Vegan Cuts Snack Box Review – June 2019
The Vegan Cuts Snack Box is a monthly food 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 also offers a monthly Beauty Box and a 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.)
About the Vegan Cuts Snack Box
The Subscription Box: Vegan Cuts Snack Box
The Cost: $24.95/month. Save with longer subscriptions.
The Products: 7-10 vegan snacks, pantry items, and occasionally supplements.
Ships to: US for free, Canada for $6.95, and worldwide for $14.95.
Vegan Cuts Snack Box June 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 June:
The box came with this information card detailing the items in the box. There was also a coupon for one of the brands from the box.
Bubba’s Fine Foods Grain Free Snack Mix in Savory Original (1.2 oz) – Buy 3, 4 oz bags for $14.99
I don’t typically allow myself to buy bananas cooked in coconut oil because, although they are delicious, they are really high in saturated fat. But I am happy to sample some in a food subscription box, and they go really well with the nuts that are also included in this snack. I have generally been a fan of this brand when I’ve seen it in food subscription boxes, and this was another tasty offering from Bubba’s.
Apparently I have tried these before because my web browser indicated I had visited the page for this product in the past (purple link). Anyway, my husband and I concluded that we would probably eat these if someone put them out at an event or something, but that we’d be unlikely to seek them out on their own. They had a decent savory flavor that does somewhat better at mimicking the flavor of cheese than other vegan snacks we’ve tried recently.
Nutiva O’Coconut Classic (8 pieces) – Retail Value $6.29
This was my favorite item from the box. They are really sweet although not super high in sugar, and they’re small enough that although they are high in saturated fat (all coconut products are), there’s not too much in any one serving. Plus they are only 60 calories each. I would buy these if I saw them in a store and I think they’d also be good with added flavors, chocolate coatings, etc.
Bakeology Chocolate Chip Crunchy Cookie Bites (1 oz) – Buy 3, 6 oz bags for $16.47
These are rather expensive for packaged cookies but I guess that’s because they’re gluten-free (it just costs more to process food on dedicated equipment and to avoid cross-contamination). They do have a satisfying texture (I rather liked the process of eating these, although I am not usually a fan of packaged cookies) and they don’t skimp on the chocolate chips like some other snacks I’ve tried lately.
The Dough Bar Original Crispy Bar (2.05 oz)
This is a repeat item and one that appears to have been taken off the market. It is no longer on the Dough Bar website and Amazon and Walmart show it as out of stock or currently unavailable. This was plenty fresh, though, so no worries there. It is a decent mimic of a Rice Krispie treat for a vegan item and it has a bit of added protein as well.
Sovany Sparkling Water in Ingenious Apple (10 fl oz) – Buy 24 cans for $29
This has a few calories, actually, and was definitely fizzy (not flat like some sparkling water products I’ve received in other subscription boxes), which was a plus. However, it just kind of tasted like watered down sparkling cider.
Simply Protein Crunchy Bites in Barbecue (1.16 oz) – Retail Value $1.99
Of the savory snacks this month, I think I was a bigger fan of the “cheddar” cassava chips/crackers, but these were OK, and definitely better than most other pea-protein based snacks (which are often kind of beany-tasting, although that was not particularly noticeable here).
Iota Umami Roasted Sunflower Kernels in Tamari Apple Cider Vinegar (0.75 oz) – Buy 8 packs for $11.92
We have had these before (don’t remember if it was in Vegan Cuts or Love with Food) but I think this may be the first time I’ve tried flavored ones (I mean, like not “sea salt”). The flavor isn’t super noticeable, I guess there is a hint of soy sauce flavor (that would be the tamari). I recommend eating by tipping the open bag into your mouth, or with a spoon, because it is somewhat frustrating to eat little tiny things like this by hand.
Shanti Mini in Mango Cashew Turmeric (0.7 oz x 2) – Buy 12 full-size bars for $32.99
I found this to have a very unusual flavor. My husband pinpointed it as Indian-inspired immediately. There is actually a heavy cardamom flavor here; I guess I don’t come across that very often in other snack foods. It had a good texture (maybe a little sticky?) but I’m not sure I would want to eat a whole box of these. I’d be open to trying a different variety in the future.
I’ve had these lots of times before. They are pretty sweet so it’s nice they come in a small size. You just pop it in the freezer for awhile and then cut the end off the container and push up to eat. It’s a good item for summer both because of the tropical fruit and because it’s a frozen treat. I never remember to buy items like this but I do like them enough to consider that.
Tahoe Trail Bar in Dark Chocolate Cherry (2.3 oz) – Buy 12 bars for $29.88
I don’t know if I’d want to use this as a meal replacement as advertised (I don’t typically eat meals under 300 calories, for one) but I can see how this would be really good hiking food. It’s compact and portable and has lots of sugars for immediate energy plus fat and a little nut protein for extended energy. It was “rustic” in the way less-processed nut/seed/fruit bars tend to be.
I’ll talk about both of these together. I’ve tried this item before at various times although I don’t think I’ve had either of these flavors. I tend to be more of a fan of the kind of Teeccino you put in a coffee machine as opposed to these tea bags, but I suppose these are a good way to sample a flavor before committing to a larger package. I can’t stand coffee but am open to most of the hot beverage coffee substitutes, of which this is one (Crio Bru is another good one). Mocha Mint is a little bit of a wintry flavor for me, while the Coconut one is a bit more summer-y just because of the fruitiness. I just drink this plain although you could sweeten it if you want, or add the non-dairy milk of your choice and that would also work well.
Zellee Organic Fruit Jel in Blueberry Grape (3.5 oz) – Buy a 12 Pack for $14.24
This is mostly konjac (yes, like the sponges you use on your face) swollen with water. Although I did live for a week after oral surgery on mostly pouch snacks (squeezed out into a bowl and eaten with a spoon because applesauce gets boring after awhile), in general, I think the packaging is wasteful and likely not recyclable, so I’m not really a fan of them from an environmental standpoint. On the plus side, although this is high in sugar, it’s all-natural fruit sugar, and this is pretty high in several vitamins, as well. I find the flavor to be generically fruity and I do give them credit for not using cheaper apple and/or pear products to fill this out like a lot of other pouch snacks do. It really does have blueberry and grape purees and concentrates in it!
Verdict: This month’s Vegan Cuts Snack Box had 15 items for an average value per item of about $1.66. There were many fewer repeats this month and overall I was a bigger fan of this month’s box than I was of last month’s, though I still wish they’d drop the insistence on being gluten-free (which is worse for you from a dietary standpoint *unless* you have celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity as it relies heavily on highly-processed starches and simple carbohydrates to try to replicate some of the texture/mouth feel of gluten). That being said, the coconut cookies were very good and I’d totally buy them if I saw them in a store.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you’ll receive the July box.
Value Breakdown: At $24.95 for this box, you are paying about $1.66 per item.
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What do you think of the June 2019 Vegan Cuts Snack Box?