Mitten Crate Subscription Box Review + Coupon – August 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.
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!
For every Mitten Crate purchased, they donate to Gleaners Food Bank in Southeastern Michigan.
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!
Mary Ann’s Soda Co. Cranberry Soda – 8.4 oz, value: $3.99?
This company was started when they couldn’t find the perfect ginger beer to mix with cocktails, so they made it themselves! This cranberry soda is really tasty! It’s basically just carbonated cranberry juice. I don’t drink but I can see this being delicious in cocktails – like a vodka cranberry!
Gus & Grey Cinnful Apple Raisin Jam – 10 oz, value: $8
Their website describes this as “a cross between applesauce and a chutney.” It’s so delicious! It reminds me a little of apple butter, too, as far as taste goes. The only ingredients are apples, raisins, cane sugar, and cinnamon (which I adore in pretty much any form).
Nakee Butter iQ in Cacao Peanut – value: $3.99
This is a squeeze pouch of cacao peanut butter, meant to be a meal replacement. One squeeze pouch is 290 calories (190 from fat), and made with agave fiber (a low-glycemic carb), plant protein, fair trade cacao, and coconut oil. It’s also raw, dairy-free, gluten-free, and GMO-free. It tastes good, too! A whole pouch was a little much for me to eat on its own in one sitting/meal, so it is probably best (for me anyway) to split it into snacks or use it on crackers or toast.
Blueberry Lavender Mitten Bites – value: $1.99
This is a very interesting granola snack bar. All their flavors are soy-free, wheat-free, dairy free, and cholesterol-free. This blueberry lavender flavor was different, but tasty. I’m not a huge fan of lavender flavors, but it wasn’t bad!
Greenfield Village Hobo Walnut Raisin Bread – value: $9?
I can’t find this for sale online, so I really don’t know how much it costs. However, I’m going to have to take a trip to Dearborn and the Henry Ford Museum to find out and buy more – this bread is delicious! This bread is inspired by hobos who crisscrossed America during the Great Depression. Greenfield Village recreated these loaves of bread using the same tin-can baking method that they used back then.
I tried it with some of the Apple Raisin jam and it was so delicious. The bread is already super moist and flavorful, and all the flavors and textures worked together so well. This is probably not something I would have picked up and tried on a trip to the museum but now I’ll know to pick up another loaf (or two).
The back of the bag explains the inspiration for the hobo bread. It even mentions that they used to use some of the symbols shown on the front of the bag as markers and warnings for each other! I also love the simple ingredients label. One slice is ~250 calories, though, so I definitely need to eat this slowly/as a treat!
Verdict: This was a great Mitten Crate! I love seeing my home state represented, and I really liked everything in this box. The value comes out to about $27, which isn’t awesome for a $35 box, though it seems like it’s not too much lower than 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. Mitten Crate is responsible for introducing me to some of my favorite new treats and small businesses I’d have a hard time finding myself, so it’s alright with me, personally.
What do you think of Mitten Crate? Have you tried any locally-sourced boxes before?