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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.
Mantry always comes packed in a beautiful wooden crate. B uses them for storage in his basement bar and I have a few in my office. They are one of the best parts of this subscription.
I thought I knew what was coming in this box, but I realized I was totally wrong when I opened it up. I must have been looking at older Mantry boxes on Instagram.
The October 2015 Mantry theme was “Street Food Vol. 2” and included the following items:
~Salty Road Salted Mango Lassi Taffy ($6.50): I love Salty Road taffy and have tried a bunch of their flavors, but this is a new one for me. It’s tropical flavored (citrus?) with nice dose of salt. I’m a fan.
~Lawless Jerky Pho Beef Jerky ($5.99): This jerky is made with grass-fed beef, no fillers and no flavor-boosting nitrates or MSG. It has a little brown sugar, real pho herbs like anise, cinnamon and cloves and a “big pinch of jalapeño”. Totally a B item!
~Vermont Maple Sriracha Maple Sriracha Verde ($9.99): The information card describes this as a “curious sauce” and I would have to agree with that. It’s a mix of peppers, spices and real maple syrup. The booklet suggests using this in a chicken dish and I think that sounds fabulous.
~Balsamic Nectar ($24.57): This is easily my favorite item in the box. It’s a balsamic nectar made in Colorado that can be used as a salad dressing, on meats, vegetables or on a traditional bruschetta. It’s all natural with no additives, preservatives or added flavoring.
~Clif Family Kitchen Lemon Ginger Almonds ($8): These are another all B item. I love the smell of roasted almonds but I am not that into the taste. The lemon and ginger make these interesting, but I’m still not in love.
~Masala Pop Chai Masala Popcorn ($5): This is definitely a spicy popcorn! I didn’t taste it at first, but wow, once it hit, it hit! It’s good though and it’s something that you don’t need a ton of to be satisfied. At least I didn’t.
All totaled I came up with a value of $60.05 for the October 2015 Mantry. That’s actually quite a good value for Mantry and I liked the contents / curation of the box, but I think we are going to take a break for a few months and maybe subscribe again after the new year.