Posted by on in Food Subscription Boxes, Mantry Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews | 3 comments

Mantry Subscription Box Review – May 2015

This post may contain referral/affiliate links. Read the full disclosure.

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – May 2015 Box

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

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – May 2015 Crate

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

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – May 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 – May 2015 Contents

The Subscription Box: Mantry

The Cost: $75

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

Ships to: US only.

Check out all of our Mantry reviews and the Food Subscription Box Directory!

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – May 2015 Card

This month’s theme is “Island Time.”

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

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 – May 2015 Curator

This box also included a note from Mantry’s curator.

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – May 2015 Granola

Granola Jones Pistach-A-Colada (10 oz.)- value $6.99

I like that this is an everyday item that still aligns with the island theme. Mantry recommends jazzing up this granola with slices of banana and a drizzle of pineapple gum syrup.

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – May 2015 Macadamia

Black Pepper Macadamia Nuts by Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company (10 oz.)- value $11.99

Macadamia nuts have been planted on Hawaii for centuries, and, Mantry explains, they’re still grown by small producing farms that are run by local families. These Hamakua nuts are dusted with salt and black pepper. They’re great on their own, but Mantry suggests also using them to make Macadamia Nut Crusted Fish Sandwiches. 

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – May 2015 Jerk

Jule’s Gourmet Jamaican Jerk Sauce (12 oz.)- value $7.95

Jule’s Jamaican Jerk Sauce is made in NYC. It’s a blend of ginger, scallions, spices, and scotch bonnet pepper. I used it to marinate some chicken and was absolutely blown away. It provides a ton of flavor and a nice, manageable level of spice. (Apologies that I don’t have a picture of the chicken to share. It got a little overly charred on the grill and therefore didn’t photograph well. It looked like an indistinguishable blackened lump but still tasted incredible!)

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – May 2015 Pork Jerky

Island Teriyaki Pork Jerky by Fusion Jerky (3 oz.)- value $6.99

Jerky pops up regularly in Mantry boxes. This jerky from Fusion Jerky is soy marinated and paleo-friendly. It’s very tender, and I really like the flavor!

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – May 2015 Ginger

Reed’s Crystalized Ginger (10 oz.)- value $6

I love candied ginger! I would happily nibble on these bites straight from the tin, but Mantry suggests stacking them on toothpicks and using them as a cocktail garnish.

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – May 2015 Syrup

Liber & Co Pineapple Gum Syrup (8.5 oz.)- value $8.00

This Pineapple Gum Syrup is made traditionally with gum arabic, which adds “a high viscosity and unique silkiness” to the syrup. It also contains pineapple juice and cane sugar and helps provide cocktails with a tropical, creamy sweetness.

Each month, Mantry posts recipes on their website that incorporate some of the ingredients they include in the box. This month, I decided to use the Gum Syrup and Candied Ginger to make Barbados Rum Punch.

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – May 2015 Punch Recipe

In a medium pitcher, I combined lime juice, water, rum, Angostura bitters, and Liber & Co Pineapple Gum Syrup. I stirred the ingredients together and then poured the punch into glasses filled with ice and slices of lime. I garnished the glasses with spears of candied ginger.

Mantry Subscription Box Review & Coupon – May 2015 Punch

This punch was delicious! The combination of flavors immediately transported me out of the city and onto an island beach. While sweet, the bitters and lime juice added a really nice complexity that kept the punch from seeming too syrupy. I loved the ginger garnish, too. I’ll be picking up more pineapple syrup, I think, and hopefully making this punch again soon!

Verdict: Mantry does a great job curating boxes around a theme. I’m always excited to see what theme they’ll pick and which items they’ll feature. I also like that they come up with relatively easy recipes that utilize their products in fun and creative ways. 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 $48. Mantry doesn’t normally break even with its cost, and this is within the range I’ve come to expect from them. 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.

What do you think of Mantry’s Island Time 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.

3 Comments

  1. I do like Mantry and I’m a current subscriber but to be honest, I’m thinking about canceling. I dont understand the $75 pricetag. Every other subscription box that I purchase has a content value higher than the actual cost, except this one. Also, many times it includes some type of syrup for alcoholic beverages and since I don’t drink, this reduces the value for me even more. This is a shame that I have to cancel. I’ve been a member for a while.

  2. This box looks awesome! I wish I had ordered it for my husband – he would have LOVED it 🙂

    • Hey Catherine,

      If you send me a note at tony@mantry.com, we can probably still get you one if you’re interested 🙂

      Tony @ Mantry

Post a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Comments may not appear immediately. More info here.