Looks like Christmas has come a little early for me this year! My boyfriend subscribed me to the Vegan Cuts Snack Box again as a holiday gift, but the first box in the subscription showed up a little early. Not complaining (she said with a mouth full of food).
Not familiar with Vegan Cuts Snack Box? Here's the deal:
- Vegan Cuts is a monthly snack box containing 7-10 "mostly gluten-free" vegan snacks.
- The subscription costs $19.95 per month including shipping within the U.S. They do ship to Canada for an additional $8 per month or worldwide for an additional $15 per month.
- They also offer a monthly vegan beauty box for the same price - check out my archives for reviews of past Vegan Cuts Beauty Boxes and Snack Boxes.
This month's goodies were chosen in collaboration with prolific vegan cookbook author Colleen Patrick Goudreau. Info card (right click --> open in new tab to enlarge):
I'm going to tell you right now that what I actually got in my box doesn't match the info card 100%, so don't be confused. OK, be a little confused. I got food in any case!
Naturade VeganSmart Nutritional Shake - Chai (1.51oz packet, approximate value $2.99):
Ahhh, the old chai protein shake conundrum. Vegan Cuts seems to be very fond of sending out protein shake samples—not the most exciting thing ever, but totally edible. Thing is, a lot of chai-flavored protein powders are GROSS, this one being no exception. I know this because I actually buy the chocolate and vanilla varieties of Naturade VeganSmart every now and then, but have two packets of Chai lingering in my cabinet from before the beginning of time since neither Stan or I want to drink them. So uh... yeah. Another one for the pile! Gulp.
Beanfields Bean & Rice Chips - Pica de Gallo (1.5oz bag, approximate value $1.25):
These are sort of like a less disgusting version of Doritos. Triangular, orangey, and oh-so-savory... Beanfields chips are made with beans in the actual chip, which gives them an interesting sort of crunchy texture and piquancy. I've had these before and thought they were delicious, so I was not at all unhappy to see some in this month's box. Yum!
Somersault Snacks - Salty Pepper (0.5oz bag, approximate value $0.89):
Crunchy little savory snack nuggets made in part with sunflower and sesame seeds. I've also tried these before and like them a lot—there are only a few "nuggets" in each bag but they're actually quite filling and satisfying. I didn't get the Bare Coconut Chips listed on the info card, so I assume these were sent as a replacement.
Earnest Eats Hot & Fit Cereal - Mayan Blend (14oz, approximate value $6.66):A wheat-free "superfood" cereal made with oats, quinoa and amaranth. I haven't tried this yet, but it sounds nutritious so I certainly will. My only complaint is that they sent a package with a rather short expiration date... February 6th, 2015. I'm sure this cereal doesn't have an infinite shelf life (nuts and whatnot go rancid easily), but I do wonder if I would find a package with a longer use-by date if I happened upon this at the store.
Sjaak's Eli's Earth Bars Treasure Bar (1.2oz bar, value $2.29):
A "melk" (not milk) chocolate bar containing peanut butter, crunchy toffee, and caramel. These are SO GOOD. The closest mainstream candy bar equivalent I can think of is Snickers bars, although it's not really an exact match because of the toffee. I gave half of my bar to Stan (I'm so nice) and he immediately asked "Are there any more of these?" If only, if only.
Nutiva O'Coconut Lightly Sweetened Coconut Treat - Classic (1 treat, approximate value $0.89):
Coconut treat, what a wonderfully vague term. By my estimation, these are good old fashioned macaroons—minus the egg, of course. If you like classic coconut macaroons you'll probably love these! This wasn't the moistest macaroon I've ever tried, but it was still highly delicious. Would eat again.
Surf Sweets Tru Joy Organic Peppermint Candy Canes (1 cane, approximate value $0.40):
I haven't tried this yet, but it's a candy cane made with organic ingredients and no artificial dyes. Speaking as someone who grew up in a household of people with corn allergies, I appreciate that these are corn syrup free. Wish I'd known about them before I sent holiday treat baskets to my family!
Torie & Howard Hard Candies (4 assorted candies, approximate value $0.50):
Hard candies made with natural fruit juices. There were two kinds of candy in the box: The ones in the red wrappers are Pomegranate & Nectarine flavor, and the green ones are Pear & Cinnamon. The latter is definitely the more interesting of the two (when's the last time you had a pear-flavored hard candy?) but both were quite could. Would rot my teeth with these anytime.
Parma Vegan Parmesan - Garlicky Green (Sample bag, maybe 0.5oz? Approximate value $0.46):
A vegan "Parmesan" type sprinkle made with nutritional yeast, herbs, kelp, and various seeds. I usually sprinkle nutritional yeast on my popcorn, so I was definitely excited to give this a try. Not sure I'm crazy about the walnuts in this blend... the walnut flavor stands out over all the other ingredients to me, which isn't really what I was expecting. Not bad, but I probably won't pick up a full-sized jar.
Dandies Mini Marshmallows (10oz bag, approximate value $4.49):
If I'm not mistaken, this full-sized bag of Dandies was a Black Friday signup bonus, which is why it's not listed on the info card. They also sent along a Dandies button. Precious. To my knowledge, there are only two vegan marshmallow companies out there: Dandies (duh) and Sweet & Sara. Dandies marshmallows are kind of like the classic marshmallows you'd have with hot cocoa as a kid, while Sweet & Sara are more of the gourmet type. I like both, so I was really excited to get these (as you can probably tell by the open bag and missing marshmallows in the photo above...)
Total box value: Approximately $16.33 (not including the Dandies)
Overall, not a bad month for Vegan Cuts Snack Box. I've come to expect that their total box value generally falls a little short of the cost, but they choose interesting, appetizing items for the most part. I didn't include the Dandies in my final tally because I think only new subscribers received them—correct me if I'm wrong, internet. My personal favorite discovery from this box is the Eli's Treasure Bar—holy crap, that was good. I want to find another one and eat it right now but somehow I don't think that would be very good for me.
If you want to try the Vegan Cuts Snack Box for yourself, you can do so here. Put it in your mouth!
What do you think of the December 2014 Vegan Cuts Snack Box? Which of these snacks sounds most (or least) appealing to you?
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