Mantry is a bi-monthly subscription box that sends food for “the modern man’s pantry.” Boxes feature six 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 every two months + free shipping
ACTIVE DEAL: Use code CRATE10 to get 10% off your first box
The Products: Artisan foods for the modern man’s pantry sent every other month.
Ships to: U.S. only
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Each box includes a note from Mantry’s curator. This note talks about creating a relaxed dinner party with coconut mussels.
You’ll also receive a booklet each month; this month’s theme is Spice Route.
This booklet also includes the contents of your box, along with some ideas on how to prepare them.
Now let’s take a look at what I received!
I'm a huge fan of Intelligentsia coffee, so this 12 oz. bag is a BIG win for me in this month's box! The house blend is very mild, so not overly strong or too light - just right! I've been on a big kick of flavored coffees lately, so I'm glad that Mantry sent this non-flavored basic blend, for days I'm not in an adventurous mood and want a quality cup.
Biltong Dried Beef, 2 oz. - Estimated Value $3.75 (buy a 16 oz. bag for $29.99)
I love all kinds of jerky and am always excited to try new brands and flavors, so this dried beef was a nice addition as well for me in this month's Mantry. I can't say that this is my favorite blend; I tend to lean towards more spicey jerky, but this still is extremely delicious and not bland. If you don't like spice and like jerky, I suggest you giving this a try!
Almond & Garlic Romesco Sauce, 8 oz. - Retail Value $7.99
This garlic sauce is pretty good and not overly garlicky, which I was afraid it would be. I'm not the biggest sauce person, so after reading some reviews online, it was suggested that it could also be used as a veggie dipper or a rub for baking or grilling. I chose the latter and put this on some chicken before baking it and it came out really good!
Curry Chili Paste, 3.5 oz. - Retail Value $8.95
I've been on a huge Indian food kick the past few month's, so this paste was another win for me! I've never used curry paste before, so I had to read up on the best way to use. I paired with crackers and cheese and it was very good; not overly spicey but just giving the right amount of kick! I plan on buying some more for a wine and cheese party in December to make with an appetizer!
Moroccan Tomato Sauce, 16 oz. - Retail Value $6.00
As I said earlier, I'm not a huge sauce person, so receiving two sauces in this month's Mantry wasn't the best for me. Even though I wouldn't have picked this up at the store, it sure is delicious and paired perfectly with whole wheat pasta noodles, creating a zesty dinner that I wouldn't normally make.
Lush Nuts, 5 oz. - Retail Value $5.00
I love trying new kinds of nuts and these looked delicious, so I was really excited to try just from the packaging! The nuts are made with sugar and sea salt and are SO good; not overly sweet, but just sweet enough helping curb my sweet tooth. If you like peanuts, I suggest you giving these a try if you have the chance!
Verdict: This was my second experience with Mantry and I am quite impressed with the selection I received and am happy with every product within the crate! The value received in this month’s crate was $44.68, which is under the $49 price paid (including free shipping). I personally don’t have an issue with this because I really enjoyed the selection and got to try things I wouldn’t normally buy in the store.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, as of publication, this box was still available!
Coupon - Receive a free Jerky Kit with a 12-month subscription! No coupon required - just link here.
Value Breakdown: This box cost me $49, which means that each of the 6 items in the box has an average cost of $8.17.
Have you tried any of the products in this month’s Mantry?