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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Vegan Cuts Chocolate Treasure Chest Review (Best to Worst Ranking!)

 

So I was actually back at my University when I received this in the mail. I bought it during Black Friday and used the wrong date because I wasn’t thinking about when it would actually arrive versus where I would be at the time but on December 15th, I came back to Greensboro and have been spending the last month trying the contents of the box and posting a review on my Twitter. So if you want to hear my honest thoughts, please go to my Twitter account to find my thoughts.

 

My thoughts on VeganCuts: The box actually arrived sooner than I thought it would since I bought it so late into November, I figured it wouldn’t be until February before I actually got the box but my mom told me that it actually arrived in the mail on January 3rd so timing and delivery is really cool. It came with a few coupons for the products inside but none of the products are sold near me besides online so I’m not really sure what I’m gonna do with that. Specific to the box: I was really, really happy that none of it had strawberries because I am very, very allergic to them and would hate to not eat something…

 

In the Future: I however did order the January Vegan Cuts box so I will be posting that review soon and when I get back to Queens (on the 5th), I will pick up my Urthbox package from the mail center and post that as well. I will be posting an unboxing this month and as I finish the boxes, I will post my review of that particular box.

 

Rankings!

 

  • Theo Peanut Butter and Jelly – Chocolate Clusters

I’m not really sure what it is about this but I really liked it and I think when you’re taking into consideration that this is really a snack box, this fit the idea in the best way. It was really good and I craved it until it was all gone. This is actually the thing in the box that I’m most likely to buy in the future.

 

  • Turkish Delight Vegan Chocolate Truffle with Rose Essential Oil

As anyone on this page may know, I am absolutely OBSESSED with floral flavors and tastes so I always tend to buy those kind of things when I see them making this the thing that I would be most likely to buy before now. It definitely had a strong rose flavor to it and I actually ate that entire chocolate bar within the day that I tried it.

 

  • Freeyumm Double Chocolate Cookie

This was like a childhood dream coming back to me at full force. My mom used to make these No- Bake Oatmeal Cookies all of the time and it tasted exactly like this. I would totally buy this again but only if I could buy a huge box of them rather than just a measly little cookies.

 

  • Organic Ocho Coconut Bar

Does anybody remember Almond Joys and the parent thing that was called Mounds or whatever and it didn’t have any almonds? This tasted almost exactly like that, I would totally buy this in a heart beat, especially if it was at the cash register because I could totally see this being a major impulse buy on my part.

 

Smile Raw Superfood Bar – Banana, Pumpkin Seed, and Cacao Powder

So I wasn’t even entirely sure what this was, it was definitely a kind of bar but I’m not sure if it was specific to a kind of lifestyle (like weight lifting) or something like that and this honestly ignited the biggest banana craving of all time. Between this and that mint chocolate chip powder you’ll see below, I had a minor and short term addiction to smoothies (right up until I counted the calories on MyFitnessPal and almost cried.

 

  • Divine Dark Chocolate

So not gonna lie, this tasted exactly like those Dark Chocolate bars you would sell for your school in order to try and win those ridiculous prizes (which can we talk about a conspiracy I have about this because nobody ever talked about actually receiving their prizes) and honestly, I really wanted to look up their company to see if they have a caramel one because honestly, I think it would taste so amazing. (They don’t, sadly)

 

  • Vanini Dark Chocolate

On the real, this seemed like the most expensive chocolate in the entire world ($40 dollars for a regular sized bar) so I was fully expecting this to taste amazing and I was not disappointed. However, I could never afford to buy this in real life!

 

  • HUM Raw Beauty: Green Superfood Powder – Mint Chocolate Chip Infusion

I actually really did like this even though I would ultimate make this smoothie so complicated that it probably made the nutritional value of this null and void. It was really good before I added it, I just thought it tasted very watered (I had to use a glass of water because I didn’t have almond milk at the time)

 

  • Back to Nature Classic Creme Cookies

There is absolutely nothing wrong with these cookies. My problem with them is that they tasted exactly like Oreos and the ingredients list was so similar that it was almost useless not to simply call it oreos. I would have loved to try their chocolate chunk cookies because I feel that’s harder to get involved with.

 

  • Numi Chocolate Pu-Erh Organic Tea

Alright, so I had a pretty upsetting reaction. What I originally did was make a mug of tea with water and added one package of the tea before deciding it wasn’t strong enough and added a second thing. I didn’t taste any chocolate whatsoever and was very disappointed by this but if you add a bit of sugar than it does bring out the taste a bit. Numi’s did give me a recommendation for how I could try it so I will be posting/ or already have posted my thoughts on their recommendation on Twitter (@shewritingmore)

 

  • Raaka Pink Sea Salt – Unroasted Dark Chocolate

This was actually VERY good but it was insanely salty. Which I could see being nice if you were in just the right kind of mood and I could definitely see other people enjoying this piece of chocolate.

 

  • Sheffa Granola Bar – Mint Dark Chocolate

This was honestly just not my favorite thing in the entire world. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great and I definitely wouldn’t be buying it again but it was a nice thing to have the opportunity to try.

 

  • Antidote – Cacao with Dates

This was a super bitter and honestly, I am curious about some of the other flavors (specifically the lavender chocolate) however due to it being so bitter, I likely wont ever buy it again.

 

  • Earnest Eats Double Choco Espresso Bar

I am very into sweets which is a theme in this. If I didn’t think it was sweet than it was unlikely for me to like the chocolate but the problem for this was that it tasted like bitter black coffee and it just wasn’t my style. I did give it to my mom’s fiance and I think he finished it? I’m not entirely sure honestly.

 

  • Equal Exchange Chocolates – Lemon Ginger with Black Pepper

So, I ate exactly one piece of this. I originally loved the taste. I have always adored lemon and I was admittedly worried about the ginger because I hate it. So when it was simply in my mouth, I didn’t have a problem with it and THEN I made the decision to swallow it and that’s when the ginger hit me in the face. So I did ultimately give this to my mom’s fiance because he’s more likely to like these kind of things (he also finished off the Double Choco Espresso Bar)

 

  • Neat Black Bean Brownie Mix

Nope. Nope. Nope. Easily the worst thing in the entire box. Making it wasn’t even the problem but when I ate it, it was bitter and disgusting. Maybe if you didn’t tell me this was gonna be chocolatey and maybe if it wasn’t supposed to be a brownie, it would be okay but as it stands, I never ate more than a bite and I couldn’t get anyone else to eat it (because they didn’t like it).

Six People I Would Want to Eat Lunch With!

    1. Ali Benjamin (Author)

 

Ali Benjamin is the author of my absolute favorite novel, A Thing About Jellyfish. This novel got me through a serious depression and it’s one of my most priced possessions even though it’s more of a recent novel.

 

I chose her to be on this list because I think she would be an absolutely fascinating person to talk to and I could use the opportunity to ask her questions about novel (like how she came up with using jellyfish, what gave her the idea, how did she manage to execute this story line.)

 

2. Brad Gemmell (Scientist)

 

Brad Gemmell made it on the list because of a short story that I was working on a couple of years ago. It’s not a very good one but I was trying to write a story about characters under the sea dealing with the Oil Spill off of the Gulf of Mexico.

 

When I was doing research for this story, I found out about his work involving jellyfish and while I think he is probably the most intimidating on my list, I would love to take the opportunity to ask him about jellyfish and his finding and how he came about it.

 

3. Mila Kunis (Actress)

 

Mila Kunis is somebody that if I were to say that I looked up to anybody, it would probably be her. She is such an interesting and funny human being and I am absolutely obsessed with watching videos of her interviews but she completely won my heart when I found out about how she put donations to planned parenthood in Joe Biden’s name.

 

I think that if we were to sit down and have lunch together, it would be a very fun experience with a lot of laughter and discussion happening while I would mostly be in awe.

 

4. William Shakespeare (Author)

 

William Shakespeare is practically the father of my entire genre, romantic tragedies, and he was such a brilliant and intelligent mind. I’d love to hear him talk about his process and his work, have his opinions on his own characters.

 

On top of that, he lived during an amazing time period. The Renaissance. I’d love to hear what life was like during that time from somebody who actually lived it, hear what the art was like, the atmosphere, the politics.

 

5. Ashley Graham (Model)

 

I have always struggled with my self image, which isn’t surprising as I am a girl who grew up in a world where skinny is cherished and bones are beautiful. But I’m not skinny and I’m not bones. I never thought I was beautiful, it wasn’t something I genuinely believed I was but when I first heard of Ashley Graham, I realized that curves can be beautiful. That the world does not cherish bones as much as I thought they would and I have never felt more comfortable in my body.

 


 

If you want to check out my novels!

The White Butterfly

The Girl in the Cage

 

Social Media! 

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Twitter: @Sheswritingmore

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Come back next Saturday for the next post!