A bit about the company;
Cocoa Boutique is a luxury artisan chocolate tasting club on a mission to bring it's members the very best Pralines, Truffles and Caramels.
All of their chocolates are hand made by award winning Master Chocolatiers such as; Barry Colenso, Pierre Ledent and Claire Hicklin to name but a few. Plus there’s a few hidden gems in each box from up and coming British chocolatiers to stretch your taste buds and give you a truly artisan experience.
My Introductory Box arrived in a handy letter box sized box and I wasted no time in tearing into it. I was pleasantly surprised with the packaging, it definitely lived up to its "luxury" name. Nestled in the beautiful cream coloured box, under a layer of delicate tissue paper were the most wonderful selection of chocolates! ...
Apologies for the dark pictures, I had planned to take more but they were so delicious we ate them all before I got the chance!
I am not a fan of white chocolate or fruity ones so passed them over to the boyfriend who assured me they were delicious! My particular favourites were the Cocoa Dusted Salted Caramels, 70% Ecuador Dark Chocolate Buttons and the Dark Chocolate Coffee Beans.
Below is a close up of the Cocoa Dusted Salted Caramels, I could of happily eaten a whole box of just these, they were simply amazing. The shell of chocolate was rich and sweet, and when you bit into it it gave a rather satisfying crack, the caramel oozed out, filling your mouth with a rich, liquid caramel with a slight hint of salt which perfectly counter-balanced the sweet chocolate. Simply amazing.
If I was to do this review based on the box of chocolates alone I would recommend it 100%, if I was to receive these as a gift I would be over the moon! However I am not entirely convinced by the chocolate club idea.
When I first read the information in the leaflet and on their website I imagined a site similar to the Graze system, where you give each item a thumbs up or down and future boxes are picked according to your tastes. Unfortunately it doesn't appear to be set up this way. Maybe I have missed the point completely and the idea is just to experience the best chocolate around, but I would prefer a slightly more personalised service, for the price.
Cocoa Boutique has been launched for around 2 weeks and I have seen a lot of positive feedback on blogs, although I have also seen a few negatives; such as the price. Although in light of this feedback they are carrying on the introductory price of £9.95 indefinitely, for more info check out http://www.cocoaboutique.com/blog.
Cocoa Boutique are also offering you the chance to win some lovely free chocolates! Head on down to http://www.cocoaboutique.com/free-chocolates for more information.
The tasting box was provided to me free for review purposes, but all opinion is my own