What started with five London chocolatiers in 1983 has grown to our favourite luxury chocolate brand. The brand’s subscription arm, Rococo Fresh, offers boxes of 25 little individual chocolates, which are handmade in small batches and each chocolate is different. There’s a new chocolate every month, including all kinds of flavours, such as tarragon and lime – hear us out if you’re not a fan of flavoured or ganache chocolates, as Rococo’s creations are a huge step above everything else you’ve had before. There are bold, well balanced and true to form flavours. Standouts include the green olive oil dome, the banana and cashew praline, as well as the dark sea salt caramel.
A monthly delivery of chocolate is perhaps one of the most decadent things we can imagine receiving in the post regularly – if you’re a serious chocoholic, that is. A surprise, posted to us, without having to choose, or even leave the house, is sheer bliss.
Although subscriptions are nothing new, they really found their legs during the pandemic. For many businesses, such as recipe boxes or meat boxes direct from farms, they became one of the easiest ways for people to be able to buy food without going to shops, which were struggling to keep food on shelves as it was. Many independent and small businesses were so overwhelmed with new customers, they had to stop new ones signing up.
Of course, chocolate wasn’t in the same category of necessities such as fruit, veg, meat and other daily essentials but that time paved the way for increasing amounts of people wanting to have something sent to them, rather than picking it up while doing their weekly shop.
For the chocoholic in your life, these are perfect gifts, especially as you don’t need to wrap them and they can be sent direct, hassle-free, to the recipient – remember, that can be you too!
How we tested
Lucky for us, we put each box thoroughly through its paces by eating every single chocolate on offer. We know, it’s a tough job. We were looking for excellent quality, interesting flavours that weren’t reminiscent of liqueur chocolates and weren’t sickly sweet. Extra points went to brands that consider ethics when it comes to cocoa sourcing and production, as well as thinking about making packaging easier to recycle.
The best chocolate boxes and subscriptions for 2022 are:
- Best overall – Rococo fresh box: £45.95, Rococochocolates.com
- Best value – Seed & Bean chocolate box: £15.99, Seedandbean.co.uk
- Best choice of subscriptions – Love Cocoa subscription: From £9, Lovecocoa.com
- Best independent brand – Chococo fresh large box monthly subscription: £25, Chococo.co.uk
- Best truffles – Prestat jewel box collection: £36.50, Johnlewis.com
- Best multi-brand subscription – Fodabox one-month taster chocolate subscription box: £14.99, Fodabox.com
- Best ethical chocolate subscription – Cocoa Runners monthly subscription: £22.95, Cocoarunners.com