The Vegan Kind Snack Box Review

I have seen these boxes in some of the vegan magazines I have been reading, they looked great and I was lucky enough to be gifted one for my birthday from a family member, it came jam packed full of amazing goodies, some of which I had never even heard of before, I wanted to share my experience of this snack box with you all.

So, what exactly is inside?

Here is what I got inside my Snack Box, I think it changes all the time so you might not get exactly the same as me, but it will give you an idea of what to expect.

  • Chika’s – Black Pepper Cashews
  • Ten Acre – Hand Cooked Cheese & Onion Crisps
  • Ten Acre – Cornelius Popperley’s Sour Cream & Chive Popcorn
  • Mallows – Vanilla
  • Hoots – Cheese & Onion Multigrain Snack
  • Ombar – Coconut & Vanilla Raw Cacao Bar
  • Vego – Hazelnut Chocolate Bar
  • I’m Sunkissed And….Good Full Stop – Chocolate & Orange Fruit & Nut Bar
  • Sarelle – Hazelnut & Dark Chocolate cream filled wafer covered chocolate bar
  • The Foods Of Athenry – Chocolate & Raspberry Cookie
  • Golden Blonde – Botanical Raw Cacao Bar

What are my thoughts?

Right, let’s dig in, these are my thoughts on the products that were inside The Vegan Kind snack box.
The snack box itself was wonderfully presented, it came delivered in a shoe box sized box and inside were all of the snacks wrapped in The Vegan Kind tissue paper, I can’t comment on the delivery of the box as it was a gift but it wasn’t damaged in any way so I can only assume delivery was just as perfect as the contents of this box.

Vego – Hazelnut Chocolate Bar

This chocolate bar was gorgeous, the hazelnut pieces inside were huge, it wasn’t just the taste of hazelnut either it was actual hazelnuts. The bar itself was the same size as a kit kat chunky I would say and it tasted amazing, not like a kit kat of course but the chocolate was yummy. Definitely one for future purchases.

Golden Blonde – Botanical Raw Cacao Bar

I am not sure what I was expecting with this, I have tried vegan chocolate bars before and they have all been really strong, not really something I enjoy but this was out of this world, I don’t really know how to explain it if you have ever had a Caramac in your life this was exactly what it tasted like, it came in a box you would expect a mascara to come in, inside was the chocolate wrapped in brown paper, as I bit into it I was thinking that it was going to be overpowering but it really wasn’t it was so creamy and delicious, after taking my time with the first bite so I had an idea what to write for the blog I practically inhaled the rest. Another amazing find and one I will definitely be buying again.

Sarelle – Hazelnut & Dark Chocolate cream filled wafer covered chocolate bar

Another gorgeous bar, the chocolate was delicious and the wafer biscuit inside was everything you would expect, you wouldn’t even know that it was vegan it, definitely another one for the list.

I’m Sunkissed And….Good Full Stop – Chocolate & Orange Fruit & Nut Bar

I have never been keen on chocolate and orange but wanted to give this a try, you never know it might be very different to everything I have tried before…unfortunately it wasn’t it was very orangey and not really something I enjoyed eating, this one I won’t be buying again.

Ten Acre – Hand Cooked Cheese & Onion Crisps

Do you like hand cooked crisps, the ones that are really crunchy? Do you also like Cheese & Onion? If you answer yes to these questions you are going to LOVE these crisps, the flavour is intense and amazing not just peaking through actually bursting through with each bite, another product for the future list.

Ombar – Coconut & Vanilla Raw Cacao Bar

The chocolate in this bar is nothing like the Golden Blonde it is dark chocolate but it tastes really creamy and almost melts in your mouth, it also has a really soft centre that appears right at the end, just as the taste of the chocolate is disappearing the creamy centre bursts through. A lovely bar of chocolate.

Ten Acre – Cornelius Popperley’s Sour Cream & Chive Popcorn

Much like the Cheese & Onion crisps from Ten Acre, the popcorn was absolutely delicious, if you like sour cream and chive,of course, the flavours were so strong and vibrant, another one for the keep list.

Hoots – Cheese & Onion

These multigrain snacks are very much like the Ten Acre Cheese & Onion crisps in terms of flavour, very strong and lovely cheesy taste the snacks themselves are also extremely moreish nothing like a crisp but more like a crunch multigrain snack. Adding these to the list of snacks to buy again.

The Foods Of Athenry – Chocolate & Raspberry Cookie

I had big hopes for this, I had saved it for a while knowing that one day I would really fancy it, that day came, I sat down with a cup of tea and opened the cookie packet, the cookie itself was really crunchy excellent, exactly what you would expect from a cookie, this is a great start I thought, you could really taste the chocolate too but what I was really hoping for was pieces of raspberry, you know like chips of chocolate you get in a choc chip cookie but there was none just a small hint of raspberry taste which seemed to be overpowered by the chocolate.

Mallows – Vanilla

Are you a fan of Marshmallows? You are going to love these, they taste exactly like the Marshmallows I used to have when I was younger, the texture, the flavour everything about these is amazing, definitely one for the keep list.

Chika’s – Black Pepper Cashews

You can most definitely taste the black pepper on these cashew nuts, the tingle on your tongue, not something I would buy again though but for people like a snack with a little kick, these would be perfect.

Conclusion

So, now that I have finished all of the snacks from this little box what is my overall thoughts I hear you ask? Absolutely fantastic, some of the products I had in this box I had never even heard of, there were a few I didn’t like but the ones I didn’t outweigh the ones I didn’t.

I would totally recommend this box to anyone else be it you have been a vegan for a long while or just making the transition this box is certainly worth the money.

Birthday Spoils

I posted earlier today about it being my birthday today, I just wanted to share the spoils I have been gifted with, been super spoilt and given some amazing gifts, had a super awesome day spent with family.

 All of my presents came wrapped in this wrapping paper, isn’t it cool, I saved some because I liked it that much.

Had these super awesome cards, the left one was from my parents and the right one was from my daughter, I am going to trim them in a few days and frame them onto the wall, they are worth keeping for sure.

Had this really awesome tea infuser and loose leaf fair trade tea, can’t wait to give this a try, you can expect a in-depth review at some point.

I have been growing my beard out now for about 4 months, got a voucher for Barber Barber to get it trimmed and shaped, which is pretty cool so will definitely be putting that to use in the summer.

Tickets to the Harry Potter Tour at Warner Bros studios in London which will be amazing, always wanted to go but never really wanted to go on my own (something are better experianced with others) so super excited to be able to take some people along, these are for next Saturday so I will definatley post about that afterwards.

I got this really nice Vegan Snack box from the folks at The Vegan Kind, no it wasn’t a gift, a family member got it for me but The Vegan Kind put it together, you can subscribe and they send you a box (shoe box size) once a month with some really nice vegan treats, can’t wait to give this a try, there is loads in here from different brands that I haven’t heard of before.

I got a stool for my festival bag, when it has been raining and the ground is sodden it is hard to find somewhere to sit, having this will allow me to just have a rest and take the weight off, awesome.

We ended the day with a nice bit of cake, yummy.

Toms Shoes

New shoes you say? I hardly ever buy new shoes I either can’t find ones that are comfy enough or I just can’t justify the large amounts of money some of the shoes cost for the very short life they seem to live, however I have been looking for some slip on slip off type shoes to replace my old tatty vans which had seen better days, they had a massive hole in the bottom and my feet would get soaked every time I went outside when the floor was wet or damp, which in the UK is pretty much all the time, so they had to go.

I had looked at various options Vans being one of them but a lot of them were not vegan friendly, either using some form of leather in the shoe design or the manufacturing process of the shoe wasn’t vegan, I then found Toms, I had used them before buying my daughter a pair a couple of birthday’s ago the overall quality of the shoe felt good but of course I never got to wear them, they just wouldn’t fit my feet.

Not wanting to get something plane or a single colour I found these they looked perfect all be it a little bit expensive however they were vegan and Toms donate a pair of shoes to people in need for every pair sold which in my book is a winner.

So how do the shoes feel I hear you asking? The fit was perfect, not to small, not to big just perfect, in a way they don’t even feel like they are on your feet, not in a barefoot kind of way, though, more like a lightweight fit you don’t feel your feet carrying them when you walk, they are soft under foot too so when it is time to put in some steps they are ready for the challenge.

I would totally buy another pair, maybe in a different colour or a different design but if you are looking for a new shoe ready for Spring/Summer I don’t think you could go wrong with a pair of Toms.

Liar Liar & Fat Rabbit Review

Liar Liar has been open in town for a while now but I have never been, today I decided to give it a shot.

You are made to feel welcome from the moment you walk in, the customer service is fantastic I ordered a Latte with Soya milk, while I was waiting a lovely lady came over “Are you eating in?” I was “You can go and find a seat if you like, we will bring your drink to you” I did just that, I found a stool in the corner, the same girl came over “There is plenty of space upstairs if you would like to sit up there” amazing, I went upstairs and found a seat, it was really roomy, not cramped the windows are huge and let is loads of natural light, I just sat there for a while taking it all in.

My drink wasn’t that far behind me, delivered in a lovely mug I took a sip, usually, I like a sugar in my coffee but this was lovely, it is really hard to explain but the coffee tasted delicious, much nicer than Starbuck’s offering anyway.

The great think about Liar Liar is they also host Fat Rabbit, a vegan street food pop-up restaurant which I believe has permanent residency here. The menu selection was vast much larger than any other cafe I have ever been to, I ordered the Falafel Burger with Fries.

When it arrived it looked delicious, so colorful and fresh it had gherkins though and usually, I won’t eat them but I thought to myself I am going to leave them on and experience this dish to its full potential.

It turned out that the burger was just a lovely as it looked, I managed to eat it all but couldn’t manage the coleslaw or garnish the burger and fries filled me up so much.

Would I recommend this venue to someone else? Absolutely. Will I be going back? Definitely. Liar Liar is now by far one of my favorite cafes in town.

Harissa Aubergine Kebabs

Editorial Note: This was a follow along, taken from Issue 5 of Vegan Living Magazine which was an extract from 15 Minute Vegan

We have been reading the above-mentioned magazine for a while now and there are some really yummy recipes in there, tonight I decided to give one of them a go, Harissa Aubergine Kebabs with a mint relish, they turned out really well and tasted just lovely, I might make a small change next time and have them inside a pitta bread, I think they would be easier to eat that way but still they were pretty amazing.

I took a few photos along the way to show what was to come.

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The Recipe

  • 1 Large Aubergine
  • 6 whole cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tbsps harissa paste
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 large flatbreads
  • 1 small pomegranate (seeds only)

For the relish

  • 1/4 cucumber finely chopped
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • A handful of fresh mint leaves, chopped finely
  • 1 tbsp of cider vinegar.

Quorn Fillets

If you read my post from early last week you will know that I picked up a bunch of the Quorn vegan range to try and I said that I would let you know my thoughts, so the Quorn Fillets…what were they like?

quorn-fillet

To be honest, these were by far the worst of the bunch that we purchased, I am not sure what I expected but they were really disappointing, they felt really processed and the outside of the fillet looked unappealing, as for the taste well there was no taste, they had to be complimented with something else to give them any flavour, I don’t know if that was the intention that Quorn had when they made them but for me I would have preferred to just have a fillet I could eat with some rice and that be enough. So unfortunately I won’t be buying these again and can’t really recommend them to you all.

Quorn Fishless Fingers

If you read my post from early last week you will know that I picked up a bunch of the Quorn vegan range to try and I said that I would let you know my thoughts, so the Quorn Fishless Finger…what were they like?

fishless-fingers

These had the biggest hype for me, so many people have been talking about them, saying just how good they were so I was really excited to try them out, just like the nuggets the texture on the outside was identical to a Fish Finger but what about the inside? Some of the Quorn products can be really dense and not very appealing at all but these Fishless fingers were perfect, they tasted amazing the contents of the Finger tasted really good, definitely on my list of products to get again and would recommend them to anyone looking for a Vegan alternative.