Vegan Cuts Snack Box Subscription Review – May 2015
The Vegan Cuts Snack Box is a monthly subscription box full of vegan and natural food products and snacks. Many of the items will be gluten free, but this box is not a dedicated gluten free box.
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The Subscription Box: Vegan Cuts Snack Box
The Cost: $19.95
The Products: 7-10 vegan snacks, pantry items, and occasionally supplements.
Ships to: US for free, Canada for $8, and worldwide for $15.
Each Vegan Cuts Snack Box comes with an information card detailing the items for that month.
Toyou All Natural Apricot Coconut Snack Bar – Value $2
NuGo Fiber d’Lish Orange Cranberry Bar – Value $1.79
Both of these products were new to me, which is great – snack boxes (especially the vegan ones) tend to have a lot of repeats so I am always glad to discover new items. The coconut flavor was not super strong in the Toyou bar, and I could definitely taste the orange more than the cranberry in the Fiber d’Lish bar. Both had pretty good textures, I thought. They’re also reasonably priced for natural snack bars (I have seen similar products retailing for upwards of $3).
Dark Dog Blood Orange Organic Energy Drink – Value $2.47
I Heart Keenwah Chocolate Sea Salt Quinoa Clusters (1 oz) – Value $0.94
Wow, this energy drink had a lot of sugar in it – 34 grams in one serving. I am not used to beverages with that much sugar so I split it with my fiancé. We thought it tasted a little like Orangina. It is packed full of B vitamins, which can be hard to get enough of in vegan diets.
I’ve had these quinoa clusters before. I think they’re a little too hard, but they’re also oddly addictive. I’m kind of glad it was a small bag because I have been known to eat a large bag of these in one sitting.
Beanitos Chipotle BBQ Black Bean Chips – Value $0.79
Oogie’s Gourmet Popcorn, Spicy Chipotle and Lime – Value $1.27
I was in the mood for savory snacks when I opened this box so these are the first two things I ate. Then I threw out the packages, completely forgetting to make note of the package sizes. (It was one of those days.) Anyway, the chipotle in both of these was spicy but not terribly smoky, which is perfect for me. Both of these items were kind of smashed up. I blame the heavy can of energy drink and the fact that there was a little room for everything to move around in the box.
Note regarding the Oogie’s – the back of the package says “contains milk.” I checked out the Vegan Cuts Facebook page and the official word is that this particular flavor does NOT contain dairy, although a lot of other Oogie’s flavors do. They reuse the allergy warning panel on all their bags, hence the confusion. This product is officially vegan, according to the manufacturer.
Growing Naturals Yellow Pea Protein in Vanilla Blast (single serving) – Value $0.80
Daily Green Boost – Value $7.87 (?)
The Vegan Cuts Snack Box often has protein powder supplements. I’ve learned about a lot of new protein powders this way. I like that they include some different protein sources instead of sticking with soy all the time. I had this in some almond milk and it didn’t taste beany at all.
I am not a fan of eating green things (too many salads forced on me when I first gave up meat – 22 years ago and I haven’t forgotten, I guess) so I am always happy to get powdered supplements like this. That way, I can still get the nutritional benefits of green foods. I like to add a little bit of this type of item to smoothies, so it will definitely get used. (I estimated the price here.)
Spice Hunter Chipotle Chile Pepper (sample) – Value $0.50 (?)
Miracle Tree Moringa Teas (various flavors) – Value $0.96
Go Veggie! Dairy Free Grated Parmesan Style Topping (sample) – Value $0.64
I’ve tried a couple of other Spice Hunter spices before and I think they’re good quality. Chipotle is not something I tend to use often, so this small sample size is perfect. (I linked to a page with a lot of products on the Spice Hunter site. Do control + F or command + F to find “chipotle” if you’re looking for this item.)
I drink a lot of tea at work since I’m not a coffee person. I’m not sure that I’m sold on moringa tea just yet, but I do appreciate the chance to try a few different flavors without committing to a whole box.
The Go Veggie! product was one of the spoiler items for the month. I should preface this by saying that I’m vegetarian, not vegan, so I do regularly eat cheese. This product is not going to fool anyone like me. However, that being said, I had it on some pasta with marinara sauce last night and it wasn’t bad as a topping. It added a nice amount of salt and a little savory flavor, just like you’d expect.
Verdict: I calculated a value of about $20 for this month’s Vegan Cuts Snack Box. Granted, some of the sizes/values were estimates and most of the prices I listed came from Amazon, where things are on the low side anyway. I am happy with the value, though. Food boxes generally don’t have huge cost-to-value ratios. Plus, most of these items are only available as multi-packs or in larger containers, and I like being able to try before I commit to a full-size purchase. Most of these snacks were also new to me.
What do you think of the May 2015 Vegan Cuts Snack Box?