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The mail arrived today just as B and I were getting home today (*) and one of the items included was B’s January 2014 Mantry Box! Mantry, If you aren’t familiar, is the Modern Man’s Pantry. It’s a food of the month club that lets you discover the finest american artisan foods – and gives you ideas of what to do with them. At $75/month it’s a spendy box for sure, but B loves it.
Mantry ships via UPS Smart Post. It starts out as UPS and is delivered by the Post Office and took maybe 4 days to arrive!
I don’t know why B makes fun of me for saving my GLOSSYBOX boxes, but he’s been saving every Mantry crate he’s ever received too! At one point the plan was to use them to build some type of bar in the basement, but now I’m not sure? The people on Hoarders will have to tear them out of his hands if they ever come here.
I had no idea what this month’s Mantry theme was, but I knew that the box was heavy. They used to use a bunch more packaging, but have cut down a ton it seems. Nothing every arrives damaged, so it’s working out fine.
The January 2014 Mantry theme was “Retox Vol. II”. The original Mantry Retox, from February 2013 was one of our favorites, so I was very excited to see what Volume II brought. Here is what was inside:
~Dogfish Head Brewery Hard Track Chowder ($4): I had no idea that Dogfish made soup! B loves chowder (me not so much) and this will be gone this weekend.
~Reginald’s Bourbon Pecan Butter ($7): We got this in the last Retox as well and enjoyed it. I’m not sure if I have ever met a peanut butter that I dislike? I don’t think it’s possible. I would have preferred something new, but my toast won’t be sad about this either.
~Olli Salumeria Calabrese Salami ($13.33): Wine salami! Yes please! This is made in Virginia from 160 year old family recipes. If B could see well enough to be allowed to use a knife, this would have been dinner ;).
~Butter & Scotch Green Chile Margarita Caramel Corn ($8): This is probably the most interesting caramel corn I have ever had. It’s spicy and I kind of love it. B’s not a fan of caramel corn in general, but he didn’t hate it.
~Morris Kitchen Ginger Syrup ($12): I knew this looked familiar and I realized that it’s because we received it over the summer in a Fancy Food Box! I don’t recall using this so it’s possible we now have two bottles. Mantry suggests making a “Dark & Stormy” (ice, seltzer, ginger syrup and lime with rum) and it sounds like B better get drinking. He actually should have a few tonight to help him sleep.
~Wondermade Guinness Marshmallows ($7.95): Seriously what flavor of marshmallows (why does that always look like it’s spelled wrong when I type it?) doesn’t this place offer? I kind of love their idea for using these in hot chocolate + Bailey’s. It’d give me the perfect excuse to use one of my mugs tonight.
All totaled I came up with a value of $52.28 for the January 2014 Mantry – “Retox Vol. II” edition! I was much more excited by the first edition of Retox and think this one could have used a few more higher value products to round out the mix. Heck even another wine salami would have done the trick I think!