Mary’s Secret Ingredients is a brand new culinary surprise box that helps you to “put some LOVE in your cooking!”.
Mary is the writer behind the food blog “Love — The Secret Ingredient“, where she shares recipes, cooking tips, and more. She launched Mary’s Secret Ingredients to introduce others to some of her favorite artisanal and gourmet goodies. (She’ll also be sharing recipes on her blog which will incorporate the ingredients in the boxes!)
New boxes are released every season with a limited number available. Each box is $25.95 and promises at least $30 worth of products. 10% of their yearly profits will be donated to Feed the Children, an organization that provides food, water, health care, and education to children in need. 🙂
I was sent their very first box — the Spring box — for review. Let’s take a look!
The box was pretty heavy, so I couldn’t wait to see what was inside.
First look. Everything was tucked beneath this pretty layer of blue & white tissue paper. I love how they created a little pocket for the info sheet/booklet.
Loacker Quadratini Dark Chocolate Bite Size Wafer Cookies – These little bite size wafer cookies are made in Italy by a family company founded way back in 1926. They’re made with all natural ingredients, with no artificial flavors or colors. I had my fingers crossed when I read the ingredients list, hoping they were vegan, but alas, they were not. I sadly passed them along to my mom, who just happened to mention them this afternoon and rave about how great they were. She wants more. 😉
Harmonian Oregano – I tend to buy the cheapest spices I can find, so it’s always nice to get higher quality ones in subscription boxes. This oregano is hand collected from wildcrafted plants grown in Greece.
Sweetwater Spice Company Tres Chilies Fajita Bath – This is an all natural brine concentrate made with smoked salt and chilies. It’s gluten-free, low in sugar, and free of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. As a vegan, I don’t have a great need for brine, though I am curious if this could be used on tofu. Hmm…
Calmer Sutra Tea in Peppermyntle – Yay, tea! This is a loose leaf blend of peppermint leaves and sweet lemon myrtle. (Hence, the name.) Calmer Sutra Tea is a family owned business that began in Australia over 10 years ago and is now also available here in the US. They specialize in calming teas, herbal tisane, as well as honey blends. I can’t wait to try this!
Calmer Sutra Tea Ginger Infused Honey – Speaking of honey blends… This is Calmer Sutra’s ginger infused honey! It’s made with 2 simple ingredients: fresh ginger root and honey. I imagine this would be great to add to tea when you’re suffering from a sore throat. Or anytime you wanna add a lil’ sweetness with a touch of gingery spice.
Flathau’s Gourmet Edibles Cheese Straws with a Kiss of Chipotle – These are gourmet cheese straws made with all natural, high quality ingredients. They’re based on an old family recipe that’s been revised to include aged sharp cheddar cheese and “a kiss” of chipotle.
Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Landjaeger Sausages – I didn’t include a photo of these, because as a vegan, I’m just not comfortable having pictures of meat on my blog. I know that probably sounds silly to some people, but it is what it is. 😉 For more information on this product, feel free to click the link above.
Mary’s Secret Ingredients seems like a totally great box for foodies and aspiring foodies alike. Sure, it may not be the ideal box for vegans, but they certainly never claimed to be. For anyone else (uh, most of the population), this would be a fun box for discovering new food products — and of course, for reminding you to put some love in your cooking. 😉
The next box will be shipping June 25th and you can save $4 on your purchase just by clicking here and entering the promo code “4LOVE” at checkout!
Disclosure: I received this kit for review purposes. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own. Post may contain affiliate links.