Mantry Father’s Day Box Review – June 2015
Mantry is a subscription box that describes itself as “the modern man’s pantry.” This is a review of their special Father’s Day Box, which includes 6 full-sized artisan food products for Dad.
The Father’s Day Box is not included in regular subscription plans (i.e. current subscribers will not automatically get one). To receive this box in time for Father’s Day, purchase a new gift subscription through the “gift” section of the Mantry website before June 17th. As a bonus, 3 and 6-month gift subscription recipients will receive a Mantry Jerky Kit with their second crate.
Mantry sent us this special Father’s Day Box early for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Mantry Father’s Day Box
The Cost: $75
BONUS: Sign up now for a 3 or 6-month gift subscription, and Mantry will ship a bonus Jerky Kit with your second crate.
The Products: Artisan foods for the modern man’s pantry.
Ships to: US only.
This Father’s Day Box was sent to us early for review, so there isn’t a card included in the crate. However, I believe regular subscribers will receive one.
If you subscribe now for a 3 or 6-month gift subscription, and Mantry will ship a Jerky Kit with your second crate (we were shipped one early for review). Here’s what’s inside:
Chef’s Cut Jerky Trio (three 2.5 oz packets)- $30
The kit contained the following flavors: Honey Chipotle Chicken Jerky, Original Recipe Steak Jerky, and Chipotle Cracked Pepper Steak Jerky. Since the jerky comes in a presentation box, I’ve used the gift value quoted by Mantry, however 4 packs of jerky are available on the Chef’s Cut website for about the same price.
Now, on to the contents of the Father’s Day box.
Chipotle Barbeque Half Pops (6 oz)- $4.29
Half Pops are a crunchy take on traditional popcorn. I’ve sampled them before, and I like them quite a bit. The Chipotle BBQ flavor is delicious, and I like that Half Pops are made with corn and oil that’s non-GMO.
Original Bacon Spread by Skillet Street Food (7 oz)- $10
I love bacon (a lot), but I have to admit that I was a little skeptical about eating bacon jam. (Is there such a thing as too much bacon?) After doing some research, though, I grew curious. Skillet Street Food’s Bacon Jam gets incredible reviews, so I decided to give it a shot. It was originally designed as a condiment for burgers, so that’s how I used it. And, oh wow. It’s delicious!
Chef’s Cut Chipotle Cracked Pepper Real Steak Jerky (2.5 oz)- $6.99
Chef’s Cut jerky is made with Certified Angus Beef and is free from nitrates and corn syrup. Jerky is a popular item in Mantry boxes, and I think they do a great job of selecting tender, flavorful jerky. This product is no exception, and I really like the chipotle pepper blend. (Note that this is the same brand of jerky featured in the bonus pack.)
Vermont Smoke and Cure Pepperoni (7 oz)- $7
Vermont Smoke and Cure Pepperoni is made with locally raised pork and fresh herbs and smoked over corncob and maple wood. Smoking the pepperoni results in a less oily product, and the smoky flavor mellows the spiciness of the meat. I also received this product in my Mantry “Pizza Party” Box from February. I thought the pepperoni was great, so I’m happy to have more. Every month, Mantry posts recipes on their website that incorporate the ingredients they send. One of the featured recipes for this box is Pepperoni & Mozzarella Grilled Cheese.
Hot Georgia Soul by Southern Soul BBQ (12 oz)- $6.42
Hot Georgia Soul is a spicy BBQ sauce made with brown sugar, cayenne, and sriracha. It’s “sweet & fiery” and can be used as both a cook sauce and a condiment.
Bittermilk Old Fashioned Mixer (8.5 fl oz)- $15
Bittermilk bottles classic drink mixes. This Old Fashioned Mixer is made using classic bittering agents that are aged in bourbon barrels. To make a quick Old Fashioned at home, you mix 1 part Bittermilk mix with 4 parts rye. I think this is such a fun product, and, since the Old Fashioned is one of my favorite classic cocktails, I couldn’t wait to try it out! Here’s a photo of my Bittermilk Old Fashioned (poured over ice with a twist of orange).
I’m so impressed with this product. The mixer is delicious, and I love how it simplifies the cocktail process!
Verdict: I think this box would make a great Fathers’ Day gift! From what I can tell, all of the brands in this box have also been featured in past Mantry boxes (though the product or flavor might be different this time around). Since this is a box designed exclusively for new subscribers, I don’t have a problem with that, and I think this is a great “best of” box. The value comes in around $50, which is pretty standard for a box from Mantry. While the value may not be through the roof, I think Mantry makes up for it with their excellent curation around fun themes. Of course, the packaging is also terrific. If the papa in your life is a foodie, I think this box would make a great gift for his big day!
What do you think of the Mantry Father’s Day Box?