Monday, July 29, 2013

Nature Box Review July 2013!

I am excited to bring you all my first official Nature Box review! Not too long ago I did a comparison between Graze Box and Nature Box, and after having Graze Box for quite a few months, I decided to put my deliveries with them on hold and get Nature Box for a few months to see how I liked it!

After your first month, which is more like an introductory box, you are able to choose your snacks. This time I chose 5 snacks and the other 5 were a surprise.

Before I get into the reviewing of each snack, I will say I was a bit disappointed with the shipping time of my box this month. I was supposedly charged on July 9th, and I did not receive any sort of shipping notification until July 21st, and did not receive my box until July 26th. However, if they continue to arrive at the same time each month, it should be fine. I did contact Nature Box about my issue and they happily and kindly gave me 50% off my August box! So far I've had nothing but pleasant interactions with their customer service.

So let's get on with the reviews, shall we? I thought it would be important to review the flavors of the snacks because unlike Graze box, which sends you weekly snacks so if you don't like something you can "trash" it on their site, Nature Box gives you larger bags of snacks once a month. It would be a real bummer to get a large bag of something and really dislike it. So hopefully my reviews will help some of you!
(picture of all the bags and names of snacks!)
*I've noticed most Nature Box snacks come in small or large bags. I will let you know what size bag each snack comes in!*

1. Blueberry Almond Bites (Vegan)
These little bites are light and airy like a rice cake. They have a very nice blueberry flavor and a satisfying crunch that comes from the almonds. You get a nice large bag of these, and they're perfect for a late morning snack. 

2. Might Mix (Vegan)
This mix has raisins, peanuts, sunflower seeds, almonds, dates, apricots, pumpkin seeds, apples,  and walnuts.
This is a dry fruit/nut/seed mix with no seasoning or added flavor. Very simple. Nice selection and freshness. This mix comes in a small bag.

 3. Whole What Blueberry Figgy Bars (Vegan)
 These are very close to a fig Newton without the "cake" on the outside. Instead, there's more of a gritty/grainy texture on the outside but still taste very nice. Each bar is about twice the size of a fig newton, or half the size of a Nutrigrain bar.  You receive 5 per bag and they are individually wrapped, which is a great convenience.

4. Banana Bread Granola (Vegan)
 By far my favorite of the bunch!  This is sooo delicious! There is a very light banana flavor, but these taste more like big chunks of the "bunches" in Honey Bunches of Oats cereal. Some of the tastiest granola I've ever had.

 5. Honey Mustard Dippin Stix
These are little sesame seed crackers with a light honey-mustard flavoring. They taste similar to honey mustard pretzels. They come in a small bag but it's filled to the brim! It's going to take me a long time to go through these!

6. Lonestar Snack Mix (Vegan)
 This mix includes: Almonds, cashews, peanuts, multi-seed chips. This mix has a very strong BBQ flavor, but tastes more like burnt charcoal than BBQ. As you can see from the picture, there is hardly any multi-seed chips, and the bag is filled with mostly almonds. Not a huge fan of this one, but I will most likely finish the bag. This mix comes in a small bag.

7. Tuscan Summer Mix
This mix contains: sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, raisins, cashews,  and almonds.
This one is very strange. Savory raisins are not my thing. The flavoring is tomato-basil-ish... similar to a pizza sauce. It tastes fine on the seeds and stuff, but feels very off with the raisins in the mix. The seasoning is very rustic yet a bit strong for my tastes. This mix comes in a small bag.

8. Zesta Fiesta Mix
This mix contains salsa corn sticks, jalapeno peanuts, garlic peanuts, chili lemon peanuts, spicy pumpkin seeds,  and almonds.
This one is really tasty! It sounds spicier than it is. It definitely has a kick to it, but it's very tolerable. Has a nice zesty flavor, although the corn sticks tasted slightly stale. Overall it's quite good and I would probably get it again. Comes in a small bag but is filled substantially.

9. Peppery Pistachios
If you love pistachios like I do, than you will not be disappointed! These are simple pistachios with a sea salt and pepper seasoning. So delicious and have a little kick. These come in a small bag.

10. BBQ Kettle Kernels
  These have a very nice BBQ flavor, much different from the lonestar snack mix. Have a naturally satisfying crunch to them, and taste similar to a Frito, or a corn chip. Non GMO corn is a bonus. These will definitely satisfy a craving for something salty/savory!

While there were a few duds in the bunch of snacks I got this month, I think overall there were a lot of tasty ones too! I am even glad that I got a few snacks that I did not like, as it helps me eliminate the things I'm not interested in, and eventually I'll have a list of all the snacks I enjoy from Nature Box, which will make choosing my snacks more easy and convenient. Overall, I'm very happy with the size of the bags and the quality of the snacks. Looking forward to next month!

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