Vegan Cuts vs. Urthbox!

 

So when I first got the two subscriptions, I had always kind of thought to do this competition. I had seen videos about both companies on YouTube and actually binged both videos on a constant, seeing what comes out of these boxes and I desperately wanted to try it so when I came across the money to be able to do this, I actually jumped at the chance because as we all know, this girl loves her snacks and sweets. So for things that are going to be considered, I am going to discuss items/ shipping/ annoyances/ misc.

 

So while I did end up buying two months of the Vegan Cuts subscription, we will only be considered the December 2018 boxes for both. Specifically, I got the Vegan Urthbox large box that came with 25 + snacks and then I just bought the normal vegan cuts subscription box as you don’t get too many options.

 

Initially I thought I would like Urthbox better as I was really excited about having 25+ snacks because it was bigger so I thought it would have a very large variety and I also enjoyed the fact that it gave me a lot of options on topic of size. Unfortunately, this was one of their biggest downfalls as they had so many repeats, I had multiples of quite a few items and even had 3 bags of the exact same chips.

 

Because of this, I felt ripped off because I bought a large box expecting to have so many different snacks and options and was downright disappointed by the fact that I got many repeats to items that I ultimately didn’t even like or turned out to be allergic to (which I will be talking about soon so look out for that once that gets cleared up!) Some of the items were actually pretty good, I have always loved Enjoy Life so it didn’t bother me too much that I got 3 products from their company (mind you, I did get two of their berry medley item).

 

Another observation is that many of them were very savory or accidentally vegan items. Many of them didn’t seem like they were actively trying to promise to be vegan which made me wary about the products entirely (such as the raisins). None of them were sweet and many of them seemed very odd and not even hard to fine. When I get a snack subscription, I fully expect to get items that I could never have otherwise and that just wasn’t the case. In fact, all of the items that I likely wouldn’t have bought in normal time, I didn’t even like.

 

It should also be noted that I bought this box on Black Friday (November 23rd, 2018) and did not receive this box until December 30th, 2018. So basically the month of December was over and perhaps if they are always behind in snack boxes that isn’t a big deal but I was really looking forward to having a snack box in December and that just didn’t happen.

 

In terms of pricing, I did only spend about $25 on the large box due to it being Black Friday and having a coupon on top of that but I did look at the 12+ price and it was $29.99 for one month at a time which is more expensive than VeganCuts. I have a hard time saying that I would choose Urthbox over VeganCuts but if you preferred savory snacks like chips or even weird items like 3 different types of salt water then maybe Urthbox is for you!

 

As for VeganCuts, I admittedly bought the actual subscription box much, much later than I bought Urthbox. My original plan hadn’t been to compare the same month as I actually bought the Vegan Cuts on December 30th, expecting it to pay for the January month and then realized after they took out the January box before I even received the December box that it wasn’t the case. However, it’s probably a good thing that this box came as it gives you a better idea of what you would receive from the different companies in the same month.

 

I didn’t have any problems with the items at all actually, all of them were new and while some of them I had tried (some of them were even featured in the Chocolate Treasure Chest!) and some were new, I was excited about all of the new items. It’s very possible that this box drew me in faster because of my sweet tooth. But I got excited about items that I knew that I would never be able to impulse buy on the regular such as chocolate bars and chocolate stuff in general and even the rice krispy thing which is something that I have missed so much since going vegan that I ate it immediately, I couldn’t even hold off.

 

I likely would have had the same reaction to the marshmallows if it weren’t for the fact that I watched the December 2018 unboxing from multiple people and went to my local Earth Fare and bought a bag right then and there. The items were unique and something that was hard to find like Four Sygmatic hot cacao mix an the rice krispy treat. I also got the Churro flavored cotton candy which was honestly one of my favorite things in the entire box.

 

But not only were there sweet things but also savory, which I really appreciated because I liked the fact that I could get a box and get both depending on my mood like the Coconut Rice and Jackfruit Puffs. I liked the fact that I literally got a meal with my box as being a college student, I get so sick of the caf that this gave me an exciting break from the cafeteria for a day and as somebody (and probably the only vegan ever) that hadn’t had Jackfruit yet, I was so excited to try it.

 

So besides the shipping misunderstanding, which was honestly my mistake, it was so exciting and only $22.95. I’m really excited to see January’s box! Ultimately, I do think Vegan Cuts WON the competition. They were cheaper and seemed to be more worth it, offering items that you might never have gotten before and was a lot more exciting to try!

 

Now the real question: Did I keep either subscription? Unfortunately, no I didn’t. I did end up buying two months of Vegan Cuts due to my confusion but my college student budget honestly can’t afford this kind of commitment and I honestly get overwhelmed with all of the snacks that I feel like I have to hurry through them to try it all before the next box or I feel guilty for failing. But if I ever did come back to get another subscription, it would definitely be Vegan Cuts or maybe we’ll try a different one next time…

 

Do you guys know any other Vegan Subscription boxes? Also, do you disagree with who won my competition? Let me know down in the comments! I would love to be able to interact with you guys more!

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Urthbox Review + Unboxing

Thoughts?

So I would first like to note that I ordered this on Black Friday, expecting this sometime in early December due to it being the December snack box however I didn’t receive the package until December 30th. Otherwise, I do like many of the products and while I have some annoyances, I’m overall very happy with the box though it is obsessed with protein items.

 

Complaints?

I bought the biggest box available out of curiosity of what would come into the box. In total, I received 40 items (I also received a small box of products) but many of them are repeats of the products (which I will point out which products were repeated. Now, I will say that I don’t mind if there are multiple products from the same company as long as they are not the exact same flavor. However, I don’t want to pay for a snack box and then receive multiple of a couple things. It’s annoying, especially if you don’t like that specific product.

 

What did I receive?

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I actually received three of these which is pretty useless considered the fact that this is only good for your first box, not to mention the fact that if you go on the Hello Fresh website, they don’t have a vegan meal plan. Only a vegetarian one with no way of requesting it to be veganized and no guarantee that you can even find a vegan option because you choose your menu after you pay. Ultimately, I gave the other two to my roommate and one of her friends and will likely also give away mine due to not wanting to pay for something when I have no guarantee that I will be able to use it.

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So not gonna lie, I recently bought a whole bunch of skinny pop popcorn so this wasn’t the most exciting of the items that I received simply due to this fact.

 

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I’m actually curious if this is one of those accidentally vegan products. I wouldn’t be very impressed with raisins typically but I am curious about raisins that are fruit infused.

 

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I actually really like tea and I don’t think I’ve ever had Jasmine Tea? Which is probably hilarious but it just never came up.

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So as you may know, Lays Barbecue is actually vegan so I haven’t been missing barbecue chips but it is cool that there is 15 grams of protein. I typically lean towards protein bars when I need some protein but chips seem like a good idea when I’m not in the mood for something sweet (But is that really ever a thing?)

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As much caffeine as coffee? I’m down.

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It seems like a weird concept to me that they would try this combination but maybe it’s really good? Also I received three of these.

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I’m not the biggest mango fan but I’m excited to give this a try.

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So I received quite a few seawater products and I’m really confused? Like does this go in water? What is this for? Why is it salt water? This one is flavored at least, I guess. I gave the berry one to my roommate since I’m allergic to strawberries and she absolutely hated it but maybe it’ll be a taste buds thing (I’m trying to be optimistic, I’m sorry)

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I have absolutely no idea what this flavor is? But I will say that I typically steer clear of caffeine free drinks (besides water) so I’m not sure how I’m gonna feel about this)

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Alright so I will say that I love Enjoy Life! I’ve only ever had their double chocolate brownie cookie things and their chocolate chip though. I’m actually really excited about getting to try other flavors because none of these are accessible where I live! (Also from what I can tell, this is just raspberries, cranberries, and blueberries so I hope there is no strawberries) I also got a double of this particular flavor for Enjoy Life.

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So, I actually thought I would like this because I do enjoy lemon flavored items however I did try this at the time of writing it so I might as well tell you, I did not enjoy it. The first bite was okay but the more I ate it, the more I hated it. I also got a double of it so I’m not really sure what I’m gonna do with it honestly.

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So honestly, I’m not the biggest chip person because when I’m eating snacks, I go for something sweeter on average but I am curious about the flavor as I love tomatoes. My main concern is that I don’t think I’ve ever had lentils? Which I know is a staple in the vegan diet but I have never found a need for it or access to it so I guess we shall see how this goes.

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More chips, however this one doesn’t seem as bad since it is just normal sea salt. I feel like it’s kinda harder to hate this kind of thing? If it is super bagel- like, I might try to add some cream cheese to it because honestly, I’m kinda curious about it.

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This would indeed the final seawater item, except this one is simply 100% sea water. I am still not sure how I feel about the idea of sea water nor do I understand the possible benefits so I will likely look into the company to see if they explain their fascination.

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I did get a double of this but this is probably the one and only item where I don’t mind it. Since it is daily nuts and fruit, I am curious to see the possible changes and since I have a package from a different company with basically the same items, I’m curious to see what the result turns out to be.

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I always love getting the reminder that kids can eat vegan as well and that there are even vegan products that are oriented to kid. It wont be long before we’re graced with vegan dinosaur chicken nuggets and I’m excited for that time to come alive.

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I love bars so I’m fully expecting to enjoy this.

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I’m actually incredibly nervous about trying this. A mango habanero is probably the last thing that I would ever buy on my own because I’m not a huge fan of mangoes nor do I really enjoy habanero anything but maybe this combination will be amazing?

IMG_4141.jpgGuys, my deepest sadness is the fact that Queens doesn’t offer banana’s all of the time. In fact, they’re fruit section is severely lacking but we’re not talking about my University today. Instead we’re gonna talk about how freaking excited I am to try this!

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I love lemon flavored things but I’m still not sure how I feel about fruit being infused with raisins so we’ll see what happens.

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So I did get three of these and I actually have a huge bag of the sea salt one but I’m not sure how I feel about this “sweet sriracha” flavor. I probably wouldn’t typically buy it on a normal day but I am interested in trying it.

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So truth be told, this is another item that I ate before writing this blog post but it was honestly really good. I have always loved raspberry and honestly, it just reminded me of a raspberry truffle.

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So I am honestly really excited about trying this because I used to absolutely adore gummies but I actually have to check with the company since there is strawberry in this. I can have it as long as all of these fruit aren’t in one. So like, I can have skittles, I just can’t have the strawberry ones so as long as it’s the same situation then I will definitely be trying this. If not, I’ll give it to somebody else.

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VEGAN GUMMIES!! They’re kind of a weird flavor but I am so, so excited.

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So this seems like a decent item but it’s specifically used for smoothies and I actually can’t have smoothies at Queens (I don’t have a blender) so I will likely save this for when I go home to try this so I’m really sorry!

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Okay so I have seen this in so many unboxings that I was actually really hoping that this would be in one of my boxes and I am so excited about trying this as well! I will likely put it on some bread or something?

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I will not be drinking this. It’s a large bottle that I know I’m going to hate because I can not stand watermelon flavored anything so I did give this to my roommate to try.