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Mantry Subscription Box Review – August 2015

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Mantry Subscription Box Review August 2015 - Box

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

Mantry Subscription Box Review August 2015 - Crate

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.)

Mantry Subscription Box Review August 2015 - Contents

The Subscription Box: Mantry

The Cost: $75

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

Ships to: US only.

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Mantry Subscription Box Review August 2015 - Card

This month’s theme is “American Desert.”

Mantry Subscription Box Review August 2015 - FoldOut1

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 August 2015 - Curator

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

Mantry Subscription Box Review August 2015 - Cactus

Cactus Candy (8 oz.)- $7.95

Cactus Candy is flavored with prickly pear fruit, which is something I don’t see very often here on the east coast. The flavor of the candy is delicate and delicious, and I like the soft, gummy consistency, too. The packaging is a lot of fun, but I can’t stop starting at the happy little cactus guy. Is it just me, or does he have only one eye? Cute AND a little scary!

Mantry Subscription Box Review August 2015 - Tea

Juniper Ridge White Sage and Wild Mint Tea (1.4 oz.)- $13

The packaging of this tea is beautiful, and White Sage and Wild Mint is exactly the kind of flavor combination I love.

Mantry Subscription Box Review August 2015 - Pistachios

Heart of the Desert Garlic and Green Chile Pistachios (8 oz.)- $5.95

I’m a fan of pistachios, and my husband is obsessed with them. We agree that these have great flavor. I love the burlap container, too.

Mantry Subscription Box Review August 2015 - Pancake

Santa Fe Culinaria Blue Corn Pancake Mix (15 oz.)- $5.20

About once every two months, my husband and I have a “breakfast for dinner night.” Pancakes are usually the focus, so I’m going to save this mix for our next meal. Mantry recommends topping these pancakes with peaches and honey, and I think that sounds fantastic. If I’m feeling adventurous, I might even try serving them with some homemade tequila caramel sauce.

Mantry Subscription Box Review August 2015 - Machaca

People’s Choice Beef Jerky Machaca (2.5 oz.)- $4.50

The consistency of this jerky is unlike anything I’ve seen before. The meat is shredded to a fine consistency, making it kind of like the pulled pork of the jerky world. It can be eaten directly from the package, but I think it might be better incorporated into another recipe. Mantry recommends using it in Huevos con Machaca Burritos.

Mantry Subscription Box Review August 2015 - Chile

Santa Fe Ole Roasted New Mexico Green Chile (1 lb.)- $5.80

Chilis from the Hatch Valley have something of a cult following, and they’re widely sought after throughout the US. Apparently, the valley’s unique terroir contributes to the flavors of the chilis grown there, which sets them apart from similar crops grown elsewhere. Santa Fe Ole roasts and salts these famed chilis before zesting them with lime. I snuck a taste of this sauce, and I’m very impressed. It’s delicious!

I received this box much later than usual, and I haven’t yet had a chance to try out August’s recipes. I’ll definitely be making a couple of them when I get a chance, though. Mantry’s recipe for Wild Mint Julep Paletas looks especially tempting.

Mantry Subscription Box Review August 2015 - PaletasRecipe

I love the idea of making a Mint Julep (popsicle, in this case) with mint tea!

Verdict: Mantry does a great job curating boxes around a theme. This American Desert box introduced me to some really fun and delicious new products, and I think they all perfectly represent the Southwestern theme. I especially like the cactus candy- what a fun and unusual treat! This month’s products have a combined value of just over $42. Mantry isn’t a high-value subscription (I don’t think I’ve ever received a box where the value of the products meets or exceeds the cost of the box), but this month’s value is even lower than usual. I hope to see the value improve next month because I think this month’s value is a bit too low to justify the $75 cost.

What do you think of this month’s box from Mantry?

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.


  1. The Machaca is very common in Mexican/Mexican-American communities. I grew up calling it Machacado and having it mixed with eggs and salsa for a breakfast taco. You can definitely see a Southwest theme with these items. I think I might have to track down that blue corn pancake mix.

  2. The People’s Choice Beef Jerky Machaca reminds me of Jerky Chew sold in small round cans like chewing tobacco.

  3. I think the cactus man on the candy box is wearing cactus sunglasses with one side on the glasses pulled down.

  4. I can never justify Mantry because the price is so ridiculous compared to actual value. Yes, the products are interesting but getting $42 worth of product for a $75 box will never be acceptable.

    • Yes, I agree, though the items are very interesting and they obviously do a good job of finding unique inclusions, I assume they are getting a discount buying wholesale and should make more of an effort to bring the value up near the cost of the box. I don’t mind someone making a little profit but this is bordering on gouging the customer!

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