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July 2016 Chococurb Nano Review
Chococurb is one of the top subscription boxes for chocolate lovers. They began their service by offering 5 to 7 full-size chocolate products, then expanded to offer a more affordable “mini” box that includes 3 chocolate products. Now they are introducing a “nano” box: a sampler of chocolate products for people who want a taste of chocolate at a lower cost than the other Chococurb subscriptions.
I am happy to have been given the opportunity to review their first shipment. I was actually out of town when the box arrived, but Chococurb had packaged it in a coolness-retaining container with an ice pack (shown in unboxing video), so I didn’t have to worry about the chocolate melting. Because they specialize in delivering chocolate, they are knowledgeable about the steps that are needed to ensure the chocolate arrives in the best possible condition.
The first item in the box was a full-size bar of Menakao Milk Chocolate in a Madagascan Vanilla variety. I’m not a big fan of milk chocolate, but the vanilla flavor infusion sounds delicious, so I plan to give this a try. I also appreciate that the bar was produced in Madagascar, which gives it the added appeal of being rare to obtain in the US. Although the bar can be bought for about $5 in Europe, it would cost at least $8 to get in the US, so that is the value I’m attributing to it as a US subscriber.
The second item was a small square of Mokaccino chocolate from TCHO. This product is a milk chocolate mixed with Blue Bottle Coffee, giving it a cappuccino-like taste. I’m not a big fan of coffee, so I’ll gift this to a friend. This square has an estimated value of $0.50.
The third item was a small Birthday Cake Batter chocolate from Seattle Chocolates. I’m a fan of Seattle Chocolates and birthday cake is one of my favorite dessert flavors, so I was excited to see this. I ate the chocolate and it was just as delicious as I’d expected. This chocolate is valued at around $0.50.
The fourth item was a small square of Ethereal Confections chocolate. I was a bit disappointed in the lack of information about this chocolate; there is nothing on the packaging that suggests the variety. I thought it might be plain dark chocolate, but based on other reviews I’ve read, it seems to be plain milk chocolate. In addition to the lack of information included in the box, I also found it difficult to locate this product online. As such, I’m estimating its value at $0.50, similar to the other small chocolates.
The fifth and final item was a small square of Dolfin Chocolate Lait Cannelle. This product is a milk chocolate with cinnamon infused. Some subscribers alternatively received a “Lait Nougatine” milk chocolate with nougat infused. Both varieties sound delicious. The Dolfin Chocolate also has the added bonus of being produced in Belgium, making it more rare in the USA. I couldn’t find an exact value for this size of a product online, but I believe it’s also worth around $0.50.s
Overall, the July 2016 Chococurb Nano contained about $10 worth of chocolate products. This value matches the box costs of $10, which I think is fair.
My main disappointment with the box is that it included only milk chocolates, while I personally prefer dark chocolates. I understand this is not a personalized box, but being a sampler I would expect it to include both dark and milk chocolates (and perhaps even white chocolate, but that is less common.) With this being the first month, I am curious to see if they include dark chocolates in the future or if the box will be exclusively milk chocolate. If you are concerned about receiving milk vs. dark chocolate (or vice versa), you can sign up for their regular box to get a personalized selection of chocolates - they’ve sent some really cool chocolates in the past (such as dark chocolate mixed with rose petals and strawberries.)
I would also suggest that Chococurb includes a card in the future that details information about the chocolates contained in the box. This would have been particularly useful for the Ethereal Confections chocolate, which had no distinctive label signaling the variety.
With this having been said, it’s important to remember that this is the first month of the Nano subscription. With any new product, there will be growing pains. Furthermore, the Chococurb Nano still delivered a fair value for the cost. You can further improve the value to cost ratio by subscribing to longer-term subscriptions, which lowers the cost per box.
Taking all of these factors into consideration, I believe the Chococurb Nano is a reliable subscription for chocolate lovers who want to satisfy their craving at a low cost. If you’re interested in trying out the Chococurb Nano, you can use the coupon code “BOXHUB10” to get 10% off.
Recommended for: chocolate lovers who want to satisfy their craving at a low cost
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary box in exchange for an honest review