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Review: Cocoa Boutique

September 12, 2012

Cocoa Boutique is a Luxury Aritsan Chocolate Club which launched a few weeks ago. The difference from other chocolate clubs is that the contents of each box are not all from the same source. Cocoa Boutique team up with a changing range of chocolatiers to bring you a selection of their work in each box so. They give you a rating card  to send back, which then influences future boxes.

The box contains a range of chocolate morsels –  little chocolate drops, big buttons, enrobed cocoa beans and lots of grown up truffles. This makes it great for a little nibble or a proper after-dinner chocolate. It would also be a good gift for a family as it looks fantastic and there’s something for everyone. We waited until we had friends over for dinner and then had a bit of a chocolate tasting experience where we marked the chocolates together. It made for a lovely end to the meal an no need for dessert! My favourite item was definitely the 70% chocolate drops as I felt that they were the best quality chocolate by a long way. They were deliciously bitter.

The Pamela (cassis-pear ganache) looked amazing but sadly didn’t really taste of the fruit and Mr B thought that the salted caramel didn’t really taste of salt.  I think that the chocolates look a lot more grown up than they taste as they tend to err on the side of sweet and subtle rather than strong punchy. Cocoa Boutique have a good product but it could be really great if they were a bit braver with flavours and trusted their chocolate eaters palates to cope!

I like the flexibitlity of the plan – they seem genuinely happy to change your frequency, but if I’m honest, I’m just scared of signing up to things that tie me in. I think the blog-special price of £9.95 is an absolute bargain, but I’m afraid I wouldn’t have gone for the £34.95 which was the origional price. Hopefully, it will settle somewhere in the middle and smaller options will be offered.

Overall, I would say that it’s a promising start but I’ll look forward to seeing how feedback affects the selections. For the starter prices though, can’t go wrong.

How it works:

  • Try the Best of the Best box.
  • Decide whether to continue
  • Chose from every month / 2 months / 3 months /6 months

Cost:
You can currently try the Best of the Best for a special blog-reader’s price of £9.95 by following this link (normally £34.95)
From then on, each box costs £19.95

Chocolate club

Clockwise from top left:
70% Ecuador dark chocolate buttons, Pamela, White strawberry cream, White chocolate buttons

Thanks very much to Cocoa Boutique for sending me a box to review. They were very clear that I should be honest in my opinions, which I’m grateful for. All views are my own.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 12, 2012 11:50 pm

    Excellent, honest review. I think the dark chocolate would be my favourite too. It’s quite pricey as all these chocolate clubs are but the special blog price is definitely good value.

    • September 12, 2012 11:53 pm

      Thanks, I appreciate that. I tried really hard to be honest but give constructive feedback

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