This month Mantry journeys south to the land of Elvis, barbecue and blues. Mantry is “the modern man’s pantry.” They scour the US for the best artisan foods, and curate them into man-friendly themes, sending 5-6 full size super premium products every month, curated just for manly tastes! If you’d like to save $25 on your first box (it’s admittedly pricey at $75 but delicious!) just use this link to activate your $20 Mantry Coupon!
The theme was “Greetings from Tennessee.”
There was a curator letter this month, which I hadn’t noticed before. I’m not entirely sure why it wasn’t on the information card but it provided some nice flavor.
Everything in this month’s Mantry.
The information card got a nice update, with large photos of the food and a more modern design.
Shotwell Candy Co. “Old Fashioned” Cocktail Caramels ($9.75): Absolutely loved these caramels. They have the smooth texture and buttery sweetness of a well-made caramel but have a splash of bourbon, bitters and orange twist. A great facsimile of the flavors that made the cocktail a classic.
Father’s Country Country Ham ($5.75): This is technically from Kentucky, but it’s well within the spirit of Tennessee culinary tradition. Country Ham is America’s answer to Prosciutto — more dense and flavorful than its un-countrified cousin. These are biscuit-sliced to fit on a biscuit, but the slices are gigantic and make ample sandwiches.
JM Thomason Hot Chicken Seasoning Blend ($8.99) A classic fried chicken seasoning to make the southern staple at home. I think we may try also mixing it with ground chicken and topping with bleu cheese for buffalo chicken burgers.
Soberdough Brew Bread ($8.95): If you haven’t had beer bread before, you need to expose your palate to this rich, sweet malty treat. This version is a special edition “Buffalovin’ Wing” recipe. Just combine with beer.
Blackberry Farm Smoked Onion Jam ($13): Forget the berries, this is the perfect complement to a stack of sliced brisket or a cheese tray.
Chattanooga Cookie Co. Tennessee Moonshine Cake ($8): Usually when you a are presented with liquor-infused cake, you get an unremarkable, otherwise dry loaf with a sprinkle of booze. Not the case here — this cake is moist, sweet, and loaded with chocolate chips. It has a rich, slightly cornbread-inspired taste that is complemented by the noticeable-but-not-over-powering moonshine infusion. This cake is a genuine treat and definitely worth a try.
We calculated the total value of this box at $54.44, but that doesn’t include the shipping for all the individual products or the crate (my wife is saving them for a crazy project). Even though it doesn’t reach the full price you pay, the curation and enjoyment are definitely worth it – especially for a gift or for Father’s Day.