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Mantry | Brand Experience Project

by Jamie Sanford on September 5, 2013

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Today’s brand experience is of a gift that Will and I received in May from his brother Alan and Alan’s lady, Melly. (We haven’t met yet but I’m calling her Melly because of her blog, which is awesome.)  Will helped Melly purchase a jacket for Alan a while back, and while it was not a big deal at all, we received a really fun gift shortly thereafter, a box from Mantry!

What is this mystery box that has arrived at our door?

Opened the box to find a weird sticky note with what appeared to be our gift message. Also, the packing list.

The packing list is nicely branded and straightforward – especially since it was a gift order. However, what’s with “This order must stay with this crate”? It isn’t as if they were lacking post-its at Mantry, as previously demonstrated, so I don’t know why the packing list in my gift was used for an internal processing message. Side note: shouldn’t all orders stay with their crates?

Anyway, let’s get to the great part. This is the crate that we took out of the box!

Very cool.

Will got to pry it open with a screwdriver.

Everything inside was wrapped up. Pretty perfect wrapping for a company called Mantry.

We found our gift message again inside the crate. I’m not a fan of handwritten gift messages, when they aren’t being written by the giver themselves. Why can’t this just be printed?

Also in the crate was a lovely pamphlet explaining the contents of the crate, where they were from, and what to do with them.

The money shot – here’s what was in the crate. My favorite was the smoked onion jam which didn’t last long at all. So good.

Overall, I think Mantry is a great service. The packaging of the crate is really wonderful – and other than the really strange messages, I am completely satisfied with this. It’s a wonderful idea for a gift. A single Mantry box costs $75, which includes shipping in the United States. 3-month and 6-month subscriptions are also available, but not at a reduced cost for pre-ordering in bulk, which I see as a bit of a missed opportunity.

I also hope that Mantry is working on an expanded shopping opportunity on their site. I would totally like to buy the Smoked Onion Jam again, and it would be in their best interest to make it easy for me to come directly to them to purchase it. Members could get an email from them within a few weeks of receiving their crates with an email prompting them to buy more of what they enjoyed.

I highly suggest you check out Mantry – and get yourself some deliciousness.

Bonus – I went on the Mantry site today to find out the pricing, and had this interaction with the pop-up customer service chat guy. It made me laugh a lot – win for Mantry.

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Billy’s Bakery – Holiday Food Shopping

by Jamie Sanford on December 6, 2011

Last week, I had the pleasure of taking a meeting where Billy’s Bakery cupcakes were provided. Since they were super fabulous and delicious, I figured that I would check out the Billy’s Bakery website and see what else they have to offer.

If you are in NYC, you can have Billy’s Bakery delivered to you by a real person, but since I imagine that most of the readers of this blog do not live in NYC, I will stick to only the items that can be shipped.

You can get cute little gift packages in different denominations.  This is the $40 gift package. Look at the tin!

My mother makes delicious baby banana breads, and my husband makes it too. I love it. So I’m all about ordering a 6-pack of these mini banana breads to use as holiday gifts, since I don’t actually make it. The box of 6 mini Banana Nut loaves is available from Billy’s Bakery for $18.

I can TOTALLY vouch for the cupcakes, they were most and delicious and decadent, and really, that’s what cupcakes should be all about. I picked the classic cupcake sampler here, but they have chocolate, vanilla, red velvet (which I had and it was super good) – you can pick whichever cupcake combination you want.  The classic cupcake sampler dozen is available for $36.

Remember what I said about the red velvet? They have a whole cake you can get! For $45, you can feed 10-12 people this deliciousness.

Another favorite of mine (my Dad too) is peanut butter cookies, and these look really yummy.  The package of 6 cookies is available from Billy’s Bakery for $4.50.

If you need to order a sweet gift for the holidays, I would recommend checking out Billy’s Bakery. Those cupcakes were super good, so I have high hopes for everything else on their menu.

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Astronaut Ice Cream

by Jamie Sanford on August 15, 2010

I think the first time that I had astronaut ice cream was when my parents took us to the Kennedy Space Center, when I was about 12 or 13.

It is seriously one of the weirdest foods but it is delicious. I bought some last weekend during a visit to the Liberty Science Center.

So yeah, it is crunchy and powdery when you eat it and then it sort of melts in your mouth.  Nomnom.

Writing this post has made me think that a trip to Kennedy Space Center whilst in Florida next month might be in order.

Anyway, pick up some Astronaut Ice Cream (I cannot vouch for the Astronaut Ice Cream Sandwich or the Astronaut Chocolate Chip or Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, but they’re available too) for $2.99 for 7 ounces from Perpetual Kid.

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