Review: Vegan Cuts Snack Box

Vegan Cuts Snack Box(Update:  I’ve received another Vegan Cuts snack box, and you can read all about it here!)

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:

Vegan Cuts snack box contents

  • 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 chipsBeanfields 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!

jackfruit taco salad with chipsI 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 glass strawSimply 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.

Berryplus laundry soapBerry 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!

bulgur freekeh comparisonFreekeh:  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.

cooked freekehFor 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.


    • Cadry says

      Yes, isn’t it fun? I highly recommend getting yourself a glass straw! They elevate grabbing a glass of cucumber water into something special. :)

  1. says

    What a great selection of products! I love these boxes and how they get different vegan products out in the public eye. Go Vegan Cuts!

    And, personally, I will be anxiously awaiting for Freekeh Friday. :-)

    • Cadry says

      It’s always cool to learn about new products, and this is a super way to do it. Vegan Cuts has grown so much in a short amount of time. That’s awesome!

      I’ll try to get to Freekeh Friday ASAP! 😉

  2. says

    Thats an amazing collection in just one box.. after seeing the reviews on veganmiam and here i am sold.. get me some glass straws, freekeh( i am always in for more grains) and that berryplus detergent!

    • says

      It was like clowns coming out of a car, I just kept pulling things out of the box! I love my little collection of glass straws for making sipping on a beverage more pleasurable. Plus, some of them are really pretty! Once you get started, you’ll be hooked! :)

  3. says

    Anything that comes through the mail is automatically a quarter better – just dropping through the letterbox makes it just that bit more exciting.

    The freekeh caught my eye in particular. Roll on that freekeh Friday!

    • says

      Isn’t that the truth? With the internet, there’s a lot more instant gratification in the communication realm than they’re used to be. But there’s still nothing like getting a package in your mailbox! :)

    • says

      Bitt, thanks for your input! I know that xylitol can come from birch bark. It also can be made with xylan from corn cobs, often imported from China and possibly GMO. After that it goes through a process of sugar hydrogenation.

      I don’t know the source of the xylitol in PUR gum, but I prefer to err on the side of caution where xylitol is concerned. I figure, gum isn’t a necessity in my diet anyway.

      With any sweetener, it seems there are always different viewpoints about what is safe and what is natural. I encourage people to do research and figure out what works for them.

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