Mitten Crate Subscription Box Review + Coupon – July 2016
Mitten Crate is a monthly subscription box that delivers a carefully curated selection of delicious food, crafted in small batches by independent food producers from around the great state of Michigan. Every month you’ll receive 5-6 local artisan foods to sample and enjoy.
For every Mitten Crate purchased, they donate to Gleaners Food Bank in Southeastern Michigan.
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: Mitten Crate
The Cost: $35/month with free shipping
COUPON: Get your first box for $24 with code msa24
The Products: Small-batch, artisan food locally made in the state of Michigan.
Ships to: the continental US
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Every month, Mitten Crate includes a card with information about all the brands and artisans they feature in that month’s box. Being from Michigan myself, it’s so much fun to find out about these business that are right near me!
Scotty O’Hotty Beer-Bacon Chipotle Sauce – 5.3 oz, value: $7.49
The name of this brand makes me giggle. This sauce is also fantastic. It tastes great from the little sample I tried, but I can’t wait to make some grilled chicken with this.
Chazzano Coffee Roasters Fruit of the Bean Cascara Soda – value: $4.99?
I can’t find this for sale online, so I’m guessing the price. This soda is interesting – it’s made with the fruit of coffee plants, which is apparently a cherry. I keep forgetting to drink this in the morning and don’t want to try it at night since its caffeinated, so I have yet to try this. I’m curious, though. Their website says that it smells like prunes with a touch of cherry, and the taste is supposed to be a combination of “unsweetened prunes, slightly fruity tea, tobacco, and mild coffee.”
Dearborn Original Classic Hunters Sausage – 3 oz, value: $3
This sausage is made with beef and pork and tastes really good! They also have a hot version of this sausage. And fun fact: this brand makes great honey spiral hams.
Mrs. Dog’s Chipotle Salt – 4 oz, value: $4
This chipotle salt is a very versatile salt – they recommend it as a beef or chicken rub, in soups, on eggs, or basically anything you can put salt and pepper on! I love getting seasonings in subscription boxes.
Happy Girl Maple Chocolate Walnut Granola – 2 oz, value: $4.50
Happy Girl Cherry Almond Granola – 2 oz, value: $4.50
Oh. Em. Gee. This is possibly one of my favorite food discoveries from subscription boxes ever! I am definitely going to order more. Both of these granolas are fantastic and crunchy (not chewy at all) and pack a ton of flavor. Both are fantastic but my favorite is the maple chocolate almond. I am picky about my maple-flavored things (sometimes I think it can just seem weird to me in different food contexts!), and this is delicious. Initially I thought there could be more chocolate chips (life advice: there can always be more chocolate), but honestly once I tried it I didn’t think it needed them as much as I just wanted them! Haha. The cherry almond is great, too.
From their site, I’m also eyeing some other flavors… Lovely Lavender Chocolate Chip, Cinnamon Raisin, and Blueberry Almond.
Here’s a look at the ingredients labels, too.
Verdict: I loved this box! I love seeing my home state represented, and I really liked everything in this box. The value comes out to about $28.48, which isn’t awesome for a $35 box, though it seems like it’s about what I’ve come to expect from this box. I’d love to see more value from them, though I know a big part of this box is curation and finding small brands and products you wouldn’t normally find.
What do you think of Mitten Crate? Have you tried any locally-sourced boxes before?