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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 U.S. for free, Canada for $6.95, and worldwide for $14.95.
Vegancuts Snack Box December 2020 Review
Vegancuts had a pretty solid year last year. Let’s see what they sent for December:
The box arrived with this information card, which details the items found inside.
Sproud Unsweetened Plant-Based Milk (33.8 fl oz) - Buy a 6 Pack f or $32
This is a non-dairy milk that uses pea protein as the base. I like that we received unsweetened/unflavored, because the main way I use non-dairy milk is in my morning smoothies, and I don’t like to add a lot of sugar or change the flavor too dramatically. I also like that we received a full-size package instead of a sample size (although it totally smashed the rice chips during shipping). Peas may be a little more environmentally-friendly than almonds, as non-dairy milk proteins go since they don’t require quite as much water. They also naturally associate with nitrogen-fixing bacteria in the soil so they don’t need tons of fertilizer like some grains do. This worked well in smoothies although I think with pea-based protein (which I also tried on one or two days) it was maybe a little too much pea. If you are going to make protein smoothies with this, maybe try something a little different, like soy protein or a pumpkin seed protein – or something of that nature.
Blum Toasty Almonds, Cinnamon Spice (6.2 oz) – Buy a 5 Flavor Variety Pack for $31.96
This had six servings which is a lot! I am pleased to report that if you do the whole microwave toasting process described on the package, that these are still good the next day. Anyway, there is an oil packet in here and a flavoring packet and you pour both over the almonds and shake them up and then heat in the microwave. I would call this party food, or perhaps it would be good as a family snack if you have kids who like almonds. It was a generous size and pretty tasty – the cinnamon was at just the right level and there wasn’t too much sugar for me.
Shanti Mini Dark Chocolate Brownie Superfood Protein Bar (0.6 oz) - Buy 8 Bars for $8.99 (found here for $7.99)
I think I’ve had this before, or at least something from this brand because it was familiar to me. These are nice if you want a small snack but don’t want a ton of calories. They are pretty low in sugar as well as sodium, which is great. Although the first ingredient is a blend of almonds and cashews, this is basically a date bar (even though dates are pretty far down on the ingredients list). The chocolate flavor is not super noticeable to me. It’s good, it just doesn’t remind me of a brownie.
I can’t find this flavor for sale online so I’ve linked to the company’s Amazon page (which seems to be their main selling platform) so if it shows up eventually you can find it there. This tastes EXACTLY like what you would expect based on the name. It’s not quite a cookie (although they do make cookies) but it is a soft-baked bar with a bit of texture from the oats.
Picky Bars, Ah, Fudge Nuts! (1.6 oz) – Retail Value $2.75
I would not say this tastes like either a peanut butter cup (despite the packaging) or a peanut butter brownie (despite the claims on the product page) but it does have noticeable chocolate and peanut flavors. It is quite sweet; it is a date bar and the dates have some natural sugar, and the second ingredient is tapioca syrup, another sweetener. I guess I would classify this as an “energy” bar because those often have a lot of sugar but can be useful for people doing activities like hiking or endurance sports. This is also gluten- and soy-free.
Wild Riceworks Gourmet Rice Snacks, Sea Salt and Black Sesame (1.75 oz) – Buy 6, 5.5 oz Bags for $27.94
I have had something from this company before but I don’t remember what. I think it may have been a different flavor. These were absolutely smashed to bits due to the heavy Sproud package. The sesame flavor was definitely noticeable, which I’m honestly kind of happy about because I find sea salt on its own to be rather boring. I would feel pretty safe ordering a case of these because when I order similar items from Amazon, they are packaged in boxes that ensure they’re more likely to arrive intact.
Fullgreen Riced Ideas, Portobello Mushroom (7.05 oz) – Buy 6 for $25.99
We’ve had a few other items from this brand in the Vegancuts Snack Box in the past and they’ve been all right. I mean, I don’t really go for riced cauliflower, I just eat brown rice. Because if you are vegan or vegetarian, there’s no point in trying to go low carb. (I would call my typical diet “high carb!”) If you need something quicker than a typical rice cooking time, this may work, although it’s only 150 calories for the whole package so it is unlikely to be a satisfying meal on its own. My husband forbade me from putting this in the microwave because we’d only just gotten the smell of cauliflower out of our house from something we’d cooked a few days before, but I really just can’t do mushrooms in any way, shape, or form, anyway. So, I am going to pass this along to someone else who will enjoy it more.
This product has some interesting protein sources including pea, quinoa, algae, artichoke, and amaranth. My guess is that it's to get the blend of amino acids needed for collagen building, and there is also proline, an amino acid that is present in high amounts in collagen. This is sweetened with stevia, monk fruit, lucuma, and yacon, none of which I particularly care for. However, if I just put a few tablespoons of this in my morning smoothie, I couldn’t really taste the sweeteners among all the other ingredients. (Also you can buy an unflavored/unsweetened version if you prefer.)
Nuttzo 7 Nut and Seed Butter (0.88 oz) - Buy 10 for $13.99 (found here for $6.99)
I always find it a bit funny to find something keto-friendly in a vegan box because “vegan” and “keto” are diets that don’t really overlap a whole lot (vegan keto is a thing but I really don’t like eating that much fat and avocados/coconut oil/nuts would feel pretty limiting after a while). Anyhow, this was pretty good on crackers and I think it would also work on a sandwich since it doesn’t have chocolate in it (chocolate nut butters sound like they would make good sandwiches but they actually don’t).
Offblak Tea Sampler
I’ve provided links to the product pages but no prices; this is a UK-based company and it is $15-20 shipping to the U.S., which I don’t feel is really worth it because there are a lot of similar teas more readily available in the states that you can get from Amazon, Vitacost, supermarkets, or direct from the brands with free shipping.
This is a black tea with mint and chocolate but is a lot less sweet than the Stash Chocolate Mint Oolong. The product page suggests having this with milk (the tea itself is vegan) and I think some vanilla nondairy milk might actually really work well with this. I don’t think this would fool me into skipping dessert but it was kind of nice on a cold December morning.
This has a rooibos base and you can tell. The apple pieces are not noticeable overall from a flavor standpoint. This one is a bit tart between the cranberry and hibiscus so if there is a vegan liquid sweetener that you enjoy, such as date syrup, or some of that apple-based fake honey that I’ve seen before, that may be a worthwhile addition. This one is caffeine-free.
This reminded me of a Celestial Seasonings Zinger tea, which is not surprising considering the hibiscus, rosehips, and blackberry leaves in the blend. I really didn’t notice the ginger at all. If you are looking for something similar from a U.S.-based brand, try the Raspberry Zinger from Celestial Seasonings. This one would be good iced as well as hot.
Verdict: This month’s Vegancuts Snack Box had 10 items (counting the different teas as one item) for an average value per item of about $2.50. I definitely discovered a few new brands and items. I appreciated the generous sizes of both the Sproud and the almonds and even though I wouldn't buy tea from the UK due to shipping time and cost, it is fun to try a few things like that every now and then. The only thing that was really not a hit for me was the mushroom riced cauliflower, but I would not expect every person to like every item in a snack subscription and I think it was an appropriate item to include. Overall this month's curation was pretty good!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, order by the end of the month to get the December 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 December 2020 Vegancuts Snack Box?