Mantry Subscription Box Review + Coupon – October 2016
Mantry is a subscription box that sends food for “the modern man’s pantry.”
Boxes feature artisan and small-batch food items from across the US.
The first box a subscriber receives will be sent in a wooden crate. Subsequent shipments will be sent in a mailer.
After signing up, new subscribers receive a welcome packet. You can preview what’s inside the welcome pack here.
Mantry sent us this box at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Mantry
The Cost: $49
The Products: Artisan foods for the modern man’s pantry sent every other month.
Ships to: U.S. only
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This month’s theme is “Tailgate World Tour,” and it includes internationally-inspired products for tailgating. (I love that this booklet’s cover is inspired by classic NES cartridges. How fun!)
Each box comes with a fold out card detailing the producers behind the food included and where in the US they’re based.
Boxes also contain a note from Mantry’s curator.
Additionally, this box contained promotional materials for Caskers and La Tienda.
Pacific Pickle Works Bloody Mary Elixir (8 oz.)- Value $8.95
I’m a big fan of Bloody Marys (especially those made with pickle juice), so this item is right up my alley! To use, you just mix this elixir with tomato juice and your liquor of choice. I tried using this to make a classic vodka Bloody Mary, and it was delicious. Next up, I’m going to try it in a Michelada!
Sutter Buttes Extra Virgin California Lime Olive Oil (8.5 oz.)- Value $15
I think everyone has an item that they just never get sick of seeing in subscription boxes, and, for me, it’s olive oil. I use olive oil every single day in my cooking, and I love mixing things up with flavored oils. This oil has a delicious true lime flavor that’s bright and fresh. I drizzled this oil over a basic spinach salad, and it really turned it into something special.
Acanela Indian Tandoori Rub (3.2 oz.)- Value $12
It took me a little while to track down this spice mix online because Acanela isn’t your average spice seller. They actually specialize in travel, and their core business centers around planning different excursions to places across the globe. It seemed a little strange to me that they also sell spices, but I suppose travel experts know a thing or two about international cuisine! This Indian spice blend is made without salt or preservatives, and it’s a mix of organic cumin seed, mustard seed, turmeric, paprika, coriander powder, and fenugreek leaves. I used it as a rub for roast chicken, and it was fantastic.
Lush Nuts Dark Cocoa Chili (5 oz.)- Value $6
Spicy dark chocolate is one of my favorite things, so I was really excited to sample these nuts! They’re crunchy and flavorful, and I think they’re a great pick for an elevated tailgate theme. These would be great to put out in a bowl for snacking, and a nice cold beer would definitely help combat the spice.
Dave’s Sweet Tooth Coffee Toffee (4 oz.)- Value $5.99
Toffee is a crowd pleaser, and I’m definitely in favor of any candy that helps provide a boost of caffeine. (That’s enough of a reason to eat it in the morning, right?) This is really yummy, and I think the packaging is cute, too.
Trois Petits Cochons Saucisson Sec (8 oz.)- Value $9.99
Last, but not least, is Saucisson Sec salami from Trois Petits Cochons. It’s an air-dried pork sausage made from a time-honored French recipe. I love salami, and this is mild, rich, and tasty.
Verdict: It’s been a while since I last reviewed Mantry, and I’m pleased to see that the curation is still on point. I think the international tailgate theme is really fun! Mantry always had a knack for sending incredible artisanal products from small domestic producers, but past boxes haven’t always provided good value. The retail cost of the items in this month’s box totals approximately $58, which is pretty solid considering the $49 cost of the box. Yay!
Have you tried any of the products in this month’s Mantry?