As I mentioned in my recent post about Disney World, if I had to make a list of my top five things in the world, good mail would be right up there. I’m a lifelong mail enthusiast. You never know when that mail carrier driving around the bend might be bringing a package full of good surprises. Of course, more often than not my mailbox is filled with junk mail. Or worse, bills. That’s why it was an easy “yes” when I was contacted by the folks at Vegan Cuts to see if I’d be interested in reviewing one of their monthly snack boxes. I’ve used Vegan Cuts in the past for great deals on kale chips and cute vegan-themed necklaces, and so I was more than eager for an opportunity to give their snack box a whirl.
For $19.95 (with free shipping in the United States) a priority mailbox arrives at your doorstep packed with a variety of vegan goodies. Like the grab bag at Sanrio Surprises, you never know what you’re going to get, and even boxes in one month can vary somewhat from one recipient to the next. Although it’s marketed as a snack box, some of the products are edible and others are not. The monthly snack box is a subscription service that you can stop at any time. In the box for January I received:
- Two packages of chips from Beanfields – Pico de Gallo and Nacho
- Two samples of coconut oil from Kelapo
- A small package of Surf Sweets sour gummy candies
- A package of Freekeh
- A little bag of Nutcase treats
- PUR gum – wintergreen flavor
- A Cuppow mason jar lid
- A glass straw from Simply Straws
- Berry Plus Laundry Detergent – Two capsules for two loads of laundry
- A $25 gift card to iTrain
Beanfields Snacks: I haven’t tried everything from the box yet, but I made short work of the chips from Beanfields. A while back I won a couple of bags of them in a giveaway, and so I had tried them once before. I like it that they advertise them as being vegan right on the package.
Both the nacho and pico de gallo flavors were mildly spicy and neither of them leave you with orange fingers. I’d say they feel lighter and healthier than some similar vegan nacho chips on the market, which could be good or bad depending on how you prefer your snacking!
I used the nacho chips to make a quick taco salad with some leftover spicy jackfruit and a cashew-based dressing made with nutritional yeast for added cheesiness. (More about that recipe in a future post!) They would also be a good fit for taco pizza!
Simply Straws: I adore glass straws. I think they increase the tactile pleasure of drinking freshly pressed juice or a filling smoothie. So I was pleased to add to my collection with this straw from Simply Straws. I’d never purchased a glass straw from them before. This one is smaller than the other straws I own, making it a good size for a smaller drinking glass.
Cuppow: I already had a Cuppow lid to turn a mason jar into a to-go drinking cup, but now my husband and I both can take our tea on the road with us.
Berry Plus: I did a couple of loads of laundry with the Berry Plus Laundry Detergent. And afterwards my clothes were clean and fresh. No complaints!
Freekeh: The thing in the box that intrigued me the most was the bag of organic freekeh (pronounced free-kah). I’d never heard of the grain before, but it looks similar to bulgur, which I like. Upon further investigation, I learned that the difference between bulgur and freekeh is that freekeh is made from young green wheat that goes through a roasting process during production. Taste-wise the two are quite similar as well, but freekeh has an added nuttiness, which I really enjoyed.
Freekah is an ancient grain that’s native to Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. Like bulgur, the grains are polished and cracked, giving it a wonderful, chewy texture.
For my first go at freekeh, I simply followed the package directions at 1 cup of freekeh for 2 ½ cups of water with an added vegetable bouillon cube. It’s a quick-cooking grain that was ready in 20 minutes. I served it with leftover chickpea shawarma and a green salad for a tasty and satisfying lunch.
As an added bonus, I look forward to making more recipes with it, knowing that it has some great pun potential. Freekeh Friday, Let’s Get Freekeh, or I could add sautéed leeks and do some kind of Petey Pablo homage with Freekeh Leek. It writes itself.
On the things that I don’t foresee myself using, I don’t plan on using the PUR gum since it’s made with xylitol (first ingredient), and I avoid artificial sweeteners. Also outside of dark chocolate I’m not a big candy person, and so I’ll probably find another home for the gummy candies. (If you’re ever looking for Surf Sweets, be sure to check the ingredient list because some of their gummy candies do contain gelatin.)
Thanks to Vegan Cuts for sending me this box of surprises! As I was unpacking it, it seemed to be endless as I was pulling out more and more. With several items still left to explore, it just keeps on giving! If you’ve been light on good mail days, the Vegan Cuts snack box is worth checking out!
Disclaimer: I received the Vegan Cuts snack box free of charge for review. The opinions are totally my own. There are affiliate links in this post.