Mitten Crate Subscription Box Review + Coupon- September 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
The Products: Small-batch, artisan food locally made in the state of Michigan.
Ships to: the continental US
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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!
Also, for every Mitten Crate purchased, they donate to Gleaners Food Bank in Southeastern Michigan.
Smart Energy Caffeinated Cookie, Chocolate Chip – 3 oz, value: $2.49
This cookie is caffeinated! It’s made with the equivalent of 1 energy shot. I never thought about a cookie being something that would benefit me by being caffeinated. It tasted okay; it was really crumbly. I enjoyed it but I don’t think I’d buy this myself. Sugar rushes are enough energy from cookies for me!
Kale-amazoo Garlic Parm Kale Chips – 1.5 oz, value: $8
Okay, I have never actually tried Kale Chips before this but I have to say that I really liked these, even though I was totally planning not to. The texture was really light and crispy and the flavor was fantastic. These are made with organic and locally grown kale, too.
Dave’s Sweet Tooth Toffee, Peanut Butter Crunch – 4 oz , value: $5.99
Oh my goodness. This toffee is one of my all-time favorite things I’ve found in a subscription box ever. It’s made with peanut butter, almonds, milk chocolate, and of course buttery toffee. It took a lot of willpower not to finish this whole bag in one setting, though I can tell you it really didn’t survive 24 hours after being opened.
Edible Wow Coffee from White Pine Coffee – 4 oz, value: $5
This coffee smells amazing and tastes great, too. AND it’s made in my old hometown, Lake Orion! The tasting notes for this blend include: “light cherry and citrus tones, tangy acidity that transitions to an ample body with a light and pleasant finish.” I definitely like this blend. While I was browsing their site, I found that White Pine Coffee actually has their own coffee subscription, too.
I can’t tell you enough how amazing the texture and taste was of this toffee! Plain toffee gets stuck in my teeth terribly, and this stuff still did a little but the fact that it had all the other ingredients and toppings helped it be much more easily eat-able. I’m definitely buying more of this toffee, and maybe trying other flavors too!
Simple Supple Foods Standard Roasted Lentils – 3.5 oz, value: $5
These lentils are hand-roasted with salt, pepper, and garlic. The flavor of these is very strong (but good) and they’re very crunchy. They’re recommended to be eaten either right out of the bag, in rice/quinoa/tender grains, baked or mashed potatoes, pasta/mac n cheese, soups, salads, or pizza! I can definitely see these adding some great flavor and texture to soups and salads, so that’s what I’m most looking forward to trying these on.
Pop Daddy Detroit Style Pretzels, Zesty Lemon Pepper – value: $3.50?
I can’t find these pretzels for sale by this company, just popcorn. These pretzels are good, but they taste very much like normal pretzels, maybe a little pepper-ier, so the lemon flavor isn’t very strong. These are okay, but not a favorite of mine.
Verdict: This was another really enjoyable Mitten Crate! I love seeing my home state represented, and I loved trying these snacks. The value comes out to about $30, 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. Mitten Crate is responsible for introducing me to some of my all-time favorite new treats and small businesses I’d have a hard time finding myself, even though I live in Michigan, so it’s actually quite alright with me.
What do you think of this Mitten Crate? Have you tried any locally-sourced boxes before?