the awesome snackiness of the vegan cuts snack box.

Vegan Cuts Snack Box

Instagram shot of my Vegan Cuts Snack Box (follow me @madcapcupcake)

Behold the awesome snackiness of my Vegan Cuts Snack Box, of which I was the fortunate recipient for review. The Snack Box is available as a monthly subscription ($19.95 in the USA, $27.95 in Canada, shipping included) from the good folks at Vegan Cuts—a fab company that offers many more innovative cruelty-free products for sale, from food to clothing, make-up and accessories.

If you subscribe to a Snack Box, each month you will be presented with a selection of 7-10 vegan snacks and samples, often gluten-free, from an array of well chosen cruelty-free companies. My Snack Box consisted of the following treats:

  • Meow Meow Tweet’s Moisturizing Lip Balm, which glides on smooth, without any sticky, waxy residue. Mine was cocoa flavoured. I’m a devoted lip balm fan. Very nice.
  • Oloves, deli-style, snackable olives with only 50 calories per bag and no preservatives. I enjoyed my package of Lemony Lover Oloves at the airport during a recent trip and they were the perfect snack on the go, as well as a welcome departure from the regular snacking carb-fest.
  • Milas Food’s Savoury Bruschetta Blend. I made bruschetta of course, enjoying mine on a thick slab of crusty sourdough bread. Delicious.
  • 22 Days Protein Powder, which is non-GMO, organic, dairy-free, gluten-free, and soy-free, and perfect for a quick breakfast when you’re short on time and great for traveling. Mine was chocolate. Good stuff.
  • Food Should Taste Good Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips, a delicious baked twist on sweet potato chips. They were gone in a flash. I felt like I was enjoying chips without being bad.
  • Teeccino, herbal coffee in a tea bag. Awesome idea, no? Full-bodied and robust. I’m a big Teeccino fan. Love them.
  • Skinny Pop, guilt-free, incredibly tasty all natural, fibre-rich popcorn with zero trans fat. I saved mine for the plane and savoured every last bite.
  • Chicago Vegan Foods Teese, a stretchable, meltable line of non-dairy cheeses free from GMOs, soy, gluten, and palm oil. I received the nacho cheese sauce, which is the best Teese I’ve tried yet. These are the same folks behind Dandies vegan marshmallows. Love them.
  • Beyond Meat coupons, thanks—I’ll be on the lookout for some! So curious.
  • Parmela Parmesan Style Aged Nut Cheese. The perfect way to top off to a steaming bowl of pasta, and I did. Excellent. Seriously though—how do they do that? It’s so much like Parmesan I did a double-take.

If you like tasty snacks, trying new products and getting packages in the mail, this sweet setup is right up your alley. Very fun. Many of the companies I received samples from weren’t even on my vegan radar, so discovering them was awesome. A big ‘thank you’ to the generous folks at Vegan Cuts for sending me a Snack Box of my very own to try out.

Highly recommended. Check them out and get snackified. Enjoy.

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hugs to allison’s gourmet

Artisan Vegan Caramels from Allison's Gourmet

Artisan Vegan Caramels from Allison’s Gourmet

Are you familiar with Allison’s Gourmet? You should be. Allison, maven of mmmm, is all about chocolate. Award-winning, artisan, organic, dairy-free, fair-trade chocolate. Oh, and it’s out of this world delicious too. Do yourself a favour and get acquainted. May I suggest the pure vanilla caramels? I’m a fan. Take a look at Allison’s site and feast your eyes. You can’t go wrong with any of the choices there—with cookies, brownies, toffee, brittle, fudge, chocolates, caramels, tea, coffee, and hot chocolate—there are endless gift-giving possibilities. Why not include yourself s a recipient?

A longtime admirer,  I had the pleasure of meeting Allison in person at last summer’s VVC in Portland–so when she recently asked if she could interview me for the Friday With Friends series on her blog, I was chuffed. Check it out here, blush. It’s short and sweet and focuses on my enthusiasm for vegan baking and my massive sweet tooth.

*photo used with permission from Allison’s Gourmet

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vegan moFo: chocolate cherry ice cream

chocolate cherry ice cream with cacao nibs

Chocolate and cherry can do no wrong together in my world, which makes this probably my favourite homemade ice cream. It’s delicious. It’s easy, and pssst, you don’t even need an ice cream maker: I made this using the food processor in under ten minutes. I start with a couple of frozen bananas, to which I add about a half bag of frozen cherries (which amounts to about 1 1/2 cups or so – there’s no right or wrong – I do it to taste). Throw the cherries and bananas in the food processor along with (up to) 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa (again, this is a to taste thing – I like a lot of cocoa, but you might want to start with 2 Tbsp to start), add between 1/4 to a 1/2 cup of non-dairy milk of your choice to facilitate blending (I favour unsweetened almond milk at present, but soy milk works grand too), and blend just until smooth. Enjoy as is if desired, or add some more cherries and cacao nibs and pulse just enough to distribute them – but not so much as to break them up. Even if you don’t add extra cherries, I highly recommend adding the cacao nibs – they add an amazing crunch while evoking the spirit of chocolate chips in a much healthier way. If you really want to, you could put this mixture through your ice cream maker to make it firmer (before adding the extra cherries and cacao nibs at the end of the cycle), but it’s truly not necessary: as you can see in the photo, the frozen cherry component adds a lot of firmness all by itself. Plus, who wants to wait half an hour to eat ice cream when you could be enjoying it in less than ten minutes? Enjoy.

*blush*