Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Snack Box Surprise

I know I’ve referenced that feeling you get on Christmas morning when I talked about the Bountiful Baskets deliveries we get here locally every two weeks. Guess what, I’m going to reference that feeling again.

After a few months of looking at the Vegan Cuts website and the monthly snack box that they have, filled to the brim with vegan snacks, I decided to sign up. I admit that the cute product description s and the hearts and images of chocolate that filled their newsletter on Valentine’s Day may have influenced my decision too.

It’s pretty simple and easy to sign up. For $19.95 a month, Vegan Cuts will send you the monthly Snack Box, which includes Priority shipping. Personally, I think it’s a pretty good deal, taking into consideration that several full-size products were included in the box as well as a few smaller specialty-type items.

The anticipation built as I received an e-mail letting me know that my box had shipped from somewhere near Syracuse, New York. It was already at the sorting facility in Billings, Montana last night and by noon today, that box filled with vegan goodies had arrived at my local post office. I was thrilled to go pick it up after work. It was pretty much like Christmas morning at the end of February. Plus, it's fun to get mail when you're a Vegan in the Middle of Nowhere.
The contents of my first Vegan Cuts Snack Box!

 Here’s what was included in this month’s snack box:

- Dang brand toasted coconut chips

I opened these first. They tasted so good after an hour-long workout and it says on the back of the bag that Dan is the name of the name of the owner’s (?) mother and that she grew up in Thailand, where coconuts and smiles grow wild. How could I resist not trying these crispy little shreds of coconut with the consistency of a chip and the sweetness of a coconut? They still have that slightly chewy texture to them that coconut has too! The ingredients are also simple – just coconut, sugar and salt.

These were dang good!
- 3 packets of ticolino from Serengeti Tea Company and a glossy sheet explaining all of their different flavors

- Surf Sweets organic fruity hearts in watermelon and cherry flavors

- A tube of the Merry Hempsters Vegan Hemp Balm in Spearmint flavor

I have used this lip balm for years and was overjoyed to have it come back into my life. It was one of the first things that caught my eye when I opened up my box!

- a BudiBar Superfood Bar in Star Chai flavor

I have never heard of this product before this afternoon, but it sure does look like an interesting bar and it’s got some weight to it too at more than 2 oz. I can’t wait to try it since it contains good stuff like chocolate liquor and chia seeds!

Behold, a BudiBar.

- a full-size PureFit nutrition bar in peanut butter chocolate chip flavor

Let me just say right now that I already know what bar I’ll be for some pre-workout fuel before my next run! It doesn’t get much better than peanut butter and chocolate chips. I could eat that classic combo for the rest of my life.

- one square of Righteously Raw divine mind chocolate

This tiny square of chocolate boasts 82% raw cacao and that it’s anti-oxidant rich and low glycemic. Time to get righteous here pretty soon.

- an individual-sized bag of Simply 7 Sea Salt Lentil Chips

I like lentils and with only seven ingredients, I am interested in giving these bite-sized chips a try.

- A Heart of Cherry chocolate wrapped in red foil from Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates

I already mentioned that those cute hearts are what helped motivate me to get a snack box in the first place and I don’t regret it!

- a message from Vegan Cuts founders Jill & John, letting me know that I’ll find a selection of treats from brands they love and a Vegan Cuts sticker

How sweet!

Vegan Cuts invites you to take a photo of the contents of your snack box when it arrives each month and share it on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. I already shared my on Instagram as soon as I got home, opened it and took everything out to inspect.

I suggest that you stop by the Vegan Cuts website,, to learn more about their company and their mission as well as great deals on new and up and coming vegan products as well as classics like Justins Nut Butter and packs of Dandies Vegan Marshmallows.

I thought it would be fun to feature a short synopsis about the snack box program, a lineup of featured products and some short reviews and to share the love of a company that I support with all of you. I haven’t really written a review in quite a long time. I used to visit different restaurants and eateries near my university in southern New Hampshire and review the vegan menu items that they featured. That was so much fun and it feels good to write a review every once in awhile and sharing thoughts and ideas with people.

Just like that feeling you get on Christmas morning...
I have definitely noticed that monthly mail order programs are a rising trend. There are monthly boxes out there filled with anything from beauty products and more food options to companies that make similar boxes for our canine companions. In a time when snail mail is seemingly going out of style and the United States Postal Service is struggling with operating costs, it’s refreshing to see that snail mail is coming back into style!

(Disclaimer: I signed up for the Vegan Cuts Snack Box for the first time this month and paid the $19.95 price for the snack box with the following products. I am in no way affiliated with any of the companies or brands of the items in my box or Vegan Cuts.)

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