Americans consume 2.8 billion (yes, that’s billion with a B) pounds of chocolate every year. That’s 11 pounds per person if you only eat your share.
Celebrate All Things Chocolate
There are niche national chocolate holidays spread out throughout the year like Chocolate Ice Cream Day (June 7) or Chocolate Cake Day (January 27), but October 28 is about ALL things chocolate. No discriminations! All of the chocolate covered fillings, hot cocoa, stouts, everything is fair game on National Chocolate Day. Staying socially distant? Here are the best monthly chocolate subscription services to celebrate the most necessary food holiday in the U.S. at home.
What could be more iconic than a chocolate bar? Nothing! After all, Willy Wonka hid his golden tickets in his chocolate bars, not any of his other fantastical creations. Kekao ships incredible, craft chocolate bars directly to your door. Each box allows subscribers to sample chocolate from all over the globe such as rich, Peruvian chocolate, or 70% dark chocolate from Tanzania. Subscriptions renew monthly and you can pause or cancel at any time. The sheer variety of chocolate bars coming from craft chocolatiers ensures you’ll never repeat an item. However, if you love what you get, you can always buy the bars directly from their website.
The best specialty chocolate treats come from Jackie’s Chocolate. Each box contains approximately 15 items like dried fruits, liqueurs, crunchy nuts, and creamy marshmallow all wrapped in silky chocolate. And it’s not just milk chocolate, Jackie’s uses white and dark chocolate too. By the time you savor your way through a box of bonbons and truffles, the next one is on its way with the monthly subscription service. If you find something you can’t live without, her sumptuous chocolates are available online too. During the holidays, boxes include exclusive seasonal treats that aren’t available in Jackie’s online store. The 3,6, and 12-month subscriptions make exceptional gifts and don’t automatically renew, saving you from unexpected charges.
Cococletic takes the thoughtfully curated, artisanal chocolate subscription service to the next level. They ship only American made, bean-to-bar chocolates made from scratch. They only support chocolate makers using cacao beans, sugar, and cocoa butter, No GMOs or unnatural additives. Their chocolates are vegan, fair trade, ethically sourced, and both gluten and nut-free. Subscribers receive four full-size (1-3 oz) bars each month, and shipping is free within the United States. There is a charge for shipping throughout Canada. You can also order a 45-minute virtual tasting box and taste your way through chocolates with professionals.
Chocolate and Book
Try an unconventional chocolate pairing at home with Chocolate and Book’s subscription service. Start by selecting your favorite genre(s) and how long you prefer your books, choose a subscription, and then patiently (recommended, but not required) for your pairing to arrive. Each box contains a recently published paperback from one of your genres, a carefully selected bar of chocolate, and, as if that weren’t enough, a non-alcoholic beverage pairing as well. If you aren’t ready to commit to a monthly subscription, one-off boxes are available in their online store too. Chocolates range from artisanal, hand-made offerings to tasty bestsellers. There are vegan and vegetarian options available as well. They can cater to most dietary restrictions and allergies.
Mystery Chocolate Box
A little mystery and suspense can be sensuous, especially when it’s paired with chocolate. The Mystery Chocolate Box subscription sends three unmarked chocolate bars straight to your home every month. With the outside wrappers removed, subscribers can test their palates and guess what ingredients are in each bar. Don’t worry, there is an answer key inside each box so you can always reorder your favorites. The mystery boxes make great gifts for foodie families and small offices. The best part? With each box they sell, Mystery Chocolate box donates two meals to charity, one to the United States, and one to somewhere else in the world. They donate to The Society of St. Andrew and Action Against Hunger. 10,000 meals were donated in 2019, which is 3,000 more than the previous year’s donations. Knowing your chocolate is helping others might just make it taste even better.