Morning! It’s far too early. I’ve been up since 7 cleaning my house and I’m about to go out for the day to visit family and friends.
It’s Wednesday again which means it’s time for another Graze box review (and actually on a Wednesday this week).
In my box this week was the spicy Thai sriracha peas, sesame garlic crunch, sour cream and onion crostini, and hot pepper jam and crackers.
The spicy Thai sriracha peas (26g) were a combination of sriracha peas and popped corn kernels, and jumbo salted corn. I immediately noticed a good spicy smell when I opened the packet and began to tuck in. Now I like spicy food but these were too spicy for me, there’s a strong after burn in the mouth and throat. The peas are the hottest part of this snack, the popped kernels have an extra layer of corn taste, and the jumbo corn is a welcome release from the heat of the peas and kernels. I just found it uncomfortable to eat this snack so I’ve binned it but I was glad that I got to at least try it.
Ingredients: Jumbo salted corn- giant corn, sunflower oil, and salt. Sriracha peas- green peas (60%), maize starch, sugar, sriracha flavouring (6%) (sugar, salt, garlic powder, yeast extract, onion powder, chili powder, maltodextrin, natural flavouring, spices, acidity regulator: citric acid, paprika, acidity regulator: malic acid, sweetener: steviol, glycoside, chilli), palm oil, salt, maltodextrin, garlic oil, chilli oil, and colour: paprika. Sriracha flavoured popped corn kernels- corn, soybean oil, sriracha seasoning (8%) (spices, maltodextrin, garlic powder, sugar, tomato powder, paprika, citric acid, torula yeast, vinegar, natural flavouring, malic acid, colour: paprika extract, soybean oil), and salt.
The second pack I opened was the sesame garlic crunch (28g) which is made of oat bran sesame sticks, garlic sesame sticks, and multigrain soy rice crackers. Both the sesame sticks are lovely and crunchy with a good sesame taste, the oat bran ones have a little more crumble but overall, and even though I enjoyed them, they were a little bland for my liking. The soy rice crackers were thin and crispy, with a little sweetness to them and I also enjoyed these, but again they were just a little too bland for me. I’m leaving these on my try list because they were okay, I’m just hoping I get a dipping pack in the same box to add a little more flavour.
Ingredients: Oat bran sesame sticks- wheat flour, rapeseed oil, sesame seeds (13%), oat bran (8%), salt, beet powder, and colour: turmeric. Garlic sesame sticks- wheat flour, rapeseed oil, sesame seeds (14%), dried garlic, salt, beet powder, and colour: turmeric. Multigrain soy rice cracker- steamed jasmine rice (46%), whole wheat, rolled oats, wheat bran, wheat flour, soy sauce (soybeans, wheat, salt, water), inulin, black sesame, potato starch, sugar, and salt.
The third pack I tried was the sour cream and garlic crostini (25g), I’m a little sceptical about dairy flavoured vegan stuff so I actually emailed Graze to make sure before I ate it. It’s definitely vegan, but it tastes like the real thing to me. The bread from the garlic crostini is full of flavour and very crunchy but melts away as you chew, however they could have done with more garlic seasoning in my opinion. The cashews were my favourite part of this snack, they were good quality nuts with a very strong flavour of garlic, onion, nutritional yeast and chives. They were delicious and I really wished that I had a massive bag of them.
Ingredients: Sour cream and onion cashews- cashew nuts (94%), sour cream and onion seasoning (6%) (onion powder, salt, sugar, tapioca and/or maize starch, rice flour, yeast extract powder, natural flavourings, garlic powder, citric acid, and chives). Garlic crostini- wheat flour, sunflower oil, extra virgin olive oil, salt, yeast, malted barley flour, and garlic powder.
The last box I tried was the hot pepper jam and crackers (23g). The crackers in this packet were the same as in the sesame garlic crunch, but this packet had a dip for them, which I was glad of. The jam smelt sweet, hot and peppery and left a tang on the tongue. It also had a slow burn afterwards. The dip kind of reminded me of sweet and sour sauce and I immediately thought it would be great as a marinade for tofu. I also thought that the rather plain crackers were great with the dip as they didn’t have much flavour of their own. I used the leftover jam to dip the remaining sesame sticks, crackers, crostinis and cashews.
Ingredients: Hot pepper jam- sugar, white wine vinegar, water, chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, modified tapioca starch, dried red pepper, milled red chillies, garlic puree, salt, dried jalapeno chillies, and dried parsley. Multigrain soy rice cracker- steamed jasmine rice (46%), whole wheat, rolled oats, wheat bran, wheat flour, soy sauce (soybeans, wheat, salt, water), inulin, black sesame, potato starch, sugar, and salt.
Hope your day is full of sunshine 🙂