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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.)

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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

Check out the Food Subscription Box Directory and make sure add Mary’s Secret Ingredients to your subscription list or wishlist!

Info Card

Each box comes with a pamphlet detailing the month’s products.

Jam and Pho

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.

Savory Choice Pho Liquid Broth Concentrate (Veggie) – $3.00

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.

Garlic Rocker

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.

Mayo and Tea

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 Meditative Mind Sachets – $3.00

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.

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Written by Jessica Telesmanich

Jessica Telesmanich

Jessica’s addiction started off slowly enough with Birchbox, but it has grown and grown over the last three years. An elementary school librarian and mom of two she loves boxes that are child-centric. But she’ll never turn down a good fashion, beauty or tasty treat subscription.

Posted in Food & Drink Subscription Boxes, Mary's Secret Ingredients Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: marys secret ingredients | 18 comments

Comments (18)

  1. Several new intriguing items, good curation….May as well give it a try, can’t beat that great discount code! Thanks for the nice review Jessica….

  2. I ordered 2, one is a gift.. charged for both but only received one :/

  3. Hmmm I had not heard of this ox before and am intrigued. Looks like a great box!

  4. Great deal with the code on a year sub. Only $81.00 for 4 boxes with free shipping. For only $20.25 per box, I’m willing to give it a shot.

    • We hope you do! And when you buy the four box subscription, you also gain member status which includes special giveaways and boxes that are only $27 including shipping!

      • If we were to subscribe soon, would we receive this box?

      • Yes! We ended up having some extra boxes, so if you get an annual subscription, it will include this spring box and the rest of our seasonal 2016 boxes.

    • What is the code for the year sub? $81 sounds like a great deal!

      • It’s the one posted: mysub25

  5. Why does the outer package request that you call them before opening?

    • I was wondering the same thing. LOL

    • It’s a special recorded message for everyone who received a box! Seems we could have labeled it differently though as you aren’t the only person who asked that haha

    • When I called it was a nice thank you message for purchasing the box and gave some information.

  6. I tried this box once long ago, it was ok, lot of strange food stuff I wouldn’t even try. I gave most of it away. I didn’t feel like the value was really there either.

    • Thanks for the feedback Sara! We’re definitely improving our offerings each season, if this spring one interested you, the summer one will be in a similar ballpark 🙂

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