So let's get snackin'!
crunchy peas coated in hot wasabi
Ugh. Yuck. I hate wasabi, and I could not eat these. It was like trying to chew on bits on gravel covered in spicy powder. Ick. It's a pity Seanie wasn't around, since he actually likes wasabi and would probably enjoy these. Me? I threw them into the trashcan and didn't look back. I'll probably go through Graze's website now and mark anything that contains the word 'wasabi' in the description "TRASH" to save myself future woe.
pear, raisins, vanilla pumpkin seeds and lemon infused raisins
Dried pears are awesome - chewy and sweet! Paired with vanilla-flavored pumpkin seeds (crunchy and sugary!) the mix ought to be cloying, but somehow it works out. Must be the raisins. Once again, I'm left baffled as to how a raisin becomes infused with a citrus flavor, but the acidity of the lemon is probably what saves my tongue from sugar overload. Plus, PEARS!
lingonberries, pineapple, almond slices and pumpkin seeds
One thing I've learned through Graze is that I really don't care for dried pineapple. It's tough, it's leathery, and it has this uniquely unpleasant stringiness. Ugh. Even if the rest of the fruit and nut mix is good, a little bit of pineapple can ruin it. Lingonberries are somewhat like cranberries, but smaller and harder. Not bad in scones, but in this mix they were nothing special. Same with the almonds and pumpkin seeds - they might have pulled together with the lingonberries and something else to make a nice snack, but with the pineapple it was yucky. It's also worth noting that no matter how pretty the color combination looks in the official Graze photo, the trail mix did not have such a lovely blend of yellow, green, red and white. Everything looked duller and browner than pictured.
pineapple, lime infused raisins and green mango
I know, I was just whining and wailing about how much I don't like dried pineapple, but I rather liked this tropical blend. I think I might have been overly excited about the green mango - I'm not too crazy about mangoes, generally, but for some reason I love dried mangoes and could eat them every day. Weird. The raisins were pleasantly cut down from their usual raisin-ness by the lime, and when these two ingredients were eaten with the pineapples they somehow negated the pineapple nastiness. Good show.
If you're interested in signing up for Graze, my friend code is SUZIH2FXP and it will allow up to four people to join. Your first and fifth Graze box will be free.
(As far as I know, it hasn't been redeemed by anyone yet.)