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Mystery Chocolate Box Subscription Review – Sept 2014

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Mystery Chocolate Box Subscription Review - Sept

Mystery Chocolate Box is a monthly chocolate subscription box. Every month, you will receive 3 chocolate bars with their outer wrappers removed so the ingredients and flavors are a surprise. Also, for every box sold, they donate 2 meals to charity.

Mystery Chocolate Box sent us this box for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

Mystery Chocolate Box Subscription Review - Sept 2014 Bars

The Subscription Box: Mystery Chocolate Box

The Cost: $17.95/month

COUPON: Use coupon code subaddict to save $8 off your first box!

The Products: 3 full-sized chocolate bars, with the outer wrappers removed to keep the flavors secret

Ships To: US + Canada

 Mystery Chocolate Box Subscription Review - Sept 2014 Allergens

Every box comes with a card listing allergy information (and nutritional information on the back), as well as a card detailing “How to do a Mystery Chocolate Box Tasting,” with space to list your guesses on the reverse side.

 Mystery Chocolate Box Subscription Review - Sept 2014 A

Bar A is from Vosges Haut Chocolat (which I only know from looking at the imprint on the bar!). To be honest, this bar pretty much just tasted like really, really dark chocolate. However, I can’t find a simple, dark chocolate bar on their website, so I may be wrong!

Mystery Chocolate Box Subscription Review - Sept 2014 B

Bar B was dark chocolate, too, but this one had some red, fruity seeds in it. I could see on the bar, the brand was World Market so I browsed their site and think it may be this Strawberry Champagne Chocolate Bar.

Mystery Chocolate Box Subscription Review - Sept 2014 Bars C

Bar C didn’t have the brand name on the bar, just a logo with which I am unfamiliar. There is some kind of dried, seedy fruit in the bottom of the bar, but it doesn’t taste like any kind of berry I can name off the top of my head.  I’m definitely curious to see what kind of fruit is in this bar! The silver wrapper, however, lets us know that it’s free of wheat, gluten, preservatives, additives, dairy, eggs, tree nuts, sesame, GMOs, and soy, and that it’s also vegan, organic, kosher, and fair trade!

Verdict: I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the Mystery Chocolate Box – I’m generally not that fond of surprises. However, it’s hard to go wrong when chocolate is involved! I really liked my first Mystery Chocolate Box. They take a concept I initially thought could be really strange – getting wrapper-less chocolate bars – and made it safe (with the ingredients/allergens lists) and able to have fun friend or family involvement. They also took great care with shipping – the box had layers of packaging inside, plus a cooler pack.

What do you think about the Mystery Chocolate Box? Would you be interested in trying something like this out?

Written by Haley Faye

Haley Faye

Haley Faye first discovered Beauty Army and Birchbox in 2012 and instantly fell hard and fast for the world of subscription boxes. Over the years of writing for MSA she has found many subscriptions to fuel her addiction, but her favorites include fashion, geeky, beauty, and mom/baby boxes to share with her son.

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. Bar C is by Pascha and sounds like pascha organic dark chocolate with golden berries… Just bought a bar of that last week!

  2. Interesting concept but too risky for me. While it’s nice that they note whether something contains the “8 major known allergens” that’s way too big a gamble for me. Also, I don’t see Vosges voluntarily participating in this kind of venture. I have a friend who works in their management and she wasn’t aware of any approved partnership. So that alone is off putting to me. I also don’t like the idea of someone “repackaging” my food, outer wrappers only or not. It’s just odd. It’s not as though this is a similar model to that used by From the Lab, where the business model is based in sharing products not yet on the market. Here these are known products with their labels removed. I guess the mystery aspect is lost on me.

  3. I got the Mystery Chocolate Box for their first box and remembered being rather frustrated with it because I’m a diabetic and they didn’t give you any nutritional information, so I’m really, really glad to hear they are giving you more nutritional information. I like chocolate and also find it very kind they give meals to charity… but honestly still think it is a rather odd concept for a box. Fun, but off the wall.

  4. I wanted to let people know that the box website does reveal the chocolates included in each box after a certain amount of time (though that part of the site appears to be password protected so only subscribers who are logged in can see). After reading the blog post I thought it was odd that you had no way of finding out what you ate. What if you liked it!?

    • Hey Erin — you’ll be glad to know that we made improvements last month so you are able to see what you ate immediately after trying the chocolate bars and submitting your guesses! 🙂

  5. It seems really weird to me that these are re-wrapped. Aside from concerns about the ingredients, I’m a little uncomfortable with the fact that these are being reprocessed. It also makes gauging the value of this box difficult and makes it really hard to order something you really love!

    • Hey there Dootsie Bug! We hear you loud and clear on your concerns about the repackaging, and this is something that we’ve spent an absurd amount of time deliberating about at Mystery Chocolate Box HQ.

      We were a little uncomfortable with the same issue at first, until we realized that we never had to touch, modify, or even process the chocolate at all. Almost all chocolate bars come with an inner wrapper (many times this inner wrapper is completely sealed), and this wrapper is never opened or modified. We actually don’t reprocess the bars, we just wrap it with a new wrapper on the outside.

      Hope this makes sense!

  6. It sounds good. But without a full list of ingredients on the label from the actual manufacturer, I’ll have to pass. I am allergic to several ingredients which if used as a food coloring does not seem to be labeled as the ingredient, only listed generically as coloring. Not worth it.

  7. Hi I’m also concerned about the ingredients. HFCS is in too many foods today, and I wouldn’t want a chocolate subscription unless there were assurances that the chocolate was high quality. I love the idea though!

    • I forgot about that. But HFCS gives me hives so yeah, I’d want to know that, too.

      Although, at this price point, I’d expect the bars not to contain HFCS.

      • Right on, Sneaky Burrito, none of the bars we’ve sent out contain HFCS and none probably ever will. HFCS is used in low-end candy (and just about everything else) and we don’t send out low-end chocolate bars! 🙂

  8. Bar A is green tea and sprulina… It is labeled on the outer wrapper in black letters.

  9. Personally id like to know what im eating. Based on label packaging helps me determine if its worth a try. I like to try new things. I think id help if there was a cheap sheet to check online for ones wanting to know and if you wanted more. Ive discovered many new food items i didnt knoe about or like til i tried

    • I’d also like to know what I’m eating. While the allergen information is great, I notice that some of them say “vegan” and some don’t. While “vegan” is a keyword that means I can eat something (I’m vegetarian), I have seen some things like bacon or gelatin in candy and those ingredients are not mentioned in the allergen information (obviously they’re not in the vegan bar, but all bets are off as to the others). I’d like more direct statements to the effect that the bars are vegetarian, if they are.

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