Vegan Cuts Snack Subscription Box Review – July 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 July 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 July:
The box came with this information card detailing the items in the box.
There was a coupon this month. Sometimes there is more product literature, sometimes less.
Rule Breaker Birthday Cake (1.9 oz) – Buy a 4 pack for $17.99
I guess this is what you send with your kid who has allergies to school or a party when everyone else gets cake? It is OK, and definitely kind of reminds me of birthday cake, though I am not sure the sprinkles are doing them any favors – it looks like what would happen if you put sprinkles on something moist, sealed it up, and left it on a shelf for a few weeks, which is probably what actually happened here. This does have a lovely texture and is made mostly from chickpeas. (This would probably not be economical to send for the whole class because buying even just 20 of these things would set you back like $90.)
Love Grown Chocolate Comet Crispies (1.1 oz) – Buy a 9.5 oz box for $3.99
Here is our second kids’ item for the month. This is pretty much like chocolate Rice Krispies but free of the 8 major allergens and made from a more natural, simpler ingredients list. This was fun to try, just for the sake of nostalgia (I really don’t eat boxed cereal, like ever), and it didn’t taste beany even though the primary bulk of the product is made up of navy beans, lentils, and chickpeas.
This is also a new brand for me. This does have caffeine, but is low in calories and fairly low in sugar. I don’t even notice the dragonfruit and lime flavor, though, because it tastes overwhelmingly of STEVIA. Which is not my favorite sweetener. Still, I did finish this, which is not something I can say for all the drinks Vegan Cuts sends out.
Go Macro Macrobar Protein Decadence Dark Chocolate + Almonds (2.3 oz) – Buy 12 Bars for $34.68
Wow, this thing has 270 calories. (If you don’t count calories, just know that is about 50-80 more than most protein bars.) I split it with my husband. I have had Macrobars before, but this is a new flavor, and I think it is my favorite yet. This has an excellent texture and has 10 grams of protein but also decent amounts of fat and fiber.
Hungry Buddha Coconut Jerky in Jalapeno Lime (1.4 oz) – Retail Value $6.29
I receive coconut jerky in food subscription boxes now and then. I have never managed to actually take a bit of it until now. Most brands, the stuff is like chewing on rawhide. But this one? I can actually eat it. Best texture, hands down, for any coconut jerky I’ve tried. This isn’t too spicy and the coconut flavor actually stays in the background fairly well.
Please note: this is a Canadian product so I’ve converted the website value to US dollars.
Munk Pack Blueberry Acai Flax Oatmeal Fruit Squeeze (4.2 oz) – Buy a 6-pack for $13.79
I lived on pouch snacks like this last summer after an oral surgery. (I had to squeeze them into bowls and eat them with a spoon, but the texture was right.) In general, though, pouch snacks are not really something I’m into – I find the packaging wasteful. That being said, I like this better than some other pouch snacks because it contains whole grains and fiber instead of just pureed fruit/juice, so there’s less of a sugar rush. (But the flavor is still good.)
Nairn’s Gluten Free Oat Grahams (1.41 oz) – Buy a 5.64 oz box for $3.56
Well. I have never heard of this product or brand before, and I’m always happy to try new snacks (especially ones where I can actually eat the ingredients). These are super plain cracker-like products. They could really stand to have a dip or spread. Maybe they would be good for using up all the chocolate spreads I’ve been accumulating from subscription boxes?
These are called pasta chips because they are made with semolina flour, the same flour used to make (wheat) pasta. Please note, not all flavors of this snack are vegan, but Vegan Cuts will always send only vegan varieties from a product line where that may be the case. These weren’t too garlicky (no bad breath, at least for me) and I think you could safely eat them in public. These were pretty salty (that’s not a complaint, just an observation).
Buddha Bowl Himalayan Pink Organic Popcorn (0.46 oz) – Buy 18, 0.88 oz bags for $17.99
This is respectably salty for bagged popcorn. It is cooked in unrefined coconut oil but (to me) doesn’t have a coconut flavor. It is very low in calories. If you were so inclined to try the nutritional yeast (see below) on popcorn, this has a neutral enough flavor for it to work.
MRM Veggie Elite Performance Protein in Chocolate Mocha (1.31 oz) – Buy 19.6 oz for $29.99
I got this same item last month. It shows up in Vegan Cuts all the time, to be honest. I am not a coffee drinker, but the chocolate in this product, coupled with the rest of my smoothie ingredients, meant the chocolate wasn’t so apparent. (I don’t like to drink protein shakes, but I like smoothies, so that’s how I use all the various powders I get in subscription boxes). This doesn’t get clumpy, which is nice, but it still blends best with a stick blender or regular blender (as opposed to a shaker bottle).
Sheffa Pink Salt Dark Chocolate Granola Bar (0.85 oz) – Retail Value $1.09
In general, I like the combination of pink salt and dark chocolate, but I did not feel the salt part of things was very evident here. The dark chocolate was still good, though. This is pretty standard for a granola bar (a little hard and crumbly). This brand has sure been making the rounds lately.
Bob’s Red Mill Large Flake Nutritional Yeast (0.53 oz) – Buy a 5 oz Bag for $6.29
This was marked “free sample” but it is a pretty generous size for a sample, especially of a product that is used in small quantities. A lot of vegan cookbooks and blogs use this in place of sprinkling cheese on foods like popcorn, homemade kale chips, etc. Well. In my opinion, it doesn’t taste the least bit like cheese, but if you want something vegan and savory to use, it does have a little of that umami flavor you’d otherwise get from cheese. It is also a good source of B vitamins, which can be hard to come from in a vegan diet.
Zego Seed + Fruit Bar in Fudgy Chocolate (1.3 oz) – Buy 9 Bars for $21.99
This flavor is out of stock right now, but if you click the link, you can sign up to be notified about when it is in back in stock. These are allergy friendly bars (free of the top 14 allergens, I don’t even know what they are beyond the usual 8) and, even though they are largely date/seed based, they don’t have that old familiar date bar flavor. (This is not a complaint. I am ready for something different in the date bar area!) I liked the flavor, though the texture was a bit oily.
Verdict: This month’s Vegan Cuts Snack Box had 13 items for an average value per item of about $1.77. That is a little steep for a few of the smaller items, but there were some larger items that helped the average a bit, so I guess it works out. There were not quite as many repeat items as in past months (I’d seen the popcorn before, and the pouch snack, and of course the protein powder, but overall, more was new). I noticed a lot more gluten-free items this month than usual and I am not necessarily so into that, although it might make this box a decent choice for multi-allergen households.
To Wrap Up:
Value Breakdown: At $22.95 for this box, you are paying about $1.77 per item.
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