Vegan Cuts Snack Box Subscription Review – August 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.
LesserEvil Super 4 Kale and Roasted Garlic Baked Bean Bites (1.5 oz) – Value $0.73
ProTings Protein Chips in Sea Salt (1 oz) – Value $1.99
I’ve had other flavors of the LesserEvil chips (tubes?) before and liked them. These were good, but you will totally get garlic breath from eating them. For what it’s worth, I’ve seen large bags of them near the checkout line at TJ Maxx in the past, as well.
I’ve also had ProTings before. They really do have a lot of protein, which is great. However, I think the sea salt ones are my least favorite flavor. They’re just kind of bland. There are some chili lime and barbecue ones that are pretty good. (Also, these came totally smashed to bits inside the bag.)
Milas Foods Dipin Black Olive Tapenade (1.42 oz) – Value $1.22
Nii Bar in Cherry Coconut (1.8 oz) – Value $2.70
The Milas Foods website appears to have been hacked so I’ve linked to a mixed lot of Dipin products from Amazon instead. Last month we got hummus from Dipin and this month we got this olive tapenade. If you like the flavor of olives, you should like this. I haven’t yet found the proper item to dip into the tapenade, though. The closest thing on hand was a box of cheese crackers (I know, not vegan…) but that flavor didn’t go well with the olive. So my search continues. Maybe something more neutral like pretzels would be better?
I always expect to get at least one bar in a Vegan Cuts box and I was happy with this one. I like cherry and I like coconut. This had a chewy texture but it wasn’t sticky. I’m a fan.
Smooze All Natural Fruit Ice in Pineapple + Coconut (1 count) – Value $0.74
Runa Amazon Guayusa Bottled Tea in Hibiscus Berry (14 oz) – Value $2.85
You put the Smooze package in the freezer and wait awhile, then eat it frozen. It was a great inclusion for summer and I enjoyed the tropical flavors (and, believe it or not, I have never had one of these before!).
Another thing I nearly always expect to get in a Vegan Cuts box is an energy drink. This is probably my favorite one to date. I regularly drink iced hibiscus tea, so the flavor was familiar. And this one only had 13 grams of sugars in the whole bottle, which is on the low side for a Vegan Cuts energy drink. Plus, I didn’t have a sugar crash afterwards.
Tasty Brand Organic Smoothie Fruit Snacks (0.8 oz) – Value $0.81
Rawxies Lemon Poppyseed (0.83 oz) – Value $1
I haven’t eaten gummies in a long time (most aren’t vegan/vegetarian due to gelatin) but these are kind of close to being gummies. Or probably as close as I will get. I couldn’t really distinguish the different fruit flavors but I liked them overall.
The Rawxies cookie sort of approached the texture of a shortbread cookie (not exactly) and the lemon flavor was evident. Honestly, not bad at all for something raw!
Chic-a-Peas Baked Crunchy Chickpeas in Fresh Salsa (2 oz) – Value $2
Snapea Crisps Harvest Snaps in Lightly Salted (0.75 oz) – Value $0.54
I like roasted/baked chickpea snacks. These were supposed to be fresh CUCUMBER salsa and I didn’t taste even a little cucumber in them. They were more of a (mild) generic Southwestern flavor, which is fine by me.
I think most people who subscribe to food boxes have had Snapea Crisps before and I’m no exception. I liked these, but they were almost completely crushed. I think these and the ProTings suffered because of the heavy (glass) bottle of energy drink. Maybe next time the Vegan Cuts folks can rearrange the packaging to prevent this? (At least the broken things were items I’d had before!)
Chia Shots Black Chia Seeds (1 count) – Value $0.72
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts (0.5 oz) – Value $0.41
I use chia seeds in my oatmeal every day so these didn’t last long…
And we have the ubiquitous hemp hearts. I saw these like everywhere last year. I used them in my oatmeal, too, so they are long gone. When I am not using chia seeds, I am using hemp seeds, so I’ve been a fan of these for awhile.
A couple of coupons were included. Oddly, these were coupons for products from past months and not from anything in the current box.
Verdict: I calculated a value of about $15.71 for this month’s Vegan Cuts Snack Box. Although I’ve come to expect lower values from food boxes, I’d be happier if the value at least approached the cost of the box. I do feel like there were a lot of different items, which was nice. I just think one or two more things (or maybe a pantry item like they’ve included in past months) would have rounded it out a bit.
What do you think of the August 2015 Vegan Cuts Snack Box?