Vegan Cuts Snack Subscription Box Review – May 2018
The Vegan Cuts Snack Box is a monthly subscription box from Vegan Cuts 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. Vegan Cuts also offers a Beauty Box and quarterly Makeup 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.)
This review is of the Vegan Cuts Snack, $22.95 a month, box.
About Vegan Cuts Snack Box
The Subscription Box: Vegan Cuts Snack Box
The Cost: $22.95 a month with discounts for 3, 6, and 12-month pre-paid subscriptions
The Products: 7-10 vegan snacks, pantry items, and occasionally supplements.
Ships to: U.S. for free, Canada for $9 CAD, and Worldwide for $15
Vegan Cuts Snack Box May 2018 Review
I think Vegan Cuts has really stepped things up lately in terms of snack box curation. Let’s see what they sent for May:
The box came with this information card detailing the items in the box.
Sometimes you will receive product literature, as well.
Sunny Fruit Organic Apricots (1.76 oz) – Buy 8 oz for $8.99
These are unsulfured, hence the brown color. These are some of the best dried apricots I think I have ever had. They are sweet and actually a little moist (despite being dried, if that even makes sense) and not at all tough.
Eat Your Coffee in Fudgy Mocha Latte (1.6 oz) – Buy 8 Bars for $19.99
The only way I can take the flavor of coffee is when it is mixed with a ton of other things – like it is here. The first few ingredients include almond butter, brown rice syrup, and dates, and that is plenty of sweetness to take the coffee flavor out of things. At any rate, these are basically just date and nut bars, beyond that. I am pretty sure I’ve had these before. But if you need some caffeine and sugar and don’t want to actually drink coffee (or it isn’t convenient), this will do nicely.
Sheffa Dark Chocolate Granola Bar (0.85 oz) – Retail Value $1.09
We also received one of these (in a slightly different flavor) in Love with Food this month. That one was also broken. So be forewarned that if you order this, it may not arrive intact. (In hot weather, I’m guessing it would also be melted.) This is a crunchy granola bar and although it is good, there is not a lot that makes it stand out from other granola bars. If I was in the market for a product like this, I might look for one that is not gluten free to save a bit of money (but if you need GF items, this is one).
Hippeas in Vegan White Cheddar (1 oz) – Buy 12, 4 oz Bags for $35.88
These are becoming the Beanfield’s of 2017/2018. Meaning, they show up in a food box for me like once a month. They are snacks in the style of Snapea Crisps but made from chickpea flour instead. I like them, although some of the other flavors are better (and these don’t actually taste like cheese at all, despite the name).
Unisoy Vegan Jerky in Cracked Black Pepper (1 oz) – Buy a 3.5 oz Package for $6.99
I have never in my life eaten meat-based jerky, so I don’t know what the texture is supposed to be like. I have also never had a vegan jerky that I actually liked. Eating this was like gnawing on rawhide. I really couldn’t bite pieces off at all and I didn’t manage to soften it by chewing for a rather long time. I was not a fan of this snack.
This is a powdered leaf superfood. I don’t like the taste on its own at all, but a little bit mixed into a smoothie is fine. The price seems reasonable for a product of this sort and I’d consider this brand next time I am in the market for this type of product (which does happen from time to time).
Gaea Olive Snack: Green Olives with Lemon and Oregano (0.6 oz) – Buy 2.3 oz for $5.99
I was a fan of these, and this little package only had 15 calories, which is awesome. I wish you could actually buy this product in these little packets because I wouldn’t feel guilty at all about eating 15 calories worth of anything.
Partially Popped Popcorn in Dill Pickle (5 oz) – Retail Value $3
I liked the flavor of this but my husband didn’t. He is not a fan of dill and the dill is strong here. (He got sent on like five, two-week-long business trips to Russia a few years ago and says they season everything with dill there and that that totally turned him against dill. But I digress.) This does leave quite a lot of residue on your hands. I think I prefer fully popped popcorn to this half-popped stuff, but as this type of snack goes, this one is not bad.
Protes in Zesty Nacho (1 oz) – Buy 8 Bags for $14.99
Protes. Again. These are as ubiquitous as Hippeas. Only they also come in fitness boxes and not just food boxes. The base is pea protein and you can never really get away from that – these have the texture of some sort of composite construction material. The savory flavors, like this one, are far, far better than the “sweet” flavors. But I am honestly not a fan.
Ready Nutrition Protein Puffs in Sweet Chipotle (3.5 oz) – Buy 12 Bags for $35.88
This was a totally new item for me and one of my favorite items in the box. They definitely had that chipotle smokiness, and a spiciness that developed after awhile as well, and yeah, these give you strong garlic breath so be careful about eating them in public. It is kind of amazing that these are also made mostly from pea protein but they have a far, far better texture than the Protes. (These are kind of small compared to, say, your average-sized cheese puff. I ate them with a spoon.)
Soylent Café Chai (14 fl oz) – Buy 12 Bottles for $39
Soylent has a completely unappealing texture that reminds me a lot of Pepto Bismol (the smell is kind of reminiscent of Pepto, as well). If you pour it in a glass and swish it around, it coats the sides of the glass. I honestly don’t have trouble finding food to eat for breakfast so this isn’t really a product that fits into my lifestyle, anyway. I took a taste but I just couldn’t make myself actually drink this.
Choice Organic Teas Mental Focus (1 bag) – Buy 16 Bags for $5.39
This brand shows up in Vegan Cuts Snack Box every now and then, but usually different products. I am pretty sure this one is new to me. It has Gotu Kola leaf and Ginkgo leaf extract (both popular in some traditional Eastern medical systems for enhancing meditation and blood flow to the brain), but it also has lemongrass and licorice, neither of which I particularly care for, so I wouldn’t personally buy this in full size (though in general, I find this brand to be good).
Verdict: This month’s Vegan Cuts Snack Box had 12 items for an average value per item of about $1.91. That is a little steep for a single tea bag, but the larger portions of some of the other items make up for that, at least a little. Although there were some items I’d tried before (e.g., Protes, Hippeas, etc.), there were also a lot of new-to-me items. I was not such a fan of the Soylent product or the vegan jerky, but those are both things I’m now glad I’ve tried (and without coughing up the money to buy it in full size, first). The protein puffs and apricots were probably my favorite discoveries this month.
To Wrap Up:
Value Breakdown: At $22.95 for this box, you are paying about $1.91 per item.
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