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Mantry Box Review – Monthly Food Subscription Boxes – April 2013

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Mantry Box Review - Monthly Food Subscription Boxes - April 2013

I’ve been wanting to try Mantry for a while – but the $75 price tag was a bit of a deterrent  After waiting months for a coupon code or offer on fab to show up (and finding no discounts) I decided to bite the bullet and sign up for this gourmet food subscription box!

Mantry Box Review - Monthly Food Subscription Boxes - April 2013

The Box: Mantry

The Cost: $75

The Products: The Modern Man’s Pantry: a Food of the Month Club that helps you discover American artisan food.

Mantry Box Review - Monthly Food Subscription Boxes - April 2013


La Quercia Acorn Borsellino Salami – Value $11

Blackberry Farm Fried Chicken Buttermilk Brined Mix with Sage – Value $9.75

This Salami was absolutely amazing – it was devoured almost immediately!

Mantry Box Review - Monthly Food Subscription Boxes - April 2013Blackberry Farm Smoked Onion Jam – Value $12.50

Sweet Potato Habanero Hot Sauce – Value $8.50

I’m excited to try this Smoked Onion Jam – they recommend lots of different recipes ideas from adding it to a grilled cheese sandwich, to using it for a sauce for a flatbread pizza!

Mantry Box Review - Monthly Food Subscription Boxes - April 2013


Pok Pok Som Full Strength Drinking Vinegar – Value $15

Hasting’s Pork Rub – Value $12

I’m curious about this drinking vinegar – but I haven’t tried it yet. (They recommend using it in cocktails or mixing it with 4 parts soda water).

Verdict: The value of the items in this Mantry box is $68.25 – not bad considering I’m sure shipping costs plus the wooden box itself are definitely more than $7. Have you signed up for Mantry yet? What do you think of it?


Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. Not every box is about discounts – some are about curation. I adore my Mantry. Every month I get amazing delicious food that I couldn’t buy at my local store and it challenges me to try new dishes.

  2. I bit the bullet too and ordered for my hubs birthday. The artisan products that you won’t find in normal grocery stores are what make up for the cost being less than the subscription, in my opinion. I mean where will you ever get those specialty products? So to me the slight difference of $5-10 means I’m supporting small businesses and getting great new items that I wouldn’t normally get. May will be my first month and since the hubs is a foodie I am hoping he’ll want to continue it monthly.

  3. WAY TOO EXPENSIVE FOR WHAT YOU GOT!!! The subscription sample boxes should be sending you items that value more than your subscription costs….that’s part of the appeal. The trade-off is you don’t know what you are getting in the box. No one should buy a mystery box whose contents are valued at less than the cost, even with shipping included! With a sample subscription you should get more than what you paid for!

  4. Way too pricy for a regular sub but it would make a great housewarming, christmas or birthday gift for a male bachelor.


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