Vegan Cuts Snack Box Subscription Review – August 2016
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.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Vegan Cuts Snack Box
The Cost: $22.95
The Products: 7-10 vegan snacks, pantry items, and occasionally supplements.
Ships to: US for free, Canada for $8, and worldwide for $15.
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The box came with this information car detailing the items in the box.
Banana Water Mango Flavor (12 fl oz) – Value $2
There is almost always a large drink container in Vegan Cuts. (I mention this because it will be important to the discussion of another product later on.) I am super grateful that it is not an energy drink this time. This was fun to try once, and it does have a lot of electrolytes, but one bottle has 70 calories and since I am counting calories right now, I generally prefer to get my calories from food rather than drinks. (But that will not be the case for everyone.)
Love Grown Foods Power O’s in Chocolate (1.1 oz) – Value $0.66
These show up often in subscription boxes, including past months of Vegan Cuts. The main ingredient is a bean blend (navy beans, lentils, and chickpeas) and I do have to say they don’t taste beany, although they are not *quite* the same as cereal made from grain. Now if we can do something about that apostrophe in the name I will very happy.
Ocean’s Halo Seaweed Snack in Texas BBQ (0.14 oz) – Value $1.33
We got the same thing in Love with Food this month. Luckily, these are like the best seaweed snacks I’ve had. The actual “seaweed” flavor is mild, and the BBQ flavor pretty much covers it up.
Wai Lana Cassava Pops in Luau BBQ (0.8 oz) – Value $1.39
KC Masterpiece Lay’s potato chips (I don’t think they exist anymore?) are one reason I gained weight back in college. I have a weakness for BBQ chips. So I thought these were pretty good, and they are air popped so they are lower in fat than regular potato chips.
Cabo Chips Original Flavor (1.5 oz) – Value $1.25
I was a little skeptical when I saw these had lime juice AND soy sauce. I love tortilla chips with lime, but the soy didn’t sound right at all. However, these ended up tasting like regular tortilla chips – I didn’t really notice either the soy or the lime.
Bandar Naan Chips in Tikka Masala (1 oz) – Value $0.80
These are extremely starchy so they were like eating candy to me, since I pretty much stick to whole grains in other circumstances. I do like Indian-inspired flavors in general, and these did not give me the terrible garlic breath that the garlic ones from last month’s Love with Food (I think) did.
Karma Wrapped Cashews (1.5 oz) – Value $1.87
These have natural skins (kind of like Spanish peanuts). I am just happy to get nuts that are actually (air) roasted instead of raw. I much prefer the texture of cooked/roasted nuts to raw and these delivered for me.
Nutiva Coconut Oil in Buttery Flavor (0.16 fl oz) – Value $0.10
I like coconut flavor and cook with it regularly but there is something weird to me about replicating the flavor of butter with plant extracts (which is what this brand does). I guess it is better than nothing if you really are vegan.
Huck’s Hollow Farm Everything Cracker (40 g) – Value $2.50
There are some gluten free crackers that are awesome. Like these ones from Van’s (which are not vegan). Unfortunately, I did not get to compare the Huck’s Hollow crackers to other GF crackers. Do you remember when I mentioned the large drink container earlier on? Well, there is almost always a large drink container in a Vegan Cuts box, and this large drink container nearly always smashes one or more cracker- or chip-like items. In this case, the Huck’s Hollow crackers were pulverized. It’s too bad, because they sound like they would’ve been pretty good (lots of herbs in there)!
Enjoy Life Sugar Crisp Cookies (0.9 oz) – Value $0.48
These are free of the 8 most common allergens and, in spite of that, they are not bad. They took a little of a beating from the drink container, too, but I could still eat them. They are a little hard, but that is true of many packaged cookies.
Ginger People Arjuna Ginger Bar (1.23 oz) – Value $2.10
This has a super simple ingredients list: coconut sugar, ginger, tapioca starch, and pectin (25 grams of sugar per serving, when one serving is only 35 grams, just to give you some basis for comparison). I was a little worried that I might not be able to take that much ginger at once, so I split this with my husband and we both ended up liking it. It is definitely spicy and has something of a kick, and might not be my go-to choice for a sweet snack, but it was a lot better than expected.
There were also a couple of coupons for snacks that appeared this month or in past Vegan Cuts boxes.
Verdict: I calculated a value of about $14.48 for this month’s Vegan Cuts Snack Box. That is pretty low for this subscription, to be honest – more than $8 below the cost of the box. I can still see some benefits to subscribing, depending on your goals for a snack box. If you are vegan or vegetarian (that’s me) and want to be able to eat everything in the box without reading the ingredients, it’s nice to have someone else do the discovery part for you. (If you are in it to get the best bang for your buck, this might not be the box for you.) I also liked that there weren’t quite so many repeats from past boxes (maybe the Power O’s, and some brands I’ve seen in Love with Food) and that the drink wasn’t an energy drink. The Wai Lana cassava pops were my favorites and the ginger bar was a pleasant surprise.
What do you think of the August 2016 Vegan Cuts Snack Box?