Saturday, August 13, 2016

Chococurb Mini vs Nano Subscription Box Review August 2016

Chococurb sends premium chocolates from around the world both as a subscription service or as a gift. Any chocolate lover would love this customizable subscription. I gifted this to my mom for her birthday and she absolutely loved it.

Chococurb has been expanding it's offerings to include several new price points. The regular box is $35, the Mini is $20 and the newest Nano is $10. I'm reviewing the Mini and the Nano in this review so you can get an idea of what you will receive in each one.
If you order a recurring or longer Regular or Mini subscription, you'll be sent a chocolate questionnaire allowing you to customize your boxes. So if you only like dark chocolate, that's what you'll get. Easy peasy! I believe the first box may be a random selection at least for Gifted subscriptions but the rest should arrive according to your specifications. The Nano, unfortunately, does not have this option.

The Cost: Mini- $20/month, Nano-$10/month.

What You Get: Mini- An assortment of 3 specialty chocolates, Nano- An assortment of 4-5 small to medium chocolate items. These items can come from small, local chocolatiers to more established, national brands.

I'm going to start with the Nano because it's the newest and it has some fun items I've never heard of it it.

This arrived in a pocket envelope, prettily wrapped. I think this is the perfect sort of present for oneself. I mean, if someone can order Love with Food and get healthy snacks delivered, why not get amazingly delicious and irresistible chocolates delivered, too?!
Videri Chocolate Factory Dark Milk- From Raleigh, NC, this chocolate is adorably packaged into a small envelope. It's 55% milk chocolate made with Roasted Organic Cocoa Nibs, Organic Cane Sugar, Whole Milk Powder, Vanilla Bean and Organic Cocoa Butter. Sounds tasty, right? And it is. It is delectable. I started with a tiny nibble and now I can't stop. Fantastic!

Willie's Cacao Milk of the Gods- This is a 44% milk chocolate bar. It's a silky smooth chocolate made from single estate cocao from Venezuela. When I say silky and smooth, I mean it. This melts into pure heaven. And I'm not even a huge fan of milk chocolate!
Seattle Chocolates Dark Chocolate San Juan Sea Salt Truffle- Crunchy toffee and sea salt in decadent milk chocolate. This truffle boasts all-natural ingredients, a smooth meltaway center and is made with Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa. If I hadn't been taste testing chocolate so much, I'd eat this one, for sure! Mmm, toffee!

Dolfin Chocolat Lait Cafe- An individually wrapped milk chocolate square with coffee! Chocolate and coffee are two flavors I love together.
Evolve Salted Chocolate Caramel- This caramel is infused with stout beer. It's a pretty large piece, too. It's... strange. It's made with Aslan Stout and also has chocoate and sea salt in it. To me, it tastes like bread. It's the weirdest thing. I'm sure it's the beer but I don't recall ever tasting a beer that made me think "BREAD!" right off the bat. I adore caramel and I love the inclusion, especially since it does have chocolate in it. I wouldn't mind seeing more caramels, maybe without chocolate. But that's mainly because I like my caramels to be caramel and my chocolates to be chocolate. Adding chocolate to caramel changes the texture too much.

VERDICT: The Nano is an excellent way to try new bite size chocolates. It's perfect for someone like me who is a snacker and only needs just a small square or two. Sometimes it can take me awhile to get through larger bars. When they're small like this, though, they just beg to be savored. It doesn't appear to be a great value monetarily but if you're into trying new chocolates that you likely won't find near you, this is fun and affordable.
Now, on to the Mini! This has three full size chocolates every month.
TCHO Mint Chip Gelato- I wish that I had enough words to describe the essence of this bar. It's glorious dark chocolate with crunchy bits of freeze dried mint gelato in it. Yes, you read that right. Mint gelato. Freeze dried. Crunchy bits of mind-bendingly swoon-worthy gelato in rich, delicious dark chocolate. It might be the best combination of two supremely delectable desserts. All I have to say is that I hope (and I'm not going to internet search!) that I never see this on a shelf where I can purchase it because it might be my new addiction. Wow. Just.... pure perfection. Mm!
Value: $6
Chocolat Moderne New York NYC Street Nuts Bar- A very milky chocolate with caramelized almonds, cashews and peanuts seasoned with sea salt. Those caramelized nuts are calling my name but my mom would love this way too much for me to keep it all for myself. She loves chocolate more than any other sweet so I like to save her the ones I know will make her happy.
Value: $9
Pop Bar in Dark Chocolate- I have been wanting to try these for AGES! They've been popping up in subscription boxes over the years but I never managed to be subbing to the right boxes at the right time. I don't know how well it works yet (since I haven't tried it, it's 9000 degrees out) but I'm anxious to try. I totally want to watch it melt in a glass of hot milk.
Value: $3

VERDICT: This is where getting a chocolate subscription can be bad. You get hooked on formerly unknown products that you become desperate to find more of. I'm pretty good at resisting but not perfect by any means. I'm not even going to go to the Chococurb online shop and check to see if they have more of that TCHO chocolate. I'm not. NOT going to do it...

VERSUS: I think I might like the Nano a little better than the Mini because there's a larger selection. Of course, the downside is that the Nano can't be customized and the Mini can. But the Mini gives larger portions (which means I've going to be savoring that TCHO for awhile). I think the final decision is going to come down to how much you want to spend and how much chocolate you want.

In other words, they're both full of chocolate so of course there's something good about them both! Valuewise, this subscription is not going to give you a whopping bang for your buck but you will get some great chocolate.

If you would like to sign up for Chococurb, you can do that here. Keep in mind that while there normally isn't a shipping charge, the summer months have a fee to keep your chocolate cool during transit. My chocolate has arrived safe and sound but I'm still not sure I think their packing will hold up over long distances. I live in Seattle and this box ships from Seattle and my cold packs have been melted by the time I get it.

What do you think? If you had a choice, which would you choose? Of course, don't forget there is the regular size which has 5-7 chocolate treats.

*these boxes were sent complimentary for review purposes. All opinions are mine.

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