chocolate subscription services to explore

In this post I wrote about some of the chocolate curators I’ve visited who have great chocolate shops featuring some of the best chocolate makers of the world. In this week’s post, I’d like to introduce you to the idea of belonging to a chocolate subscription service. These are ideal for chocolate lovers who want to expand their chocolate knowledge and experiences within the comfort of their own homes.

Here are a few chocolate subscription services or “chocolate clubs” that I found of interest.

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Your monthly chocolate subscription from Cococlectic arrives in a plain brown box, but the chocolate inside will wow you.

The first one I experienced is Cococlectic based in San Francisco, California–the hotbed of great American chocolate. Cococlectic is the brainchild of Doreen Leong, who hales from Malaysia and moved in San Francisco in 2006. She quickly learned how great pure and simple dark chocolate can be, and in 2014, launched Cococlectic with the goal of “Melting the gap between chocolate makers and aficionados.” With a Cococlectic membership, chocolate lovers get a monthly shipment of four chocolate bars from the maker of the month. There are several different pricing options for membership.

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Signing up for a chocolate subscription service is a great way to discover chocolate makers you may not otherwise find, learn something about them, and support sustainable chocolate via your membership. For its monthly subscription service, Cococlectic only carries pure dark chocolate from bean-to-bar makers with no added flavour inclusions. “I believe that inclusions such as nuts, fruits, etc. take away from the incredible chocolate taste of pure bean-to-bar chocolate,” says Doreen, who only carries chocolate from makers who source their own cocoa beans, and whose chocolate is not broadly available via other sources. “I want to bring our chocolate aficionados wonderful products they would not otherwise get to experience,” says Doreen.

I enjoyed receiving the package containing four different Raphio Chocolate bars. I’d met this Fresno-based chocolate maker at the International Chocolate Festival in San Mateo, California, and really enjoyed meeting the makers of this great single-origin chocolate. Cococlectic gave me the opportunity to taste more chocolate from Raphio, including the terrific 72% Nicaragua bar with natural flavour notes of pecans, dates, and molasses. If you peruse the Chocolate Collection offered by Cococlectic, you will be wowed by the diversification of cocoa origins represented in its offerings.

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The neatly wrapped packet of four chocolate bars chosen for me by Bar and Cocoa arrived via DHL Express Courier within two days!

Another interesting subscription service for chocolate lovers is Bar and Cocoa based in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA. For those in the area, it should be noted that Bar and Cocoa also has a great shop where you can drop in and peruse the select award-winning chocolate of the world in person. Bar and Cocoa is run by co-founders Pashmina and Chris who are truly passionate about the world of chocolate and cacao.

The primary difference between Cococlectic and Bar and Cocoa is that Cococlectic primarily features American-made chocolate and ships without charge within the US, with an additional charge to ship to Canada. Bar and Cocoa features chocolate of the world and sends you a selection of four bars–one from each of four different chocolate makers within the same order. Cococlectic sends you four different bars from one maker in each month’s order. Both ways are great. It depends on your approach to chocolate tasting which one you will prefer. And it depends on your location, as Bar and Cocoa only ships within the USA at present. That’s a pity, as the amazing service provided by DHL Express got the chocolate from South Carolina to me in rural Manitoba, Canada, in just two days. Amazing. And the chocolate provided was equally amazing, as it provided a new offering from Original Beans, a chocolate lover I truly love, as well as introducing me to chocolate makers that were brand new to me.

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Chocolate subscription services are a great way to experience chocolate of the world. This is the selection of artisan bars I received from Bar and Cocoa. It included a new bar from Original Beans, a company I already knew and loved, as well as introduced me to three brands that were entirely new to me and all good.

A chocolate subscription that is truly global in its chocolate offerings, as well as its delivery service is Cocoa Runners. This company stocks more than 800 different bean-to-bar chocolate bars from chocolate makers around the world, and it delivers virtually everywhere in the world. The cool thing about Cocoa Runners is that you can answer an online taste test that helps them define the types of bars you will most enjoy based on your flavour preferences. For as we all know, tasting chocolate is much like tasting wine, and what one person loves, another person may dislike.

Chocolate subscription clubs provide an excellent service enabling chocolate lovers to expand their chocolate knowledge while tantalizing their palates. You can never get bored with tasting artisan chocolate as there are continually new players on the scene and new flavour infusions to explore. Finding the ones you like best is just part of the fun!

And by the way, if you’d like to taste some exotic chocolate with me, please check out my events page where I’ve listed all of the events I’ve got coming up. 😊

Doreen Pendgracs

Known throughout the Web as the "Wizard of Words", I've been a freelance writer since 1993. I'm currently researching and writing volume II of "Chocolatour: A Quest for the World's Best Chocolate". Volume I was published in September, 2013.

42 Responses

  1. Cindy Ladage says:

    How cool to get chocolate in the mail! Love this thanks for sharing!

  2. I’m going to check out Chocolate Runners because shipping to Canada seems onerous or unavailable with the other two. Subscriptions are a good idea because I think most of us like to try a variety and not get stuck on one brand.

  3. Sue Reddel says:

    What a wonderful way to experience some new and different kinds of chocolate.

  4. Janet says:

    Sounds very interesting Doreen.

  5. Tami Wilcox says:

    I once tried a foreign food subscription box called Try the World, and it was sure fun when the box would arrive each month. I hadn’t heard of any chocolate subscritions, but it sounds like a winner!

  6. Beverly says:

    I did not know chocolate subscription services existed. Thanks for expanding our knowledge further.

  7. You know, I’ve never ordered through a single subscription service, but these look very interesting. My daughter and husband would love to try some new varieties, and the convenience delivered to my door is the best!

  8. Emidio Amadebai says:

    Hi Doreen,

    Hope you are doing great. thanks for sharing, I was absolutely unaware of such a service. I will be sharing it with my wife, she’s the real chocolate lover, am sure she’ll love it. I will also be pinning your post on Pinterest…surely another chocolate lover will appreciate it.

  9. Phoenicia says:

    I like the name Cococletic. I did not realise chocolate subscriptions were even a thing. I would happily sign up to one, particularly if there were free perks every now and then!

  10. What a great gift idea for chocolate lovers–to give or to get for themselves!

  11. I never knew chocolate subscription services existed, although I always used to think there should be something so that I can have the luxury to enjoy new flavours and options frequently. This is a wonderful idea for people like me who have a chocolaty tooth.

  12. Look what you taught me this time! I had no idea there was such a thing as monthly chocolate clubs. What a fun idea–though, for me, this would add to the addiction. Ha ha.

  13. Cindi Conley says:

    This is mind-blowing – chocolate subscription!?!?!? What an amazing idea! Thanks for opening my eyes to this Doreen. Plus – who knew the International Chocolate Festival is in my backyard – San Mateo CA!!

    • Hi Cindi, and thx so much for stopping by! I had a super time in San Mateo County last year. Alas, I don’t believe they’re having the Int’l Chocolate Fest this year as the organizer retired. But maybe someone will take it over for next year as attendance was certainly great for their first year at 15,000. Sorry you missed it!
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  14. What a great idea to try different brands. I’ve never signed up for a monthly subscription service, but having chocolate delivered throughout the year is one I’d definitely give a second thought! Would make a great Mother’s Day Gift.

  15. It’s great that Chococlectic ships for free. How much would their monthly subscription cost?

  16. Phuong Nguyen says:

    I am so excited to know about the chocolate subscription services . It is useful for the true chocolate lover !

  17. Lori says:

    I wish I hadn’t read this;) Now to keep it from my hubby. We’re lovers of not just good but great chocolates and can’t always find those brands. This would certainly solve that.

  18. Ben says:

    Nice post. As a lover of chocolate, I had never heard of chocolate subscription services, and to the best of my knowledge have never seen them in the UK . If I could subscribe to white chocolate, I would be in dreamland.

    • Hi Ben and welcome to Chocolatour! Don’t be afraid to experiment with different kinds of chocolate to slowly train your palate to enjoy a more robust chocolate. If you graduate from white chocolate to milk chocolate to dark milk chocolate, you’ll be on a wonderful journey. But for those who really love white chocolate, the best I have eaten is a blond chocolate that comes from chocoMe of Budapest, Hungary. You will find them profiled on my site if you want to look them up.:-)
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  19. Chocolate subscription service! Guess I know what I’m asking my husband for this holiday season:) Out of these four, is there any one you would recommend in particular, Doreen? I should mention that I eat dark chocolate almost exclusively. Thank you!

    • Hi Christina and thanks for your comment. I’ll leave the choice up to you. Each subscription service is slightly different. So carefully read the conditions and choose the one that is right for you. They all specialize in high quality dark craft chocolate. Enjoy, and let me know how it goes. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  20. What an excellent idea! Your descriptions certainly make getting chocolate delivered mighty tempting!!

  21. Karen Warren says:

    What a great idea! It can be quite difficult to find “proper” chocolate, so it would be good to have a selection to try.

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