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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 October 2020 Review
Vegancuts had a pretty solid year last year. Let’s see what they sent for October:
The box came with this information card.
Foods Alive Nutritional Yeast (1 oz) - Retail Value $1.99
Some folks say that nutritional yeast provides a "cheesy" flavor to foods but I don't really think so. However, I have a couple of vegan cookbooks that have this as an ingredient so it is nice to have it around. It has a lot of minerals and B vitamins that can be hard to find in other vegan food sources. This is generally a good brand, too. (We've received this same product before and it is fine as nutritional yeast goes.)
Sunwarrior Plant Based Collagen Building Protein Peptides, Tahitian Vanilla (1 serving) - Buy 20 Servings for $34.95
Collagen is popular in a lot of products now but collagen is not vegan (can only be sourced from animals). However, your body does make some of its own collagen and this is supposed to help with collagen production. Obviously that is not something I can assess on a molecular level. But this has some of the amino acids commonly found in collagen like proline and hydroxyproline. Anyway, I just mixed a few tablespoons of this into my morning smoothie and it blended well (use a stick blender) and I liked the flavor. It's priced similarly to other vegan protein powders, as well.
Brami Italian Snacking Lupini Beans, Sea Salt and Vinegar (1.06 oz) - Buy 8, 2.3 oz Packages for $19.99
I thought these were just OK but my husband ate one of his (I share the snacks with him for a second opinion) and refused to eat the rest, so this might be considered a controversial item. I guess we are used to bean snacks that are dry and these are not dry. Plus they're a little rubbery. The salt and vinegar flavor is pretty mild and didn't bother me (it's not my favorite flavor combination). Interesting to try, but probably not something I would purchase more of.
Riceworks Gourmet Rice Snacks, Sea Salt (1.75 oz)
These were out of stock (the manufacturer linked to Amazon) so I can't list a price although it is probably $27.94 for a pack of 6, 5.5 oz bags since the other varieties all cost the same. These were pretty plain and could definitely use some salsa or hummus or something. The first ingredient is brown rice (they're not 100% whole grain but they do have a fair amount) and they're not super rustic in spite of that; I think people who are not as used to whole grains as I am may still like these. I'd be interested in trying some of the other flavors (not sure the other flavors are vegan, but looking at the names they ought to be).
These are sold out at the manufacturer's website so I don't know a price for them, either. They're big pumpkin seeds (but without the shells) and they're pretty good. The chocolate is just at the right level; the salt is less noticeable. For a flavored/coated snack, they're not super messy, which is great. One time I had these in a maple flavor and they were awesome but it must've been a limited edition because I don't see it on their website now. Anyway, I'm generally a fan of this brand, although I do wish this sample had been just a bit larger.
Bakeology Chocolate Chip Crunchy Cookie Bites (1 oz) - Buy 3, 6 oz Bags for $16.47
These are gluten-free and are made primarily with rice flour. There's a bit of an undertaste there that might be the coconut oil. They have kind of a crumbly texture that I really liked but my husband was less of a fan. You do end up with a lot of starchiness in your teeth after eating these. I feel like I've had these before (don't remember if it was from Vegancuts) and would be interested in trying other flavors.
Lil Bucks Sprouted Buckwheat Cereal, Cacao (1.5 oz) - Buy 6 oz for $6.99
This was a totally new item for me. There were suggestions on the package for eating them but I just ate like cereal with a little almond milk. That may not have been the best choice although it did work well with the chocolate flavor. The pieces are quite tiny but they're buckwheat so that's just how it's going to be. It is suggested on the package to add these to yogurt or smoothies (presumably eaten with a spoon) and that may work a little better. But, overall not too hard and the chocolate was good.
Blake's Seed Based S'Mores Snack Bar (1.23 oz) - Buy 12 for $23.99
This is a seed bar with some chocolate chips and rice and quinoa puffs. We've had some products from this brand before in the Vegancuts snack box but I don't remember getting this one before? Anyway, the chocolate was NOT melted which was nice (to be fair, Vegancuts usually gets that right). I didn't really get "s'mores" out of it but the chocolate flavor worked well with the seeds. The texture was a bit "rustic," for lack of a better word, but if you are looking for a snack that is vegan and free of the major allergens, this may suit your needs.
Soon Kimchi Noodle Soup (2.64 oz) - Buy 12 for $29.88
Although I appreciate learning about Asian noodle-based snacks that don't have meat or shellfish derived ingredients in them, I think my blood pressure went up a few points just from looking at the sodium levels on the package -- over 1000 mg of sodium in one cup or 46% of what you should get in a day. I mixed this up as directed on the package and tasted it and although I did find the saltiness delicious, I guess I'm just not a kimchi fan? I also didn't finish this because I am on blood pressure medicine and it seems like not a good thing to eat that much salt.
Watermelon Hint (16 fl oz) - Buy 12 Bottles for $16.99
This is very lightly flavored water. (It crushed the rice chips and cookies, though.) It is definitely more interesting than plain water but also not too strong and, thankfully, unsweetened. It's also less expensive than I would've expected for fancy bottled water. If you remember those infusers that were popular a few years ago, this is kind of like drinking the fruit infused water but without the fruit waste that accompanied it.
Verdict: This month’s Vegancuts Snack Box had 10 items for an average value per item of about $2.50. I feel like maybe the total value this month is a little low because a lot of the individual item prices are less than the average (for example, a bottle of the Hint water is about $1.42 and an ounce of the cookies is about $0.92). One or two more items, or even just multiples of an item (like two packets of protein powder) might've made me feel like the value was better. There were a few repeats (nutritional yeast and the cookies, for example) but there were quite a few new-to-me items as well (rice crackers, buckwheat cereal). I did appreciate the mix of item types (some snacks, some pantry items, a drink, etc.) and think that was fairly representative.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? This is the October box; order by the end of the month to get this 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 October 2020 Vegancuts Snack Box?