If you like Hotel Chocolat, you’ll love these French chocolates by post. It’s a subscription service with a box of luxury dark, milk and white chocolates sent to you on a monthly basis. Read on to see what we thought of them.
Rarely one to say no to chocolate, especially to chocolate that promises to be of a particularly good quality, I was looking forward to receiving a review box from Club Chocolat Français.
French Chocolates by Post
Club Chocolat Français is a family owned business in the South West of France which produces handmade chocolates. They source ingredients as locally as possible and the chocolate come from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms in countries from Ecuador to Ghana. New to the English market they have recently launched a UK website. Their intention seems to be to run the club along similar lines to Hotel Chocolat. In this case a monthly box of 34 chocolates are sent out to members along with an invitation to submit tasting notes and suggestions to help inform future products.
When I opened the box, rich and heady aromas of chocolate and nuts assailed my nostrils – pure heaven. What met my eyes, one month after Easter had passed, were a number of chick, rabbit, hen and egg shapes which I found somewhat surprising. Oh well, I shrugged and got on with the important task of tasting.
Thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed by the quality of the chocolates; pure cocoa butter and no artificial additives here. They tasted of real ingredients and had satisfyingly nutty and fruity flavours. Although the majority were pralines of one sort or another, they were all quite different. There were also a few fruit purees, including strawberry and passionfruit. My absolute favourite was the raspberry covered in dark chocolate.
I often find pralines way too sweet, but being French, these chocolates were just the right side of sweet. The textures were varied and made for an interesting mouth experience: some were smooth, some soft, some contained what I took to be feuillitine and others had small nut pieces, either within or on top.
What I Was Less Happy With
Perfection is not easily attained and I have a few quibbles. The first thing I noticed was the size of the box. It was way too big for our letterbox, which is a standard letterbox size. This brings with it all the difficulties of trying to get hold of your much anticipated chocolates, if you don’t happen to be in when the postman calls.
Secondly the “menu” was all in French which is perhaps not the best way of winning over English chocoholics. Luckily for me, although rusty, my French was just about good enough to make it out.
The next area where I came unstuck (or do I mean stuck?) was when I tried to get the chocolates out of the box. This proved to be no mean feat, especially as I was trying to extract them for photographic purposes. My conclusion is, therefore, that Club Chocolat Français needs do to some work to improve their packaging.
Finally, although, the chocolates were indeed of a high quality and were quite delicious, I felt their flavours were somewhat conservative. Our palates have become increasingly sophisticated and many of us like to explore more exotic flavours. Or is that just me?
French Chocolates by Post 2
“You have a parcel from France!” I heard CT shout. Rushing from the kitchen, I was excited to see it was a box of French chocolates, no less – ooh la la! This was the November offering from Club Chocolat Francais and I couldn’t wait to get my snout into it.
As before, a gorgeous aroma of chocolate and nuts wafted up from the box when I opened it The thought that I had to take photographs before I could dive in was almost unbearable. Don’t look too closely at the picture or you might notice that the salted caramel got the better of me before the camera was out of its case.
Again, there was a good mix of dark, milk and white chocolates. Although pralines prevailed and that’s all right by me, they’re all quite different. And there’s a number of other interesting choices too.
It looks as though they’ve listened to my feedback. The flavours in this box are rather more exciting than the last box I reviewed.
I’ve listed some of my favourites below. But other mixes I wasn’t so sure about. I felt that in the case of passionfruit and coconut, the coconut overwhelmed the passionfruit. Conversely, the raspberry and pistachio was the other way around and the fruit overwhelmed the nut.
However, all in all, I really enjoyed these 34 French chocolate by post and I’d be delighted to receive a box every month. If this appeals to you, then do take a look at the Club Chocolat Francais website, where you can sign up straightaway if you so desire.
The tasting club cost £19.95 a month, although for a limited time, the first box is being offered for £9.95
Favourite French Chocolates by Post
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