Treatsie Chocolate Bar Subscription Box May 2014
The Treatsie Chocolate Bar subscription is a new monthly subscription box from Treatsie which sends you full-size, gourmet chocolate bars. The chocolate bars are selected from small-batch vendors, which change every month.
Treatsie kindly sent us this box for review purposes.
The Subscription Box: Treatsie Chocolate Bar
The Cost: $39/month plus shipping
The Products: Each box includes 5-6 full-sized gourmet chocolate bars from small-batch vendors
Ships to: US
Current Coupon: Get 50% off your first box with the promo code CHOCOBOX50
In each box, Treatsie includes an information card detailing the chocolate bars selected for that month. This month, they sent us chocolate bars from Eclipse Chocolate.
Eclipse Chocolate Bar in Malted Milk and Honey – 3 oz, value: $8
Malted milk-infused chocolate studded with honeyed malt and vanilla bean sea salt (44% cacao)
Eclipse Chocolate Bar in Sweet Basil Mint – 3 oz, value: $8
Mint- and basil-infused extra dark chocolate studded with candied cocoa nib (72% cacao)
Eclipse Chocolate Bar in Blackberry Sage – 3 oz, value: $8
Dark chocolate flecked with desiccated blackberry and rubbed sage leaf (61% cacao)
First of all, these chocolate bars are a nice size, and they’re divided into sections which you can break off – perfect for making them last for a short while. Additionally, each chocolate bar has one or two wine suggestions on the back of the wrapper to enhance your gourmet chocolate experience.
My favorite of these three chocolate bars is the Malted Milk and Honey flavor. It’s one that has more “traditional” flavor combinations (malt and sea salt) so if you want to try a new gourmet chocolate bar but aren’t particularly adventurous, this bar is a great option.
The Sweet Basil Mint and Blackberry Sage were really interesting. The herbs with the chocolate were definitely new flavors for me, but I suspect they taste much better with the suggested wine parings (the Basil Mint goes with Cabernet or Merlot and the Blackberry Sage goes with Syrah or Zinfandel). I don’t drink, so I’m passing these along to a friend!
Eclipse Chocolate Bar in Cinnamon Brown Sugar – 3 oz, value: $8
Milk chocolate flecked with muscovado sugar, cinnamon bread crumbs, and ginger sea salt (38% cacao
Eclipse Chocolate Bar in Macadamia Ginger – 3 oz, value: $8
White chocolate infused with lemon, studded with candied ginger and toasted macadamia (31% cocoa butter)
I really enjoyed both of these, but personally prefer the Cinnamon Brown Sugar. I had actually tried it in a previous Treatsie box and love it every bit as much now as I did then. The cinnamon bread crumbs and ginger sea salt add some great texture to the chocolate. The Macadamia Ginger’s flavor was really complex and my husband (who likes white chocolate much more than I do) is definitely a fan!
Verdict: As stated above, I’m familiar with the brand Eclipse Chocolate from a previous Treatsie box, and I think it’s a smart move for Treatsie to begin their new Chocolate Bar Subscription Box with a brand they have worked with before. The chocolate in each bar is definitely high quality and the consistency is consistently smooth and flavorful. I’m also a fan of the fact that they provide wine pairing suggestions for each bar. My biggest concern about the subscription box as a whole is the same as what a lot of you have been discussing – the cost. Not everyone is inclined to or able to spend $40 on 5-6 chocolate bars every single month, but I definitely think these boxes make a great treat for yourself or as a gift.
Another concern that has been voiced by many of you is how they expect to ship a box of chocolate bars to everyone without them all melting, especially in summer. I thought it would be helpful to let you know that my box came inside a big, insulated bag with some kind of cooler pack in it, inside of a large FedEx box that I had to sign for. Treatsie definitely thought about the melting issue and it looks like they do as much to prevent that from happening in the shipping process as possible.