Mantry Subscription Box Review – October 2015
Mantry is a subscription box that describes itself as “the modern man’s pantry.”
Each month they ship gourmet food items in their signature wooden crate.
Mantry sent me this box for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Mantry
The Cost: $75
The Products: Artisan foods for the modern man’s pantry.
Ships to: US only.
This month’s theme is “Street Food Vol. 2.”
Each box comes with a fold out card detailing the producers behind the food included and where in the country they’re based.
This box also includes a note from Mantry’s curator.
Lassi is a blended, yogurt-based drink that’s popular in the Punjab region of northern India. It’s typically a little sweet and a little salty, which makes it a great inspiration for salt water taffy! The flavor of this taffy is creamy, fruity, and salty. I like it a lot.
Masala Pop makes air-popped popcorn in a variety of Indian-inspired flavors. The Savory Masala with Papadums flavor is really tasty- and really spicy!
Pho Beef Jerky by Lawless jerky- $5.99
I’ve tried Lawless Jerky before, and I like that the Lawless range includes lots of creative flavors like Japanese Curry, Mango Habanero, and Sweet Sriracha. Pho, a Vietnamese noodle dish, is the inspiration for this flavor. It’s made with cilantro, mint, basil, star anise, cinnamon, cloves, and jalapeno.
Vermont Maple Sriracha Verde– $9.99
Sriracha is one of my favorite condiments. I love adding it to eggs, sandwiches, soups, and chili, and I think this is a really creative take on the original. I wasn’t sure how well maple would pair with sriracha, but I’m a fan. Mantry suggests using it as a glaze for chicken satay, which sounds fantastic!
Balsamic Nectar– $24.57
This Balsamic Nectar is made is Colorado and can be used on meats, bruschetta, vegetables, or as a salad dressing. It’s sweet and tangy, and I think it will be great drizzled over bruschetta. On Mantry’s website, they’re provided a recipe for Bruschetta with Balsamic Nectar, and I can’t wait to give it a try.
These almonds are roasted with ginger, lemon, and Herbes de Provence. Clif Family specializes in wine making, and they recommend pairing them with Chardonnay. I haven’t had the chance to try them with wine, but I can attest to the fact that they’re fantastic on their own!
Verdict: Mantry always does a great job of introducing me to delicious products from small producers around the country. They’re fantastic at curating boxes around a theme, and I’m always excited to see what theme they’ll come up with next! This month, my favorite items were the balsamic nectar and salt water taffy. Usually, I like to test out the recipes that Mantry posts on their website, but this box arrived a bit later than usual, so I decided to skip them this month. In terms of value, the items in this month’s box total just over $60, which is at the top end of the value range I’ve come to expect from Mantry.
What do you think of Mantry’s Street Food Vol. 2 Box? Have you tried any of the items featured in this box?