La Selection – by Valrhona Subscription Box Review
La Selection is a monthly chocolate subscription box by the French chocolate company Valrhona. Their description of the box is “a subscription program that delivers to your door, a box bursting with a changing variety of exquisite Valrhona chocolates. This is a great opportunity for passionate chocolate enthusiasts to discover the company’s wide range of decadent chocolate offerings.”
They include various offerings from their online store, in addition to one exclusive product only available through the subscription.
My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes)
The Subscription Box: La Selection – by Valrhona
The Cost: $48/month, plus 20.99 overnight with warm weather shipping (this will vary based on your location)
The Products: Valrhona chocolate, with one exclusive product per month.
Ships To: US Only
I live in Southern California where it is still most definitely hotter than you-know-where in September. Shipping chocolate to my doorstep, even if it comes overnight, is a surefire way to ensure that I will receive fondue in a foil wrapper. Thankfully, the people at Valrhona think of everything and have ‘warm weather protection’ for their shipments, ensuring that I can still get my chocolate fix, without having to use a spoon. They package their shipments in a metallic bubble wrap envelope, with ice packs inside. So while shipping is seemingly exorbitant, you can definitely see where the money is going.
They included a nice little note card welcoming me to the service and I thought it was a nice touch that they personalized it.
Here is one side of the information sheet, explaining the exclusive product for this month. The other side has information regarding the other chocolate shipped this month!
Here is everything that was included. It was actually more than I expected. I received 2 full size tasting bars, 2 ‘sticks,’ a box of cocoa nibs, and a gift box of chocolate covered hazelnuts and almonds.
Valrhona Equinoxe Gianduja Gift Box – 8.8 oz – 25.99
Let me preface this by saying: I don’t like chocolate covered nuts. I freely admit to eating the chocolate off of chocolate covered almonds, and tossing the almond in the trash. These though…there’s something magical about them! They are SO incredibly delicious. The chocolate has the creamy consistency of butter while the hazelnuts and almonds are perfectly toasted, with no pesky skin to get stuck in your teeth. I have a huge problem because I love these so much, but they’re a little pricey for me to justify repurchasing. I will probably end up doing so though…once I get through this stash. Let’s just say that if eating chocolate can be transcendent…this was that chocolate.
Ghana Cocoa Nib Pearls – $10.00?
This was my first time trying cocoa nibs and these are delicious! I can see them being delicious on top of a pudding as a garnish, in ice cream, or just eaten alone. By the description, I expected these to be similar to chocolate covered espresso beans. Thankfully, they were not similar at all. The bean inside was very soft, so it was like biting into a firm piece of chocolate. Perfection!
At the risk of repeating myself, these were also amazing. In the past few years I have ventured into the dark world of dark chocolate and this is some of the best I’ve had, if not the best. There was none of the harsh bitterness that can come across in many dark chocolates. It was very smooth with just the right amount of sweetness!
I’m repeating myself by this point, but this was amazing. The orange flavor came through just enough to mingle with the dark chocolate but didn’t overpower the flavor at all. It was the perfect balance of orange and chocolate, even for a chocolate purist like myself. I definitely prefer plain chocolate or chocolate with “crispies” (don’t even think about polluting my chocolate or baked goods with nuts…ahem, except for the above noted!), but this was definitely delicious!
What can I say? This was also delicious. I prefer milk chocolate, so this was my personal favorite of the shipment. It was smooth, creamy, and absolutely divine.
The Verdict: If you are a chocolate lover, I unequivocally think you should get this box. The value comes out to about $56.00 with my estimate of the cocoa nibs. This comes in a little lower than the cost of the box plus shipping, but I suspect my estimate of the exclusive product is low balling it. This would be the perfect gift for a chocolate lover. The product has gorgeous packaging, I could tell it was fresh, and it was all excellent quality chocolate. I have had interactions with the customer service at Valrhona due to shipping problems in the past, and their customer service is top notch. They are always friendly, responsive, and willing to go the extra mile to make any problem right. Now, if you are the type of person that hates certain types of chocolate (dark, white, milk, etc), I don’t think this would be the right box for you. You can’t specify your preference here, so I have to assume that you will get a mixture of all chocolate types they sell every month.
What did you think of this month’s La Selection – by Valrhona?