A well chosen box of hand-crafted chocolates is a wonderfully personal way to say ‘Thank you’ or even ‘I love you’ to someone special. That special someone in need of sweet cacao comfort food might even be you!
With our pick of the best chocolate subscription boxes available in the UK for 2021 we want to introduce you to the year’s best bespoke collections of chocolate creations crafted by the many independent chocolate artisans dotted around the British Isles – about 500 at the last count.
These are bespoke chocolate boxes and bars for chocolate connoisseurs – a world far removed from the mountains of mass produced sweet treats filling supermarket isles.
The chocolate makers that we’ve featured here have a special place in the hearts of chocolate and fine food aficionados. They put love, care and generations of knowledge into each and every one of their cacao creations using authentic and often rare, exotic ingredients.
Each of the chocolate subscriptions we’ve listed here is unique and appealing in its own special way so we’ve this featured the ‘best’ chocolate subscription box or club in each of the following categories:
Best chocolate subscription boxes in the UK
- The Chocolatier Subscription Box
- The Chocolatier Vegan Subscription Box
- Chococo Subscription Box
- The Truffle Club
- Luxury Tiffin Box
- Play in Choc Subscription Box
- The Chocolate Society Subscription Box
- Dormouse Chocolate Bars
- Pure Heavenly Chocolate Club
The Chocolatier Subscription Box
Best healthy chocolate boxes
Awarded ‘best healthy chocolate boxes’, these chocolate subscription boxes of 18 water ganache truffles from The Chocolatier are very high-quality chocolates for health conscious cocoholics that are literally good for you and have even earned pride of place on the menu of a well known 1-Michelin-starred restaurant.
The Chocolatier contains only half the calories of traditional chocolate truffles, because the makers use water instead of fatty cream or butter but you wouldn’t know any different from their exquisite tastes, which come in six exotic flavours each month.
The Chocolatier Vegan Subscription Box
Best vegan chocolate subscription box
Awarded ‘Best vegan chocolate subscription box’, this other healthy option from The Chocolatier is their monthly themed vegan chocolate subscription box, which opens to reveal an eclectic collection of 18 freshly made water ganache truffles and pralines in six different flavours each month.
The chocolates are made from only natural ingredients – no artificial preservatives or flavourings – yet despite not containing any dairy products they taste great and the variety of sumptuous flavours is quite a surprise.
You can order monthly deliveries of these vegan chocolates for one month, six months or 12-months at a time from TheBoxHut.
Chococo Subscription Box
Best variety chocolate subscription box
Chococo gets the award for ‘best variety chocolate subscription box’. Hailing from Dorset, the husband-and-wife artisans behind these exotic hand made chocolates use ethically sourced single origin chocolate blended with fresh local cream to create stunning chocolates in equally attractive boxes.
Chococo’s unique cacao creations such as the Dorset apple-smoked sea salt caramel and the Black Cow vodka truffle have won the ‘Great Taste Award’ and are bound to win hearts when given as a thoughtful gift.
The Truffle Club
Best truffle chocolate subscription box
These finely boxed luxury artisan chocolates from the Truffle Club are the recipient of our ‘best truffle chocolate subscription box’ award for the year. The exotic combination of all natural flavours such as juniper lemon & black pepper make the truffles an ideal gift for chocolate lovers with a taste for adventure.
The letterbox-sized subscription boxes include a free surprise gift each month and a personal message from The Truffle Club’s award-winning head chocolatier.
Luxury Tiffin Box
Best traditional chocolate subscription box
The Luxury Tiffin Box is our choice for the ‘best traditional chocolate subscription box’. These soft wedges of freshly baked shortbread infused with Grand Marnier orange liqueur and coated in organic chocolate are a classic treat traditionally enjoyed by British Raj as they sipped tea in India.
Tiffin is essentially the colonial version of English afternoon tea served at about 3pm as a snack between lunch and dinner. The word tiffin comes from the colloquial English term ‘tiffing’, which means, to take a little drink.
Play in Choc Subscription Box
Best kids chocolate subscription box
This vegan-friendly subscription box wins our responsible parent vote for the ‘best kids chocolate subscription box’ with healthy chocolate treats aimed at giving kids a healthy snack as part of a stimulating educational activity with themed toys.
The six individually wrapped assorted ‘toychoc’ boxes in each subscription box contain organic, vegan, dairy-free chocolate plus a self-assembly toy for little chocolate lovers. Choose from educational and seasonal themes including Woodland Animals and Dinosaurs.
The Chocolate Society Subscription Box
Best seasonal chocolate subscription box
The award for ‘best seasonal chocolate subscription box’ goes to The Chocolate Society. Their summer chocolate subscription box was voted the best Chocolate Subscription Box of the year by The Independent Newspaper.
The seasonal chocolate boxes are created by professional chocolatier Alasdair Garnsworthy, who is based in Somerset and makes only small batches of 750 limited edition boxes of chocolates each month so get your order in early avoid disappointment.
Dormouse Chocolate Bars
Best bespoke chocolate bars
So far we’ve only listed chocolates in boxes but here are some chocolate bars definitely worthy of a mention among our list of superior subscription boxes.
The award for ‘best bespoke chocolate bars’ goes to Dormouse Chocolates; a Manchester based bean-to-bar chocolate club sending out handcrafted chocolate bars every month with a new origin or new flavour combination in each box.
We love that they also include detailed information on the origin of the cocoa beans used in their bars.
Pure Heavenly Chocolate Club
Best chocolate bar variety
Finally for the ‘best chocolate bar variety’ award we’ve picked the Pure Heavenly Chocolate Club for its dedication to offering healthy, guilt-free indigence in a vast range of quality chocolates that never gets boring.
The subscription boxes of 80-gram bars of vegan chocolate contain 12, 16 or 20 bars in a wide variety of traditional and slightly quirky flavours with less than 4% sugar content. No palm oil is used. They are also dairy- and gluten-free. See the full range of monthly chocolate subscriptions here.
See more chocolate subscription boxes and other sweet treats which can be delivered directly to your door on The Box Hut’s Box List.
Chocolate subscription boxes: The verdict
Each of the chocolate subscription boxes we’ve listed has something special and appealing about it for different individual tastes so it would be rather presumptuous of us to say just one of them was ‘the best’ for you.
To us chocolate connoisseurs, they all look and taste great, and have all the hallmarks of quintessential traditional chocolate but it’s impossible for us to tell you exactly how they taste. The only way you can really know is to experience them for yourself.
Cheaper by the Dozen
Half the fun of having chocolate subscription boxes delivered to your door is unwrapping them to see what your personal chocolate chef has whipped up for you this month, then pondering with poised finger which one to try first and slowly appreciating the work that goes into each mouthful.
If this is your first time ordering a chocolate subscription box, why not try just one to begin with or experiment with boxes from a few different suppliers? When you find a chocolate club that you can trust to give you a nice surprise every month then you can usually save money by ordering up to 12 months at a time.
If you’re looking for a gift and want to play it safe, go for plain milk chocolate, which most British chocolate lovers say they enjoy. Chocolates filled with caramel, orange and ginger are a safe bet too with most chocoholics, while plain white chocolate is a choice that only about a third of us will go for.
We hope this helps make your gift hunting a little easier and gives you an excuse to treat yourself with chocolates that are good for you!