The Vegancuts 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. Vegancuts 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 Vegancuts Snack Box
The Subscription Box: Vegancuts Snack Box
The Cost: $24.95/month. Save with 6- and 12-month subscriptions.
The Products: 7-10 vegan snacks, pantry items, and occasionally supplements.
Ships to: The US for free, Canada for $6.95, and worldwide for $14.95.
Vegancuts Snack Box December 2019 Review
Vegancuts has had a pretty solid year so far. Let’s see what they sent for December:
There was not an information card this month.
Larabar Variety Box (16 bars, 8 flavors) - Retail Value $21.40
This item, right here, makes up the bulk of the purchase price of the subscription on a month-to-month basis. It is also part of the reason the top of the box is bowed out so much -- they really stuffed the box full. These bars are low-ingredient bars (meaning they have like 2 or 3 or 4 ingredients only). I am not always a fan of such things, but these stood out as being better quality than some of the others I've tried. First off, although maybe they didn't taste exactly like cherry pie (as an example), the cherries were definitely noticeable and the predominant flavor, peanut butter was distinguishable from cashew, etc., and the texture was great. I'd actually consider buying this again.
Pyure Organics Sugarfree Harmless Hunny (13.05 oz) - Retail Value $14.20
This is sweetened with stevia and I was honestly prepared not to like it as I am not a fan of stevia in most things. However. I actually thought it was pretty good, and did a good job of approximating the flavor and scent of honey. This was another high-value item and another pleasant surprise. (I have been putting it in oatmeal. I would probably not try to bake with it as it is sugar free and won't caramelize properly. But it should work in drinks or oatmeal or as a drizzle over a baked good.)
Pirq Plant Protein Super Foods Almonds Curcumin Maca Golden Vanilla (11 fl oz) - Buy 4 bottles for $13.99
This was a new brand for me. Curcumin is found in turmeric and is anti-inflammatory. It is also highly colored, which is why this, poured into a glass, looks like thinned out mustard. It doesn't taste like turmeric or mustard or anything, but it tastes very much like overly-sweetened vanilla, which is probably the stevia coming through. (Stevia in drinks, I find, tends to be super sweet and to sometimes have an aftertaste.)
Ellyndale Keto Coconut Infusions Non-Dairy Butter Flavor (3 packets) - Retail Value $1.99 (found here for $1.59)
I can't imagine there are too many vegans on the keto diet as pretty much all vegan fat sources except coconut oil (which this is) come with carbs. (The only people on keto I know eat all kinds of eggs and meat and cheese.) I kind of like that this comes in individual packets because coconut oil can be hard to measure due to its melting point being near room temperature. This doesn't have a ton of flavor but smells very strongly of movie theater butter flavor.
Navitas Organics Vanilla and Greens Organic Essential Superfood Blend (1 serving) - Buy 10 servings for $29.99
My picture of this brand is that it is kind of pricy but that it is known for superfoods (cacao nibs, goji berries, and that kind of thing). So although this is a new item for me, it makes sense for the brand. I mixed this into my morning smoothies over a couple of days and was generally happy with it. It blended well and the flavor wasn't overpowering.
Theo Sea Salt 70% Dark Chocolate (1 oz) - Buy 3 oz for $3.99
This brand shows up every now and then in Vegancuts and I think I have liked everything I've tried from them. This is no exception. The salt is definitely evident and the chocolate has a nice, smooth texture. Plus it came in December so it wasn't melted (Vegancuts is good about that sort of thing).
Poshi Steamed and Marinated Snack Artichokes (1.58 oz) - Buy 10 packs for $19.99
This brand is unusual, they pretty much offer only vegetables in sealed packs like this. I think it is great of Vegancuts to be introducing us to new, niche brands with interesting products, and these are low in calories, and maybe you're noticing that I'm avoiding talking about how these actually are to eat, and that's because they're strange and really not something I enjoyed, and it may be a texture issue for me, as artichoke hearts often are.
Kibo Chickpea Chips, Mediterranean Herbs (1 oz) - Buy 12 bags for $19.99
These are a bit chewier than similar chips or crackers made from wheat, but they have some fiber and a fair amount of protein while not being too high in calories. The herb flavor is very, very strong. It's not bad, but there will be very few dips these will work with, although they could be eaten on their own as they are definitely not plain. My husband and I both decided we liked them, though.
Bobo's Oat Bites in Chocolate Chip (1.3 oz) - Buy 30 for $26.94
I have received these in a few different snack subscription boxes lately. Although they sound good in principle, the texture is kind of hard and dry. I thought it was just maybe I got an old one, but the last several I've had have all been like that. They're not super crumbly, but I kind of wish they were softer.
Beanitos Sea Salt Black Bean Chips (1 oz) - Buy six 5 oz bags for $19.80
A year or two ago, Beanitos underwent a package change (maybe to disguise that the full-size bags went from like 7.5 oz to 5 oz), and they seem to have changed their formula somewhat, as well. I liked the old ones better, truth be told. These are still a decent alternative to corn chips and they don't taste too beany. However, they were a casualty of the overstuffed box, and my bag only had about one chip piece bigger than a US quarter.
NuGo Dark Mocha Chocolate (1.76 oz) - Buy 12 bars for $19
This is a plant-based protein bar (despite the packaging kind of making it look like a candy bar). The protein source is soy and it's primarily in the form of crisps (so think like Rice Krispies but a little chewier and denser). But wow, does this taste like COFFEE. So my husband liked it a lot and me, not so much. (The texture was fine and for us it totally hinged on whether you were a fan of coffee or not.)
Humming Hemp Hemp Hearts, Spicy (1 oz) - Buy 8 oz for $9.99
I couldn't think of how to use these so I tried eating them right out of the bag and that was probably not the best choice as they all got stuck under my permanent retainer wire. I would not suggest putting these in a smoothie because, while the flavor is mild, there is a spicy flavor there, and I don't think it would work with fruit and sweet flavors. Some suggestions I've come up with since then - have them as salad toppers, in soup, in savory wraps, or with hummus. The fat in the hemp seeds means these are likely not too spicy even for people who tend to prefer mild food.
Hippeas Nacho Vibes (1.5 oz) - Buy 12 bags for $19.99
These show up in food subscription boxes all the time but I was very happy to see a different flavor for once. I like these better than the "vegan white cheddar" ones. They have just a hint of spice and heat and remained mostly intact although smashed at the top of the box alongside the Beanitos. (Note to Hippeas: please display the price on your website without making people add stuff to their cart before seeing how much it costs.)
Verdict: This month’s Vegancuts Snack Box had 13 items for an average value per item of about $1.92. Many of the items were new to me, if not the brand then at least the flavor. This is always appreciated, for sure. The two biggest-ticket items (Larabars and honey substitute) together more than cover the month-to-month cost of the box. Although some things were unusual and/or not my favorite (artichokes, etc.), I am not going to complain about that. Not every food item is going to please every subscriber, and one thing I really value about food subscriptions in general is discovery of new snacks, and I will never discover new snacks if boxes don't reach out to new, niche, or unusual brands, and Vegancuts is definitely doing that here.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? This was the December box; order by the end of the month to get that month's box.
Value Breakdown: At $24.95 for this box, you are paying about $1.92 per item.
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What do you think of the December 2019 Vegancuts Snack Box?