Mantry Subscription Box Review – November 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 “Comfort Food.”
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.
Naked Granola is made with organic oats and natural flavors and is GMO, egg, and dairy free. The Maine Blueberry flavor is made with almonds, blueberries, cranberries, and pomegranate and is inspired by “a family trip to New England.”
Bacon Jam has been on my radar for awhile, and I’ve seen a couple of different brands of bacon jam featured in local specialty stores. Frankly, there’s something about bacon in a jar that weirds me out a little bit, so I never bought one. After receiving it in this Mantry box, though, I figured it was time to give it a try. I decided to use it on a modified Club Sandwich with turkey, lettuce, tomato, mayo, cheddar, and bacon spread (instead of bacon strips). It was really tasty! The spread is smoky, meaty, and sweet. Next, I think I’ll try it on a burger.
Eli Mason Mint Julep Cocktail Mixer – $11.99
Eli Mason’s Mint Julep Cocktail Mixer is made with organic gimme syrup, cane sugar, and real mint leaves. To make an easy Mint Julep at home, you simply mix 1 part mixer with 2 parts bourbon or whiskey.
Jerky is a very common sight in Mantry boxes, and, luckily, it’s a snack I enjoy. This jerky from Righteous Felon is made in association with Victory Brewing Company and is made using their Storm King Imperial Stout. I don’t get a strong beer flavor from the jerky itself, but it does have a rich, roasted flavor that reminds me a little of stout.
I received Lark’s Burnt Sugar & Fennel Shortbreads a long time ago in a subscription box (Knoshy, I think), but I liked them so much that I recognized these right away. The burnt sugar adds a sweet crunch, and the fennel is an unexpected flavor that works surprisingly well! These cookies were a 2015 Sofi Silver Finalist for Outstanding Cookie. (The sofi awards are like the specialty food Oscars.)
Espresso Cocomels by JJ’s Sweets – $4.99
Caramels are traditionally made with cream and butter, which makes them off-limits for anyone who avoids dairy. By swapping these ingredients for coconut milk, JJ’s Sweets ensures their Cocomels are safe for those who keep dairy-free. (Cocomels are also free from GMO’s, soy, and gluten.) I’m a big fan of these candies. The primary flavor is espresso, but I also get a nice coconutty flavor from the caramels.
Verdict: Mantry does a great job curating products around a theme. Their presentation is excellent, and I love their signature wooden crates. I enjoyed this month’s box a lot, and my favorite items are probably the cocktail mixer, bacon jam, and Lark shortbread cookies. In terms of value, the items in this month’s box total just over $50, which is on the low side of what I expect from Mantry.
What do you think of this month’s Mantry? Have you tried any of the items featured in this crate?