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.
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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 January 2020 Review
Vegancuts had a pretty solid year last year. Let’s see what they sent for January:
We are back to having an information card this month.
Guru Organic Energy Lite (8.4 fl oz) - Buy 24 cans for $48.99
I had a career-related exam to study for over the last week (I passed, woohoo) and I was pounding caffeine in the mornings to get me through the practice tests. This helped me along one morning. I'm glad we got the one without a bunch of calories (this had 9 if I remember right) and it didn't have a funky artificial (or stevia, or monk fruit, or whatever) aftertaste like some lite drinks can. I don't regularly consume energy drinks but if I did, this would be one I'd consider purchasing.
D'Vash Date Nectar (5.6 oz) - Retail Value $6.99
I don't often use liquid sweeteners so I am accumulating a lot of them. Vegancuts sent a large bottle of honey substitute last month. This one is date nectar. It looks a lot like molasses but tastes way better and isn't so thick and viscous. I have been putting it in oatmeal on the weekends. This one might also work for baking because it has real sugars in it from the dates, so they would caramelize properly.
Kafina Organic Energy Elixir (1 fl oz) - Buy 8 bottles for $25
My husband and I both tried this and neither of us were a fan. He drinks coffee and I don't, but it wasn't the coffee here so much that was a problem for me, it was that there was schisandra berry listed as an ingredient so there was a very tart, fruity flavor that didn't work with the coffee.
Bush's Best Bean Chips, Sea Salt (1.5 oz) - Buy 12 bags for $28.25
I would probably not buy these online if you are interested in them. I ended up linking to an Amazon third-party seller listing but most of the links I got were Publix, Kroger, and Instacart, so if you want to try these, go to a conventional grocery retailer. They are black bean chips in the style of Beanfield's or Beanitos and they actually do have a pretty good texture and I think they would work well with dips although they're also kind of good just on their own.
Puffworks Original Peanut Butter Puffs (1.2 oz) - Buy 12 bags for $29
These are pretty starchy but I am a fan of most peanut-butter-flavored snacks and I did like how these tasted. I suppose one other benefit is that you get the peanut butter flavor and the feeling of eating something on the larger side without all the calories of peanut butter.
Bohana Popped Water Lily Seeds, Soulful Spice (2 oz) - Buy 6 bags for $24.99
I received a non-vegan variety of these in Love With Food last month and thought they had a weird undertaste and I wasn't really a fan. However, this was a different flavor and I figured I would give it a chance, because sometimes one flavor of a snack doesn't work for me but another does. As it turns out, though, the weird undertaste was a feature of the water lily seeds, themselves, and not the individual flavoring. It has sort of an umami character to it and I am just not big on umami in general (which is probably why I've been a vegetarian for 26 years).
Smpl Detox Bites, Charcoal + Coconut (1.83 oz) - Buy 8 bags for $40
Normally I share subscription box snacks with my husband so as to get a second opinion (we have overlapping but different tastes in food). He refused to eat these because of the charcoal. I also think the charcoal is kind of silly. I have heard of taking charcoal in some cases of upset stomach but it is just not something you need to eat on a regular basis, especially if you are feeling all right. "Detox" is not a legitimate scientific or medical concept. But, moving on. If you consider these only as nut/fruit bites, they are not bad -- not too dry, not too sticky, and a good amount of sweetness.
FYI: several variations of this item were possible. The MSA photographer got a different kind than I did, as indicated by the images. Mine did not contain CBD but I think that's a gimmicky ingredient, too, to be honest, just like the charcoal.
Dang Bar, Peanut Butter (1.4 oz) - Buy 12 bars for $31.99
These bill themselves as plant-based keto bars, which I find funny, because if you are trying to be vegan and keto you are not going to be able to eat much of anything at all, since so many vegan sources of fat come with carbs. (And most of the keto people I know eat eggs and cheese and meat all the time.) However, Dang products are generally good, and I liked this (it's hard to mess up coconut and peanut if you happen to like both), although I thought it was a little dry and I probably also wouldn't buy a 1.4 oz bar that had an average cost of $2.67.
Ekoa Pure Pineapple (1.23 oz) - Buy 12 bars for $21.99
Despite the name, this isn't pure pineapple, but also has dates (the company website says this is for binding purposes, and I get that, as dried pineapple can be kind of finicky, since I've made it in my food dehydrator before). At any rate, it is good, and I think the sweetness of the dates kind of cuts the tartness of the pineapple, which can be super intense in dried pineapple.
Lupii Penaut Butter Cacao Nib (1.76 oz) - Buy 12 for $39.49
I would not have known this had beans in it if I had just eaten it without the benefit of seeing any packaging. You can't tell they're there. I know protein can be a concern for some vegans (not all, it really depends on your personal taste and any allergies you might have, especially with respect to nuts and legumes) and this could be one way to get some protein. I feel like a little bit of a broken record when I say I think this was good, but peanut butter and chocolate is almost always a winning combination for me. I did think it was a little on the dry side, I guess. (Vegancuts is probably not a good choice for people with nut allergies, fair warning. This month was heavy on the peanuts but you'll see a lot of almonds and walnuts and such, as well.)
Verdict: This month’s Vegancuts Snack Box had 10 items for an average value per item of about $2.50. A lot of them were new to me (Smpl bites, date nectar, Lupii bar, Dang bar, peanut butter puffs). Some were a little on the unusual side (water lily seeds, coffee elixir) but I don't mind because they're not repeats and part of what I want from a snack subscription box is to find new snacks. Not everyone is going to like everything, of course. But I think it's great that Vegancuts is reaching out to smaller, independent snack companies to provide variety.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? This was the January 2020 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 $2.50 per item.
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What do you think of the January 2020 Vegancuts Snack Box?