Mar. 16th, 2017

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I am still annoyed at a large percentage of humankind (mostly having to do with idiots who screw up work things because they are too bloody lazy to talk to someone whose office is 3 inches away from theirs) so here is a set of snack reviews instead of an extended rant.

It’s easiest to note only the new snacks, since it seems like I’m now getting only one new one per box.

Vietnamese Pho: A slightly spicy broth, with shiitake mushrooms, sesame seeds, and rice noodles, this has only 60 calories. It’s not really very pho-like, since traditional pho has a different sort of noodle and has lots of beef in various forms. The dominant flavor is star anise, which quickly gets overpowering. This isn’t bad if you don’t expect pho, but it isn’t the sort of thing I want particularly often, either.

Sweet Memphis Barbecue: This mix of salsa flavored peanuts, wild rice sticks, and barbecue flavored peas has 190 calories and 7 grams of protein. It’s got lots of both crunch and flavor. Overall, I think this is a very good savory snack.

Protein Peanut Butter Dipper: This is peanut butter, with pretzel sticks to dip in it. It has 130 calories. There’s nothing wrong with this, but it’s pretty boring as snacks go.

Fantastic Forest Fruits (new): This is a mix of soft apple pieces, cherry-flavored raisins, blueberries, and lingonberries. It has 80 calories. I thought this was okay, but the lingonberries are too tart and didn’t do much for me. The blueberries are wonderful and the cherry-flavored raisins were actually pretty good. (For me to say that about raisins is a big step, by the way.) As is typical, it works best if you eat a combination of the components together. Overall, there are other of Graze’s fruit offerings that I like better.

Chocolate Cherry Protein Granola Topper: This is a mix of cocoa granola, chopped hazelnuts, freeze-dried cherry pieces, and soy protein crisps. It has 150 calories. It adds nice crunch and flavor to a cup of plain yogurt, though the hazelnuts are pretty much lost in the mix.

Creamy Ranch Kern Pops: These are half-popped corn kernels with ranch seasoning. The container has 140 calories, which is a fair sized serving. These are nice and crunchy, with a lot of sour cream and onion flavor to them. They’re quite good and I am glad for the built-in portion control.

Peanut Butter & Jelly: This consists of baked salted peanuts, raspberry fruit strings, and vanilla fudge. It has 220 calories and 7 grams of protein. The raspberry fruit strings are definitely the highlight of this – sweet and flavorful. This is an enjoyable sweet combination.

Honeycomb Flapjack: These rolled oat flapjacks (i.e. soft granola bars) have honeycomb and a chocolate drizzle. The downside is that they are 240 calories. But, wow, are they delicious. This is one of my very favorite Graze snacks. Completely satisfying.

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