December 2014 Mantry Review – “Bourbon Breakfast”

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December 2014 Mantry
December 2014 Mantry

B’s December Mantry arrived this afternoon and I took a break from Christmas errands and chores to unbox it all! If you aren’t familiar with them, Mantry (aka the Modern Man’s Pantry) is 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.  It’s $75/month and has been around since the Fall of 2012.

December 2014 Mantry
The Box

Mantry typically ships via UPS Sure Post, but this month UPS delivered our box. I had a UPS package coming today anyway, so they delivered both at the same time.

December 2014 Mantry
The Mantry

As usual Mantry arrived in their signature wooden crate.  We save all these, but still haven’t actually done anything with them.  Someone suggested using them as shelves, which is a really cute idea and may happen!

December 2014 Mantry
The Information Card

The December 2014 Mantry theme was “Bourbon Breakfast” and featured items with an extra kick to get your morning going.  I knew this theme sounded familiar so I did a little search on my blog and it turns out it was also the theme back in October 2012. So if you’ve been a subscriber for a while this is a repeat theme which is a bit disappointing in my opinion.  But the items were a bit different as you can see below:

~Whimsey & Spice Hazelnut Whiskey Cookies ($9.50): I can get behind eating cookies – with whiskey in them no less – for breakfast ;).  Mantry says that they know that they don’t quite fit the theme (Whiskey ≠ Bourbon), but they loved them so much they had to include them.

December 2014 Mantry
Whimsey & Spice Hazelnut Whiskey Cookies

~Skillet Street Food Bacon Spread ($14.99): This is totally a favorite of Mantry’s and has appeared in a few of their boxes I believe.  They suggest it on toast with avocado in the information card, but I can tell you that it is really good on burgers too.

December 2014 Mantry
Skillet Street Food Bacon Spread

~The Syrup Shop 100% Pure Vermont Maple Syrup ($10): Mmmm, so good! I couldn’t resist testing this out (I mean who could) and it’s fabulous.  Mantry has an amazing recipe in the information book which includes two shots of bourbon, butter, apples and is the topping for the pancake mix below which is going to happen here this weekend.  For sure.

December 2014 Mantry
The Syrup Shop 100% Pure Vermont Maple Syrup

~Freddy Guy Hazelnut Farm Hazelnut Pancake Mix ($5): This mix is made at a farm in Monmouth, OR and will also be happening this weekend!

December 2014 Mantry
Freddy Guy Hazelnut Farm Hazelnut Pancake Mix

~The Jam Stand Bourbon Blueberry Jam ($10): This is another familiar Mantry item, but like the bacon spread, it’s fabulous.  It works on just toast or you can do a little fancier and use it on a fried egg sandwich.

December 2014 Mantry
The Jam Stand Bourbon Blueberry Jam

~La Quercia Spicy Borsellino ($10.99): I know we have received this brand before, but I am not sure if it was this exact variation. I think B has used it in the past for chili, but I think their idea of it on a breakfast sandwich with egg sounds perfect.

December 2014 Mantry
La Quercia Spicy Borsellino

All totaled I came up with a value of $60.48 for the December 2014 Mantry Bourbon Breakfast” crate.  We liked all of the products in the box, but I think it would have much more fun if they were all new products to Mantry.  I think if you are going to do a repeat theme you should make sure it’s ALL new stuff and not have any repeats from the last box – no matter how amazing it was!

Did you get Mantry this month?  What’d you think?  If you are interested in subscribing or just want to learn more, click here!

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This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. sabrinafair84

    I received the Mantry deal for $25 Black Friday and I got the “Thai Game” crate. Definitely a repeat with all the same products. It was my first time getting Mantry and I was kinda disappointed. I remember scrolling through your reviews and thinking, “They all look good except for that one!” Oh well, you win some and you lose some. I cancelled my subscription though.

    1. Tabitha

      We did the Black Friday deal and got the Thai box as well. Maybe they just did an old box for all of those??? (Looks like ROASM got that one back in April).
      That bacon spread def sounds like a great addition to a burger!

      1. theramblingjen

        The bacon spread is really really good.

    2. theramblingjen

      I so did not know they were sending out older boxes with that deal. I need to look back at that deal and see if it was in the fine print somewhere?

  2. Lanie

    I did the Black Friday deal too and got Salty Dog (I think that was the name of it). opening it I was glad I didn’t spend more. I cancelled. They should have said that the deal was for old boxes. I like the idea of Mantry, but not the price.

    1. theramblingjen


  3. Gibby

    Oh wow, I didn’t realize they were doing old boxes for the Black Friday deal either. I bought it for my husband and he’ll be opening it tomorrow. I’ll be thrilled if it’s the Thai Game or Bourbon Breakfast but I do not want that Salty Dog!!!

    1. Gibby

      I decided to open it and it was Salty Dog. Boo! I’m giving him the tuna and cocktail mix and trying to regift the rest. The caramels expire on 1/15 so I better act fast. No way that box was worth $75.

      1. theramblingjen

        Oh no! That totally figures that’s the one you got! ;(

  4. Sarah @

    I have to admit I’ve been consistently disappointed in the Mantry values. The items are rarely worth the amount paid. Not that the products aren’t interesting and good, just that it’s quite overpriced.

    1. theramblingjen

      They used to be a “bit” higher valued. I’d be thrilled if they were a $70 value every month even!

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