One of the things I love about modern life is that you can get pretty much anything delivered to your house. When I first tried my hand at vegetarianism as a teenager 800,000 years ago, I had trouble finding veggie-friendly snacks in my local supermarket—and there sure as hell wasn't anyone sending them directly to my doorstep. That's why, despite its occasional flaws, I really appreciate the Vegan Cuts Snack Box—cheese-esque foods Direct-2-U, no going outside and rummaging around store shelves required. Anyway, who wants to see what was in the May box?
Not familiar with the Vegan Cuts Snack Box? Here's what you need to know:
- 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 ship to Canada for an additional $8 per month and 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.
Here's a look at the info card from this month's box:
In case you can't read the fine print, the thing on the bottom is a coupon: Use code MAYSNACKS to get $10 off any order $50+ in the Vegan Cuts shop (expires June 15th, 2015). Vegan Cuts Snack Boxes don't always have themes, but they often feature snack picks from well-known vegan bloggers and/or internet personalities—in this case it's Spork Foods (which is an LA-based vegan food company, apparently). Their picks were indicated on the other side of the info card:
Let's have a look at each of the snacks individually, bite by bite. Chomp.
Beanitos Chipotle BBQ Black Bean Chips (1.5oz bag):
Beanitos are sort of like tortilla chips, except made with crushed beans in addition to corn or whatever else normally goes into tortilla chips. Pair them with hummus or bean dip for ulitmate brapping! Uh, anyway... I don't think I had tried this particular flavor before, but I like it. It's not cloyingly sweet like some BBQ chips can be, and the smokiness of the chipotles is nice. Would nom again.
Oogies Gourmet Popcorn - Spicy Chipotle & Lime (1oz bag):
More chipotle action. I thought the amount of seasoning on this popcorn was just right—slightly spicy and tangy, but not so hot or salty that it felt like it would burn a hole in my mouth. I prefer the enhanced crunchiness levels of fresh popcorn, but this stuff is pretty decent.
Dark Dog Organic Energy Drink - Blood Orange (12fl oz can):
A natural energy drink with B vitamins that's caffeinated, but not so caffeinated that it makes you feel like your heart is going to explode. I tried a different flavor of this in a previous Vegan Cuts box, and I have to say that I like Blood Orange better—it's refreshing and tart without being too sweet (or bland).
Toyou Apricot Coconut Bar (1x 40g bar):
A soft-ish snack bar made with NUTS. The apricot taste is strong in this one. I liked it, but probably not enough to seek it out on its own.
Keenwah Chocolate Sea Salt Quinoa Clusters (1oz bag):
Chewy, sweet and salty snack bits made with puffed quinoa and a drizzle of chocolate. These are kind of like a healthier, less disgustingly sweet version of Quaker Chewy bars. I like!
Miracle Tree Moringa Tea Bags (3 bags, assorted flavors):
I received one bag each of strawberry, mango, and lemon. I haven't tried these yet so I can't comment on the flavor, but moringa leaves are used to remedy a variety of ailments (like headaches, intestinal problems, etc.) Shrug. This is the sort of thing I'd be vaguely interested in sampling, but maybe not in the context of a snack box.
NuGo Fiber d'Lish bar in Orange Cranberry (1x 45g bar):
Another soft snack bar made with psyllium and various other grains that will keep you reaaaaal regular. I liked the flavor of this bar—it reminded me of a healthier version of Christmas fruit cake, sort of? I feel like these would be good for those days when you're too rushed to grab a proper breakfast.
Growing Naturals Vanilla Blast Pea Protein (25g):
I'm sure that Growing Naturals makes palatable protein powders, but at this point I'm so overloaded with new protein powders from Vegan Cuts that I haven't really had the desire to try it. (Seriously, I could use all the extra protein powder to spackle my walls or something.
The Spice Hunter Crushed Chipotle Pepper (2 tsp):
It's not exactly a "snack", but crushed chipotle pepper is great for using in soups, chili etc. So I'll definitely give Spice Hunter's version a try. But whoa, isn't this the third chipotle thing in this month's box? I feel bad for subscribers who hate chipotles.
Go Veggie! Dairy Free Grated Parmesan Style Topping (10g):
Soy-based "cheese" for those of us who don't eat dairy. I've tried a lot of non-cheeses in my time, and I'll say this: I never sampled one that actually tasted like cheese. Some non-dairy cheeses taste delicious (particular ones made with cashews), but if you taste something like this and expect it to be identical to dairy cheese, you will be disappointed. In any case, I thought this stuff had a decent flavor for sprinkling on pizza or pasta. I did taste a little bit of it on a spoon by its lonesome because I'm gross, and when heavily concentrated it has a slight aftertaste, but it's not too bad. This would be good for someone who recently went dairy-free or vegan and needed a little help transitioning.
Daily Green Boost barley grass juice powder (22g):
Powdered greens, good for adding extra nutrition to your homemade juice or smoothies. This is another product that has merit on its own, but doesn't really belong in a "snack" box, in my opinion.
I found this month's Vegan Cuts Snack Box to be slightly lackluster. There was too much emphasis on random supplements and seasonings than actual snacks, I think. I wouldn't mind that stuff so much if it felt like "extras", but when it makes up half of the box... no. You know what would be cool? If Vegan Cuts started a separate supplement sampling service, kind of like Bulu Box (but just for vegan stuff). Maybe some people appreciate the supplements, but to me a lot of them are wasting valuable space that could be used for things to be shoved in my foodhole in an expedient manner.
I think this was the last month of the Vegan Cuts subscription my boyfriend gifted me, so I'll be taking a break from it for a little while. So long, and thanks for all the snacks. I am tempted to try their Beauty Box service again though... I got it for a little while in 2014 and it seemed to have better curation.
If you like actual snacks and random powders, you can subscribe to the Vegan Cuts Snack Box here. Batten down the hatches and prepare the foodhole.
What do you think of the May Vegan Cuts Snack Box? Which snack would you have ripped open first? (I went for the popcorn first, personally.)
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