Vegan Cuts Limited Edition Chocolate Treasure Chest Review
The limited edition Vegan Cuts Vegan Chocolate Treasure Chest is packed with vegan chocolate goodies, from snack bars and chocolate bars to cookies to tea and assorted other goodies.
FYI – this box is still available for purchase!
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.)
About This Limited Edition Box
The Box: Vegan Cuts Chocolate Treasure Chest
The Cost: List price $76.15, but currently on sale for $32
The Products: Vegan chocolate snacks and sweets in just about every format you can think of:
- Antidote Chocolate Raw Chocolate Bar – 2.4 oz
- B.O.S.S. Food Co. SMILE Bar – 1.7 oz
- Back to Nature Classic Creme Cookies – 12 oz
- Divine Chocolate 70% Dark Chocolate Bar – 1.5 oz
- Earnest Eats Double Choco Espresso Baked Bar – 1.8 oz
- Equal Exchange Organic Lemon Ginger Dark Chocolate Bar with Black Pepper – 2.8 oz
- FreeYumm Foods Double Chocolate Cookie – 0.8 oz
- Hum Nutrition Mint Chocolate Chip Infusion Raw Beauty Green Superfood Powder – 0.3 oz
- Loving Earth Turkish Delight Chocolate Bar – 2.5 oz
- Neat Foods Black Bean Brownie Mix – 11.6 oz
- Numi Organic Tea Chocolate Pu-erh Tea Box – 16 ct – 1.25 oz
- OCHO Organic Coconut Bar – 1.5 oz
- Raaka Chocolate Pink Sea Salt Chocolate Bar – 1.8 oz
- Sheffa Foods Dark Chocolate Bar – 0.85 oz
- Theo Chocolate Peanut Butter & Jelly Chocolate Clusters – 2.8 oz
- Vanini Chocolate Dark Chocolate Mini Bar – 0.6 oz
Ships to: US (free)
Vegan Cuts Chocolate Treasure Chest Review
I guess Vegan Cuts has been releasing a box like this every year, but this is my first time receiving it:
There wasn’t an information card (the page linked to for purchase in this review also has a list of items and ingredients for each item, though), but there were a lot of coupons and product literature. The HUM Nutrition offer is quite good, although beware that not everything sold by HUM is vegan or vegetarian, so be sure to read the ingredients before purchase.
Antidote Raw 100% Cacao with Crunchy Nibs (2.3 oz) – Buy 12 Bars for $93
This is an interesting product. It is really 100% cacao and doesn’t have any sugar or anything of that nature. You don’t often see 100% cacao products and I think because it’s a little tough to eat them. It’s definitely worth trying, or breaking up the bar and passing it around among a group of friends or relatives, but I’m not sure it’s something I would purchase on my own as it’s somewhat intense. One reason this is so expensive is that it’s made with organic cacao from Ecuador.
Neat Black Bean Brownie (11.6 oz) – Buy 6 Packages for $36.99
We received the Neat egg substitute in a past Vegan Cuts Snack Box and I used that in a quickbread, where it worked pretty well. So I had high hopes for these brownies. I followed the directions exactly (used HOT water and set a time to be sure I stirred as long as the package said), and I cooked the maximum recommended time, and the brownies never really set. They had the consistency of fudge that wasn’t quite done. If anyone has any tips on how to make this product work better, please share in the comments.
Oh, these again. We received a whole box of these a few months back in the Vegan Cuts Snack Box. I have never been the biggest Oreo fan, and these are meant to be like Oreos (but with fewer processed ingredients). I think these do mimic the taste and texture of Oreos pretty well. I took this box to work and put it on the “free snacks” table because it is just too many cookies for my husband and me to get through at once.
Divine Chocolate 70% Dark Chocolate Bar (1.5 oz) – Buy a 3.5 oz Bar for $3.99
This has sugar and vanilla and is only 70% cacao, so it was a little more to my liking than the 100% cacao bar. I am pretty sure this brand is new to me. This bar is not full sized, but I’m OK with that – this box had a LOT of chocolate to get through.
Earnest Eats Double Chocolate Espresso Bar (1.8 oz) – Buy 12 Bars for $21.50
Thankfully, the “espresso” part of this was mild (I am not a fan of coffee flavors). This has the texture of a nut/seed/grain bar because that’s what it is. I thought it was nice to have a few items like this, that aren’t straight chocolate, but that happened to have chocolate mixed in among other flavors and ingredients.
Freeyumm Double Chocolate Cookie (0.78 oz) – Buy 21 Cookies for $14.99
This seems familiar to me but I can’t say why. Perhaps I have had this brand of cookies before? These cookies are free of the 8 major allergens and are individually-packaged so kids with dietary restrictions or allergies can take them to school functions and still have a snack. I thought the texture was decent for a packaged cookie (I have a high bar set for packaged cookies, too).
Hum Raw Beauty Green Superfood Powder (0.28 oz) – Buy 30 Servings for $39
This also comes in some other flavors but this flavor was included since it’s the chocolate one. I like putting superfood powders in my morning smoothies so that’s how I used this. In retrospect, I might not have done that because this has mint in addition to chocolate, and mint doesn’t go super well with my other smoothie ingredients. Live and learn.
Equal Exchange Lemon Ginger with Black Pepper Dark Chocolate Bar (2.8 oz) – Buy 12 Bars for $37.50
This one is unusual. Lemon is not a flavor I typically associate with chocolate, and I don’t see that too often with ginger, either. (This allegedly has black pepper as well, but if it’s there, it’s quite mild.) This is another one to eat one or two squares at a time as it’s still pretty rich.
Organic Ocho Coconut Bar (1.5 oz) – Retail Value $1.99
If you have subscribed to the Vegan Cuts Snack Box, you’ve likely sampled one of these before (sometimes you see them in smaller or sample sizes). Think of it as something like a Mounds bar but with organic ingredients. I like coconut so I’m a fan.
Raaka Pink Sea Salt Unroasted Dark Chocolate Bar (1.8 oz) – Retail Value $6
Well. This is a spendy chocolate bar. This is 71% cacao and also includes several sweeteners, so I’m a fan. My husband said the salt was noticeable to him, but I thought it was quite faint. In case you’re wondering, nearly every bar in this box came broken (fine or snacking, maybe not so great for gifting).
Sheffa Pink Salt Dark Chocolate Granola Bar (0.85 oz) – Buy 16 Bars for $21.99
If you have received nearly any food subscription box this year, you’ve probably tried these a time or two. They’ve appeared in the Vegan Cuts Snack Box in the past. Not much to say about this one – it’s a granola bar with some chocolate in it. If you are in the market for a granola bar, this one is worth sampling. These do seem to be made with quality ingredients.
B.O.S.S. Food Co. Smile Raw Superfood Bar in Banana, Pumpkin Seed, and Cacao Powder (1.7 oz) – Retail Value $3.39
Here’s another snack/energy bar. Thankfully, there is no coffee in this one! It is made from a bunch of other trendy superfoods (pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds) as well as bananas. I definitely noticed the banana (but it wasn’t an artificial kind of flavor). I thought this had an acceptable texture. Please use caution when reviewing the manufacturer’s website as there are a lot of health claims that are maybe unsubstantiated. (But if you just want to eat this, go for it.)
Numi Organic Tea, Chocolate Pu-Erh (16 bags) – Retail Value $8.99
Numi Tea is not cheap (as you can see here) so getting a whole box of it is a score if you drink tea (I do). Pu-Erh is caffeinated, for what it’s worth. The chocolate isn’t too strong and I think you could get by stirring some honey into this after brewing, that seems like it would be really compatible with the chocolate flavors.
Theo Peanut Butter and Jelly Chocolate Clusters (2.8 oz) – Buy 10 Bags for $91.07
I couldn’t find this in the Theo store. I am thinking, based on the press releases I saw while researching this product, that it is still fairly new to the market. In this instance, the “jelly” is just dried fruit. At any rate, I am a huge fan of chocolate and peanut butter together so these disappeared pretty quickly.
Loving Earth Turkish Delight (2.5 oz) – Buy 9 Bars for $42.95
This isn’t actual Turkish delight but was given that name because it is flavored with a little bit of rose essential oil. This is another artsy type of chocolate that would be good to share with friends since it can be a bit rich if you try to eat the whole thing. I’m not used to eating things with floral flavors so this was a new (and pleasant) experience for me.
Vanini Dark Chocolate with Cocoa Nibs (15g) – Buy 6, 3.5 oz Bars for $30.98
Vanini dark chocolate has been included in the Vegan Cuts Snack Box in the past, so I’m not surprised to see it here. This one is 74% cacao and relatively sweet compared to this box’s other chocolate offerings. There are supposedly cocoa nibs in this but they are few and far between (or else my husband got all the cocoa nibs in the bar we received). I enjoyed this one, too, though.
Verdict: The Vegan Cuts Chocolate Treasure Chest had 16 items, for an average cost of $2 if you pay the $32 price, or about $4.76 per item if you pay the full retail cost of the box. Considering this is full of artisan chocolate bars (many full-size) and expensive tea, I think that is a great value. Plus, it was honestly just fun trying all the different chocolates and snacks (I have a huge sweet tooth, though).
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box? Yes, as of publication, this box is still available for purchase. Orders placed by December 14 will be delivered by December 24 or earlier.
Value Breakdown: This box costs $32 + free shipping, which means that each of the 16 items in the box has an average cost of $2.
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