Review / The Vegan Kind Box TVK27

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

This is going to be my last review of The Vegan Kind's boxes for a little while!  I made the decision last month to unsubscribe for a bit to save some money for other things, but I forgot to cancel my subscription before my January box went out.  Oops!  So, TVK27 will be the last one I post about for the next few months.

Last month's box was a hard act to follow, and I must say, although I love receiving these boxes this one was probably the only one that I was a little bit disappointed about.  Some of the products were amazing, but others just weren't to my tastes or weren't up to scratch compared to what I usually expect from TVK.

The recipe in TVK27 is a nice, warming bean soup recipe, although it's the kind of thing I'd think anyone who knows their way around a kitchen doesn't really need a recipe for as it's quite basic!  The charity of the month is Veganuary, the global campaign to get people to try going vegan in January while providing information and practical support about veganism and transitioning to veganism.  They also provided a handy leaflet about it since, well, it is Veganuary this month.

On to the items!

Snact Apple & Raspberry Fruit Jerky (20g, RRP £1.00) was one of a few things this month that I didn't think was that amazing.  It was pretty tasty and I love the flavour of apple and raspberry, but fruit chews or jerky are not really something I ever want, and I never find that it really satisfies me much as a snack.  That said, the ethos behind Snact is one I can definitely get behind, because they only use produce that for whatever reason - too big, small, ugly looking - would be discarded instead of put up for sale to make their snacks.  So, on top of counting towards one of your five-a-day, these also help to reduce some of the astronomical food 'waste' that ends up in the bin every year - not bad!  

I was also disappointed to find the Pineapple flavoured Provamel Organic Rice Milk Coconut Drink (200ml, RRP 80p) not because I don't like or want to try drinks like this (I do!), but because I don't really like pineapple flavoured things!  Considering the other options were plain coconut or chocolate, this is one product that could've gone quite a bit better as far as my taste buds were concerned.  You can use these in smoothies, cooking, desserts and you can drink them hot or cold - I can imagine the plain coconut one being super refreshing chilled on a hot day.  This one was okay, sickly pineapple flavour aside, and I'd love to try the other flavours but I don't think I'll be repurchasing this specific one any time soon.

The first thing that I actually tried were the Soffle's Rosemary & Thyme Pitta Chips (60g, RRP £1.20) and I was really, really impressed with these!  They were extremely flavoursome and the texture was something I'd never really had in a crisp-type snack before - who'd have thought roasted, seasoned pitta bread would make great crisps?  They were incredibly moreish and the Other Half and I demolished the whole pack with lunch pretty quickly.  I'd definitely buy these again; I ate mine with some home made hummus and I bet they'd taste great with a beer to go with them too.

I tried the Squirrel Sisters Delicious Snack Bars Cacao Brownie (40g, RRP £2.49) as a pudding one evening after admiring the adorable name and pretty packaging.  The actual product was pretty nice, but wasn't quite what I expected.  The name implied it was a brownie, but it was more along the lines of a little energy-bite than a luscious chocolatey brownie, and it's actually a couple of little bars rather than one big brownie too.  The taste was good and I do enjoy a good healthy, cacao-based treat but I feel like calling these a brownie was a bit deceptive!  Plus, at £2.49 that means you pay nearly £1.25 per pinky-finger-sized bar which, although the product itself is obviously high quality and made with great ingredients, is a bit much for me.  I've said similar things in previous reviews; I love little energy bites and healthy bars, but they're often way to expensive for me to justify buying them on a regular basis.

The next product though, oh wow.  I'd heard about Vego bars before, so I was really excited to see this Mini Vego Chocolate Bar (65g, RRP £2.00) in my box and it did not disappoint!  I wasn't really sure what to expect but, in a nutshell, it's basically a bar of Nutella with real hazelnuts in it and it's easily my new favourite chocolate bar now.  And this is apparently a mini bar?  How big are the normal sized ones?!  My non-vegan other half loved this too and I'd highly recommend anyone who loves chocolate and/or Nutella-flavoured things give these a go.

Since it's Veganuary, TVK included another nice rubber bracelet in the spirit of the month in the form of the Veganuary Wristband (RRP £2.99).  The bands come in a few colours on the Veganuary website but TVK picked the vibrant green specifically for this box, and it's chunkier and much brighter than the TVK wristband I received in another month's box.  Much the same as the other one, I probably won't get much use out of this since I don't wear wristbands, but it's a cool little vegan statement nonetheless.

I was excited to see something by Dr. Organic this month, but I my heart sank a little bit again when I realised that it was a hand and nail cream.  The Dr. Organic Organic Olive Oil Hand & Nail Cream (125ml, RRP £6.49) is a repairing hand cream designed to moisturise and protect your hands and strengthen your nails, which is a pretty spot on product to have on you at this time of the year - I'm just not much of a hand cream person.  That said, I have actually really been enjoying using it.  It's thick, non-greasy and absorbs quickly, leaving my hands feel much softer and more nourished.  I may not have ever thought to buy something like this myself, but I've been pleasantly surprised and would now happily recommend it to someone else!

The last product this month is the Teen VGN Recipe Book (RRP £1.50) and although it's great that this supports a non-profit that supports young vegans, as someone who is already a pretty accomplished cook it's kind of lost on me.  Some of the recipes look really interesting and I'd like to try, but others are very basic and many can be found online on the author's blogs anyway, so I wouldn't particularly want to pay money for the book myself.  I can see why it might be a great addition to the box for other people who don't live in their kitchens, and it does give links to a few great vegan cheese alternatives, for example, but it's just not really for me.  I would've rather seen another chocolate bar or bag of crisps for the same price, personally.

That just about wraps it up for this month's review!  I'll really miss getting my monthly subscription boxes but I'm sure time will fly and I'll be signing up again in no time.  In the mean time, I'll just have to live vicariously through everyone else and lurk on other bloggers' reviews.

What did you think of this month's box?

1 comment

  1. Vego bars are my favourite ever! No other vegan chocolate comes close. I got a full-size one at Wholefoods once and they're the size of one and a half mini bars. Because they're so rich I think the mini bar is the perfect size. I keep a few of these at work so I have them nearby!


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