I have noticed this company, Graze, primarily as it is so close to my own moniker, Grazing Kate. The concept is that they deliver 'healthy' snacks through the post to your home or workplace, twice a week and you hand over your credit card details and end up paying £ 3.49/ box, including delivery. I think this is aimed at people with office jobs who know they snack unhealthily whilst at their desk. The aim is to replace the old crisps / kitkat / another kitkat routine with healthier alternatives in snack-size portions.
The first two attempts at entering my details on their website failed, but third time lucky. The package arrived as promised, on a Wednesday. Next one due on Friday. I had heard from fellow blogger, Mme Guillotine, that they had paid no attention to her personal taste preferences that she had edited on their website. Like Madame G, I can't eat seeds or whole nuts (and a lot of their products are very nut and seed based), so I I unticked all those boxes, and I was happy to receive this selection with no nuts or seeds whatsover.
My first pack contained Korean Chilli Rice Crackers (a guilty pleasure), Sticky Choccy Pudding (chocolate buttons and two types of raisin), Pitted Kalamata Olives with Herbs and Milkshake Mix (white chocolate discs, dried strawberries and bananas). My daughter and I ate the Milkshake Mix straight after school today - they were delicious, and we kidded ourselves that they were healthy.
Value for money? I guess if I were a City Slicker (oh, yes, I once was, hard to believe, but that's another story) these would be convenient, a bit trendy and not too expensive compared with other products within the Square Mile.
However..... I'm an unslick, unhip Devon food blogger who minds her pennies, so after the first pack (free of charge) and second pack (half price), I shall cancel my regular order.
They claim their packaging is as eco and recycled as they can be, although anything in such small packets (within a packet, within a packet) like this is going to involved an excess of packaging. But at least they've tried. And I really like the little bamboo cocktail stick for picking up olives. And I liked it arriving through the letterbox with the rest of the post. And I liked kidding myself that eating chocolate buttons with raisins is healthy.
This is the 'personalised' nutritional info sheet they include. I'm really off some of the 'matey chit chat' packaging companies use at the moment e.g. Innocent smoothies springs to mind 'contains 100% absolutely no squirrels', but I quite liked being addressed by name:
'so Katy, how healthy is this box....?'
'Er....not very. But thanks anyway.'