Friends, I cannot resist free things that arrive on my doorstep. It’s a problem. I will try any new product that arrives in beautiful packaging and requires very little effort from me, except for providing a credit card number “in case I want to order again.” So, this is the case with graze. Similar to NatureBox, graze sends a variety of healthy, pre-portioned snacks to your house on your schedule. As someone who has to sit through hours of long classes without breaks, I am always grateful for some new snack ideas to fit in my backpack and keep my stomach noises at a manageable level.
So, they offered me a free starter box. And I tried it. And then, of course, I forgot to cancel and got two more boxes, so my school snacks are set for the next few weeks! But how does graze stack up to the rest of my modern-day snacking options? Well, I will tell you.
Pros: The variety is fun. I got mini bags of popcorn to pop at my own convenience, cookies with an accompanying tea bag, Thai crackers with spicy dipping sauce, and multiple assorted mixes with nuts and berries and the like. Definitely more choices than other mail-order snack companies I have tried in the past. Flavors are pretty tasty, too. Nothing I would specifically crave, but yummy. In addition, each snack has a secret benefit, like “full of fiber” or “extra protein,” so there is an extra health benefit to munching.
Cons: You don’t get to pick your snacks! You can choose flavor preferences and rate the items you’ve tried, but the actual assortment is selected for you, so I hope the “snack selector” has similar taste buds to mine. You can go back and order larger versions of your favorite snacks, but who wants to do that? Also, snack sizes are pretty small. Yes, small is healthy, but sometimes I want more than two tablespoons to really feel satisfied. And…it’s not super cheap. After my free starter box, I paid $13.99 for a box of eight little snacks. So, approximately $1.75 a serving and I’ve learned I can get quite a collection of cheese sticks and popcorn and pretzels and nuts mixes for $13.99.
Conclusion? I canceled. And I think I’ve decided snack subscription boxes are not for me. I have Trader Joe’s.
Overall Rating: 3/5
Anyone else use a snack subscription service? I’m really curious how long they are going to be around.