally sweet", "Pure Fruit", "Whole Nuts", "Pure Fruit, Nuts and Seeds", "super seeds" and "British beef Jerky". I won't list them all as there's just too many but each category is mostly the same within. For instance in the flapjack category there are several flapjacks all in different flavours. All the products differ culturally. There are many British interpretations of items such as the 'jerky'. However, there are also many influences from American, Chinese, Thai etc. cuisine. Some items are spicy some are not there are all really different. I cannot vouch for trying them all the ones I tried were delicious. Each snack is listed with a special logo/s telling you what is special about that item. There are many for instance a big F means full of fibre. Fibre aids digestion. Likewise, a yellow star indicates a 'super food' one that is full of Vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. All have at least one logo associated.
The website also allows your to view the nutritional information of each 'punnet' you receive. (Punnet as in a punnet of raspberries- quite sweet!). The boxes are known as 'punnets'. It shows the typical table most of us are used to seeing on all food items. It lists the Energy Kcal, Carbs, sugars etc for serving at 100g. Most items are under the 250Kcal mark. Many also (which are shown) are under 100Kcal also. If your someone buying graze for calorie controlled snacking then that is great. Something I really like about this company is you can see that the 'nutritionists' have gone out of their way to design items - with testing- which are gluten free and lower in calories than you'd expect. For instance they list what goes into their brownie and why. They don't use fat and only gluten free wheat. They also use marshmallow as that gives the best fudgy texture without the calories. I am not someone who is looking for super low calorie snacks but the fact that these are 'healthy' make me feel good.
As I said my box number 1 was free. So zero cost however for regular boxes they retail at £3.89 a go. This gives you the 4 selected snacks along with the box, serviette, guide etc. This is about 90p per snack- similar to what you may pay in a café for a snack item. The snacks look like they are a fairly small size but in a matter of fact they are large and very filling. For instance in the case of their 'track and field' you get caramel chocolate chips, fudge pieces, raisins and peanut. You get a good size portion of each and it filled me up in between lunch and breakfast. You can even split snacks up. Their shortbreads are cut into three pieces so you could eat over three days or meal times. The peanut add the bulk to it. I would say £3.89 is reasonable per box but could become very pricey if you were thinking of getting one weekly. Graze offer the 'code' like I had for 1st, 5th and 10th free or often a half price for just general first buyers. (If anyone wants my friend codes please message me and you can have the deal to if you like!!) I have chosen a fortnightly purchase meaning per month I'm paying about £8 for 8 snacks. This seems steep but okay for me. However, if you want weekly that is looking at £16 per month. That could be the equivalent to a good meal out or a new top. It really depends where your budgets lie. I don't think Graze is cheap by any means but worth the costing in my opinion.
The packaging is very eco-friendly. Being someone who will happily recycle (but not obsessed) it is nice to know that the outer packaging can be placed in Cardboard bag/bins. The packaging consists of an outer box made from cardboard. Printed is simply 'Graze' nibble box on the outside. Inside the box is split into the four sections with a raised insert of cardboard. Within each section is a small plastic container with your snack. The plastic is thin and small and sealed with a thin film lid. On top of the plastic there is minimal printed information in white ink. The barcode, name of item and ingredients. Underneath these snacks there is a serviette and the bottom of the box is printed with a grass image.
Graze state that:
"We're really proud of our graze box. The card is really strong, so it's great at looking after your snacks and we use as little material as possible (compare it to a normal cardboard box and you'll see what we mean). Our thin card comes from sustainable forests, it's 100% biodegradable & 100% recyclable."
"Our punnets contain recycled content, but please check if your local council will accept it at recyclenow.com. They also make perfect punnet planters for a graze box herb garden"
"Your little booklet with all the vital information about your box is also made with paper from sustainable forests as well as being 100% biodegradable & 100% recyclable"
Quickly stated in a nut shell - all in recyclable!
I find that the packaging is a perfect reflection of what you're buying. Your purchasing a 'organic' nibble box full of yummy but nutritious goodies. The packaging like with nature is simple, neutral coloured, informative but minimal. It's basic in a great way. I enjoy knowing unlike with many supermarket items I am not paying for ridiculous amounts of packaging and likewise I am not adding to wastage problems in the Uk. Loud and colourful packaging can often put me off products because I wonder how the item itself can live up but here I don't worry about this. There are no stupid claims which are 'tricking' you. Nothing is stated that isn't real.
If your somebody who likes to know where items are coming from within the booklet you receive in the box Graze list how they came about, what ingredients they use and special developments of theirs. I read through mine and I felt very included in their company. I got a very 'farmers market' kind of vibe like it was a family run affair. Whether it partially is not I felt that way and it actually made me more inclined to buy again!
Postage of snacks isn't something you often hear. However, somehow Graze have come around this. They send all boxes out through 'Royal Mail'. This to the consumer is free. Free again perfect!
I received my box within three working days. I purchased on a Friday and got on a Tuesday. The boxes are cleverly designed. They are rectangular in shape but small in depth. This means they fit in your post-box. Whether your home or not you can still get your graze box. It's almost like that of a letter. This is impressive. I didn't need to sign for it or even pay for it to turn up. This makes the £3.89 seem much more worthwhile. You can have the box posted anywhere aswel. Well, within the UK. On your account you list where you want it sent. Home, work, to a friend. I;m sure this si really handy if you work in an office and can't get away for lunchtime. Personally however I chose for mine to come home.
One little niggle however is that they only send with Royal Mail. So, if a strike is going on I can assume my graze box will be late. Likewise around Christmas time delivery could be slow. However, I haven't faced this issue as of yet so cannot really complain here.
Graze.com is very simple to use. I've told you basically everything about how they work already in terms of rating and information. However, I will tell you a little about the website itself. I find it is very simple to rate and view things. The colour scheme is very 'natural' and again follows the brand well. There are several tabs which you can view. Snacks, deliveries, codes, FAQ's, Gifts, Breakfast and kids. These are pretty self explanatory. You can view the snacks on offer along with heaps of info on them. Whether than be sourcing or nutritional. You can see when you next delivery is estimated for. You can view your friend codes and evens share them online through Twitter or Facebook. For the codes if you people use you yourself get back £1 off a box. However, honestly I would give out my code just so my friends can get the great 1st, 5th and 10th free deal. That £1 you can earn can be used yourself against a box or donated to a Ugandan farm. FAQ's lists common questions and answers if you're stuck. Gifts allows you to purchase online voucher for people and Breakfast/Kids offers special boxes for those audiences. To be honest graze.com is typical of most websites but I find the actual information is just so user friendly. Personally I am someone who can use technology but if your someone who struggles its pretty simple to master.
I will say though it is a shame that graze only sell online. For the example of my grandparents who don't use computers this rules them out. However, I guess their market is of a 'adult' in the modern world kind of market.
If you haven't guessed I've fallen in love with Graze. I love their snacks and their service. It's definitely one of a kind. Like I said if you want my friend code please message me and you can have it, if your interested. If not, definitely check them out in your own time. If your sceptical like I was there are several contact options and I'm sure the company themselves can offer more information than me. I am rating Graze a 5/5 because I love them to bits. I'm knocking none off as I think any niggles I have with them are minute and worthless when looking at them overall.
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A Graze box is a fairly nice occasional treat - but overall I found them to be very expensive for what they are.
I started off with a free code, that gives a free Graze box for the 1st and 5th box of an order. The website to check out is Graze.com
The usual price (2014) is £3.89 per box with free postage - there are 4 snacks in a box - that comes out at 97p a snack. Which seems expensive, just go into a super market and look at the cost of the value fruit snakes. For that is what generally a Graze box is.
Anyway - the website is easy to log onto. To obtain the free box you have to enter card payment details and when you want to boxes to arrive, weekly, every two weeks etc. Then "bin" any snacks not wanted -for me anything with nuts. This took about an hour in total. Note that almost all of the snacks are vegetarian.
A few days later the Graze box arrived. It is a box with the 4 snacks sealed in a plastic container, there is also a paper hand wipe and if needed a tiny spoon. The snacks are nice, I had fruit, bread and the smallest bit of lemon cake with one lemon tea bag. This for 97p each as I said above was expensive, but tasted ok.
Calories were a bit high too per snack.
And the waste! Box, plastic etc.
As I had said two weeks per box - and was keen to see the next box. I paid for box 2. This duly arrived.
Different snacks, fruit again, a tiny bit of chocolate cake, bread. Ok but as I had paid for this at £3.89 it seemed SO expensive.
After some thought decided to cancel.. now this takes a bit of doing. In end had to e mail the customer services. But in the end stopped the Graze box.
To sum up.
The Snacks do taste ok.
Loads of waste (box etc).
Hard to cancel.
One other thing not too keen on was all the false - friendly - writing on the box and information supplied.
Not that impressed.
May be good for someone who is very busy with spare cash for a fruit treat!
Ok so how I found out about graze?
I never knew about graze until my friend at work ordered one and for it to be delivered at work.. we waited a few days for it to be delivered and mmm the stuff looked so tasty. It comes in a box with 4 different snacks. When you order a box it comes with a leaflet with 4 vouchers so you can give them to your friends so they get their first box for free
the website is so friendly and easy to use - there are so many different things to choose from. You can also choose how regular you would like your box to be delivered and they automatically take the money from your account so its just as easy as that. The food is healthy and comes in an environmental friendly cardboard box.
I like graze its great - not a hastle and you can cancel your box whenever you like!
Graze.com chooses fresh, delicious snacks sent to your door.
Signing up is easy and there is nearly always a special offer for those who are signing up for the first time. They provide over 100 nutritious snacks to choose from, all the nutritional values are listed on their website and even sent with your treats, so you can choose what is healthy for you.
They also have a selection of plans for those who want to concentrate on certain health aspects, such as their light boxes which include only snacks with 50 to 150 calories, for those watching their weight, they also have the eat well box which includes all their healthier snacks with the odd treat and their boost box which is their most nutritious dense foods, to give you a natural boost. I chose their usual snack boxes though, which lets you choose from all of their available snacks, they do now have the option for a kids box, which includes a game board inside and their name on the box, these boxes are aimed at people aged three or older.
The website is easily laid out, you can rate each treat with a 'bin' option to say not for them to send it to you, you can also select the 'try' option which means you would like to try it (when you join this try option is usually selected on most, you can change and update them as you wish), or the 'like' option to say please send this occasionally and the love option which means please send this more often. They even have the option of a tick box of which ones you preferably would like sent sooner.
Most of their foods are vegetarian but there are some that are not, but you are able to unselect these and they have some good options for removing those that include dairy and other preferences or allergies people may have.
One box includes four different snacks in each section, all in their own air tight sealed packaging, and these boxes are made to fit perfectly through the average letter box, so no need to sign for, as they are posted straight through your door. Most people have them sent weekly but you can also do fortnightly or there are a few other options, you can also stop and start them whenever you see fit.
Each box at its usual price at £3.89, that is around 92p per snack with free delivery, but often are sent special offers through email, be careful though as most special offers are for new members only. You also get given a code to give to your friends and family, if they use your code to join for the first time, then you also get a discount with your next orders too.
Their box service has always arrived on the day I selected, the products have always been of great quality and I haven't needed to contact them over anything. Although in the summer they do state to unselect the chocolate products just encase they melt, as they take no responsibility, as they cannot control the weather.
There is just one thing that I disagree with and that is that most offers are only available to new customers and this isn't always stated clearly, until you try and put the code in, I always try and read the small print but still this isn't always clear.
I would highly recommend this for someone who is looking to try new healthy options, easily ready to them, I think it is good value for money and provides great health benefits. This has helped me explore new foods, so now I can buy cheaper bigger bags of the snacks I enjoyed from the supermarkets, but I use Graze when I either have a special offer for me, sent via email or want to try some more new goodies or even just to save me time.
There are some genuine understandable criticisms of the product, such as the possibility of it getting lost or arriving late due to the box being sent in the regular post and that the 'fresh' type creations such as little puds are not available as much as one might like them to be.
Some reviewers though, I don't even believe have tried the product before judging it (RogerBradley, I'm looking at you). It really doesn't matter how 'chummy' the website is designed to be- the product matters. The snacks range from regular treats to healthier nibbles, you are given the option to choose what you might like to receive or what you wish to rule out. If you do not want to receive something unhealthy- Do not order it. Simple as that.
The boxes are quite fun to break up a boring work or studying week. The variety is decent and some of the creations are interesting and hard to come by (or downright impossible to) outside of graze. There's some appeal to receiving a box of random things you like. You can choose to 'Bin' products meaning you will never receive them, 'Try' them to possibly be sent them, 'Like them' to signify you are happy to receive them or 'Love' them to receive them regularly. There is a 'send soon' button available on some products that means the product will be put in your next box IF it is available.
If you are first and foremost looking for a 'cheap' option this is probably not the best for you. The boxes cost the same regardless of what you put in them, so if you are just wanting some plain old nut mixes or just some seeds you would be better of buying a bag elsewhere.
That said, it's not awful value for money at all. The first box and fifth box are free and you are given a pound of your next box if you recommend it to a friend. If you are going for the regular once a week box at the regular price (ignoring cost reduction from offers) you receive 16 punnets costing about 96p each. Considering that's not much more than one would spend on say a candy bar or any other snack (around 20p more) I am personally happy to pay for the interesting creations that are available and to save the 50-100 calories on snacks (depending on what you choose to order. Some things will just about even out with other snacks.)
Coming back to the health side, again it is totally down to what you choose to receive. They have 'box plans' available. One is a light box that only contains snacks in the 100-150 calorie range that I am personally using. That is the guarantee of calorie count, but not necessarily stuff like salt or sugar content. If you are on a strict health plan or a real 'Health buff' then be careful of what you select.
Convenience is promised by graze. In my personal experience it has been, but I can see the possibility of it going wrong for people. If you ordered fresh product and it arrived days late I would be a little miffed too- but then to keep the postage free I do not see any possible resolution. I guess you have to decide if you want to take the risk of it ever happening to you. Most of the products do stay fresh for a while, but the cakes and such only keep for a few days.
On the upside of the delivery system you are given the option to order a one-off box if you fancy more (During exams I am guilty of overuse of this), send them to more than one address or even send a box as a gift. You can order the boxes twice a week, once a week or once a fortnight.
Now to the most important part of it- What does it taste like? In my experience it has been very good. I buy dried fruits all the time and the graze products are on the top 5 of all I have tasted. The flapjacks are very nice, too. If you are looking for something like plain nuts I don't suspect there will be much difference to a store brand product.
The portions are a small medium, but plenty for nibbling on or just having something nice.
I was not charged anything for my first freebee box, I am not totally sure why others were or claim to have been.Bare in mind it IS a subscription service. If you just want the freebee box remember to cancel the deliveries or you will be charged.
You can cancel all deliveries (essentially terminating your subscription) pretty easily. I have done it several times and come back. Just remember to do it a few days in advance of the next box delivery date.
I know there are alot of review already on here. There are two main criticisms on here, let me give me view on both:
1- the snacks are unhealthy. Well for me i think thats dependant on what you are looking for.theres 3 options 1) the nibble box 2)the nutrition box 3) calorie counter ( can't remember the name but they send you boxes with calorie intake between 50-100). If your looking for super healthy ten select that plan.
2- the cost. Simple math. Your first and 5th boxes are free... The rest cost £3.89... So 3x3.89 g the boxes you are paying for) divided by 4 ( for each piney equals 58p per punnet... That my friends is the same as a chocolate bar. As for the next 5 you only get the tenth free so its 77p a punnet again i wouldn't consider that extravagant. Just check out how much you spend on snacking.
The snacks taste alright, nothing special. but what i didn't like is the fact that they claimed the first box is Free but yet they take £1 from my account smh
"Healthy" snacks for lazy people who don't care about being ripped off! £15 a month for 16 tiny plastic trays of "healthy" nibbles that can be eaten in two mouthfuls! Irritating and over the top pretend mateyness in their communications and on their website. They are a business like any other. You pay £3.50 for four tiny trays of "healthy snacks". Their profit comes out of that. Minus cost of packaging (of which there is a lot), postage and other overheads (wages etc). What little is left over from that £3.50 must be the cost of what you put in your mouth! Think about it! Take the money you would spend on their "healthy snacks" and get the same stuff from a shop. Make up your own. No difference, they'll last longer and you'll get a lot more for a lot less. Fact!
I think this is good value for money. For £3.89 you get 4 mini snacks delivered each week. I'm only on week 3 but so far I've been hugely impressed by the variety and quality of the snacks. They have an enourmous range of choices on their website, and its quick and easy to input your personal preferences so that you don't get anything you don't eat (olives in my case!). I had a voucher for 1 free box and didn't originally want any more than that, and I fully expected it to be one of those 'call this number to cancel your subscription, and wait 3 hours on hold' situations, so I double checked first. Turns out the website is straightforward and its very simple to cancel your deliveries online if you don't want to pay for it any more. I'm keeping mine though!
As to whether the snacks are 'healthy' or not, well that depends what you mean by healthy. Another reviewer has mentioned salt content, and the snacks are not all low in calories. But the nutrition information is all provided on the website and if you don't want them to send you the brownie or pudding options its easy to arrange this.
I'm very impressed that they can provide such a great tasting range of snacks, posted out weekly, for £3.89. A great alternative to the daily struggle of choosing between an biscuit and an apple!
The Graze concept
Graze has been around for a couple of years now. It's basically a mail order service that sends out nutritional snacks in a nifty little box that your postman can get through your letterbox. For £3.98 you get 4 punnets of unusual snacks (they range from flapjacks to little packs of nuts and seeds) and you can choose whether to get them weekly, fortnightly or monthly. The other handy feature of the service to note is that if you end up with a stockpile you can take a break from receiving the boxes without having to cancel completely.
I tried them for about six months; thoroughly enjoyed them and then had a bit of a mean streak and stopped them. However I then got an email from Graze advertising their Good Breakfast Club - basically a very similar service to their 'nibblebox' but instead of little snacks, you get a box of four different porridges. Since the first box was free, I decided to give it a go.
Who's been eating my porridge?
Graze offer eight different varieties of porridge. Four are slightly smaller (around 40g) and come with honey:
* Apple and cinnamon
* Walnut and pecan
* Blackcurrant and cranberry
* Cherry and almond
The larger ones (around 45g) are:
* Coconut and date (the only one I've not tried as I'm not keen on coconut, or dates for that matter!)
* Hazelnut and flame raisin
* Fig and blueberry
* Blueberry and lingonberry
In neither case, the portion size isn't huge. It's enough for my breakfast but others may feel they still need something else to satisfy their early morning hunger pangs! They are however absolutely delicious. My personal favourites are apple and cinnamon and cherry and almond.
As with the nibble boxes, you can select (via the website) what items you wish to receive and which you'd rather not and the pack comes with a little personalised booklet which gives you all the nutritional info about the porridges in your pack. The average calorie count per punnet is 160.
How to prepare
It's amazingly simple - quick and no mess. Just what I need in the morning! The instructions are:
1. Tip the porridge into a bowl.
2. Add one and half punnets of milk (I've started to use soya just because I think it's good for me)
3. Microwave at full power for two minutes - I think the smaller packs only need 1½ mins otherwise they are too thick and gloopy.
No instructions are given for those who don't have a microwave but I presume you could put in a small saucepan and prepare over a medium heat.
4. Pour on honey for those that come with it.
The usual price is £2.99 but the initial cost is often lower and you can usually get the first one free.
£2.99 might sound a lot for 4 small portions of porridge but it is nice to try something every now and again. I don't know about Goldilocks but Mummy Bear thinks they're great!
When I first started trying to eat healthier and lose weight, I was terribly excited about discovering Graze. I could have healthy and delicious snacks already portioned out for me delivered to my door every week and it was a great way of discovering new foods. They were not short of options, from olives, to flapjacks and plenty of nuts and fruit in between there's something for everyone.
Graze boasts it's healthy website and separates all its snacks into categories such as "whole nuts" "pure fruit", "natural treats" etc and the user has the option of binning an item should they not wish to receive it, send soon and try. These options don't always transfer to the team as well as you'd like but with so many orders to keep track of it's not a big deal to the non fussy eaters. You also get the option to rate the products of liking or loving which will determine how often they are sent to you. You can rate the box as a whole as well.
Since I first started having Graze boxes delivered (and have since stopped) my opinion has altered for a lot of reasons.
Let's start with price. When I was only paying about £3 a week for a box of delicious healthy treats it didn't seem like a big deal. I shot down everyone that said it was too expensive and I scoffed at my mother who would suggest buying a bag of mixed nuts and just retort with it wasn't the same. It's not, in all fairness. I loved the element of surprise each week and it cut out a lot of thinking time for me in what to eat but at the end of the day, a portion of nuts is a portion of nuts. The current price of £3.89 a box means you pay just under £1 per punnet. 40g of nuts is not worth £1.
On the flip side, Graze always has offers. Having left and returned to the service several times, I have received free or half price boxes for coming back. Each customer also has a unique code they can give out and each person that is recommended through this code will knock off £1 from your next box as well as giving the first delivery to the recommendee completely free.
Moving onto content, I can't deny that a lot of what Graze has on offer is full of nutrients and can help teach people to enjoy treats without reaching for a bag of crisps or a whopping big chocolate bar. However, much to my disappointment while researching the ingredients of a few boxes I noticed that the dried fruit often had added sugar, which defeats the whole point of fixing sweet cravings with a healthier alternative. Graze had let me down.
Graze offers a variety of boxes according to the customer's needs. A Nibble Box contain anything from the healthiest of mixed seeds to the newer "little puds" sticky toffee pudding. However they also have Nutrition Boxes available; Eatwell - often healthy with a treat thrown in now and then, Boost - the most nutrient dense snacks and Light - only the lowest calorie options available. I have a few issues in that the Light box will disallow nuts due to the calories but will keep sugar laden fruit because it's lower calories but that's just me. More recently Breakfast porridges have become available, and a new line of Goody boxes for children has hit the site.
I will definitely rate the Graze CustomerCare team as excellent. Whenever there has been an issue they have been quick to respond and extremely attentive and friendly. My box was once undelivered due to heavy snow and ice and after alerting them to the fact my hadn't arrived, they gave me the next one free.
Graze cater to many special diets including dairy free, coelics and vegans - further reinforcing their attentiveness.
All in all Graze are a bit of a mixed box. I have lost a little faith in their nutritional value, but overall I would still recommend them and will continue to order one off boxes occasionally as treats.
Pretentious, ridiculously expensive, publicity full of vomitously fake mateyness, not healthy at all (check sugar, salt, calories), not green at all (check unnecessary plastic), business model relying on people being too busy or lazy to cancel the next box after the free one - what can you say that is good about this latest money-making ploy from the lost generation? There must be cheaper ways to make a banquet for your gerbil.
I'd read a couple of reviews on Dooyoo for Graze and I decided that I too needed a treat.
Graze are an on-line company that "sends nutritious nibbles to snack on by post". The main thing that made me sign up was that my first box was free! Priced at £3.89 these are quite expensive, but I've been told I'll get my 5th box free too: I can't count beyond 10 fingers so can't do the hard sums, but I reckon that's an OK deal.
You can have a box delivered weekly or fortnightly (I chose this option) or have them delivered as a one-off.
The boxes are sized to fit a letter box (23cm × 17cm × 2.5cm) which their website says is just slightly bigger than A5. I have mine delivered to work as it cheers me up no end to get a wee pressie - I'll open it and play with it at work, but as I like to delay my pleasure (and have it with a glass or two) I don't eat it until I'm home!
It's a bit like a grown-up's selection box. The box is divided into four sections, each with a different package containing a nutritious tasty snack. The packages are clear and sealed, and the cover gives you details of what is inside. You'll also get a little leaflet with specific nutritional information. Usually, you get two sweet and two savoury snacks. They each a have a theme and a name. The savoury ones are things like flavoured nuts and biscuits or breadsticks, and have spicy, herb or BBQ flavours, while the sweet ones are made up from seeds, nuts and dried fruit with a few naughty bits of something like chocolate or fudge thrown in. Sometimes the sweet ones are flapjacks, or a piece of cake or brownie with a cute little tea bag. The savoury choices also include olives, while both sweet and savoury snacks have varieties that come with little dips.
Do stay away if you have a nut allergy - they do make that very clear, and even the snacks that do not contain nuts were made in a nutty environment. If you have specific dietary requirements, for example, vegan, coeliac or non-dairy you can highlight which snacks you should avoid, however Graze state that:
"All of our mixes are prepared in the same workspace so we can't guarantee all of our mixes will be suitable to your dietary needs."
You can get Graze Goodyboxes especially for Kids which contain "No Nasties". Their website says
"We've made sure that there are absolutely no artificial colours, artificial flavours, artificial sweeteners or artificial preservatives in the goodybox, as well as no MSG. (Psst...this goes for all of our snacks, except for our plums which have a preservative - but we're working on it!)"
I get my box delivered on a Thursday - to start the weekend early! My latest box contained:
White chocolate & raspberry cheesecake - raspberries, cranberries, hazelnuts and white chocolate buttons
Wholemeal shortbread fingers with a summer berry compote dip
The British BBQ - mini rosemary crostini and basil breadsticks, with spicy seeds and smoked almonds
Black Pepper Popcorn - flavoured corn you pop in the microwave
The contents of your box are determined by your preferences of options that you complete when you sign up - and you can amend these at any time. The options are:
Love *Like *Try* Don't send
If you "Love" or "Like" a snack you'll get it often, and if you "Try" you'll get it sent occasionally. Most of my options are set to "Try" as variety is what I'm after right now!
Most of the options sound and look delicious - but even I'd be happier eating road kill than Beef Jerky, so Graze have kindly set it on default not to be sent, and you have to "opt in" to get some included in your box. I suppose the hounds would like it, but neither they, nor I, could tell the difference between it and a bag of Paddywack from Poundland, so I keep the setting at a very definite "Don't Send".
After you receive your box you get a follow up email to "rate or slate" what you received, and perhaps change you preferences depending on how much you liked or disliked your snacks.
Graze will highlight specific health benefits of each snack - e.g. the white chocolate cheesecake snack was a source of fibre, vitamins & minerals, meanwhile a "graze light" icon will state that it is low in calories - surprisingly the shortbread and compote were only 127 calories, but they were rather small. The snacks are all actually rather small, so you do tend to take your time and savour them, instead of wolfing them down.
The boxes are far from good value - I could make up similar snacks from fruit, seeds and nuts from the supermarket, and throw in a couple of chocolate buttons easily and cheaply enough. The benefit of the Graze boxes is the overall product experience: the delivery, variety, surprise and the pretty packaging. There is an awful lot of packaging, but it goes into the recycling bin - or else I keep it for my friends' kids (or me) to play shop or make things with.
One great thing about Graze boxes is that you can order them to be sent to other people. The postcode finder gets their address and you have a little text box to put your message - a bit like buying a gift from Amazon. As with your own boxes, the postage is free, so I have started sending them to friends and family occasionally. Again, it involved a hard sum, but I reckon if I buy a nice card for couple of quid and pay the outrageous price of 60p for a First Class stamp I might as well put a few bob towards the cost and send the nice surprise of a Graze box instead. I think it's a particularly good way to send Get Well wishes since it is a treat but healthy too. I often send my friends' kids random packages of comics or sweets (I'll never forget the thrill of having something delivered in the post when I was little) but a Kid's Goody Box on its own costs what I had been paying in postage for many little packs.
You get frequent emails asking you about your deliveries, and offer special incentives when you get friends or family to sign up to Graze deliveries themselves. They are inoffensive enough, and like the product appear laid back, cuddly and friendly - but the marketing guys at Graze do know what they're doing as you'll get regular vouchers, incentives and sales pitches to spread the Graze word! While it's nice to send one to a friend as a one-off I certainly wouldn't be into recruiting customers on behalf of Graze - I haven't seen what extra advertising they put into gift boxes, but I'm sure it's there, so if any of my pals decide to subscribe to them it's up to them.
I hope they don't include any marketing leaflets in a Kid's Box - I've yet to order one of these, but I'd need to check 1st with Graze to be sure that any little extras of that sort were definitely not included.
I think that the element of surprise or the feeling of getting something special is the Unique Selling Point for Graze boxes. You really are paying for the experience. However, it is a really nice one, whether they are as a gift to someone - or to yourself. I don't think I'll buy Graze boxes forever and ever, but at the moment £3.89 once a fortnight is an affordable little luxury for me. It might be more expensive than paying £1 for a multi pack of crisps or x3 chocolate bars, but I do feel a little more virtuous!
I'll make up the cost elsewhere anyway - 3 for £10 wine for example sounds like a good idea!
Thanks for reading.
I like chocolate, it's my snack of choice. But I also know that it's inherently unhealthy, so I was intrigued when I got an offer from Graze to try one of their snack boxes for free.
The premise behind Graze is simple: you pay them £3-89 (as at August 2013) and they send you a box of treats. You have to sign up and give your credit cards and also select the frequency that you want your delivery. The standard default is one box every two weeks. This box fits neatly through your letter box and contains four little plastic pots of snacks, each one measuring approximately 12 cm by 8 cm by 3 cm. You cannot expressly demand a specific snack but you can go through the huge list on their website and mark off which ones you definitely don't want and those which you would like to try. They'll honour your wishes as much as possible and, once you have received a delivery, you can go back to the site and rate each selection, thereby increasing or decreasing the chances of getting that particular choice again. I guess the longer you stay with them the better the chances of only receiving the ones that you particularly like but for me part of the appeal is that element of variety, of not knowing what's coming beyond the fact that it will be something that I like. They usually send an email to tell you that it's on its way too, which is a nice touch.
So what snacks do they have? Well, as you'd expect from a company that says it will deliver healthy snacks they tend to be of the nuts, seeds and dried fruit variety but they're invariably given a twist to make them a little bit special. There are flapjacks, olives, dippers with dipping sauces, beef jerkies, popping corns, some little puddings and even some treat packs with little bits of high-quality chocolate mixed in with the healthier products. One of my personal favourites is the pear tatin pot which contains slices of dried pear, raspberry infused cranberries, yoghurt coated sunflower seeds and almonds. Yummy.
As you'd expect, each delivery comes with complete nutritional information about the pots that you've received. It's important to mention here that these are not necessarily the best treats to eat if you're counting calories. Yes, they're all very healthy and of the finest quality but some are pretty high in calories. But they're supposed to be treats and if they replace my usual Cadbury Dairy Milk then that's a step in the right direction.
If I had to say anything bad about these it would probably be the price - I'm sure that you can buy similar things from your local healthfood shop in bulk for a lot less and make up your own snack pots - and the fact that not knowing what you're going to get can lead to a few unpleasant surprises. For example the Nacho Libre pot (containing salsa almonds, cheesy ricecake sombreros and jumbo chilli corn) wasn't to my taste at all. But that's OK, I just went online and gave it a "Bin it" rating, ensuring that they'll never send it me again.
I like Graze as an idea and as a company. They provide little treats in times when most of us can't afford big ones.