Graze sharing boxes – a review

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I have been a fan of graze since they were born in 2007 and ordered my first box that very year, back when I was a budding City worker. Fast forward eight years and I don’t just order one nibble box from Graze anymore – oh no! I, as a mum, feel the need to order a number of different boxes, including the sharing box, one of the latest additions to the fast-expanding graze brand.

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Just for information purposes, I receive the following every month:

  • Variety Box – Every 2 weeks – £2.99
  • Kids Box – Every 2 weeks – £3.89
  • Pure Box – Every 2 weeks – £2.99
  • Sharing box – Every 4 weeks – £15.00 – what I will be reviewing today (discontinued)
  • New creations sharing box – one-off (so far) – £18.00

So, let’s dig into graze a little bit more and find out how this nifty and innovative company has changed people’s snacking lifestyles and paved the way for other major brands to follow the subscription box trend at the moment.

P.S – You’ll find a unique code at the end of this post, where you can get your 1st, 5th and 10th box absolutely FREE! The best things in life are freeee!

Graze’s Website and Social Networking Sites


Website – www.graze.com/uk

Facebook – GrazeUK

Twitter – @grazedotcom

Instagram – grazedotcom

LinkedIn – graze-com

Tumblr – blog.graze.com

Tech blog – tech.graze.com

What is Graze all about?

Graze was started by seven friends who love food and wanted to get a lot more out of their snacking needs. So they started inventing snacks that were super healthy and just as pleasurable as the fatty snacks that are around all of us, all the time.

Seven years on and they are still making graze boxes, creating delicious new recipes (with health benefits) and listening to us, the public, to make sure we receive the perfect graze box every time. Eleanor (a.k.a ‘The Taste’) and Graze’s team of snack inventors are always busy in the kitchen coming up with new snacks that contain healthy ingredients in them. So far they have created over one hundred snacks and there are loads more to come very soon.

Evidently, they also love wearing party hats.

So, quite simply put, Graze delivers a snack food box every week or fortnight to your chosen address. A normal graze box has four punnets (little plastic pots) that contain snack food that you personally customise by either binning, trying, liking, loving or checking the ‘send soon’ box on Graze’s website here.

Back in the day, a snack box cost £2.99, but they’ve now increased in price to £3.95, possibly, to keep up with demand. Graze, however, have kept my initial agreement of £2.99 per box, which I think is a great touch and something that really impressed me actually.

Nowadays, you can pick from a whole range of snack boxes, vis-a-vie the following:

  • Variety box
  • Nibble box
  • Pure boxes
  • Sharing box, which you can choose to receive every 4 weeks
  • Chocolate sharing box
  • Best of graze sharing box
  • Protein sharing box
  • Sweet treats sharing box
  • New creations sharing box
  • Flapjack box
  • Breakfast box
  • Savoury box
  • Dips and Dippers box
  • Bakery box
  • Jerky box
  • Chocolate box
  • Light box
  • Protein box
  • Sugar count box
  • Sustain box
  • Aromatic Broths box
  • Popcorn box
  • Peppersmith box
  • Protein top-ups
  • Graze tea box
  • Movie night box

Snacks now range from flapjacks to seeds and all things in between, so you really do have a vast range of food ingredients to choose from.

How much does the graze sharing box cost and where can you buy them?

Each sharing box costs £15.00 and you can subscribe to receive them weekly, fortnightly or monthly (every 4 weeks).

If you haven’t been on Graze’s website yet, it’s super easy to use. Login or register, go to the main menu and click on ‘sharing box new’ (or click here) and choose which day you want it, how often you want it and where it’s going to. You can also snooze the box if you’re going on holiday and/or need some time out from graze. To choose what you want in your sharing box, just select from the bags shown on the web page and ‘add to your list’. Simples!

I have added and starred all the sharing bags available, so I can choose which to take off my list or unstar (de-star?) if I don’t want to receive it next time. Super simples!

Graze sharing box for review

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So, let’s move onto the sharing box for review.

As a side note, I have actually been receiving the same five sharing bags for the last three months because I didn’t add everything to my list online (like I advised above) or star my favourites until after I wrote this review (whoops).

The first thing I noticed when I received my very first sharing box was how cool the packaging is. Graze have always been awesome with their packaging, making them fun and interactive for us grazers. But, the sharing box is particularly clever because you simply lift the lid up and the front, back and sides fall away, showcasing the five sharing bags within.

Cast your eyes on the below:

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‘TA DA’ indeed!

The five sharing bags I received in this sharing box and every other sharing box so far are:

  • Lightly Toasted Pistachios
  • The Cheese Board
  • Herby Bread Basket
  • Cracking Black Pepper Cashews
  • Summer Berry Flapjack

Lightly Toasted Pistachios

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“Roasted pistachios with a touch of salt.” Graze

Nutritional Info

Ingredients:
  • pistachio nuts
  • salt
    per 100g per portion (35g)
    Energy 1370 kJ
    331 kcal
    480 kJ
    116 kcal
    Fat
    of which saturates
    31 g
    4.1 g
    11 g
    1.4 g
    Carbohydrate
    of which sugars
    4.6 g
    3.2 g
    1.6 g
    1.1 g
    Fibre 3.3 g 1.2 g
    Protein 9.9 g 3.5 g
    Salt 0.73 g 0.26 g
    portions per bag: 4

    I love pistachio nuts on any good day and these don’t disappoint. I didn’t feel that they were that salty and, in fact, they had a very slight sweet aftertaste, which I love. Visitors also seem to head for the pistachio nuts first and, more often than not, the whole bag is devoured in one sitting. Definitely a staple sharing bag in my ultimate sharing box.

The Cheese Board

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“Cheese flavoured cashews, baked herb bites and cheddar cheese croutons.” graze

Nutritional info

Ingredients:
  • cheese flavoured cashews:
    • cashew nuts, cheese seasoning (6%) (maltodextrin, onion powder, rice flour, tapioca and/or maize starch, salt, sugar, yeast extract powder, natural flavouring, colours: paprika & turmeric, garlic powder, white pepper)
  • baked herb bites:
    • rice, rice bran oil, sugar, modified tapioca starch, soy sauce (soya beans, wheat, tapioca starch, colour: caramel), salt, tomato powder, oregano powder, onion flakes, white pepper, flavour enhancers: disodium guanylate & disodium inosinate, onion powder
  • cheddar cheese croutons:
    • fortified wheat flour (wheat flour, calcium carbonate, iron, niacin, thiamin), palm oil, mature cheddar cheese (milk) (suitable for vegetarians), seasoning (whey powder [milk], salt, cheese powder [milk], lactose [milk], fortified wheat flour (wheat flour, calcium carbonate, iron, niacin, thiamin), yoghurt powder [milk], yeast extract, onion powder, colours: curcumin & paprika extract, antioxidant: vitamin E) sugar, yeast, salt
      per 100g per portion (25g)
      Energy 2210 kJ
      528 kcal
      553 kJ
      132 kcal
      Fat
      of which saturates
      35 g
      7.8 g
      8.6 g
      2.0 g
      Carbohydrate
      of which sugars
      46 g
      6.3 g
      12 g
      1.6 g
      Fibre 2.5 g 0.6 g
      Protein 13 g 3.2 g
      Salt 1.0 g 0.28 g
      portions per bag: 4


Super cheesy snack food, but the cashews really complemented the overall cheese flavour, providing an almost sweet balancing act. The Cheese Board can border on slightly salty, but they’re super moreish and a great munch in-between meals.

Herby Bread Basket

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“Mini basil breadsticks, oregano rice crackers and garlic crostini.” Graze

Nutritional info

Ingredients:
  • mini basil breadsticks:
    • wheat flour, sunflower oil, basil powder (6%), salt, malted barley flour, yeast, garlic powder, sugar
  • oregano rice crackers:
    • rice, palm oil, sugar, corn maltodextrin, tapioca starch, salt, oregano powder, oregano flakes, natural flavouring, mixed herbs (thyme, marjoram, rosemary, basil), colours: caramel & paprika, soy sauce (soya beans, wheat, salt), yeast extract, antioxidant: mixed tocopherols (vitamin E)
  • garlic crostini:
    • wheat flour, sunflower oil, extra virgin olive oil, salt, yeast, malted barley flour, garlic powder
      per 100g per portion (22g)
      Energy 2110 kJ
      503 kcal
      464 kJ
      111 kcal
      Fat
      of which saturates
      25 g
      7.9 g
      5.4 g
      1.7 g
      Carbohydrate
      of which sugars
      61 g
      5.9 g
      13 g
      1.3 g
      Fibre 3.4 g 0.8 g
      Protein 8.0 g 1.8 g
      Salt 2.0 g 0.40 g
      portions per bag: 4

      These awesome array of bread basket ingredients taste just as good as their punnet sized portions and they are my favourite way to curb that craving for real bread. The classic Mediterranean flavours appeal to me the most, as I’m 100% Mediterranean and I like my food that way. Another staple sharing bag in my ultimate sharing box.

Cracking Black Pepper Cashews

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“Black pepper cashews, roasted unsalted cashews and redskin peanuts.” Graze

Nutritional info

Ingredients:
  • redskin peanuts:
  • peanuts
  • black pepper cashews:
  • cashew nuts (94%), black pepper seasoning (6%) (sea salt, black pepper, rice flour, maltodextrin, tapioca and/or maize starch, sugar, lemon juice powder, natural flavouring)
    per 100g per portion (36g)
    Energy 2470 kJ
    595 kcal
    890 kJ
    214 kcal
    Fat
    of which saturates
    46 g
    8.6 g
    17 g
    3.1 g
    Carbohydrate
    of which sugars
    23 g
    5.4 g
    8.3 g
    2.0 g
    Fibre 4.2 g 1.5 g
    Protein 20 g 7.3 g
    Salt 0.43 g 0.16 g
    portions per bag: 4

    These are regular ol’ delicious cashews and peanuts with a real black pepper kick to them. As I add black pepper to mostly everything and thoroughly enjoy nuts in general, I really enjoyed the taste of the kicking cashews. The peanuts were a tad on the bland side, but, having said that, I still had to keep them away from my kids, who would have found them too ‘spicy’ (as my 3-year-old likes to call everything that doesn’t have a great taste). I would like to change this bag for something the kids could enjoy though.

Summer Berry Flapjack

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“8 rustic rolled oat flapjack fingers with berry-infused cranberries.” Graze

Nutritional Info

Ingredients:

rolled oats (41%), margarine (vegetable oils [rapeseed, palm], water, salt), demerara sugar, golden syrup, strawberry and raspberry infused cranberries (11%) (sugar, cranberries, natural flavouring, acidity regulator: citric acid, sunflower oil, elderberry juice concentrate), cranberries (sugar, cranberries, sunflower oil)

per 100g per portion (50g)
Energy 1850 kJ
443 kcal
926 kJ
222 kcal
Fat
of which saturates
21 g
6.8 g
11 g
3.4 g
Carbohydrate
of which sugars
56 g
32 g
28 g
16 g
Fibre 4.9 g 2.5 g
Protein 5.0 g 2.5 g
Salt 0.55 g 0.28 g
portions per bag: 4

The infamous graze flapjacks are my favourite all-time snacks graze range overall. I remember when graze brought out only three flavours of the flapjack at the very beginning and I enjoyed circulating through them. Now, the flapjacks come in an abundance of flavours and the summer berry flapjack is now my new favourite, second only to the original ‘old skool’ flavour. This particular flapjack does remind of the last bits of summer, with its cranberry infusion and light, chunky texture. Left to their own devices, my boys would happily eat all individually wrapped flapjacks in one sitting, but the sugar count is still slightly on the high side. So one summer berry flapjack paired with a cup o’ builders’ tea would be the perfect way to enjoy snack time during the afternoons now.

What do I like most about Graze and their Sharing boxes?

Where do I start? Maybe it’s best to say what I don’t like about Graze? Well, I don’t like the fact they put their prices up – does that count? Even though, that actually didn’t apply to me with two of my boxes, so… scratch that.

So, why do I love them so much?

Here’s a non-exhaustive list why:

1. Even when they cranked up their prices to £3.49 a few years back, my nibble box remained at £2.99, which I thought was a really nice touch.

2. Plus, they’ve been super helpful when Royal Mail have not delivered my graze boxes on time and have, on some occasions, sent me a free box as an apology. Their customer service is superb.

3. I remember when the little flapjacks came out and I was so excited to receive one in my box. Now they have little cakes with tea bags for that afternoon pick-me-up, and teeny dipping sauces with the perfect breadsticks and/or biscuits to complement.

4. They have now brought out these awesome graze sharing boxes with all my favourite ingredients in one place – only bigger! For £15.00 you get an impressive amount of food and they’re super to place into little bowls and hand out when you have visitors. There’s always something there for the sweet-toothed and the not-so-sweet-toothed.

5. The little flapjacks in the sharing boxes are individually wrapped – I felt that needed its own point because they’re so cute.

6. The boxes are awesome. You lift up the lid and the box collapses and unveils itself in such a clever way. No glue, no mess – just clever folding.

7. There’s always something cute to read on the boxes and when you receive a box on a seasonal holiday, like Christmas and Easter, you get a little activity inside, where you can make your own cardboard cut-out, which you can dress up and place on your desk.

8. The website is so handy and user friendly. ‘Like’, ‘Love’, ‘Bin’ or ‘Try’ certain foods to make sure they are/are not in your next box.

9. All the ingredients are healthy and varied, so you can choose to have a protein-busting week and then a chocolate frenzy week thereafter. But, if you are like me and struggle to spend so much money on seeds and nuts (because they’re so dang expensive in this country) then these graze boxes are perfect because they have all of that in one box.

10. You receive a welcome card from graze in every box you order and they are packed with nutritional information and other fun, factual bits of info related to what’s in your box. They’re quite educational.

11. Graze is such a light-hearted but supremely ingenious company who really do think of the customers and what they want.

Other points to note:

There are loads of incentives to get a free box and share graze with your friends. I have a unique code that allows friends (yes, that includes you) to receive your 1st, 5th and 10th box FREE! All you have to do is head over to graze.com/uk and enter the code LEYLAP97E to receive your free boxes. You won’t be committing yourself to graze and you can cancel your subscription at any time. But, trust me, once you start, you won’t want to stop.

Rating:

5 out of 5 – because they’re just awesome. I love their food, their ethics and the way they speak to grazers like me. I have been with them for 8 years, right from the very beginning, and I feel they value loyal customers, so I’m here to stay. And, I’ve passed graze onto my kids who now receive kids boxes every two weeks.

*I love Graze so much that I decided to write a review on Motherhood Diaries. I am in no way commissioned by graze to write this review, nor have I been told to write anything above. All opinions are 100% my own.*

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Leyla Preston (435 Posts)

Leyla Preston is the owner and Editor of Motherhood Diaries global magazine for parents. Leyla is a busy mother of two even busier boys; Aron, 5, and Aidan, 4. When Leyla isn’t feeding, managing a gazillion tasks or cleaning the infinite mess at home, she is busy working on this magazine and a new cooking channel coming very soon – no rest for the wicked! You can follow Leyla on Twitter (@M_Diaries) or join the busy Motherhood Diaries Facebook group where all mums get together and share stories and solutions with one another: https://www.facebook.com//groups/motherhooddiaries/


  • Charlotte Pearson

    I love Graze but I haven’t seen these sharing boxes before! @MummyFever

    • HI Charlotte, they are super delicious and it’s amazing how many people they feed! 🙂 xx

  • My mummy was nibbling from Graze boxes when she was in labour with me…it kept her energy up! For her though, Graze is a real luxury item, so she scrapped it off her monthly outgoings a couple of years back. After reading this she might just reinstate them 😉 great, thorough review! #TriedTested

    • Hi Baby Isabella! I know how your mummy feels! It is a real luxury item and I’ve had to hold back the reins on all the awesome boxes they have available now. Thank you so much for the comment though, I’m glad you liked the review. Stay cute 🙂 xx

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