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From Naturebox to Graze

This is not a sponsored post. We paid for our own Naturebox and Graze subscriptions. 

Our four month-long subscription to Naturebox revealed that we like receiving snacks in the mail. Not that this is a surprise or anything.


The box we chose cost $20 per month for five bags of snacks which was sufficient for our two-person household. Most were hits, while a few others were misses. We liked that we could choose our snacks which were all free of artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, and partially or fully-hydrogenated oils. Snacks can also be sorted by vegan, non-GMO or allergen-free.

We went for the ones that sounded most appealing.

At the end of four months, I decided to try a new snack subscription service. Although we did like most of our snacks, we hit a few duds in our last two boxes that frustrated me. I composed a tweet stating we had some hits and misses and sent Naturebox an email listing the snacks we especially loved and disliked.

To Naturebox’s credit, company reps contacted me immediately via Twitter and returned my email the next day. They informed me about their 100% satisfaction guarantee which provides subscribers with credit for snacks they are unhappy with and offered to ship me replacement snacks. I was very impressed with their customer service’s responsiveness and willingness to send new snacks.

I wish I had known about this policy sooner, but shame on me for not contacting Naturebox sooner! I learned an important lesson to bring my concerns about a product directly to the company and give them an opportunity to respond. Naturebox sends an email when they ship the box along with a tracking number. Ours took one week to ship from Sacramento to Mason City.

These were our favorite and least favorite Naturebox snacks:

Favorites: Big Island Pineapple, Country Ranch Peas, Santa Fe Corn Stix, Sourdough Cheddar Pretzels, Italian Bistro Pretzels, Sunshine Chips

Least Favorites: Baked Sweet Potato Fries, Fuji Apples, Flax Crostini Bites

And now our initial thoughts on our first Graze box.

Graze Box


Several friends recommended Graze and Katy offered us her referral code that made our first and fifth box free. Each Graze box costs $6 each (including shipping), so felt that five boxes for $18 was an affordable way to try the service.

We subscribed to weekly Nibbleboxes, while the Caloriecounter option only contains snacks under 150 calories.

Unlike Naturebox, subscribers can’t specifically choose their snacks, but can browse through them online and indicate which snacks they want to try. I “trashed” some of the snacks that didn’t appeal to our tastes. Subscribers can also sort snacks by allergen and dietary preference.

Our Graze box arrived nine days after I subscribed. Here’s what we received:


Each pouch is a single serving.

Jalapeno Fiesta: Pure nuts. A little bit of spice but not remarkably spicy. Slightly bland but tasty enough. Jake really enjoyed these and said they were his favorite.

Salted Fudge & Peanut Cookie: I initially predicted I would not like this snack, but found it addicting. The mix really did taste salty and sweet. The cookies had a shortbread quality and the itsy bitsy fudge cubes had the texture of Starbursts. A little strange, but I kept going back for more. Nothing tasted too sweet.

Super Berry Detox: I almost never seek dried fruit as a snack, so I’m biased not to favor this mix. But the dried fruits tasted fresh and as juicy as dried fruit can be. Jake gave his seal of approval.

Punchy Protein Nuts: The cashews were coated in a tart chili lime seasoning which I really enjoyed. However, the other nuts were not even salted. Meh.

Initial Thoughts: With the coupon for the 1st and 5th box free, we’re satisfied with the $18 value for five boxes. We do miss the larger portion sizes of Naturebox, because it’s nice to have a whole bag of something you like and reorder it. The Graze box pouches go quickly, but are supposed to ship once per week. Plus, we liked the surprise of not knowing what snacks were inside the box and the ingredients tasted fresh.

I’m hoping we get more of the quirky snacks like the Salted Fudge & Peanut Cookie mix. Hopefully we’ll find some of the popcorn, dips and dippers, and flapjacks inside our future boxes.

Have you dabbled in snack subscription boxes? What have your experiences been? 


Thoughts On Our First NatureBox Snacks

This is not a sponsored post. We pay for our subscription with our own money and have never been contacted by NatureBox to review their products. 

Look, snacks!

We just received our first NatureBox filled with six bags of snacks. NatureBox is essentially a monthly snack subscription service where you order resealable bags of snacks free of high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, sweeteners and flavors, transfats & hydrogenated fats. Subscribers can also sort the online listing of snacks by categories to avoid food allergens and GMO’s.

The snacks range from sweet to savory and you can pick them all out yourself or let Naturebox surprise you. We chose the snacks in our first box.

Regarding pricing, you can choose five snacks for $20, 10 for $30, or 20 for $50. Subscription box services always seem to offer promotional coupon codes and NatureBox is currently offering 50% off your first box. NatureBox states that to cancel one’s subscription, subscribers need to call at least five days before the next billing date listed on their online profile page.

We are always looking for snacks we can bring with us to work so we aren’t going out to grab more unhealthy convenience foods so we thought we’d give Naturebox at least two months to see if it’s worth the $20/month fee.


For our first five snacks, we chose sriracha roasted cashews, pb&j granola, whole wheat figgy bars, Honey Mustard Dippin’ Stix and peppery chickpeas. NatureBox threw in a bonus bag of Toasted Cheddar Stix. I don’t know why they capitalize some of their titles and not others. 

Here are our thoughts on our first box:


Cashews are one of my favorite nuts. I once embarassed myself at a party when I realized I had eaten all of the cashews out of the host’s mixed nut bowl.

These cashews had a pleasant sweet and salty flavor and carried a kick of heat. For whatever reason, I detect a slight fishy flavor that reminds me of fish sauce or kimchee. This could just be me, but I like fish sauce and kimchee so I don’t care. This is the smallest snack bag containing 4 oz while the other bags ranged between 4.5-6 oz.


The texture of this granola surprised me. I was expecting it to be crunchy but it’s soft. I like the peanut butter flavor and appreciate that it’s not terribly sweet. The granola would make a nice addition to a morning bowl of cereal or a work snack, but, we wish it was crunchier. I’m not a fan of chewy granola bars.


Sesame sticks have always been one of my favorite snacks and the honey-mustard flavoring reminds me of Snyder’s Pretzel Nibblers except a little sweeter.


Of all six snack bags, I find myself returning to these peppery chickpeas most frequently. They are light and crunchy and spicy with black pepper. I like these so much I will try one of the other flavors.

Not Pictured: Whole Wheat Figgy Bars
Jake specifically chose these figgy bars because he’s fond of Fig Newtons. I am not. He excitedly brought the bag with him to work and now there are no more figgy bars. For detailed photos, see this blog post from The Beauty Deputy.

The bag contained five, individually wrapped bars sized somehwere inbetween a Fig Newton and typical breakfast bar.

While Jake enjoyed the bars, he mentioned they didn’t strike him as any more or less compelling than a Fig Newton.


NatureBox generously added this sixth bonus snack bag of Toasted Cheddar Stix. Instead of being coated in honey-mustard, they are coated in cheese powder. I like their saltiness, but I taste a citric acid-like tang in the seasoning that I don’t love.

These are actually Jake’s favorite snack in the box.

Concluding Thoughts:
Our first month of NatureBox was a steal since we used the promotion to get 50% off our first box. Since NatureBox threw in an extra treat, we paid $10 for six bags of snacks. $20 a month for five bags of snacks seems steep but we’re going to give it at least one more month before we decide if we’d like to try Graze.

Friends recommended we try anything spicy, the dried pineapple, guacamole bites, lemon tea biscuits, masa crisps and sunshine chips. Interestingly, one person liked the Peanut Butter Nom Noms while another said it was the worst item they received.


  • The ability to choose our snacks. My tastes run salty, so I’d be unsatisfied if the boxes were skewed in the sweet direction.
  • The variety. There are so many snacks to choose, both savory and sweet.
  • Snacks don’t contain artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners, and high fructose corn syrup and you to avoid GMO’s and common allergens. We live in a smaller community with limited grocery shopping options so this provides snacks we can’t necessarily find locally.
  • It’s simply fun to receive a box of snacks each month.


  • $20 for five bags of snacks is not cheap.
  • The quantity in each bag of snacks varies.
  • While some of our snacks were fine, they did not taste more or less compelling than what I could pick out in the bulk section of any grocery store.

I’m becoming a subscription box hopper. We plan to try NatureBox for at least one more month at its full-priced rate before deciding if we want to try Graze. I cancelled my ipsy subscription and ordered a cosmetic-only Memebox that’s scheduled to ship mid-May (because why wouldn’t you want to see an adopted Korean try Korean cosmetics?). Then, I’ll try Birchbox

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