Mary’s Secret Ingredients Box Review + Coupon – Summer 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.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Mary’s Secret Ingredients
The Cost: $34 a box per quarter + free shipping or $108 for a full year (four boxes with free shipping)
COUPON: Save 20% off your first box with code mysub20!
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 manufacturers and products.
Carrie Mae’s Chia Seed Crunchy Strips (1.5 oz.) – $1.75
I’m a fan of these crunchy chia seed strips. They have a tiny bit of heat from black pepper and I can taste the garlic in them too.
Chef’s Cut Real Chicken Jerky (1.25 oz.) – $3.40
I enjoy beef jerky, but something about the orangey almost translucent color of this chicken jerky reminded me of raw chicken and was a real turn off for me. It smells sweet and spicy from the honey barbecue flavoring. This is a high protein and low-fat snack. I just wish I had gotten beef instead!
The English Provender Co. Luxury Lemon Chutney – sample jar
This lemon curd is amazing. It’s so tart and creamy. I think it would taste great spread on pancakes or dolloped on pound cake with fresh strawberries.
This chutney is very tangy and tart from the onions and vinegar. It also contains apples but I don’t really get that flavor at all. I enjoyed it dipped on the chia crunchy strips, but it would taste even better I think on a burger with melted brie.
Joseph Joseph Rotary Peeler – $12.56
Mary’s spring box contained a Joseph Joseph garlic crusher and I use it a lot. I like this brand and am excited to see another tool by them this month. This peeler actually has three different blades and can be easily rotated to switch between them. One is a standard blade for firm things like potatoes and carrots. The next blade is serrated and is best for softer skinned items like tomatoes. The final blade is to cut julienne strips.
Sabatino Tartufi Truffle Zest (0.07 oz.) – $5.97 ($1.99 each)
This seasoning is made with black summer truffles, salt and other flavors. They recommend serving it on rice, pasta, dumplings, vegetables, eggs, meat, sushi and potatoes. It tastes salty and truffle-y and a tiny pinch goes a long way. I can see that even these small pouches will last quite a long time. I love truffle oil and I’ve never seen truffle zest so this item is a big hit and an exciting new find for me!
Gustus Vitae Taste of Provence (0.50 oz.) – $5.00
This non-GMO Provence seasoning is small-batch hand-crafted in California and doesn’t contain any salt. It’s made up of Savory, Thyme, Rosemary, Lavender and Fennel. It smells awesome and taste very herbal and fresh. I like that the base of the tin is magnetic so you can stick it to your stove range, refrigerator or grill.
Verdict: I enjoyed my summer 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 $28 which I feel is good for a food box. The lemon curd and onion chutney are also good size jars and certainly have value but since the jars said “sample only, not for resale” I didn’t assign a dollar amount to them. 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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