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Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – April 2015

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Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – April 2015 Box

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

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – April 2015 Crate

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

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – April 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 – April 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 – April 2015 Card

This month’s theme is “ Taco Truck.”

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – April 2015 Fold Out Card 1

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

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

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – April 2015 Curator

This box also included a note from Mantry’s curator that describes his inspiration for this theme.

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – April 2015 Yellowbird

Yellowbird Habanero Sauce (9.8 oz.)- value $4

Yellowbird Habanero Sauce is made with a blend of carrots, habanero peppers, onions, garlic, tangerine juice, and lime juice. It contains no artificial ingredients or preservatives. It can be used as an all-purpose hot sauce, but Mantry suggests using it to make Yellowbird Micheladas.

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – April 2015 Jalapeno

Deano’s Sea Salt Jalapeno Chips (2.25 oz.)- value $4

Deano’s Jalapeno Chips are crunchy, spicy, deep-fried jalapenos. While they can be eaten right out of the bag, Mantry included a recipe on their website that uses them as a topping for breakfast tacos.

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – April 2015 Mole

Hernan Mole Poblano (7.2 oz.)- value $8

Mole Poblano is a Mexican sauce made from chili peppers and chocolate. This version is a concentrated paste made from 28 natural and vegan ingredients. When combined with water or broth, it makes a spicy, chocolaty sauce that can be used with chicken, pork, veggies, fish, or shellfish.

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – April 2015 Onions

Sweet ‘n Sour Pickled Red Onions by Pernicious Pickling Co. (16 oz.)- value $9.99

I love pickles, so I was very happy to see these in the box. Mantry incorporates them in their recipe for Mole Chicken Tacos, but they can also be served alongside cured meats and cheeses, used as a topping for burgers, or stirred into a Sweet ‘n Sour Martini.

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – April 2015 Mojo

Traditional Mojo Jerky by Savage Jerky Co. (3 oz.)- value $7.99

Savage Jerky’s Traditional Mojo Jerky has a mild flavor that comes from lime, cilantro, garlic, and cumin. Mantry makes the suggestion to replace your bloody mary’s celery stalk with a piece of this jerky. I think that’s a fun twist on a bacon bloody!

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – April 2015 Walnuts

Mexican Hot Chocolate Walnuts by Old Dog Ranch (6 oz.)- value $8.99

Old Dog Ranch has been growing walnuts for five generations, and this generation’s father-daughter team pairs traditional farming and roasting techniques with trendy flavor combinations. I love the blend of cinnamon and cayenne in Mexican hot chocolate, and I think it’s a great flavor combination for roasted walnuts.

Each month, Mantry posts recipes on their website that incorporate some of the ingredients they include in the box. This month, I decided to make their recipes for Mole Chicken Tacos and Yellowbird Micheladas.

I made the micheladas first, so I could sip on one while I was cooking.

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – April 2015 Michelada Recipe

I’ve seen Micheladas on Mexican brunch menus before, but this was my first time making or drinking one. The Mantry Yellowbird Michelada recipe called for a mix of tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, lime, Yellowbird Habanero, black pepper, and Mexican Lager- kind of like a beer-based bloody mary! Here are my ingredients:

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – April 2015 Michelada Ingredients

As per the recipe, I started by rimming my pint glass with lime juice and salt. (I was excited to use my Jacobsen Cocktail Salt from the recent POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition Resort Box!) I combined the tomato juice, hot sauce, Worcestershire, pepper, and lime juice in the glass and topped it with ice and beer.

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – April 2015 Michelada

I thought the Michelada was delicious. I love a good bloody mary, and this was an interesting substitute. It was hardy and refreshing with a good amount of spice. (The Yellowbird is some serious hot sauce. I went a little light on it, and the drink still made my lips tingle slightly.)

While I sipped on the Michelada, I prepared the tacos. Like most of the Mantry recipes, the one for Mole Chicken Tacos was simple and easy to follow.

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – April 2015 Mole Recipe

I began by cooking chicken legs and thighs in salted water. When they were cooked through, I let them cool slightly and pulled the meat from the bones.

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – April 2015 Pulled Chicken

In a medium saucepan, I thinned the jar of Hernan Mole Poblano paste with a cup of water, stirred, and let it simmer for a few minutes. I then added the pulled chicken and let it simmer for another few minutes.

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – April 2015 Mole Chicken

That was it! To plate, I filled 6” flour tortillas with the mole chicken and topped each one with sliced radishes and Pernicious Pickled Onions.

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – April 2015 Plated Mole

The tacos were great. The pickled onions cut through the richness of the mole, and the radishes added a really nice freshness. This dish was quick and easy to pull together, but it looked like it required a good amount of work- my favorite type of dish!

Verdict: I really liked Mantrys theme this month, and I enjoyed my taco night. 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. Even though it’s marketed for “the modern man,” I think Mantry is great for women too. I certainly always enjoy it! As for value, this month’s items total about $43. Mantry doesn’t normally break even with its cost, but this is even lower than the usual value. I really enjoy this subscription, but I definitely wouldn’t recommend it to anyone looking for a high-value food box. If you are interested in subscribing, it’s good to know that Mantry will occasionally release a discount code. Also, if you haven’t tried Mantry before, you can use this link to save $30 off your first box.

What do you think of Mantry’s Taco Truck 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.

4 Comments

  1. It’s so cool to see the finished recipes – thank you for cooking & posting!

  2. Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t ever find a reason to spend double the value on something just because it comes in a better package with assorted “kind of curated” items. Nothing in that box is anything that an Internet food explorer couldn’t dig up on their own. Anytime I see a divide between cost and value so far apart, I just drive on by. I’m not saying if the value at minimum matched the cost I’d look again, but now….no way. Almost a rip off. BTW, I like Lindsey’s reviews very much. 🙂

    • I completely agree that the value on this box never impresses me. I like the curation–I do feel like they introduce you to some “manly” brands, and this box theme is certainly tighter than ipsy ever manages–but I’d always rather wait to find out what’s in the box and pick and buy the items myself.
      Maybe this company is doing REALLY well and everyone subscribed is happy with the value, but I just don’t see it.
      I agree though–this review is awesome, and it’s cool to see the finished recipes.

  3. I got the same Yellowbird sauce in the first Batch Tour of Texas box. Haven’t tried it yet, though.

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