Mantry is a bi-monthly 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
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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 “South in your Mouth.”
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.
Pink House Alchemy Sarsaparilla (8 fl oz.) - Value $6.50
Sarsaparilla is a root that grows in the Ozarks, and it’s been used to flavor root beer and candy for generations. I’ve always been a fan of root beer, so I was excited to give this syrup a try. I mixed it with sparkling water to make my own homemade soda, and I enjoyed it. The flavor is a little different than typical root beer— a little fruitier and more smooth. Mantry recommends mixing a little of this syrup with seltzer and rye, and I think I’ll try that next. It sounds deliciously southern!
Red Clay Southern Verde Hot Sauce (5 fl oz.) - Value $7
I’m not much of a connoisseur when it comes to hot sauce, so I tend to stick with what I know (which is Cholula and Sriracha, mostly). I do like jumping out of my comfort zone, though, so I was happy to see this verde sauce in my Mantry box. I used it on top of scrambled eggs, and I thought it added a subtle pepper flavor and a nice kick of spice.
Parma Salami Pepperoni (approximately 3 oz.) - Value about $7.25
Meat regularly pops up in Mantry boxes, and I think it’s probably safe to expect salami, jerky, or another meaty snack in almost every box. I like meaty snacks, so that’s okay by me! This pepperoni has a rich, meaty, smoky flavor and a lovely vibrant orangey red color. My husband and I sampled a couple of slices when we were going through the contents of this box and enjoyed it. I think we’ll save the rest for a homemade pizza night!
Raaka Bourbon Cask Aged 82% Cacao Bar (1.8 oz.) - Value $7.95
I’m a big fan of Raaka chocolate, and I’ve sampled this bar before. It’s made with cocoa beans that have been aged in bourbon casks, and it has a really unique, hard to describe taste. The bar doesn’t taste like alcohol, but it has some of the same characteristics I look for in bourbon. The flavor is deep and complex, with hints of maple, wood, and caramel. This is a small bar, but I’m going to savor it by only nibbling on a tiny bit at a time!
Granola Jones Spice-a-delic (10 oz.) - Value $6.99
This granola is made with hatch chiles and cranberries, and it’s VERY spicy. I have a feeling that this is one of those products that people will either love or hate. Unfortunately, I’m in the latter camp. There’s almost no sweetness (apart from the cranberries), and, for me, the spice is overpowering.
Fox Point Salted Vanilla Goat Milk Caramels (5 oz.) - Value $8
The last item in this month’s Mantry is a cute little box of goat milk caramels. These are really tasty! Rich, creamy, and just a little bit goaty.
Verdict: I really like this box from Mantry! Aside from the granola, I’m a fan of everything, and I think it all definitely fits the southern theme. The retail cost of the items in this month’s box totals $43.69, which falls below the cost of the box.
Have you tried any of the products in this month’s Mantry?