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 May 2020 Review
Vegancuts had a pretty solid year last year. Let’s see what they sent for May:
There was an information card this month. (The cards have been inconsistently included in recent months.)
Outstanding Foods Pig Out Pigless Pork Rinds, Texas BBQ (1 oz) - Buy 4, 3.5 oz bags for $15.96
Are these like real pork rinds? I have no idea, as I've never in all my 42 years eaten a pork rind. (Granted, I've been vegetarian for 27 of those years, so...) Think of them more like rice puffs/rice chips, because that's basically what they are. I do like the BBQ flavor quite a bit, it's got a nice hint of spice and it goes really well with the crunchy texture. I'm not sure the other flavors of these are vegan, but if any of them are, I'd love to see them in a future box.
Cookie+ Protein, Chocolate Chip (2 oz) - Buy 12 cookies for $21.99
This is soft and not too dense, which is exactly what I like to see in a packaged cookie of any type. It is super high in sugar, with the first ingredient being evaporated cane juice, and totaling 20 grams of sugar PER SERVING which is 40 grams if you eat the whole cookie, which is honestly more than you should get in an entire day. I would like to see if these could be made with less sugar. The main protein is fava bean protein, but they don't taste beany. I mean it tastes good, but because of the sugar I wouldn't buy these. I feel like the point of having protein and fat is to provide sustainable energy but I got a total sugar crash after this and fell asleep.
Go Macro Macrobar Smooth Sanctuary (2.3 oz) - Buy 12 bars for $34.95
These bars cost a little more than similar products, but they are also somewhat larger, so I think the per ounce price is competitive. This was mostly good but my husband (with whom I share all subscription box snacks) and I both detected a strong undertaste that reminded us of roasted sesame and we are at a loss as to where this came from. Because there is no sesame in the ingredients list. It probably has something to do with one of the cocoa ingredients? Anyway, I would recommend a different flavor because the sesame thing was just kind of strange.
Joolies 3 Date Snack Pack (1.4 oz) - Buy 8 packs for $19.99
I should look more carefully at packages because I cut into these to remove the pits before realizing they were already pitted. Haha. Anyway. These are dried dates and they are pretty much the same as other dried dates I have had. These are better for snacking than bulk bought ones because of the way they are packaged, but less suitable for recipes because of the same reason (although this brand does sell pitted and un-pitted dates in larger packages that would work for recipes).
Beviva Purpo All in One Cereal (1.73 oz) - Retail Value $4
This is a cold cereal that is meant to be an "on the go" sort of product. It has a plastic spoon inside as well as two packets. One packet contains "granola" (kind of like Rice Krispies in terms of texture, some made with purple sweet potato, which strongly influences the color) and the other contains dry oat milk. You are supposed to dump the oat milk one into the cup, add 3 oz of water, and then add the granola. You are supposed to measure the water with the empty oat milk packet. I found these directions a bit cumbersome so I used a glass liquid measure to measure 3 oz. What I would suggest instead for this company is just to have all the granola and dried oat milk loose and to add a fill line to the cup for water. This tastes decent, maybe a little bland. There is dried fruit in here that was kind of hard; that might work better in a hot cereal, to be honest, where it has a chance of absorbing some of the liquid.
Unisoy Vegan Jerky, Teriyaki Flavor (1 oz) - Buy 3.5 oz for $6.99
Like pork rinds, "real" jerky is another thing I've never tried in my life. So it isn't something I feel I'm missing. But anyway. Vegancuts sends vegan jerky products every couple of months; they are typically made from soy or coconut. This is one of the soy ones. The pieces are small so you can just put them in your mouth without using your incisors, which is nice, but they are very tough and even one small piece took me a long time to chew. The flavor is generally "umami" so if you like that sort of thing, the flavor will probably work for you. (I personally don't care for a lot of umami flavors, which is probably why I've managed to stay away from meat for as long as I have. But I also may be unusual in that preference.)
The Soulfull Project Hearty Grains and Seeds Multigrain Hot Cereal (1.4 oz) - Buy 10 packets for $7.99
This is a multi-time repeat item for the Vegancuts Snack Box. It has quinoa, chia, and flax in addition to oats. It really needs something for a bit of flavor so I used some fake honey from a previous Vegancuts box and a mix of spices (cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, etc.) that I made up for my regular weekend oatmeal, and that works pretty well. It has 0 grams of added sugars, which is a bonus. (For what it's worth, the fake honey I'm using is also sugar-free.)
RightRice, Lemon Pepper (7 oz) - Buy 3 bags for $14.99
I think this is more meant for people making the transition from white rice to brown, as it has a decent amount of protein but is still mostly starch (30 grams total carbohydrates in a serving, not really any sugar, but only 5 grams of fiber). There is some protein from lentils, chickpeas, and peas. I am not sure how to use this, though, to be honest. Because it is lemon pepper flavored so it won't work with most of the ways I use rice (that just sounds weird with tofu stir fry, for example). I might try it with this product, which can be seasoned in various ways. (Not 100% sure the linked product is vegan, although I *think* it is.)
Rise Oat Milk Latte Nitro Cold Brew Coffee (7 fl oz) - Buy 12 cans for $34.99
I gave this to my husband because I despise coffee. He said that although you would not mistake it for coffee with an actual dairy product in it, it did work pretty well. He tends to just make his own iced coffee, usually with almond milk because that's what we have in excess around the house, so we probably wouldn't order this, but if you are a cold-brew coffee fan and are out and about and looking for a drink, this could be a good option.
Miracle Tree Super Caffeinated Moringa Infusion, Cherry Chamomile (1 bag) - Buy 16 bags for $12.99 (found here for $8.49)
Miracle Tree teas show up fairly often in Vegancuts boxes and I usually like them *if* they have fruity flavors in them. (There is a chai one that is not bad, either.) So I had high hopes for this. I brewed it and let it sit for a minute, though, and it made my whole living room smell like mothballs or something. Powerfully so. It just smelled so bad, my husband started complaining about it. I tasted it but the flavor was almost identical to the smell (although there *was* some cherry in there that I could detect). I couldn't finish it. I'm glad it was just one bag instead of an entire box.
Zolli Pops (2 count) - Buy a 5.2 oz package for $5.27
These are sugar-free and sweetened with sugar alcohols. They taste good; I am fairly used to sugar alcohols in foods and they work better than monk fruit or stevia. You can eat these after a meal and they help protect your teeth as the sugar alcohols can't be metabolized by plaque-forming bacteria. I often eat xylitol mints after a meal and these work on the same principle. I probably wouldn't get these again because the lollipop stick is kind of awkward for a problem I am having right now, but I do like them (my permanent retainer has come unbonded from two teeth so I go around most of the day with orthodontic wax covering the loose end, but the lollipop stick makes me hold these in my mouth in such a way that the wax comes loose, but I can't go to the dentist or orthodontist to get this fixed right now because of COVID-19, so anyway, that's my highly specific and unusual reason for not buying more of these).
Verdict: This month’s Vegancuts Snack Box had 11 items for an average value per item of about $2.27. A lot of the items were new to me, like the cereal, jerky, fake pork rinds, dates, cookie, and rice product. I was really pleased at how few repeats there were this month. And even though every product didn't work for me, I discovered a lot and that is really what I am looking for from a snack box. (It is also nice to just be able to eat things without reading the ingredients list first -- I can't do that with other snack boxes.)
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? This is the May box; order by the end of the month to get this month's box.
Value Breakdown: At $24.95 for this box, you are paying about $2.27 per item.
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