Sunday, 6 January 2013

Graze: 12.12.12

As I said in my previous post, my Graze Box arrives fortnightly on a Wednesday and for some reason, I’ve only just got round to writing about this box. I think it’s because I left the popcorn for so long – saving the best ‘til last! In this box, I got: slightly sweet popcorn, summer pudding, salt and vinegar nut selection and coffee and walnut cake.
Slightly sweet popcorn
The popcorn is fairly new to Graze and being a big popcorn fan, as soon as I saw them on the website, I was sure to press ‘send soon’ so I could check them out as soon as possible. In a previous box I tried the ‘hint of black pepper’ popcorn and I loved it. Generally, I’m not a fan of savoury popcorn, always opting for sweet, but the pepper wasn’t too overpowering – I think it’s my favourite so far. Back to the slightly sweet snack and I was a little disappointed; it certainly lived up to its name, mind. I like my corn very sweet, preferably covered in layers of sugar, or thick toffee. I think the next time, I’ll just add a little bit more sugar, which defeats the object of it being healthy I guess. The instructions to cook are included in the packet which is helpful, although I couldn’t really tell when it was done – we have an E watt microwave and I found myself cooking it for nearly two minutes; even then some of the kernels hadn’t popped. Still it made a change from the usual snack, so all in all, I can’t really complain.
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Summer pudding (yoghurt coated sunflower seeds, blackcurrants, sponge pieces and cranberries)
I requested summer pudding with send soon as I hadn’t tried it before and I thought with it being so cold and wintry, would remind me of summer and some of flavours I’d have to wait a few more months for. Dried berries, sponge pieces and yogurt coated seeds: the summer pudding was absolutely amazing. It was a little on the sweet side and because I ate it so quick, my teeth were aching a little bit afterwards. I saved most of the yogurt coated seeds until last because they were my favourite bit as well.
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Salt and vinegar nut selection (Salt and vinegar almonds and peanuts)
As soon as I opened the punnet, the smell was really overpowering – like the smell of a fish & chip shop, or strong smell you’d get when on a seafront. With that in mind, I was expecting the flavour to be as big, but it wasn’t. I love a really salty and sharp vinegar taste like your average packet of crisps. I’m also a big fan of flavoured nuts – whether it be chilli, honey or salt and vinegar – so I guess I was expecting big things. The portion size was spot-on though and was just enough to keep my snack cravings at bay for a little while – usually if a bag of nuts (or any other snack for that matter) is open, I could easily wolf my way through the lot.
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Coffee and walnut cake (milk chocolate coated roasted coffee beans, walnuts, sponge pieces and jumbo raisins)
Another snack I just had to have as soon as possible, because it sounded so amazing. At 149 calories per punnet as well, I certainly wasn’t disappointed. In fact, I was in such a hurry to consume the coffee and walnut cake, you’ll have to wait until next time to see what it looks like! I always try each element on its own, before mixing together to enjoy the overall taste. My favourite bit was the chocolate coated coffee beans, which was, as you’d expect, the strongest flavour. Mixing those with the sponge pieces and walnuts, it really did taste like a piece of coffee and walnut cake – if I closed my eyes, obviously. The raisins were a lovely addition and added a different texture. Hot Cross Yum has always been one of my favourites, so in comparison, this had a lot to live up to – but I think I may have found my new favourite. I cannot wait to have it again, maybe next time with a skinny latte in tow.
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