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Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – March 2015

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Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – March 2015 Box

Mantry is a subscription box that describes itself as “the modern man’s pantry.”

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – March 2015 Crate

Each month they ship gourmet food items in their signature wooden crate.

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – March 2015 Inside

 Mantry sent us this box for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – March 2015 Contents

The Subscription Box: Mantry

The Cost: $75

COUPON: Use this link to save $30 off your first box!

The Products: Artisan foods for the modern man’s pantry.

Ships to: US only.

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Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – March 2015 Card

This month’s theme is “ Greetings from Tennessee.”

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – March 2015 Fold Out 1

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – March 2015 Fold Out  2

Each box comes with a fold out card detailing each of the producers behind the food included and where in the country they’re based.

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – March 2015 Curator

This box also included a note from Mantry’s curator that describes an RV trip he took with his friends through Tennessee last spring and how it inspired the theme for this box.

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – March 2015 Onion Jam

Smoked Onion Jam by Blackberry Farm (7.75oz.)- value $13

This jam is made with sweet Georgia Vidalia onions. They’re smoked to release their natural sweetness and then cooked down with sherry. Mantry recommends serving a dollop of this alongside Father’s Country Ham.

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – March 2015 Seasoning

Hot Chicken Rub by JM Thomason (8oz.)- value $8.99

Hot Chicken is a classic Nashville dish. This particular spice blend combines garlic, cayenne, and onion and adds potent flavor and a slow burn to poultry dishes. In addition to using this rub on fried chicken, JM Thomason suggests mixing it into ground chicken to make hot buffalo chicken burgers.

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – March 2015 Ham

Country Ham by Father’s Country Hams (8oz.)- value $5.75

Father’s Country Ham is hickory smoked and aged at least 8 months. The pack included in this month’s box is “biscuit-sliced” so that each piece of ham fits perfectly on a biscuit. Buttermilk biscuits happen to be one of my specialties, so I’m excited to fry this up for ham biscuits!

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – March 2015 Soberdough

Buffalovin’ Wing Brew Bread by Soberdough (20oz.)- value $8.95

Soberdough Brew Bread is a really fun take on beer bread, and I think the packaging is darling. To make a loaf, you just combine the bread mix with a bottle of beer. Soberdough comes in a variety of flavors (Rosemary, Green Chile Cheddar, Cinnful Raisin, etc.), and Mantry decided to include the Buffalovin’ Wing flavor in this month’s box. Here’s a picture of what comes inside the canvas pouch:

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – March 2015 Sober Unpacked

The orange packet is wing spice.

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – March 2015 Moonshine

Lil’ Shot Genuine Tennessee Moonshine Cake by Chattanooga Cookie Co. (7.8oz.)- value $8

Lil’ Shot Cakes are baked in Chattanooga with genuine Tennessee moonshine. I think this is such a fun product! The cake was delicious, and I was happy to discover that you can really taste the moonshine. This is one boozy cake.

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – March 2015 Caramels

“Old Fashioned” Cocktail Caramels by Shotwell Candy Co. (4oz.)- value $9.75

These caramels are a play on the classic “Old Fashioned” cocktail. They’re made with aromatic bitters, Kentucky bourbon whiskey, and orange extract. Here’s a picture of them inside the box:

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – March 2015 Caramel Candies

These were another delicious discovery, and I thought they definitely tasted a little like an old fashioned!

Each month, Mantry posts recipes on their website that incorporate some of the ingredients they include in the box. This month, they recommend using the JM Thomason Hot Chicken Rub to make Nashville Hot Fried Chicken. Here’s a screenshot of the recipe:

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – March 2015 Chicken Recipe

I thought the photo of the chicken looked great, so I decided to give it a try! The recipe suggested serving the chicken with pickles and white bread, but I thought the Soberdough would make an even better pairing.

The recipe for the Soberdough was very easy. I poured a 12oz beer into the provided mix (I opted for a hoppy Sam Adams Pilsner), added a cup of cheese (I picked sharp white cheddar), and stirred it all together. In another bowl, I mixed the provided packet of wing seasoning with melted butter. To assemble, I spread ½ of the batter along the bottom of a loaf pan, poured over the buttery wing sauce, and then spread over the remaining batter. I topped the loaf with a little bit of extra cheese, salt, and pepper. (Because extra cheese is always a good idea, right?)

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – March 2015 Raw Loaf

The loaf baked at 375 for 45 minutes.

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – March 2015 Baked Loaf

The bread smelled amazing when it came out of the oven, but I was careful to wait until it was cool to slice it.

While I waited, I got to work prepping the chicken. I opened up the Hot Chicken Rub, and was immediately hit by the strong, bright smell.

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – March 2015 Chicken Rub

I massaged the rub into some chicken legs and thighs, then dredged them in flour, dipped them in eggy buttermilk, and dredged them in flour again. As per the recipe, I fried them on the stovetop until they were golden brown and cooked through.

It seemed appropriate to serve this dish family style, so I decided to serve everything on a big platter. I portioned some pickles and sliced the loaf of Soberdough. I thought the stripe of wing sauce in the middle of the loaf was beautiful!

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – March 2015 Sliced Loaf

I put the bread slices on the platter along with the chicken and pickles.

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – March 2015 Plated Chicken

This recipe was excellent. I haven’t made fried chicken that many times before, and I was really pleased with how it turned out. The Hot Chicken Rub added a lot of flavor, and I liked that it was spicy but not overwhelmingly so. I also really enjoyed the suggestion to serve pickles alongside the chicken and was happy to have something acidic to cut through the richness of the dish. The Soberdough was delicious too. The bread itself was soft, spongy, and a bit sweet, and the stripe of buttery wing sauce was spicy and delicious.

Verdict: I really liked Mantrys theme this month, and I enjoyed my taste of Tennessee. As usual, the curation was excellent, and the products included were all delicious and of very high quality. I think Mantry does a great job of picking tasty products from interesting companies and providing relative easy recipes that incorporate them. The items in this month’s box total approximately $55, which is a fairly typical value for Mantry. That’s pretty low considering the $75 cost, so, while I really enjoy this subscription, I think I can only recommend it for those who highly value curation, presentation, and packaging.

What do you think of the March 2015 Mantry box?

Written by Lindsey Morse

Lindsey Morse

Lindsey is a professional baker by day and a subscription box junkie by night. She first subscribed to Birchbox in 2013 and her addiction grew when she signed up for Graze, PopSugar, and Knoshy. Her favorite part about being a subscription box addict is discovering new products- especially gourmet goodies, beauty products, and kitchen tools!
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. What a great review, Lindsey! Thank you for the great pictures and for making and testing everything! I’m with you that Mantry tends not to be worth it money wise, so I only subscribe when there’s a coupon. Seeing this made me a little sad I’d missed out on March. 🙂

  2. Excellent and thorough review…really enjoyed the photos. I am going to have to subscribe to this box at least once in my life. The coupon is making it very enticing to try it out now.

  3. Thanks for the great review and love that you cook and takes pics of what you make. You already got me to join Raw Spice a few weeks ago with your great pics and now I want to join this one too! Once all of my other prepaid boxes are up I think I will cancel some of them and join this one. Thanks 🙂

  4. I really enjoy your reviews. I also really like to cook and enjoy seeing what you have made and your dishes always look perfect. I haven’t signed up for Mantry as I really like The Fare Trade. Value seems better and I like how they have different chefs pick the items along with recipes. There customer service has been excellent.

  5. Thanks for taking the time to make the dishes and taking pictures! I always like to see how dishes turn out with food subs that require some preparation, since I’m not too great in the kitchen! I think mantry is a great concept, but like you said, not for those looking for value, since you definitely pay more for the careful curation and presentation!

  6. I ordered one using a voucher from RueLaLa but noticed a $75 charge on my AMEX bill………….and then I received another Mantry although not ordered!!!!! Hope they get their act together. Good food and fun but so over priced!

      • Mantry has refunded my AMEX charge…thank you…great products for pretty expensive although I think the value is in the presentation.

        I will try again and see how the value is for the money…I noticed it is for men so maybe they would like value

        The very best item in the box was the smoked onion jam We love blackberry farm and were delighted to see this in the box

        • Glad it got sorted! Yes, we don’t have the ‘value’ of most subscription boxes, but that comes down mainly to one thing: we are paying our food makers wholesale for their products (most sample size subscription boxes get their product for free or well below cost of production). We believe in supporting American makers, and paying fair prices for their products! The box would definitely cost over $75 if you were to try to get everything shipped to you separately.

          Also, we love Blackberry Farm as well! It’s on our bucket list to visit for sure!

  7. Great review, I appreciate that you tried the recipes and took pix! Love the look of the soberdough. But…. I will never sub to Mantry b/c of the low value. Also I’m an apostrophe snob so “set our mouth’s on fire” is like nails on a blackboard for me. 😉

    • lol…I like the t-shirt I’ve seen on Pinterest, “I’m silently correcting your grammar”.

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