SURPRISE!!!!! I love surprises! 2014 was the year of subscribing to surprises. Did you notice that? All of a sudden you can have craft supplies or makeup delivered to your door EVERY MONTH. Your dog can receive an assortment of the latest pet treats and toys and the latest and greatest stationary can be yours, on a monthly basis. Each month it’s something new. You won’t know what it is, until it arrives, but it’s going to be good! Your children can receive a box of products geared especially to their age-appropriate skills and interests and it will be shipped on a monthly schedule. If you can imagine it, you can probably get a subscription box filled with it. Each month you can sample the newest innovations and products in the “niche” that interests you most. And if once a month is just to often, many offer a quarterly service. Well, today, I get to share a subscription box that will make your foodie heart swoon! You’re gonna love it!
MARYS is a limited edition culinary surprise box containing unique gourmet, artisanal ingredients along with small kitchen products. Every season, a limited number of themed boxes will be filled with lovely surprises to inspire your cooking and, then, delivered right to your door. Each quarterly box is $25.95. When I opened the winter box, I realized how cool it would be to receive a different assortment of new products to test and try in the kitchen, every season. It was packed full of items that, not only had I never tried, but that I wouldn’t otherwise have known about. I love that Mary also has a blog, LOVE – the secret ingredient, where she shares recipes and ideas for using each boxes contents. I had never even heard of cocktail bitters, which as you can guess, means we rarely do cocktails, at our house, but after reading about them, I have some great ideas for using them to flavor a few recipes. I LOVE learning new things!
The winter box contains:
Chelsea Market Baskets – Gran Luchito Smoked Chili Paste – I was so excited when I saw this one! Firstly, because I got to visit Chelsea Market when I was in New York, this fall, and secondly, because the spicy aroma gets my mouth watering for barbecue! It’s smoky and wonderful and makes me feel like warmer weather and grilling are just around the corner! Gran Luchito Smoked Chilli Paste is authentic Mexican smoked chilli paste made in Mexico using chilies that have been ethically sourced directly from local farmers. The description says, when you try the product, the first thing you’ll notice is the smoky flavor, but then you’ll notice a hint of agave sweetness, perhaps the nuttiness of garlic and, of course, a medium heat. I can’t wait to try it!
Dutch’s Spirits: Cocktail Bitters – Dutch’s Spirits is an artisanal distillery. Named after an infamous New York mobster of the Prohibition era, Dutch’s Spirits inhabits the same location as Harvest Homestead Farm, where Dutch Schultz set up his bootlegging complex. Dutch’s Spirits has steeped their bitters production in a heady combination of historical reference and dedication to the American cocktail craft. American Era Cocktail Bitters: Inspired by the United States’ colorful history, Dutch’s Spirits crafted bold new recipes blending unique flavors from each era to create a truly distinctive line of cocktail bitters. The variety 3-pack includes:
Colonial Cocktail Bitters: Wild spicebush berries and Kinnikinnick leaf combined with chamomile blossoms, rose petals, lavender, bitter orange, angelica seed, juniper, allspice and cinnamon. A classically aromatic bitters blend.
Boomtown Bitters: Combines the ingredients of sarsaparilla and wintergreen with flavors representing American whiskies of the day such as coconut and oak from the maturing cask. This is an alternative bitters variety for bourbon and whiskey drinks.
ProhiBitters: Blend of flavors tailored to tweak the usual gin martini. Predominant citrus notes blend with licorice, hibiscus, ginger root and coriander.
Maddy’s Sweet Shop: I can’t lie, these delicious Peppermint Snaps disappeared, mouothful by mouthful, while I investigated the other ingredients. 🙂 DELISH! At Maddy’s Sweet Shop they continue to do things the old-fashioned way. Their delightful products are crafted in their artisanal bakery with time-honored recipes and the finest ingredients. Their award winning Lil’ Maddies are delectable shortbread cookies with a sweet candy crunch, covered in a unique powdered sugar coating. Peppermint Snaps: Refresh your taste buds with the cool flavor of peppermint. It will wake you up and put a smile on your face. This is a surprisingly light and refreshing shortbread cookie with a peppermint candy crunch inside that is perfect for any time of the day.
PaperChef: The parchment Lotus cups are 100% biodegradable and they add personality to culinary creations while helping them to look their best. The cups’ inherent non-stick properties make them easy to peel away while keeping their shape, with little to no clean up. PaperChef, a Toronto-based company founded in 2010, is a subsidiary of Culinary Papers and McNairn Packaging, a family business that has been making paper products for the food industry since 1882. The company is committed to bringing “The Art of Cooking with Parchment” to North America and the globe. The PaperChef line of products includes parchment rolls, parchment cooking bags and parchment baking cups.
Peeled Snacks: apple APLENTY: This trail mix is a 100% organic, rich and tasty balance of sunflower seeds, walnuts, and peanuts, mixed with juicy Peeled Snacks raisins, dark chocolate, and apples. Whether you’re out on a hike or in for the night, apple Applenty will get you through, and help you bypass the doctor’s office. Enjoy!
Red Snapper Sauce: (No this is not made of fish – the name is a misnomer and the sauce is hot – a tiny bit goes a long way!) My husband has already broken into this one and it “hit the spicy spot” perfectly! The story of Red Snapper Sauce and the history of the McVea family are essentially one and the same. Some of the family’s happiest memories have been made while gathered around tables stocked with their legendary Louisiana-style hot sauce. Since they can’t invite each of you to their table, they’re sharing their history and family pride in each and every bottle. We tried the Wildwood Arbol Sauce which has a medium heat level and is made with Chile De Arbol peppers, (a relative of the cayenne). It is extremely flavorful, with a woody base. Every bite increases the heat, giving warmth and flavor to any dish.
SerendipiTea: The tea ball and loose teas from SerendipiTea were a fun surprise. SerendipiTea is committed to the highest quality loose-leaf tea, selecting fine certified organics when available. They work closely with tea gardens, estates and specialists around the world, maintaining knowledge and expertise regarding all facets of tea and its production. Holiday Cheer: Spread some Holiday Cheer this season! Enjoy this hand-crafted blend of warming spices, festive orange peel, invigorating mint & a touch of Black Tea for fortitude. Once Upon a Tea: A fairy tale beginning with a delectable ending! Boldly based on rooibos, the mellow notes of vanilla, rich texture of chocolate & the defining essence of mint all blend together, deliciously ever after.
If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for foodies on your Christmas list, you can’t go wrong, sending them a box of surprises picked just for them and their foodie passion. You can order one box, or two, or three, or four. Pick your favorite seasons. Order one for yourself, while you’re there. Each box will arrive in a cloud of mystery and excitement! The surprise contents will tanatalize your tastebuds and may even add a new gadget or two to your arsenal of kitchen tools. Totally fun AND totally useful!
You can learn more and order your own subscription boxes at the MARYS Secret Ingredients website or by liking them on Facebook. Best of all, they have generously set aside one Limited Edition Winter Subscription Box for a lucky Busy-at-Home reader! Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter form, below, and you could be testing these same scrumptious products in your own kitchen, very soon! Good luck!
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