Vegan Cuts Snack Box Review – January 2019


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Vegan Cuts Snack January 2019 - Box Top Front

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.

Vegan Cuts kindly provided us with a complimentary box for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

Vegan Cuts Snack January 2019 - All Product Review

About the Vegan Cuts Snack Box

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.

Vegan Cuts Snack Box January 2019 Review

I think Vegan Cuts has really stepped things up lately in terms of snack box curation. Let’s see what they sent for December:

Vegan Cuts Snack January 2019 - Booklet Front

Vegan Cuts Snack January 2019 - Booklet Back

Vegan Cuts Snack January 2019 - Coupon Front

Vegan Cuts Snack January 2019 - Coupon Back

Vegan Cuts Snack January 2019 - Literature Front

Vegan Cuts Snack January 2019 - Literature Back

The box came with this information card detailing the items in the box. There was also some product literature and a coupon.

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Vegan Cuts Snack January 2019 - Apple Strip Open

Peaceful Fruits Apple + Acai Drizzle (0.35 oz) – Buy a 12 Pack for $16

I have had this before, I’m pretty sure from Vegan Cuts. Anyway, it’s fruit leather. It’s not something I would regularly buy, but I can see the appeal to kids and/or to people traveling since it takes up basically no space and you don’t have to worry about spoilage, TSA liquid rules, etc. It’s sticky to handle but doesn’t really stick in your teeth.

Vegan Cuts Snack January 2019 - Bean Smash

Bean Smash in Chipotle Black Bean (2 oz) – Buy a 6-Pack for $14.99

We have received this from Vegan Cuts before, too. I think just two months ago. It is good, but I’d like to see a new flavor (though looking this product up, it appears that of the four flavors, only two are vegan, so maybe that won’t be happening). Anyway, if you follow the microwave directions, this does make pretty good bean dip. We used the Hippeas and Jilz Crackerz (see below) as dip delivery vehicles, which was kind of weird, but I wasn’t just going to sit there and eat dip with a spoon. (Tortilla chips would be a better option.)

Vegan Cuts Snack January 2019 - Bites Packet Front

Vegan Cuts Snack January 2019 - Bites Packet Open

Enjoy Life Protein Bites in Dark Raspberry (1.7 oz) – Buy 6.4 oz for $6.99

These have a good flavor where the raspberry is really evident as raspberry (not just generic fruity flavor). They are free of all the major allergens, though, and the texture is less than ideal (very dry and kind of hard) – these would really be better with some coconut oil or nut butter, but then they wouldn’t be allergy-free, I guess.

Vegan Cuts Snack January 2019 - Blake Packet Front

Vegan Cuts Snack January 2019 - Blake Packet Open

Blake’s Seed-Based Pineapple Snack Bar (1.23 oz) – Buy 12 Bars for $26.99 (found here for $21.59)

This smelled really good but again didn’t have a texture I really liked. I do think eating seeds is important to get healthful fats, and these have a lot of seeds, but it’s the utter lack of flour, nut butter, etc., for the texture that makes them kind of gritty.

There’s also quite a lot of sugar in them (much of it added), though there is a fair amount of fiber to offset that

Vegan Cuts Snack January 2019 - Gummies Packet Front

Vegan Cuts Snack January 2019 - Gummies Packet Open

Nomba Hot Guava Gummies (3 oz) – Retail Value $5

I told my husband these were gummy candy with chili powder in them and he said that was a mean trick to play on someone unsuspecting. Seriously, though, they’re not like spicy hot or anything, there’s just a mild kick (so it’s not a lot of chili powder). These are super sticky and a bit hard to chew. I won’t comment on sugar here because these are obviously candy and not masquerading as health food.

Vegan Cuts Snack January 2019 - Hippeas Packet Front

Vegan Cuts Snack January 2019 - Hippeas Packet Open

Hippeas in Vegan White Cheddar (1.5 oz) – Buy 12 Bags for $19.99

These again. I have received I think 4 or 5 bags of this exact flavor of this exact snack in the past year. I mean, they are good enough to try once, but they kind of stick in your teeth and anyway, the other flavors are better in my opinion (especially the slightly spicy varieties).

Vegan Cuts Snack January 2019 - Hot Sauce Bottle Front

Dave’s Gourmet Creamy Ginger Citrus Hot Sauce (8 oz) – Retail Value $6.99

Hands down, this was my favorite item of the month. We had a very bland lentil/root vegetable/brown rice dinner the last two nights and this was perfect on top for adding flavor. The citrus and ginger elements are pretty mild, it mostly just tastes like hot sauce. (Do be aware this has calories, which many hot sauces do not, but it’s not very many calories.)

Vegan Cuts Snack January 2019 - IQ Packet Front

Vegan Cuts Snack January 2019 - IQ Packet Open

IQ Bar in Matcha Chai Hazelnut (1.6 oz) – Buy 12 Bars for $29.99

I had totally forgotten these were supposed to be “matcha chai hazelnut” flavored because they tasted almost exclusively like nut/nut butter bars. They have erythritol and stevia as well as monk fruit for sweetness, but I can stand these things in food in a way I just can’t in beverages, so I didn’t mind the flavor at all. These are suitable for keto and paleo diets (can’t imagine there are too many vegans on those) and they do have some caffeine, but not enough to keep me up at night (I ate this at night).

Vegan Cuts Snack January 2019 - Jilz Packet Front

Vegan Cuts Snack January 2019 - Jilz Packet Open

Jilz Crackerz in Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper (0.92 oz) – Buy 5.5 oz for $6.99

These are a nut- and seed-based crackers with no grain, so they have an odd texture and are honestly kind of bland. These definitely need some kind of dip or spread. We put them into the Bean Smash which was a little strange since they were so neutral, but at least it didn’t conflict.

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Vegan Cuts Snack January 2019 - Kcup Instructions

Be Leaf Vegan Garden Vegetable Vegan Soup (1 KCup) – Buy 12 for $17.99

Be Leaf Vegan Chicken Flavor Vegan Soup (1 KCup) – Buy 12 for $17.99

I don’t have access to a Keurig machine but luckily, they provided instructions on alternative methods of brewing. I hesitate to call this “soup,” it is really more of a broth (both flavors). I made one to try it and it is exactly like drinking broth, which is not something I really enjoy. Unless I am sick, and then it feels so good on my throat. So I am saving the second one for the inevitable winter cold I will get. The containers are recyclable according to the packaging, which is good, because I always felt KCups were rather wasteful in that regard.

Vegan Cuts Snack January 2019 - Tone Box Front

Vegan Cuts Snack January 2019 - Tone Packet Front

Vegan Cuts Snack January 2019 - Tone Packet Open

Tone It Up Protein Bar in Salted Caramel (4 count box) – Retail Value $7.99 (found here for $7.19)

It is nice to get a full-size item, although I am not such a fan of the texture of these. (There are some vegan protein bars that have way better textures.) These seem marketed as a diet food and they do have lower calories than other protein bars (these are 170, others are often above 200), hence the pea protein “crisps” making up the bulk of them. They are also not very well-balanced, with a ton of protein and not much fat or fiber. Anyway, in short, although I can see from the reviews that some people love these, they are just not the right protein bar for me. (I have no issues with the flavor, but food texture is super important to me.)

Verdict: This month’s Vegan Cuts Snack Box had 12 items for an average value per item of about $1.91. There were several repeats (Peaceful Fruits, Hippeas, Bean Smash) but some new discoveries including the hot sauce, which I thought was really good. I’m a little bit over getting snacks that are free of all 8 major allergens. I do realize these can be important for multi-allergy households (and of course they tend to be vegan in that they lack eggs, dairy, fish, and shellfish) but sometimes a little bit of nut butter or wheat flour would improve the texture of some of those items quite a lot, and Vegan Cuts is definitely not an allergy-free box. Overall, I thought it was a solid box, but I’d like to see fewer repeats and fewer ultra-allergy-free snacks in future months.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today?  No, your first box would be February’s box, but some of the products may be available from the Vegan Cuts shop.

Value Breakdown: At $22.95 for this box, you are paying about $1.91 per item.

Check out our past Vegan Cuts Snack Box reviews and the Food Subscription Box Directory.

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What do you think of the January 2019 Vegan Cuts Snack Box?

Written by Ragan Buckley

Ragan Buckley

Ragan stumbled across My Subscription Addiction in late 2013 and immediately subscribed to way too many beauty boxes. She’s now focused on boxes for her cats and dog, vegan/vegetarian food boxes, and craft subscriptions (and she didn’t give up beauty boxes entirely).

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3 Comments

  1. I just got my box yesterday and was supper happy with everything! I’m a new vegan transitioning from 8 years of being a pescatarian to vegan so this box was amazing to me. I’m always searching for healthy, vegan snacks and foods for on the go with having a tight/busy schedule like I do. LOVED the chocolate protein bites!! And the gummies were ridiculously good! I actually used the coupon they gave us to buy 3 more for only $10 when I’m craving something sweet and don’t feel like stopping at the store and checking what candy is vegan or not. The sauce I haven’t tried yet but I love to cook so I’m excited to try it out! Perfect for the warm weather coming up! I didn’t care for the tone it up Bars at all. I didn’t try anything else yet but overall happy with it all.

  2. I don’t enjoy drinking broth either. I added in some frozen veggies and rice I had on hand and made it into a bowl of soup.

  3. I love this box. I thought the chocolate raspberry bites were amazing I could eat a lot of these, and I’m always happy to get Hippeas – since I’m a fan but can’t find them in my local stores and don’t want to order large quantities online. I liked the crackers and didn’t find them bland at all – very strong pepper taste which I like. I haven’t tried everything in the box yet, but I also liked the fruit leather – I love fruit leather. The bean dip I’ve had before – last time I added too much water so I dumped it into a pot of soup I was making and it was actually fantastic. I may do the same with this. I found a place to redeem the coupon – I’m looking forward to that.

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