Mary’s Secret Ingredients Subscription Box Review + Coupon – April 2016
Mary’s Secret Ingredients is a “culinary surprise subscription box” that ships seasonally and is in partnership with Feed the Children to end world hunger.
Mary’s Secret Ingredients sent us this box for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Mary’s Secret Ingredients
The Cost: $29 a box (plus $5 shipping per box) or $108 for a full year (four boxes with free shipping)
COUPON: Save 25% off your first box with code mysub25!
The Products: gourmet snacks and ingredients to inspire your cooking plus one small cooking tool
Ships to: Continental US
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Each box comes with a pamphlet detailing the month’s products.
Just Jan’s Tangerine Marmalade (10 oz.) – $6.95
I’m not a marmalade person, but this marmalade is delicious. It’s gluten free, all natural and amazing on toast which is how I enjoyed mine this morning.
This box of Pho concentrate includes 4 small pouches that each can be dissolved in 2 cups of hot water to make broth. You may then add noodles, veggies and any protein you wish to create your own Pho. This concentrate is gluten free and has no MSG. Mary’s note in the pamphlet says that she likes this concentrate so much it’s a staple in her pantry.
100 Cups a Day (teacup) – $8.00?
This tiny hand-thrown porcelain teacup comes from Brattleboro, VT. Sculptor and ceramic artist Natalie Blake makes larger size drinking cups and they sell for $22, so I’m estimating the cost for this teacup. It has a beautiful warm yellow glaze on -the inside and lip of the cup. All proceeds from the sale of Natalie’s cups will be going to Caminos de Agua, an organization working to innovate and implement sustainable, clean drinking water in Guanajuato, Mexico and globally. Each month the organization that receives the proceeds will change, but it is always an organization promoting safe, clean drinking water. I love the idea behind 100 Cups a Day and that Mary’s Secret Ingredients is supporting their mission.
Joseph Joseph Garlic Crusher – $9.32 on Amazon (retails $18.00)
This stainless steel garlic crusher is so easy to clean which I love. It doesn’t give a very fine crush though so it wouldn’t work for all recipes, or I could use this first, but then run back over the garlic with a chopping knife to get it more finely minced. I think this is a great tool to include in a culinary box.
Sir Kensington’s Dijonnaise (10 oz.) – $6.00?
Sir Kensington’s Dijonnaise has a nice mustardy kick. It’s creamy and will be great on a turkey and cheddar sandwich. I was a little surprised that the expiration date is June 2016. I’ll have to use this quickly. This particular product isn’t for sale on the Sir Kensington website so I’m guessing at the price.
The Tea Spot handcrafts whole leaf teas and donates 10% of sales to cancer and community wellness programs. This tea smells and tastes amazing. You can actually see the rosebuds in each tea bag. This sample pouch has three tea sachets inside.
Verdict: I enjoyed my first Mary’s Secret Ingredients box! I love trying new foods, especially from smaller companies that I might not otherwise know about. The value of this box is around $36 based on my estimations which I feel is good for a food box. Plus I really like that Mary supports Feed the Children and promotes other companies that are giving back by highlighting them in her quarterly selections.
What do you think of the spring Mary’s Secret Ingredients box?