Few things in life are more pleasing than getting a surprise package in the mail! Recently, Vegan Cuts sent me a snack box to review. If you sign up for Vegan Cuts, they’ll send you monthly subscription boxes full of samples of the latest and greatest vegan products. You can sign up for snack boxes or beauty boxes. If you feel like your repertoire of vegan snacks and/or cosmetics is getting boring, this is a great way to learn about the more exciting options out there. On their site, you can also purchase products individually, including many items that are not in the subscription boxes.
Given that I am a bit more minimalistic than many and prefer to make most of my food from scratch, I’ll admit that a monthly box of stuff isn’t really for me. However, this box couldn’t have come at a better time! I went on a camping trip this week (Monday through Wednesday.) The Vegan Cuts box arrived the Friday before, and provided me with some really great camping snacks!
Of course, I didn’t wait until the camping trip before eagerly prying the box open and sampling a thing or two. The first thing I tried were the Homefree crunchy chocolate mint mini cookies. About the size of a half dollar, these meringue shaped cookies were a perfectly light and sweet after dinner treat.
The day before I went camping, I had a busy morning getting ready for the cookout that my roommates and I were hosting that day. We didn’t have any yard furniture, so I had to take a ride in the morning to pick some up, all before coming home to cook food, prep some more, and cleanup before the crowd arrived. I was more than happy to take advantage of two of the items in the box for a quick on-the-go breakfast!
A can of High Brew black coffee, and Ginny Bar’s “peace, love, & apple – outrageously delicious fruit and nut bar.” This was a great and easy way to get my morning started. While “outrageously delicious” wouldn’t be my words of choice, the fruit and nut bar was very yummy, and easy to eat on the go (not too crumbly, and not too sticky.) I’m not much of a coffee drinker, so this can of cold brew black coffee gave me a kick that really did help me get everything done! It was not as bitter as one would think, which was a pleasant surprise. Be careful when purchasing the High Brew brand, as some of their beverages contain dairy.
While on the road for three hours to our camping destination, I enjoyed three snacks from the box: Skinny Pop jalapeno popcorn, Earnest Eats chewy granola bar, and Enjoy Life’s Cocoa Loco chocolate chewy bar. The popcorn was fantastic! I’m a sucker for jalapeno flavor, so that was right up my alley. (Upon researching this brand, I was very happy to find out that all of their popcorn is vegan, including the white cheddar flavor, and it’s all made in a dairy and egg free facility!) The popcorn wasn’t very filling and didn’t hold me over for as long as the two bars did. The Earnest Eats bar was a nice combination of sweet, crunchy, and grainy. I was (pleasantly) surprised by how soft and dessert-like the Enjoy Life bar was. It was like a soft, fudgy brownie without the sugar overload, all wrapped up and ready for the trails.
The product that I was most excited to try was the Made In Nature Ancient Grain Fusion – Cuban Mojo. This came pre-cooked and pre-seasoned in an 8 oz pouch. All you have to do is heat it up. While I was camping, a craving for stuffed peppers came over me, and would not leave until it was satisfied. So naturally, the first thing I did when I came home (after showering) was pick up some bell peppers and stuff them with this interesting mixture.
When I opened the pouch, I was surprised by the consistency – I was expecting it to be more grainy. It was very soft and moldable. (I’m kicking myself for not taking a picture of it!) I sauteed this mixture with freshly shredded zucchini, garlic, white beans, and some frozen mixed veggies to make the filling for my stuffed peppers. Stay tuned for that recipe!
To quiet my growling belly while the peppers were cooking, I snacked on an interesting little packet of chili lime flavored coconut chips called “Dang.” Not to sound cheesy, but “Dang!” really is a good word to describe these spicy-sweet little chips!
I’m not usually one for little snacks like this, but these were very good. They have an interesting flavor that reminded of something that I can’t quite put my finger on, but I think it might be cool ranch Doritos. These would be a really great addition to a boxed lunch, or maybe even a homemade trail mix.
All of the products in the Vegan Cuts box that I received were yummy, not to mention high quality. While it was a box of snacks, a box of junk food it was not. If you’re wanting to try new things and like the idea of getting a fun surprise in the mail every month, check out Vegan Cuts, and let me know what you think! I love the idea of promoting and supporting companies and/or products that promote animal and environmental welfare. Whether it be in their actual messaging, or if they simply offer cruelty free and vegan options, these products raise the bar for the public’s expectations of what “vegan” and “cruelty free” actually mean. In a sense, this concept is right in line with Cupid’s Landing’s mission to heighten the community’s awareness of the impact of their choices, and provide them with the resources to improve those choices.