I have been a subscriber to the Chocotasting monthly box for a long time and I would like to share my experiences with you, as I understand there are a lot of chocoholics in this world that are curious what a chocolate subscription means. With Chocotasting, it means you will receive a little brown package in your mailbox every month, containing three bars of chocolate. You can pick yourself if you’d like to have milk chocolate or dark chocolate, or a mix (which often includes white chocolate too, even though white chocolate is not officially chocolate 😛 ).
Which reminds me by the way, of a little story that I still remember cause it is so cute. A friend of mine once went to the store during lunch break, and so he asked me (cause we were working together), if he could get me something. I asked him for a bar of milk chocolate, so when he returned he reached in his bag to give me a bar of white chocolate. So a little hesitant I said: thank you, but euhm, this is not milk chocolate? (I was trying to be cute about it people, not mean! 😉 ) And then he responded: oh, but milk is white, right? And that was pretty logical, but also pretty strange and somewhat adorable. Strangeness all over.
Thankfully I eat all kinds of chocolate (except for chocolate mixed with citrus fruits, as that should be illegal), so I enjoyed the white-milk-white chocolate and I also enjoy the Chocotasting subscription with three different flavors instead of just milk or dark chocolate. It is a pretty expensive subscription, as you pay 15 euros a month for three bars. However, they do pick interesting chocolate bars around the world, package it, put some info with it and send it to your house, so you must give them some credit for that too. Many of the bars are not available through any stores in the Netherlands, which makes it pretty special to still have the opportunity to experience them.
Some examples of chocolate brands we have had over the months are: Blanxart, Willie’s Cocao, Prestat and Seed & Bean. Some of the chocolates are way too sweet, even for me, for example the Seed & Bean one with the flowery taste (I think it was lavendar): not a fan. Also, I think they should watch the ‘salty caramel’ trend a bit, cause sometimes I felt that it was a bit too much salty, but that could also be in the bars that I bought myself (as I bought some special ones at the Chocoa festival of course..).
Anyway, as this subscription is more expensive than Netflix, and about the same amount as HBO, it is one of the more high-end subscriptions out there. If you love surprises like me, and if you love chocolate equally as much, than it is worth it. Plus, I like to surprise my colleagues by handing out some chocolate, to show them how awesome the world of cacoa is. And I need to share it, cause I should not be eating too much chocolate as I am dieting again. I actually think I have not received the chocolate in a few months, but that might be because the company was struggling a bit, I think.
I think the people of Chocotasting could make the subscription feel more special, a bit like how Loot Crate does it; put a lot of sneak peeks on social media, send an email to announce when the box is coming, and maybe even explain newcomers to the concept how chocolate should be tasted. Does not have to be a whole workshop, but just a little paper with an explanation would be charming. There is always some information with the chocolate, about the brand that is featured in the box that month, which is great; it makes you think about the ingredients and processes a bit more. I generally love the Chocotasting box because it allows me to discover what I do and what I do not like when it comes to my favorite thing in the world.
Seed & Bean was way to sweet for my taste, Willie’s Cacao was too boring, but Prestat is amazing to me. It is very personal obviously, and one bar of the same brand can be totally different from the other. So it is a lot of fun to try it all, and to be honest: there was never a bar that I gave away because I really disliked it. Usually I just treat my colleagues to a piece to make them try and see if they agree with my opinion about that specific chocolate bar. Obviously there are no colleagues of mine that have the box, cause I think not many people would like to pay 15 euros for three chocolate bars, especially not on a monthly basis. It is a pretty high priced little gift to yourself, but if you are as much into chocolate as I am, and if you love surprises too, the subscription is ideal, especially cause you cannot easily get your hands on these bars in the normal stores.
Obviously there are no colleagues of mine that have the box, cause I think not many people would like to pay 15 euros for three chocolate bars, especially not on a monthly basis. It is a pretty high priced little gift to yourself, but if you are as much into chocolate as I am, and if you love surprises too, the subscription is ideal, especially cause you cannot easily get your hands on these bars in the normal stores.
I wonder if Chocotasting will survive, cause especially for Dutch people it is a pretty outrageous subscription (which is not specifically my opinion, but it is what I hear when I tell people about it). I think they should try to lower the price a little bit, so more people will be willing to try, and it might also be cool if there would be multiple brands in one box, so there is even more variety. I’d rather have smaller bars of multiple brands, than those bigger ones, it is all about the taste and the little moment of enjoyment, not about eating away bar after bar. (I am not sure if this is my opinion, or if I am just telling myself this 😉 ). If you have had any simular experiences with chocolate subscriptions, or totally different ones; let me know!