This may sound crazy to some of you, but when I was a kid, I didn't really like chocolate. It just tasted... bland to me. As I got older, I realized that there was more to chocolate than sad and waxy chocolate bunnies from the drugstore: There are lots of artisinal chocolates with complex flavors out there just waiting to be discovered. Dark chocolates, salted chocolates, spicy chocolates! But how to get started with your fine chocolate journey? Meet Chococurb, a Seattle-based subscription service and online shop dedicated to introducing you to unique chocolates from around the globe.
Here's what you need to know about the Chococurb subscription:
- Each Chococurb box contains 5-7 chocolates or chocolate-related items chocolate-related items to try. When you sign up for an account you fill out a brief profile, and Chococurb tries to send items that match your preferences.
- The subscription costs $35 per month if you subscribe on a month-to-month basis, but they do have discounted three and six month packages available. At present Chococurb ships within the United States only.
- You can save $10 off your first month (or any other billing increment) with coupon code PRETTYBIRD.
- Like what you tried in your box? They carry a bunch of niche chocolate brands in their online shop, so it's easy to track down your favorites.
Once you're all signed up, a box of delightful chocolates will be shipped to you on the second Monday of every month. Easy-peasy!
One of the first things I noticed about my Chococurb box was how well-packed it was—the teal outer box was actually housed in a Priority mailer, and inside both of them was another small box. Meta box. Box-ception. Luckily the boxes weren't just boxes—there were several delicious chocolates inside!
MAROU BEN TRE 78% SINGLE ORIGIN DARK CHOCOLATE (24g):
According to the brand page on Chococurb's website, Marou is "the first artisan bean-to-bar chocolate maker in Vietnam." I had no idea that artisinal chocolates were becoming a thing in Vietnam—fascinating! I really liked this chocolate too... it has an intense flavor that isn't too bitter. The wrapping sure is pretty too. I wish I had wallpaper like that.
PACARI CHOCOLATE PINK SALT & NIBS and RAW CHOCOLATE 70% (10g each):
Pacari is a single-origin chocolate company based in Ecuador. All of their products are organic and fair trade. The Raw Chocolate has a really nice flavor, but I absolutely LOVED the Pink Salt & Nibs variety. The salt complemented the taste of the chocolate nicely (without being too salty) and nibs added a nice little bit of crunch. That one would definitely go in my Chococurb cart!
OMA FREEDOM DARK CHOCOLATE BAR (2oz):
Oma's chocolates are themed around creating uplifting moods—they also have bars called "Courage" and "Happiness." I've never contemplated what "Freedom" might taste like before, but apparently it's two types of lavender and rooibos tea to "evoke a wonderful sense of expansiveness." This was another one of my favorites... I don't know about "expansiveness", but the lavender and rooibos add an interesting flavor to the chocolate that kind of lingers in your mouth once you're done eating it. The texture of the chocolate is also a little softer than some of the other varieties I tried in this box, which I like.
TCHO MOKACCINO BAR (2oz):
TCHO is an American company—I gave this bar to Stan to try. His exact words: "It's really good. It tastes like coffee, but not gross fake coffee. Like you're drinking delicious coffee and eating a bar of chocolate." That doesn't sound too bad, does it?
FRAN'S SMOKED SALT CARAMELS IN MILK CHOCOLATE (25g):
Fran's is a Seattle-based small-batch chocolatier that's been around since 1982, whoa! I gave this one to Stan to try too. His words: "I think I just realized that I don't like the texture of caramels, but the salty taste is really perfect." He just realized that now? In any case, if you do like the texture of caramels, this sounds like a good one to try. Salted chocolates and caramels are amaaaaazing.
THEO CHOCOLATE COCONUT 70% DARK CHOCOLATE BAR (3oz):
Theo is another American-based company. Their chocolates are all fair-trade, organic, and delicious. (I've tried them before.) This bar blends two of my favorites ingredients: Chocolate and coconut! I loved this bar—it had the perfect blend of dark chocolate bitterness and sweet smoothness of coconut.
There was one other non-chocolate thing in the box that I really liked:
Padding and cold packs! I really appreciate the fact that Chococurb is taking steps to make sure that your goodies stay intact, because I know from experience that things like chocolate (and lipstick) do tend to melt in the mail come summer. Secure packaging + a delicious and unique selection = two enthusiastic thumbs up from me!
Like what you see? The owners of Chococurb have graciously offered up a coupon code which you can use to save $10 off the first month of your subscription: PRETTYBIRD. (Chococurb might make a good Mother's Day gift, hint hint.) And if that's not enough for you, they're also giving my readers a chance to win a box—woohoo!
RULES AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION
- To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below. Each entry method may be done once per person except for retweets, which may be done once per person per day.
- The prize is one Chococurb Box, valued at $35. One winner will be selected at random via the Rafflecopter widget. Please note that the selection of chocolates you receive may be different to what's pictured in this post.
- The giveaway is open to residents of the United States only, except where prohibited by law. The full Terms & Conditions can be found in the Rafflecopter widget.
- The giveaway period closes at 11:59PM EST on May 4th, 2015.
- The winner will be contacted via e-mail and will 48 hours to respond in order to claim their prize, so make sure you log into the Rafflecopter widget with a valid e-mail address that you check frequently.
Thanks again to Chococurb for providing today's giveaway prize, and good luck! :)
What do you think of Chococurb? Do you prefer dark chocolate or milk chocolate?
Disclosure: The product featured in this post was provided to me for review purposes, however any opinions expressed above are honest and my own. I did not receive any other form of compensation. For more information, check out my full disclosure policy.