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Cinnamon Pretzel: This consists of pretzels and cinnamon honey almonds and has 120 calories. The pretzels are nothing special, but the almonds are fabulous. Those almonds are something I could easily imagine eating by the bushelful, which is why portion control is a good thing.

Raspberry & Coconut Muffin: This is a mixture of raspberry-infused cranberries, almond slivers, amaretti drops, and coconut flakes. It has 140 calories. As long as you don’t expect it to be very muffin-like, it’s a nice sweet snack. Tasty, without being cloyingly sweet. I do recommend eating the various components together, as the coconut flakes and almond slivers aren’t as interesting as the berries and amaretti drops.

Creamy Ranch Kern Pops: These are half-popped corn kernels with sour cream and onion seasoning. They have 140 calories. They have lots of both crunch and flavor. In particular, I appreciate that the flavoring doesn’t have that artificial dairy feeling that is common in so many ranch-flavored products.

Thai Sweet Chili Dippers: This consists of soy rice crackers with a sweet chili sauce for dipping. It has 80 calories. It’s not bad, but the dipping sauce is too sweet and not hot enough.

Chocolate Pretzel Dipper: This consists of pretzel sticks with a chocolate hazelnut spread to dip them in. It has 140 calories. I get this fairly often and continue to like it a lot. It’s another one of those snacks that makes me appreciate portion control.

Active Nutrient Blend (new): This is a mixture of chopped dates, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts. It has 170 calories. I really liked this, which isn’t surprising because all three ingredients are things I like, though only walnuts are something I normally eat. My one quibble is that it works best if you eat all of the ingredients together, but the walnut pieces are too big to really do that. I’d like this even better if I didn’t run out of walnuts while still having plenty of the other ingredients left.

Vitamin E Defense: This is a mixture of hazelnuts, red-skinned peanuts, raisins, and dried cranberries. It has 190 calories. At some level, this is right along the lines of any trail mix combination. It works well enough, but is not especially interesting.

Chinese Shiitake: This is a mushroom broth, with dried shiitake mushrooms, corn, and rice noodles. It has 100 calories. This is nicely spicy, though the corn adds a bit of sweetness, too. It’s a good sort of thing to eat when you have a meeting that will lead to a late lunch.
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Yes, yes, I know I have actual catching up to do on what I've been doing, but I don't want to fall behind on routine things in the meantime.

Baobab & Raspberry Clusters (reformulated): This is not technically a new snack, but it has been reformulated, so it no longer has coconut chips. The baobab and raspberry clusters still have coconut in them, however. There are also pumpkin seeds and dried apple pieces. Overall, this has 130 calories. It’s a tasty mixture and I especially like that it is only a little bit sweet. I think the reformulation is an improvement, as I prefer coconut to be in smaller quantities than it had been. I’m not necessarily convinced by superfood claims for baobab, but I don’t really care.

Lemon Drizzle Flapjack: This is a rolled oat flapjack (i.e. soft granola bar) drizzled with a lemon and yogurt topping. It has 240 calories. I love Graze flapjacks and this one is nicely lemony. Very tasty and quite satisfying.

Twist of Black Pepper Popcorn: This is 130 calories worth of microwave popcorn with black pepper. I get this fairly frequently and really like it. The pepper just makes the popcorn that much more interesting.

Peanut Butter Dipper with Pretzel Sticks: This consists of creamy peanut butter and dry plain pretzels and has 130 calories. There’s nothing wrong with this per se, but it isn’t particularly interesting. Overall, there are a lot of other Graze snacks I prefer.

Vanilla Almond Granola Topper: This contains oat and barley granola, vanilla pumpkin seeds, soy protein crispies, and almond slivers. It has 150 calories and 6 grams of protein. It’s reasonably tasty and has lots of crunch, making it a tasty topping for a cup of plain yogurt.

Louisiana Wild Rice & Beans (new): This is a mixture of wild rice sticks and broad beans with chili seasoning. It has 140 calories. I thought this was surprisingly good, with just the right touch of heat and lots of crunch. In fact, I upgraded it to "love."

Sweet Rhubarb Jam: This mixture of rhubarb slices, dried apple slices, and dried cranberries has 110 calories. It is one of my favorite Graze fruit snacks, largely due to the mixture of sweetness and tanginess.

Thai Tom Yum: This is a spicy broth with zucchini, red pepper, and rice noodles. It has 45 calories. It’s got a good level of spice for me – not incendiary, but definitely tasty, with sweet and sour undertones. Having something hot is helpful on the days that the air conditioning in my office is excessive and this is a nice option.
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Yes, I have lots of catching up to do. Here's something I am only about a week behind on. All repeats, alas.


The Cheese Board: This consists of cheese-flavored cashews, cheddar cheese bruschetta and baked herb bites. It has 120 calories. It’s okay, but I’m not really a big cheese person, so I don’t find it particularly exciting.

Apple and Cinnamon Flapjack: This is a flapjack (i.e. soft granola bar) with apple and cinnamon (duh). It has 240 calories. I like cinnamon quite a lot, so I found this enjoyable. But I wish it were lower in sugar and fat and higher in fiber.

Strawberries and Cream Protein Granola Topper: This contains oat and barley granola, yogurt-coated strawberry pieces, soy protein crispies, and freeze-dried strawberry pieces. It has 130 calories. I think it’s a good breakfast option, eaten with the plain yogurt I get at the farmer’s market. My only issue with it is that it just isn’t as good as fresh strawberries, which are plentiful here this time of year.

Sesame Garlic Crunch: This is a mixture of garlic sesame sticks, oat bran sesame sticks, and multigrain soy rice crackers. It has 140 calories. Crunch, sesame, crunch, sesame – what more do I need to be happy?

Snickerdoodle Dip: This consists of a snickerdoodle cookie dip with cinnamon pretzel sticks. It has 150 calories. This is one of my favorite sweet snacks, largely because I like cinnamon a lot. I’m always glad to get this.

Kettlecorn Kern Pops: This consists of half-popped corn kernels with sweet and salty seasoning. It has 130 calories. I prefer my crunchy snacks to be savory rather than sweet. This is okay, but there are other snacks I like better.

Fantastic Forest Fruits: This consists of soft apple pieces, cherry-flavored raisins, blueberries, and lingonberries. It has 80 calories. I find the lingonberries too tart, which is surprising, since I like lingonberries on things like Swedish pancakes. And the cherry-flavored raisins don’t work all that well for me. This isn’t terrible, but there are other Graze fruit snacks I like a lot better.

Booster Seeds: This consists of sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and golden flaxseeds. It has 200 calories and 9 grams of protein. I like this, though it isn’t really very exciting. I do, however, find the small size of the flaxseeds to be a bit of an annoyance. But, overall, this is a satisfying source of mid-afternoon protein.
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One new snack this time.

White Chocolate With Wild Blueberry Toasts: This is a white chocolate dip with blueberry toasts to dip into it. It has 130 calories. There is a decently strong blueberry flavor. Frankly, this is the sort of combination which would be hard to go wrong with. There is just about the right amount of dip. A good, sweet snack.

Veggie Caesar: This is a mixture of ranch-flavored half-popped corn kernels, cheddar cheese bruchetta, and edamame beans. It has 110 calories. This is pretty much a typical salty / savory snack, with lots of crunch. The flavor is milder than many other snacks. Overall, a pleasant change of pace.

Peanut Butter & Jelly: This consists of salted peanuts, raspberry strings, and little cubes of vanilla fudge. It has 220 calories (and 7 grams of protein). This is a prime example of the sort of snack that works best if you eat all of the components together. The raspberry strings are the only one of the three that are awesome on their own, but the combination works very well together.

Chocolate Cherry Protein Granola Topper: This has cocoa granola, chopped hazelnuts, freeze-dried cherry pieces, and soy protein crispies. It has 150 calories. I like this as a topping for a bowl of the tangy plain yogurt I can get at the farmer’s market. The flavor is interesting without being overwhelming. And the texture is excellent. Overall, a useful item to have for breakfast.

Vietnamese Pho: This soup comes as a somewhat spicy paste, along with dried shiitake mushrooms, sesame seeds, and rice noodles, which you reconstitute with hot water. It has only 60 calories, but is surprisingly filling for that. I think the spice level is just right and it’s a nice change of pace for a late afternoon refresher. It is not, however, really very pho-like, as I have noted before.

Original Fruity Flapjack: I do like the soft rolled oat granola bars that the British call flapjacks. This one has dates, sunflower seeds, raisins, dried apricots, currants, and pumpkin seeds, though it’s really golden syrup that dominates the flavor. The major downside is the calorie count, which is 230. Still, it is hearty and filling and perfect for those days of one meeting after another.

Deconstructed Carrot Cake (new): This consists of carrot chews, cinnamon flavored raisins, walnuts, and ginger fudge. It has 180 calories. As it happens, I make the very best carrot cake in the world and it is quite different from this which is, frankly, not very like carrot cake. It is, however, quite tasty, at least for someone like me who likes cinnamon and ginger. As is typical for Graze snacks, it is best to eat all the components together. The walnut pieces are a bit on the large side for that, but it is reasonably workable. Overall, I thought this was a pretty good sweet snack and I’d be happy to get it again.

Sweet Memphis Barbecue: This is a mix of salsa-flavored peanuts, BBQ-flavored peas, and wild rice sticks. It has 190 calories. There is plenty of flavor, though not much heat. And there is lots of crunch. That makes it a satisfying savory snack.
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This was another box entirely of repeats.


Pumpkin Spice Flapjack: This is a soft granola bar with dates and pumpkin spice (i.e. cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves). It has 230 calories, which makes it more of a meal than a snack per se. In this case, I was eating it for lunch, knowing that I was going out for dinner. It’s tasty, but I have to admit that the pumpkin spice flavor seems rather unseasonal in May. I realize that is a North American bias, but so be it.

Salted Fudge & Peanut Cookie: This has baked salted peanuts, redskin peanuts, miniature cocoa cookies, and vanilla fudge. That adds up to 230 calories. On the plus side, it has 7 grams of protein, which is quite good for a sweet snack. It’s pretty tasty, though not, perhaps, as chocolaty as I’d prefer, since the peanuts dominate the flavor. Overall, it’s a good snack for times when I want something on the sweet side.

Lightly Salted Popping Corn: This is pretty basic – 130 calories worth of popcorn. I like that it isn’t super salty. And it pops up quickly (under 2 minutes) with few widows. No, it isn’t exactly a creative snack, but it is good and reasonably healthy as this sort of thing goes.

Caramel Apple: This consists of dried apple slices with a thick and sticky caramel sauce. It has only 80 calories, which is good for a sweet snack. And, really, the caramel sauce (or toffee sauce to give it its original British name) is absolutely delicious. This is one of those many arguments for the built in portion control of Graze snacks, because I could probably eat at least a cup of that sauce.

Vitamin C Crush: This consists of dried mango, dried pineapple, and coconut flakes. It has 110 calories according to the website, but the package claims 100. Both the mango and pineapple pieces are fairly large and they are also chewy. So it is a bit more awkward to eat than many of the other fruit snacks that Graze makes. It’s not bad, but I prefer things that are less sweet and that come in smaller pieces that are less likely to leave stringy bits between my teeth.

Soy Roasted Seeds: This is a mix of roasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds with soy sauce. It has 200 calories and, more importantly, 7 grams of protein. It’s tasty and crunchy, which makes it a nice way to add some mid-day protein to my life. It also has just about the right amount of saltiness to add interest, while still being pretty low in sodium (90 mg).

Sweet Mustard Ranch: This is a mixture of poppyseed pretzels, sour cream and onion cashews, and mustard breadsticks. It has 130 calories. The mustard flavoring of the breadsticks is the least appealing component of this, but, then, I am partial to spicy deli mustard, not the sweeter sort. The pretzels are uninteresting, but the cashews are pretty good. Overall, this isn’t terrible, but it isn’t one of the better savory snacks that Graze makes.


Sweet Rhubarb Jam: This consists of dried rhubarb, dried apple slices, and dried cranberries. It has 100 calories. It’s sweet, but not cloying, and quite tasty. Definitely, an interesting snack, that I continue to like.
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I have other things to write about (e.g. an office move, a storytelling show I went to on Sunday night) but I don't really want to fall behind on doing the Graze box reviews.

I was disappointed that this box was all repeats. There was plenty of good stuff, but it is always more fun to get something new.

Raspberry & Coconut Muffin: This consists of almond slivers, raspberry-infused cranberries, amaretti drops, and coconut flakes. It has 140 calories. I like this more each time I get it. It doesn’t taste very muffin-like per se, but the ingredients blend well together and the berries add just the right amount of sweetness.

Pizza Margherita: This consists of cheese-flavored cashews, basil crunchini, and miniature tomato breadsticks. It has 120 calories. The breadsticks don’t have a lot of tomato flavor, in my opinion. On the other hand, neither do most actual tomatoes these days. As is typical of Graze snacks, this works best if you eat all of the components together. It doesn’t taste especially pizza-ish, but it is still a good savory snack.

Summer Berry Flapjack: This is a rolled oat flapjack (i.e. soft granola bar) with berry-infused cranberries. It has 240 calories. But Graze flapjacks are worth every bit of those calories. I don’t know how they make them so fabulous, but they are simply delicious.

Tuscan Pesto Kern Pops: This is a mixture of cheddar half-popped corn kernels and miniature basil breadsticks. It has 130 calories. Overall, this has nice crunch and is pretty tasty, but I didn’t find it especially interesting. Not bad – just not exciting.

Chia Coconut Cookie: Actually, you get two cookies, along with a teabag of a decent enough black tea that has a very faint hint of bergamot, but not enough to qualify it as Earl Grey. It’s 120 calories. The claim is that this is healthy because of being high in manganese. I am not that compulsive about micronutrients. What I care about is that it is tasty, and not particularly sweet. Overall, I like this snack a lot and am glad I get it fairly often.

Chocolate Pretzel: This consists of a chocolate hazelnut dip with pretzel sticks for dipping. It has 140 calories. There’s not really much to say about this. If you like Nutella and similar things, you will like this.

Chinese Shiitake: This is an aromatic broth, which comes as a paste (which you add hot water to), along with dried corn, mushrooms, and rice noodles, which get reconstituted by that broth. It has 90 calories. Overall, it is pretty tasty and makes a pleasant enough light lunch.

Eleanor’s Apple Crumble: This consists of dried apple pieces, raisins, and caramelized honey and cinnamon almonds. It has 110 calories. This is a very nice sweet snack. The almonds are particularly delicious, but I am biased towards anything with cinnamon.
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This box got used up earlier than normal, what with Passover approaching. My next box is snoozed, also because of Passover, so it will be longer than usual until the next snack review.

Thai Sweet Chilli Dippers: This consists of a sweet chili sauce with multigrain soy rice crackers and has 90 calories. Though I have gotten this a few times before, this is the first time I’ve noticed the odd spelling in the name. As I have almost certainly said before, the sauce is sweeter and less hot than I would prefer, but it is still tasty.

Baobab & Raspberry Clusters: This consists of coconut chips with baobab and raspberry, along with pumpkin seeds and dried apple. It has 130 calories. I like this more each time I get it, though I have to admit I’m still not really sure what the baobab contributes to the flavor.

Thai Tom Yum: This is a spicy broth with lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves, to which one adds zucchini, red pepper, and rice noodles. It’s quite tasty and only 50 calories, but it does have 810 mg of sodium. That is better than many soups, but it still tastes a bit saltier than I prefer. Still, it’s a good quick lunch.

Twist of Black Pepper Popping Corn: 130 calories worth of popcorn, with added black pepper. This is, indeed, a nice twist on plain popcorn and makes for a filling savory snack.

Honeycomb Almond Protein Granola Topper: This consists of oat and barley granola, almond slivers, chocolate coated honeycomb, and soy protein crisps. It has 150 calories, which is actually more than the small cup of plain Greek yogurt I ate it with. I don’t really care about that, per se, but I find it ironic. Anyway, this is both crunchy and tasty. I do, of course, wish there were more of the chocolate coated honeycomb, but that is only because it is so very very good.

Vitamin E Defense (new): This is a mixture of roasted hazelnuts, redskin peanuts, jumbo raisins, and cranberries. It has 190 calories. The hazelnuts are the best part of this, but it’s all good snacking fodder. However, the ingredients don’t seem to go together particularly well. Usually I think Graze snacks work best if you eat a blend of components in each handful, but that didn’t work for me with this one.

Lemon Drizzle Flapjack: This is a rolled oat soft granola bar with lemon curd and a yogurt drizzle. It has 250 calories, which is okay if you use it as breakfast, rather than as an actual snack. It’s one of my favorite Graze snacks, with a good strong citrus flavor. I really ought to investigate the various flapjack recipes out there and try making some of these myself, because I bet I could do something with not quite so much sugar. But, in the meantime, these are awfully good.

Cinnamon Apple Pie: This is a deconstructed dessert, with cinnamon-dusted apple pieces, yogurt-coated raisins, and almonds. It’s pretty good, but I think the almonds should be in smaller pieces, maybe halves or slivers. The raisins are surprisingly good. Not bad, but there are other sweet snacks I like better.
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I have a lot of stuff to write about, but first, some catching up on routine things. Like snack reviews.


Booster Seeds: This is a mix of sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and golden flaxseeds. It has 220 calories and 9 grams of protein. I wish the flaxseeds were easier to eat. They’re about the size of sesame seeds, so they are hard to pick up. Overall, I don’t find this particularly exciting, but it is tasty enough and useful for times when I feel like I really need something high in protein.

Sesame Garlic Crunch: This consists of garlic sesame sticks, oat bran sesame sticks, and multigrain soy rice crackers. It has 140 calories. Overall, I like the combination of flavors and the crunchiness, making this a satisfying savory snack. It’s also a good argument for portion control.

Snickerdoodle Dip: This is a tasty dip, made from snickerdoodle cookies, with cinnamon pretzel sticks to dip into it. It has 150 calories. Unlike most Graze snacks, it has pretty much no nutritional merits. But it is particularly delicious, which is sometimes reason enough to eat something.

Kettlecorn Kern Pops: These are half-popped corn kernels, with a sweet and salty kernels. They have 130 calories. Overall, I’d say they’re not bad, but I generally prefer more savory crunchy snacks.

Malaysian Laksa: This consists of a slightly spicy coconut broth with a mix of chili and lime cashews and dried coconut to eat on the side. It has 130 calories. Because the broth is made just from a paste and hot water, it is faster to reconstitute than the other Graze soups. I find it quite tasty and having the cashew mix to munch on makes this more filling than most of them. It’s a good light lunch or a nice mid-afternoon break on a long day.

Carrot Crunch (new): This consists of carrot chips, wild rice sticks, and hickory-smoked almonds. It has 140 calories. This is a bit weird and I am on the fence about it. The carrot chips were somewhat on the sweet side. I didn’t think they blended as well as they might with the almonds, though the latter were not as smoky as I’d have preferred. Normally, I think Graze snacks work best if you eat all the components together, but this may be an exception. I’m willing to give it another chance and see how I feel about it then.

Original Protein Flapjack: This is a rolled oat flapjack (i.e. soft granola bar) with flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and soy protein. It has 260 calories and 8 grams of protein, so is more of a light meal than a snack. Golden syrup gives it a nice flavor - on the sweet side, but not cloying.

Strawberries and Cream Protein Granola Topper: This consists of oat and barley granola, yogurt-coated strawberry pieces, soy protein crispies, and freeze-dried strawberry pieces. It has 130 calories. As much as I love strawberries, this still seems to me like it is mostly crunch, more than berry. It’s good enough to mix with yogurt for that purpose, but it just can’t compare to fresh strawberries.
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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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Lightly Salted Popping Corn (repeat): I get this popcorn fairly often. It’s a good sized portion, with 130 calories, and pops up well, with few widows. It isn’t particularly exciting, since it isn’t as if I can’t buy perfectly good microwave popcorn pretty much anywhere, but it is perfectly fine.

Caramel Apple (repeat): The dried apple slices are in lots of Graze snacks, but the sticky caramel sauce is unique to this one. The container has 80 calories, which is pretty low for a sweet treat. And I continue to think that the caramel sauce is awesome.

Salted Fudge and Peanut Cookie (repeat): This mix of baked salted peanuts, mini cocoa cookies, redskin peanuts, and vanilla fudge has 230 calories. While it is sweet, it is also decently high in protein (7 grams), so I feel okay about it nutritionally. I’ve gotten this several times and continue to like it.

Soy Roasted Seeds (repeat): This consists of roasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds with soy sauce. It’s got 200 calories and 7 grams of protein. More significantly, it has only 90 mg of sodium, which is quite good for a salty snack. It’s not super exciting, admittedly, but it’s handy for times when you want something crispy and salty.

Sweet Rhubarb Jam (repeat): This is a dried fruit mix of rhubarb slices, soft apple pieces, and cranberries. It has 110 calories. I think it’s very tasty and like the balance of sweet and tart flavors. It’s one of my favorites of their fruit snacks.

Cinnamon Apple Pie (new): This has cinnamon dusted apple pieces, yogurt coated raisins, and almonds. It’s 160 calories. It doesn’t really taste like apple pie to me, but that is largely because I think the point of a pie is the crust. The yogurt coated raisins are surprisingly nice, but the almonds are bland and the apple pieces could use more cinnamon. As is typical for Graze’s deconstructed dessert items, it is best to eat the different components together. That’s a bit difficult in this case, as the almonds are whole ones and on the large side. Overall, I thought this was okay, but not fabulous.

Herby Bread Basket (repeat): This is a mixture of basil baguettes, garlic crostini, and oregano rice crackers. It has 90 calories. Overall, it’s a nice savory snack, with lots of herb flavor. Overall, this is nice and crunchy, making a good savory snack.

Peaches and Cream (repeat): This consists of disks of white chocolate, peach drops, vanilla cookie drops, and coconut flakes. It has 150 calories. I found this thoroughly delicious, even though I would not normally combine peaches with chocolate. (Yes, I know, white chocolate is not really chocolate, but it is close.) As usual, it is best to combine components, instead of eating them separately. I upgraded this to "love."
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I have political things to write about and fun things to write about, all of which will require time and thought. So here is the latest set of Graze snack reviews.

This box was almost all repeats, so my comments will be particularly brief.

Peachy Orchard: This mix of dried pear slices, rhubarb slices, and peach fruit drops has 110 calories. Overall, this is a good fruity snack. As I’ve said before, the peach drops are particularly nice.

Sweet Memphis Barbecue: This mix of salsa -flavored peanuts, wild rice sticks, and barbecue-flavored peas has 190 calories. This is an excellent savory snack, high in protein and not too salty. I appreciate the built-in portion control for this sort of thing.

Chia Coconut Cookie: You actually get two cookies and a bag of black tea for 120 calories. The cookies are tasty and just sweet enough. I’m not a fan of dunking because I don’t like getting crumbs in my tea, but I think these would actually hold up to it. It’s just the sort of thing I like for a mid-afternoon break.

New York Everything Bagel: The reformulated version of this added cheese-flavored cashes and roasted pumpkin seeds to the poppy seed, onion, and sesame sticks. That also added protein (up to 7 grams) and calories (now 200). I like this, but I liked the original format, which was just the sticks, better. Admittedly, this is probably better for me. And it is still very tasty.

Roasted Chili Honey Peanuts and Almonds: This is 210 calories worth of roasted almonds and peanuts with a chili and honey glaze. You could put a chili and honey glaze on nearly anything and I’d love it. This is one of my very favorite Graze offerings and another good argument for their portion control. Yum.

Garden of England: This combination of dried fruits (apple slices, mini strawberries, and black currants) has 80 calories. It is my favorite of Graze’s pure fruit offerings. I will note, however, that this time there seemed to be a shortage of the strawberries relative to the black currants. But it could just be that I was in a bad mood due to searching for acceptable flights for an upcoming trip.

Chinese Shiitake: This soup consists of mushroom broth with dried shiitake mushrooms, corn, and rice noodles. It has 90 calories. It is pretty tasty, though a little on the salty side (as are most soups.) The rice noodles tend to stick together a bit, so it’s hard to get a spoonful that mixes all of the ingredients. But, overall, I like this as a light lunch or a supplement to other lunch foods.

Original Fruity Flapjack (news): This showed up now that I am allowing snacks with raisins. It’s a typical Graze flapjack, i.e. soft oat granola bar, with dried fruits (raisins, apricots, dates, and currants) and sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. It has 230 calories. I thought the most dominant flavor was golden syrup, but there is definitely plenty of fruit and nut flavor, too. I’d have liked more apricot flavor, but that’s a minor quibble. Overall, this is a nice, hearty, and filling snack.
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I have lots of other things to write about, but it takes more energy than I have right now to write rationally about politics (which is much, though not all, of it). So you get the latest in snack reviews.

Twist of Black Pepper Popping Corn (repeat): Popcorn flavored with black pepper? At 130 calories a bag, this is a tasty and healthy snack. I especially like that it isn’t just plain popcorn which, face it, I can get cheaper at my local supermarket.

Vitamin C Crush (new): This consists of dried mango, dried pineapple pieces, and coconut flakes. It has 110 calories. The coconut flakes definitely dominate the combination. Overall, I think this is okay, but it could be better balanced. And, while Graze usually does very well with dried fruit, their dried pineapple is not as good as what I can get at, say, Trader Joe’s or even Wegman's.

Lemon Drizzle Flapjack (repeat): Well, yes, this soft granola bar with lemon curd and yogurt drizzle is 250 calories. But it works fine as a meal replacement for one of those interminable lunchtime meetings other people are inclined to schedule. This is one of my very favorites.

The Cheese Board (repeat): This has cheese-flavored cashews, cheddar cheese bruschetta, and baked herb bites. It’s 120 calories. Overall, it’s a reasonably tasty savory snack, though I wish there were more of the herb bites relative to the other ingredients. But, then, I am more of an herb person than a cheese person.

Honeycomb Almond Protein Granola Topper (repeat): This has oat and barley granola, almond slivers, chocolate coated honeycomb, and soy protein crisps. It has 150 calories and 5 grams of protein. The crunchiness is nice and the chocolate coated honeycomb is delicious. I wish there was more of the chocolate coated honeycomb relative to the other ingredients, though it’s hardly a meager portion. It’s just that I like that part so much. Very good.

Thai Tom Yum (repeat): This is a spicy broth that comes with zucchini, red pepper, and rice noodles. It’s only 50 calories, but still makes a reasonably satisfying lunch. The lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves are definitely the dominant flavors. I find it works better if you let the dry ingredients steep a bit longer than the directions say, so they absorb the spices.

Eleanor’s Apple Crumble (new): This is a mix of soft apple pieces, caramelized honey and cinnamon almonds, and raisins. Yes, raisins. I decided to remove them from my taboo list, largely because of my positive experiences with other dried fruit I was skeptical about (e.g. rhubarb). And, frankly, they were fine. The mixture has 110 calories, which is less than one would expect, given how sweet it tastes. Overall, like many Graze dried fruit mixes, it works best if you eat all the ingredients together. Despite which, I do have to say that the honey and cinnamon almonds are the highlight of this. Overall, not bad, though I think it is actually a bit too sweet.

White Chocolate with Wild Blueberry Toasts (repeat): This is a white chocolate dip with whole grain blueberry toast slices to dip into it. It has 130 calories. It has more blueberry-infused cranberries than actual blueberries, but it does have some wild blueberries. Overall, it’s pretty tasty, though, of course, white chocolate is not actually chocolate.
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Another box entirely of repeats. It isn’t as if there is any shortage of things I’d like to try, including some I’ve tagged as "love."

Baobab & Raspberry Clusters: This has baobab and raspberry coconut chips, dried apple pieces, and pumpkin seeds. It’s 130 calories and reasonably interesting. I like that it isn’t super sweet and it is definitely interesting, something one wouldn’t get just anywhere.

Raspberry & Coconut Muffin: This is a deconstructed mixture of rasp[berry infused cranberries, almond slivers, amaretti drops, and coconut flakes, with 140 calories. It could be a bit better balanced, as I thought there was too much coconut relative to the other ingredients. But, aside from that, it’s pretty tasty, even if it is not very muffin-like. Graze’s infused dried cranberries are really quite remarkably good.

Strawberries and Cream Protein Granola Topper: This consists of oat and barley granola, yogurt-coated strawberry pieces, soy protein crispies, and freeze dried strawberry pieces. It has 130 calories. It’s a good, crunchy topping to put on yogurt, though I still prefer fresh strawberries over anything else.

Thai Sweet Chili Dippers: This consists of sweet chili sauce, with multigrain soy rice crackers to dip in it. It’s only 80 calories. It had been a while since I’d gotten this, and I liked it more this time, though it is still a bit too sweet and not quite hot enough for my tastes.

Veggie Caesar: This has ranch-flavored half-popped corn kernels, cheddar cheese bruschetta, and roasted edamame beans. It’s 120 calories and seems surprisingly filling to me. Overall, this is a good savory snack – wholesome and creative.

Booster Seeds: This mix of sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and golden flaxseeds has 220 calories and 9 grams of protein. There’s nothing wrong with it, but it’s not very exciting. And the flaxseeds are tiny, making them a pain in the neck to eat.

Chocolate Pretzel: This consists of pretzel sticks with a chocolate hazelnut dip and has 140 calories. It’s one of my favorite Graze snacks. Simply delicious, assuming, of course, that one likes chocolate.

Summer Berry Flapjack: This is a flapjack, i.e. a soft granola bar, with berry-infused cranberries. It has 240 calories, but it is also quite filling. Like all Graze flapjacks, it's good, but I did find this one a bit on the dry side.
fauxklore: (storyteller doll)
I will do the 2016 wrap-up and 2017 goal setting later this week. But, first, let's finish off a few odds and ends.

Celebrity Death Watch: To finish off 2016, Huston Smith was a religious scholar and wrote an important book on the subject of world religions. Tyrus Wong was the lead artist on the Disney film, Bambi. William Christopher was an actor, best known for playing father Mulcahy on M*A*S*H.

To start 2017, John Berger wrote Ways of Seeing, a very influential book on art and the basis of a BBC television series.


Quarterly Movies: 2016 wasn’t much of a movie-going year, I guess. I only saw two movies this past quarter. The first was Next Year in Jerusalem, an interesting low-budget film about a young Orthodox Jewish man coming to terms with his homosexuality, while his cousin, who has been living the gay life in lower Manhattan reconnects to his Jewish identity. I thought it had some good things to say about identity and family.

The other movie, seen in an actual cinema on Christmas Day, was Jackie. I have to say I did not much care for it, alas. It was focused too closely on the short period of time right after JFK’s assassination and, thus, did not really provide enough perspective on what about Jackie shaped her reactions.

Graze Box #16

This box was all repeats, so I’ll keep comments brief. It also came a full week late, for which I blame the post office at holiday times.

Kettlecorn Kern Pops: This consists of partially popped corn kernels with a sweet and salty coating. It has 130 calories. I like the texture and the taste is okay, but I prefer the more savory flavors of kern pops.

Snickerdoodle Dip: This cookie flavored dip with cinnamon pretzel sticks has 150 calories. It is delicious – one of my favorite Graze snacks.

Original Protein Flapjack: This is one of the rolled oat soft granola bars that Graze does so well. This particular variety has flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds. It has 260 calories, but with 8 grams of protein, at least it is comparable to (if not better than) store-bought granola bars. Golden syrup is the key to the flavor of these, which made a good lunch for an inconveniently-scheduled flight.

Sesame Garlic Crunch: This consists of garlic sesame sticks, oat bran sesame sticks, and multigrain soy rice crackers. It has 140 calories. The oat bran sesame sticks are particularly good. Overall, this is a tasty savory snack.

Peanut Butter & Jelly: This is a mixture of baked salted peanuts, raspberry fruit strings, and vanilla fudge squares. It has 220 calories and 7 grams of protein. The fudge doesn’t really contribute much of anything as far as I’m concerned. The best part is the raspberry fruit strings. It’s a tasty combination, at any rate.

Cinnamon Pretzel: Poppyseed pretzels plus cinnamon and honey glazed almonds make a tasty sweet mix. At 140 calories this doesn't feel too damaging a treat. Though, really, I admit that the pretzels are superfluous.

Chocolate Cherry Protein Granola Topper: This has cocoa granola, chopped hazelnuts, freeze-dried cherry pieces, and soy protein crisps. And 150 calories. Overall, it’s a nice crispy addition to plain yogurt, with a strong cocoa flavor. The cherry flavor is pretty subtle, which makes it blend in well. Very good.

Malaysian Laksa: This is a somewhat spicy coconut broth, with a side snack of chili and lime cashes and coconut flakes. It has 140 calories.
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Yes, I am behind and I really do need to write a catch-up entry because writing 3 things at a time means I will only get behinder. But at least I can stay caught up on snack reviews!

Snack #1 - Protein Peanut Butter Dipper with Pretzel Sticks (repeat) This is pretty straightforward – peanut butter and unsalted pretzel sticks to dip in it. It’s 130 calories. I think they may have reformulated this as it was previously listed as having hemp sticks for dipping. There’s nothing wrong with it, assuming, of course, that one likes peanut butter. But it’s not exactly creative or exciting.

Snack #2 – Lightly Salted Popping Corn (repeat): 130 calories worth of microwave popcorn, this is about as straightforward as snacks get. It does pop up quickly and it is good that it isn’t too salty.

Snack #3 – Graze’s Grilled Cheese (new): This consists of hickory smoked cashews, cheddar cheese bruschetta, and mustard breadsticks. It has 120 calories. I am not very into cheese and hickory smoked flavoring belongs more with almonds than with cashews as far as I’m concerned. So I thought this was just okay. It’s tasty enough, but there are other savory combinations I like better.

Snack #4 – Sweet Rhubarb Jam (repeat): Dried apple slices, rhubarb slices, and cranberries make a surprisingly tasty sweet snack. While it does have 20 grams of sugar, the whole punnet is just 100 calories. This is the sort of thing I would never have eaten before doing Graze, so it makes me happy to enjoy it so much,

Snack #5 – Soy Roasted Seeds (repeat): This is a mixture of roasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds with soy sauce. It has 200 calories, but also has 7 grams of protein (and is also high in Vitamin E). It’s pretty tasty and not nearly as salty as you might expect for this sort of thing. Overall, it isn’t really exciting, but is good.

Snack #6 – Honeycomb Flapjack (repeat): This is a rolled oat flapjack (i.e. soft granola bar) with honeycomb and chocolate drizzle. It has 240 calories and is simply delicious. All of Graze’s flapjacks are good, and this is one of my very favorites. It’s the perfect thing to nibble on when somebody schedules a meeting that runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Not only did it keep me from being miserable, it might well have saved the life of the person who scheduled that meeting.

Snack #7 – Salted Fudge & Peanut Cookie (repeat): Two types of peanuts (baked salted ones and redskin ones) with miniature cocoa cookies and vanilla fudge makes for a deconstructed cookie snack. It’s 230 calories, but at least it has 7 grams of protein. It’s a nice touch of sweetness and I don’t mind how frequently I get this.

Snack #8 – Jelly Doughnut (new): This has raspberry fruit strings, raspberry-infused cranberries, almond slivers, and vanilla cookie drops. It is, surprisingly, only 120 calories. It actually does taste surprisingly like a jelly doughnut. And how does Graze make their infused dried cranberries, which are so very very good? Overall, an excellent sweet snack.
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I am even behinder on other things, but let's at least try to keep up on the snack reviews. I'm noticing that Graze reformulates snacks more than I had expected, so even repeats aren't always quite the same.


Snack #1 – Chinese Shiitake (repeat): Mushroom broth with corn, shiitake mushrooms, and rice noodles made a reasonable light supper for a day when I had been to a fairly extravagant luncheon. It’s only 90 calories and is tasty. There’s a good mix of textures, too.

Snack #2 – Creamy Ranch Kern Pops (repeat): This consists of half-popped corn kernels with seasoning that mostly tastes of sour cream and onion. It has 140 calories. Both the flavor and the crunchy texture are quite good. It’s not the most nutritious snack Graze offers, but it’s not particularly bad for you either.

Snack #3 – Herby Bread Basket (repeat): This consists of miniature basil breadsticks, garlic crostini (i.e. croutons), and oregano rice crackers. It has 90 calories. It’s got a lot of crunch and a lot of flavor. In particular, the oregano rice crackers are strongly flavorful, which is good – assuming, of course, that one likes oregano. Overall, a good savory snack.

Snack #4 – Garden of England (repeat): This consists of miniature strawberries, soft apple slides, and black currants. It has 80 calories. I find this mixture particularly delicious and, at least of snacks I have gotten so far, it is my favorite of the pure fruit ones.

Snack #5 - Caramel Apple (repeat): This consists of soft apple slices with caramel sauce. It’s 80 calories. I feel like I get this fairly often, but I’m not complaining, because it is thoroughly delicious. It’s one of the best sweet snacks Graze offers.

Snack #6 – Peaches and Cream (new): This is a mix of Belgian white chocolate, peach drops, coconut flakes, and vanilla cookie drops. It has 150 calories. I found it very tasty, with the peach drops and the white chocolate being especially good. There’s somewhat more coconut than I’d prefer, but that is mostly because the peach drops are so very tasty that I'd like more of those.

Snack #7 – Pumpkin Spice Flapjack (repeat): This is a soft granola bar with dates and pumpkin spice. Well, actually three small bars, with a total calorie count of 230. While I like it well enough, I do have to wonder about Graze’s algorithm, since I have this rated as "try" but have gotten it far more often than other flapjack varieties which I have rated as "like" or "love." Maybe that will change as we move out of pumpkin spice season. Or maybe they are trying to manipulate me into stocking up from the Graze store, instead of just getting the random snack boxes.

Snack #8 - New York Everything Bagel (repeat): While this was technically a repeat, it’s been reformulated. In addition to the poppy seed and onion sesame sticks, it now has cheese cashews and pumpkin seeds, too. It’s 200 calories. I still like it, though I preferred the original version, with just the sticks. On the plus side, this does have more protein.
fauxklore: (storyteller doll)
I'm not quite ready to write about the election. So here are snack reviews.

Snack #1 – Twist of Black Pepper Popcorn (repeat): This is 130 calories worth of microwave popcorn, with some black pepper added. It pops up quickly, with few orphans. The black pepper is a nice touch. Very good.

Snack #2 – Spicy Sriracha Crunch (repeat, but changed): This has sriracha-flavored peas, roasted cashews, baked salted peanuts, and garlic sesame sticks. It’s 200 calories. It also has 6 grams of protein, which is quite good for a savory snack. Interestingly, they’ve reformulated this since the previous time I got it, when the sriracha peas were accompanied by corn kernels (both large, unflavored ones and half-popped sriracha ones). I suspect this was intended to tone down the spiciness some, but it didn’t really work for me. It’s just a bit too much sriracha and, while I have a fairly high heat tolerance, the flavor doesn’t feel very balanced. I decided to trash this one.

Snack #3 – Thai Tom Yum (repeat): I’ve gotten this soup a couple of times before. It’s got a nicely spicy broth, with a reasonably strong lemongrass flavor, along with rice noodles and zucchini. A big plus is that it is only 50 calories. This is definitely one of the better soup options Graze offers, but it probably helps that tend to like soups, in general.

Snack #4 – Honeycomb Almond Protein Granola Topper (new): This consists of the usual oat and barley granola and soy protein crispies, with almond slivers and chocolate-coated honeycomb. It has 150 calories. The chocolate-coated honeycomb is particularly good and I’d have liked more of it. Overall, this was a good way to add some crunch and sweetness to a bowl of yogurt for breakfast. I was using plain yogurt from the farmer’s market, but I think this would actually taste pretty good on a berry yogurt, too.

Snack #5 – Peachy Orchard (repeat): This consists of dried pear, dried rhubarb slices, and peach fruit drops and has 110 calories. The peach drops are especially delicious.

Snack #6 – Chia Coconut Cookie with Special Blend Black Tea (repeat, but changed): This is only sort of a repeat, as the previous time I got this, it came with turmeric and ginger tea. The tea it has now is a blend of Kenyan and Assam tea leaves with bergamot, so is like a very mild Earl Grey. The cookies are buttery with a definite coconut flavor and well worth the 120 calories. Overall, a very nice afternoon pick-me-up.

Snack #7 – Sweet Memphis Barbecue (repeat) This consists of salsa flavored peanuts, wild rice sticks, and BBQ flavored peas. It has 190 calories. It’s a nice savory mix. Tasty and high in protein is always a good thing.

Snack #8 – Summer Berry Compote (new): This consists of whole grain shortbread cookies, with a compote (i.e. jam) of raspberries, blackcurrants, and strawberries. The raspberries dominate the flavor. The compote is sweet, of course, but the whole thing has only 120 calories, so it’s not too bad. The shortbread itself is rather bland, but that works since the point is the berry compote. It was also a bit on the crumbly side, which is typical of shortbread. At any rate, this is thoroughly delicious.
fauxklore: (storyteller doll)
If nothing else, these reviews should provide ideas for anybody who feels like feeding me.

Snack #1 – Tuscan Pesto Kern Pops (new): This is a mixture of cheddar cheese-flavored half-popped corn kernels and miniature basil breadsticks. It’s 130 calories. I really like the crunchiness of the corn kernels. Overall, the mixture is well-seasoned, but it doesn’t really taste like pesto to me, since I believe the entire point of pesto is the pignolia nuts.

Snack #2 – Booster Seeds (repeat): This is a mix of sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and golden flaxseeds. It’s 220 calories, with 9 grams of protein. It’s also a good source of Vitamin E, iron, and zinc. This is fine, albeit not very exciting. I do find the flaxseeds inconvenient to eat, since they are tiny. Obviously, I could handle that by sprinkling them on something else (like yogurt), but it is easier to just put a Graze container in my bag in the morning to nibble on at work.

Snack #3 – Strawberries and Cream Protein Granola Topper (repeat): This has oat and barley granola, yogurt coated strawberry pieces, soy protein crispies, and freeze-dried strawberry pieces. It’s 130 calories. Overall, the point of this is to add sweetness and crunch, as well as some extra protein, to a cup of yogurt. This is the third time I’ve gotten it and I’ve found that it works best with tangier yogurt, like the Bulgarian yogurt I can buy at Whole Foods. (The yogurt from the Mennonite farmers at our local farmers’ market is even better, but I haven’t been able to make it to the market the past few weeks.)

Snack #4 – Baobab & Raspberry Clusters (new): I was very curious about this, since I am reasonably sure I had never tasted baobab before. I can’t really say that I’ve tasted baobab now, though, since what you get here are baobab and raspberry coconut chips and the raspberry flavor is predominant. There are also pumpkin seeds and dried apple pieces. It’s 130 calories and the primary nutritional virtue is supposed to be copper, which I admit is not something I normally think about getting enough of. Overall, it’s an interesting snack, but I’m somewhat on the fence about the flavor.

Snack #5 –Snickerdoodle Dip (repeat): This comes with cinnamon pretzel sticks and is 150 calories. I’ve gotten it a couple of times before and I still think it’s an excellent sweet treat.

Snack #6 – Pizza Margherita (new): This consists of cheese-flavored cashews, basil crunchini, and miniature tomato breadsticks. It’s 120 calories. The breadsticks didn’t have much tomato flavor, but the crunchini (basically croutons) are full of basil and dominated the taste of the mixture. The cashews are just cheesy enough to balance the mix. Overall, I thought this was a good, savory snack.

Snack #7 – Summer Berry Flapjack (new): Another Graze flapjack variety, this one is the typical rolled oat soft granola bar (actually, three small bars) and is filled with berry-infused cranberries. It has 240 calories. They’re a little bit sweeter than optimal, but still very good. Yum.

Snack #8 – Roasted Chili Honey Peanuts & Almonds (repeat): This consists of roasted almonds and peanuts with a chili and honey glaze and has 210 calories. It makes a particularly good argument for the portion control of the Graze servings because it is decidedly, as the British say, more-ish, i.e. one wants more and more. Sweet, a bit spicy, crunchy – this is so very much my type of snack. Oveall, this is one of my favorite Graze snacks.
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I have plenty of other things to write about, but I don't want to fall too far behind on these. As it is, I've already got the next box started. This box was almost all repeats, but there was one new snack.

Snack #1 – Chocolate Pretzel (repeat): I’ve gotten this a couple of times before and this mixture of lightly salted pretzel sticks and chocolate hazelnut dip (like Nutella) is still pretty awesome. At 140 calories and 8 grams of sugar, it’s not too nutritionally awful for a sweet treat. And it is amazingly delicious.

Snack #2 – Raspberry Coconut Muffin (repeat): Another sweet snack, with 140 calories and 11 grams of sugar, this consists of raspberry infused cranberries, almond slivers, amaretti drops, and coconut flakes. I have to admit I have never actually seen a raspberry coconut muffin, so I can’t say how convincingly this deconstructed snack tastes like one. What is interesting is how much the raspberry-infused cranberries taste like real raspberries. Overall, a very tasty combo.

Snack #3- Kettlecorn Kern Pops (repeat): These are partially popped corn kernels with a sweet and salty flavoring. The package says it has 150 calories, but the website says 130, which is more of a discrepancy than usual. I like the texture of these a lot, but I prefer the more savory flavors for crunchy snacks.

Snack #4- Protein Peanut Butter Dipper (new): This consists of peanut butter, with baked hemp sticks for dipping in it. It has 130 calories. The peanut butter is the good sort – unsalted, unsweetened – and the hemp sticks are also unsalted. This is a nice, high-protein snack, but it isn’t fundamentally any different from the freshly ground peanut butter I can get at Whole Foods or Wegman’s. I downgraded it from "like" to "try" just on the basis of not being exciting.

Snack #5 –Honey Drizzled Cashews (repeat): Yes, it has 15 grams of sugars, but 180 calories isn’t too bad for a serving of this sort of thing. That’s where portion control comes in very handy. This may be my favorite snack on the planet, or even in the whole solar system. (Though I hear they have wonderful snacks on Venus.) I suppose I could buy cashews with a honey glaze elsewhere, but I don’t since it’s best to save these as a rare treat. But what a treat they are. Yum!

Snack #6 – Vanilla Almond Protein Granola Topper (repeat): This is a mixture of oat and barley granola, almond slivers, vanilla pumpkin seeds, and soy protein crispies. It has 150 calories and 6 grams of protein. It’s really more about crunch than flavor, but it does go nicely with a cup of vanilla skyr.

Snack #7 – Sesame Garlic Crunch (repeat): This mix of garlic sesame sticks, oat bran sesame sticks, and multigrain soy rice crackers has 140 calories. It’s got lots of crunch and good flavor, at least for those who, like me, like sesame and garlic. This is the sort of thing that benefits from portion control, because it would be easy for me to nibble mindlessly on these all day.

Snack #8 – Lemon Drizzle Flapjack (repeat): Graze flapjacks are among my favorite things and this is one of the best of them. It’s 250 calories, but it is also as much a meal replacement as it is a snack. And it is certainly a lot better than a bag of potato chips from the vending machine. Chewy and lemony – what more could I want out of a granola bar equivalent?
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Three new snacks, including one of the brand new superfood items.

Snack #1 – Veggie Caesar (new): This is a mixture of sour cream & onion half-popped corn kernels, cheddar bruschetta, and edamame beans. It’s 120 calories. It’s tasty and crunchy, which is about what one wants from a savory snack. The half-popped corn kernels are particularly good. Graze has definitely mastered the whole sour cream and onion flavor thing. The bruschetta are a bit on the large side relative to the other ingredients, but that isn’t a big deal. Overall, I was pleased with this snack and upgraded it from "try" to "like."

Snack #2 – Lightly Salted Popping Corn (repeat): This is a 130 calorie bag of microwave popcorn, which makes a good serving size. It took about a minute and a half to pop in my microwave. There’s not really much to say about it beyond that. It's not too bad as far as sodium, goes, by the way. It’s 200 mg, which is the same as a comparable amount of Newman’s Own (the best commercial microwave popcorn I’ve found) and a lot less than most of the other brands out there.

Snack #3 – Soy Roasted Seeds (repeat): This is a mixture of roasted sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds with soy sauce. It’s 200 calories and 90 mg of sodium. Its real nutritional virtues are Vitamin E and protein. I’ll characterize this as innocuous. There’s nothing wrong with it and it’s a perfectly fine thing to snack on, but it’s neither unusual nor exciting.

Snack #4 - Sweet Rhubarb Jam (repeat): This mix of rhubarb slices, dried apple pieces, and dried cranberries has 100 calories, almost all due to the 20 grams of sugars. It’s really quite tasty and one of the best sweet snacks they offer. Before I started doing Graze, I had never eaten rhubarb, so I count it as a real discovery. I also hadn’t really eaten dried cranberries, so it’s quite a revelation how much I like them.

Snack #5 – Malaysian Laksa (repeat): This is one of the better Graze broths, but at 140 calories the most caloric of those (though still not at all bad). It has a strong coconut flavor, with notable mushroom undertones. It comes with a side snack of chili and lime cashes and coconut flakes. There’s a bit too much coconut in that, but it does provide some nice crunch to go with the broth.

Snack #6 – Natural Energy Nuts (new): This is a 230 calories mix of nuts – raw almonds, blanched almonds, hazelnuts, and walnuts. There’s not a lot to say about that, as these are just plain nuts, not even salted. That’s fine with me, though not to everyone’s taste, of course. It’s not very exciting, but it is filling and high in protein.

Snack #7 – Chia Coconut Cookie with Turmeric & Ginger Tea (new): This is one of Graze’s new superfoods snacks, so I was particularly excited to try it. The packet has two cookies and a teabag, with a calorie count of 120 and only 5 grams of sugar. The tea has turmeric, ginger, licorice, and rose petals and is fragrant, but fairly mild. I’d prefer somewhat more ginger, but that’s pretty much a general statement from me about life. As for the cookies, they taste very buttery, though there is obvious coconut flavor. They were good both on their own and dunked into the tea. Overall, I was impressed and I’m looking forward to trying more of Graze’s superfoods offerings.

Snack #8 – Peanut Butter & Jelly (repeat): This consists of salted peanuts, raspberry strings, and vanilla fudge. It’s 220 calories. It works best if you eat all of the components together. The raspberry strings are particularly good, assuming that one likes fruit leather type things.

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