*While I was asked to write this post by Vegan Cuts, all opinions are my own.
**This is a long post—the bottom line is that I am really happy with my Vegan Cuts box and signed up for my own subscription. You should too!
I received my very first Vegan Cuts box last week. I’ve been subscribed to their emails offering vegan styled groupon deals for a few months now, and follow them on Facebook. A few weeks ago they offered to send a free box to bloggers who were interested in writing a review of their box. I immediately signed up—so glad I did!
My box was a very simple USPS box—no fancy logos or labels, no extra packaging. Just a plain box full of good treats and some brown paper crinkle shred. I was impressed at the amount of items in the box. I received 1 bag of lentil chips, 1 bag of coconut chips, 3 tea “sticks,” 1 chocolate heart, 1 mint chocolate candy, 1 energy bar, 1 snack bar, 1 chapstick, and 1 bag of gummy heart candies. I quickly snapped a few pictures of the box, and then waited for David to get up from his nap to see the box before digging in. He and I picked the lentil chips for our first snack.
The Simply 7 lentil chips were so yummy—they reminded me of “Pop” chips, and I was so happy to see that they only had 4 ingredients. I had to work to make sure David saved some for Irving—he loved them. In fact, the next day when I was in the other room I heard a little voice calling to me saying “Mommy, David climbed up and ate the chips.” There he was, perched on a bar stool, stuffing his face with more lentil chips. In the end I think I was only able to save about 5 chips for Irving. We’ll definitely be looking for these again!
My other favorite item was the Dang! Coconut Chips. They are delicious, and only 3 ingredients—coconut, salt and sugar. They are sweet and salty, almost like kettle corn—do you have that where you are or is it just a northwest thing? Anyway, I digress. The coconut chips were great on their own. I also found out that they made a great topping. I stirred them in to rice, and used them on top of coconut chia pudding. I was glad to see them on sale at my local natural food coop PCC this week and snagged another bag. And the name—the name of the founder’s mother who is from Thailand—Dang! That’s Good.
I really liked the Serengeti tea sticks. They are a small tube filled with loose tea, and punctured with tiny holes up and down—a disposable infuser. All you do is add one to a mug of hot water and swirl it around. I have a reusable tea infuser that I use often. I thought the Serengeti tea sticks would be really good for people who travel, or people that might want to enjoy a cup of tea at work in the afternoon. I’ve enjoyed the Jasmine Pearl and the Earl Grey flavors so far, and still have Chamomile left to try.
The PureFit bar wasn’t my favorite. It was a little chalky and reminded me of a diet bar I had once had from our fitness club. But it was really high in protein (18 grams!) so it might be a good choice for someone who needed a pre or post workout snack. I think I might have liked it more if I had a chocolate flavor to try—I had Peanut Butter Toffee Crunch.
The Budi Bar was unusual and addicting. I had the Star Chai flavor which was a little heavy on the chai spices. After my first bite I wasn’t so sure about it, but I shared a bite with David and had another one myself. Even though the flavor wasn’t my favorite, I couldn’t stop eating it. There were little chunks of chocolate that I kept looking for with each bite. David loved it—he kept asking for more bites. I’d like to try their other flavors—it was definitely very natural—think Lara bar with more flavors, but no crazy processed ingredients.
I loved the Surf Sweets gummy hearts. Our pack was watermelon and cherry flavor. David, as you know, is very excited about “Valentine’s Day Mouse Hearts,” so the fact that they were shaped like hearts made them even better! It was nice to try a gelatin-free gummy candy.
The Merry Hempster hemp chapstick is great—I am a chapstick connoisseur. This one is really smooth and creamy. I like the bright peppermint scent/flavor too.
Overall I am really happy with my first Vegan Cuts box. So much so that I‘ve gone ahead and signed up for a subscription. For just $19.99 per month you can receive a whole box of goodies. I’ve considered doing some of those vegan swap boxes, but realistically I don’t have a lot of extra time to put one together each month. I really like that I will receive some fun new products to try each month with very little effort on my part. Does that sound lazy? What I mean is that I would rather let someone else do the work for me so I can spend more time in the kitchen and with my family! And my little vegan sidekick will enjoy the boxes too. Just this morning he asked me to stop his movie so he could help me open our CSA box, so this will definitely be a hit! What are you waiting for? Sign yourself up for a trial box!