I love getting packages of surprise goodies in the mail. I love sweets. So a subscription service that offers both seems a dream come true. But if you’ve been keeping up with my Subscription Addiction series, you know that my first foray into monthly candy delivery went horrendously awry with Treatsie.
Thankfully, there’s lots of options out there. So this week, I’m sharing my experience with Chococurb, a monthly subscription service that delivers “extraordinary chocolate.” Considering Treatsie asked me about my chocolate preferences, and then offered none except a blah brownie, I was almost aching for these promised delights.
Chococurb offers three different subscription levels: Chococurb ($35 a month), Chococurb Mini ($20 a month), and Chococurb Nano ($10 a month). I got the new “Nano” option, which focuses on bite-sized samples of fancy chocolates.
Like many subscription services, you get a discount for signing on for a prolonged period. But there’s no flavor profile. So if you’re super picky about your chocolate, that could be a drawback. As for me, I was intrigued.
How It Went
Boxes ship on the 14th of every month. Mine arrived quickly, and was filled with goodies, as well as an introductory note about Chococurb’s mission.
Chococurb folds in chocolate education as a part of their brand. If you click the “Learn” tab on their website, you’ll find articles on how Cacao is harvested, the process “from tree to bean to bar,” Q&As with chocolatiers, and some mouth-watering recipes. Whether or not you decide to give this subscription a go, this section of their site is a must-see for any chocolate lover.
Now to the chocolates themselves:
A velvety square of chocolate that has a mature and delectable coffee flavor. This was the first piece I tried, and it was absolutely divine. It was only with incredible self control I didn’t gobble down the rest of the Nano box.
Seattle Chocolates: Birthday Cake Batter
A lovely little log of cream filling that tastes like the fluffy sweetness of funfetti birthday cake, coated in a thin chocolate layer. Note: it actually tasted like chocolate and not that slick, sweet nonsense of lesser so-called “chocolate coated” treats.
Ethereal Confections: Dark Chocolate
A slim square little bigger than a postage stamp, but packed with flavor. It’s s dry and dedicatedly dark chocolate.
Chocolat Dolfin: Noir Gingembre
A slender square of silky dark chocolate with a warm ginger bite, this candy was sophisticated and not too sweet.
Menakao Truly Madagascar: Milk Chocolate 44% Cocoa Beans, Madagascan Vanilla
The biggest bar in the box, this came in a gorgeously decorated cardboard envelope that detailed what makes this treat special, its Madagascar heritage. The chocolate itself has a firm bite, and an almost buttery texture. There’s a bit of crunch in there, which is maybe bits of vanilla bean? There’s also something vaguely citrus in this blend. It’s not like any chocolate I’ve ever had before. The more I allowed it to melt in my mouth, the more notes of flavor surfaced. It reminded me of a good wine.
Come to think of it, a bottle of wine would be a great partner to a night with this subscription box.
Verdict: Do it.
If the thought of chocolate makes your mouth water, you can’t go wrong with Chococurb. I know the prices might seems steep when you can get bags of Reese’s minis for $5 at CVS. But this subscription service is about quality, not quantity. These are not sweets to stress eat, but more indulgences to aid you in winding down from a long week, or a particularly stressful day.
It’s a chocolate tasting tour you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Kicking back with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and a Nano box is a perfect way to take a moment for yourself, and just revel in the flavors that’ll unfold in each delicate bite.
BONUS DISCOUNT: All the more reason to try Chococurb, they’ve offered our readers an exclusive discount. Use the discount code: PAJIBA at checkout, and you’ll get 10% off your order. Offer expires August 20th, 2016, so get on it, Pajibans!
Kristy Puchko loves chocolate more than most things.