I got a voucher for a free graze box from one of my many amazon.co.uk purchases. I’ve never seen anything like this before, but apparently graze.com is a service where you order healthy snacks by rating them on the website and then they send you the snacks that you like most (i.e. give the highest rating to) weekly or twice a week via the post. Since I’m frickin’ all about healthy food, I decided to give it a go.
Using the Website
Basically, there’s a list of all the snacks you can order, and you give them the ratings “Bin”, “Try”, “Like”, and “Love”. Everything starts off with the rating “Try”, so if you do not rate any foods, they will just send you a random selection of snacks. If you “Like” or “Love” something, you’re more likely to receive it in your graze box, and if you “Bin” something, they will never send it to you.
Unfortunately, not all of their items are vegan, so in order to avoid them sending you any non vegan items, you have to “bin” all non-vegan items. This is really easy to do on the full version of the website, where you have the option to view all the non-vegan items via a little icon on the left side of the website and “bin” them all at once if you want. I first looked at the site on my iPhone though, where this feature is absent and I was painstakingly binning all the stuff containing dairy. Whoops.
Aside from any non-vegan items, you would just bin all the stuff containing food you don’t like. For example, I don’t like sunflower seeds so I got rid of a few of the sunflower seed based snacks, keeping a few that I wouldn’t mind trying. I also binned everything containing brazil nuts because I’m allergic to them.
Please note: You’re actually not supposed to use graze.com at all if you have a nut allergy due to the possibility of cross contamination. However, I know that I am specifically only allergic to brazils – and I’m not so violently allergic that eating a couple will kill me, just make my face itchy – so I ignored this warning and just binned everything I saw on the website that contained brazils. Living dangerously here!!
Obviously, though, you’ll probably want to “Like” or “Love” some things on the site in order to encourage them to send you whatever you think will be your favourite. I really really wanted them to send me some chocolate so I “Liked” all the vegan chocolate snacks. I also “Liked” all the vegan olive snacks they had cuz I really like olives.
From a vegan point of view… I was a little annoyed that none of their “high tea” cakes are vegan and the not a single item from “natural treats” selection (which is essentially a bunch of dried fruit) is vegan either! All of it has yoghurt or honey on it, kinda lame in my opinion. It’s SO easy to veganize that stuff, it makes me so annoyed when companies choose not to for no reason.
The boxes come in the regular post and are small enough to fit through most mail slots. You also have the option of sending one to a friend, which I thought was kind of cool. I might do something like that in the future.
-Olives with Chili and garlic
-Fruit and Seed Flapjack
-Cracking Black Peppercorn
Apparently (lol), you’re supposed to snack on the things in the graze box throughout the day or week whenever you fancy a snack. I was so excited, though, that I ate everything in one sitting.
The Florentine was a mix of pumpkin seeds, craisins, and dark chocolate. I saved it for last and it was great. I really liked that the dried cranberries weren’t (or at least didn’t taste like they were) smothered in sugary syrup the way most commercially available dried fruit is. This is something that frustrates me so bad because even so called “health food” companies do it – dried fruit just does not need sugar dumped all over it (or yoghurt for that matter).
The olives were …olives! Which I happen to love so of course I enjoyed them, but nothing extraordinary there.
The flapjack was small but delicious! The last time I treated myself to a flapjack that wasn’t homemade was in the cafe at university, and this was 10000 times better than what I remember them tasting like.
The cracking black peppercorn was the big surprise though. It was so good! I wasn’t and still am not 100% sure what it is (some kind of rice cakes) but they were delicious and tasted like popcorn chicken. I actually had to double check to make sure they were vegan, because it reminded me so strongly of that.
When not “free”, the graze boxes normally cost £3.49 each. They are delivered weekly or bi weekly depending on what you choose, and you can (supposedly) cancel whenever you want. This isn’t dirt cheap, but when you consider the contents of the boxes, I find it to be a pretty fair price – nuts and seeds in particular are expensive whether you buy them at a Wally World or a Whole Foods and there’s no getting around that. It’s most economical to buy this stuff in bulk, and I hate when I buy a bulk bag of pumpkin seeds or some other thing I wouldn’t normally eat that much of for one recipe and then I spend the entire rest of the year trying to figure out what else to put them in before I inevitably throw them out or give them to someone (this seriously happens to me all the time). So it was kind of nice to be able to have just a handful of that stuff.
The portion sizes are fairly small, but as someone who counts calories, I actually liked that because it enabled me to have a few treats without being tempted to stuff my face. I thought it was just the right amount of snack. If you wanna stuff your face, graze might not be for you.
For now, even though my “free” box has come and gone, I will opt to keep receiving the boxes until I get sick of them. If their cancellation policy is not actually as easy as it seems, I’ll be sure to let you all know. 😉
Get a free graze.com box!
If you live in the UK you can use my voucher code 4RP2X71 to receive a free graze box. Just remember to “bin” all the non-vegan items that they have!