By Jessica Greenstein
We’re doing something new AGAIN! Status quo is so boring, don’t you think? Well, we do.
Box subscriptions are all the rage nowadays; personally, I subscribe to almost 10 and sometimes I swap them out and try new ones. For example, I now own more nail polishes than I can count (last count was over 50; I could open my own nail salon), so I’ve paused my Julep subscription and used that $20/month earmarked for nail polish on trying new boxes. There are box subscriptions for anything from food to makeup to cleaning supplies to stationary and beyond; boxes for dogs; for kids; for vegans; for expecting mothers; for gym rats… You name it; they’ve got it!
We put our heads together at The Post and decided to review some boxes in a regular column for you guys to take the guess work out of which boxes to get and whether they are truly worth the value they promise. But that seemed too simple, so we decided to take it a step further. A yet-to-be-determined male writer and I will have regular “battles.” Sometimes he’ll review a man’s box and I’ll review a woman’s box; those will be called “Battle of the Boxes.”
Other times, he and I will both review the same unisex box; those will be called “Battle of the Sexes” and we’ll offer you both a male and female perspective on the box to better assist you with your decision.
If there are specific companies or types of boxes you are considering, but would like us to try it for you before you spend your hard-earned money, let us know! You never know, we might just have some leftovers to give out as prizes!
While we are in the process of choosing my partner in battle, I decided to review one of my subscription boxes this month as a “taste” of what is in store for the future.
graze.com is one of a couple different snack boxes that I subscribe to. They offer subscriptions every week, or every other week and include four individually-sized snacks in each. They also have a big box, which includes five sharing bags. While you can’t personally choose which ones they send, you can rate your preferences in the “love,” “like,” “try,” or “trash” categories and they will send you your “loves” more frequently. For me, I’m not really a fan of peanuts, so I went on and trashed every snack that had peanuts as a component.
One of the reasons I really like graze is because they really keep up with almost all dietary needs. They have snacks that will work for vegetarians, vegans, low calorie, and those with celiac disease. Additionally, their products are one hundred percent GMO free. Additionally, in an effort to help reduce their car- bon footprint, all of their boxes are recyclable.
In my box:
Key Lime Pie: Lime infused raisins, sponge pieces, mini meringues, green raisins.
Ahhhhhmaazing! So good, it needs more syllables. I made sure to get a couple of each component in a small handful, close my eyes, and just take it in, and I have to say, it did not disappoint. Now, I have to say, the lime-infused raisins by themselves are not my cup of tea and a little hard to get used to, but together, they are simply perfect.
Mississippi BBQ Pistachios: Smokey roasted pistachios.
I expected this to bring more heat than it did, but I’m okay with that because I’m not a fan of spicy food. This really took me back to the South, a place very near and dear to my heart. It’s a very simple snack; it’s just one variety, but it’s a healthy portion and I found myself nibbling on it throughout the day. I actually would have loved a little more seasoning on the pistachios; some were blander than others.
Sweet Mustard Ranch: Mustard breadsticks, sour cream-and-onion cashews, and poppyseed pretzels.
This combination actually surprised me. I fully expected to not be a fan, but the flavors really worked well together. I’m not a big fan of naked cashews, but these won me over. They were flavorful and the texture and crunch was on point.
Raspberry and Coconut Muffin: Amaretti drops, raspberry infused cranberries, almond slices, and coconut flakes.
This absolutely, hands down, tasted like a raspberry and coconut muffin. Close your eyes and let this snack take you to paradise. The only negative thing I could say about this one is that the almonds still seemed too big and at times overwhelmed the bite. This is a crunchy mix overall; not soft and chewy like a muffin, but please don’t let that sway you. This was delicious.
Overall, I think it was a successful box. There wasn’t one thing in it that I would “trash” and would be happy if any of these showed up in my future boxes.
Cost: $6.49/per box
Introductory Offer: 1st and 5th box free with code Y4T639CB