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Chocolate Clubs are more popular now than ever before. Have you ever met anyone that didn't like chocolate? Not only is chocolate delicious, it's been scientifically proven to make people happy. Eating chocolate actually triggers the release of endorphins in our brains, creating a sense of calming joy. If you are looking for a unique and thoughtful gift that truly brings physical happiness - a Chocolate Club membership is an excellent idea.

The purchase of a chocolate club membership means a delicious sampling of chocolate is delivered to the door of your gift recipient monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly, depending on your preferences and the flexibility of the club. Chocolate selections are typically made by the chocolate club and vary in flavor and types with each delivery.

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Chocolate Clubs Reviews

5 stars
Amazing Clubs

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Cost:

From $28.95 to $30.95 per month

TopConsumerReviews.com Best-In-Class Blue Ribbon Award Amazing Clubs provides monthly memberships to a variety of clubs. With their chocolate club, they send chocolate lovers monthly or bi-monthly deliveries of gourmet chocolates made with only the finest, all-natural ingredients, and shipped fresh from specialty chocolate makers nationwide.

Your gift recipient can anticipate deliveries of truffles, pralines, or caramels that have been hand selected for the best variety. Chocolates are delivered in specially-designed packaging to maintain freshness and to ensure quality.

Amazing Clubs offers the most flexible selection of gift frequency of any chocolate clubs we've reviewed. You can choose durations from 3, 6, or 12 months. Furthermore, you can decide whether you want the chocolate delivery monthly or every other month. Chocolate club membership costs are the most affordable with the option to pay monthly if so desired.

Membership Overview:

  • Chocolate Selection: Amazing Clubs selects the chocolate selection each period
  • Duration: 3, 6, or 12 months
  • Frequency: Monthly or every other month
  • Shipping: Included in the cost

Upon ordering a chocolate club membership, the recipient will receive notification of the gift along with your personalized message. If you're rushed for time, you have the flexibility of printing this notification on your own printer. A newsletter will also accompany each chocolate delivery with information about the chocolate. In the event you aren't satisfied with the chocolate club membership you can cancel at any time for a full refund.

We found numerous reviews and comments from satisfied Amazing Club members. We most appreciated the affordability of this chocolate club membership, including the flexibility of paying up front or monthly as desired. Amazing Clubs also has a strong sense of customer service and has geared the company to making happy, repeat customers.

If you are looking to send delicious chocolates to a family member, friend, or business contact, Amazing Clubs should be your first choice. They've earned our highest rating.

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4.5 stars
Gourmet Chocolate of the Month Club

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Cost:

From $34.95 per month

In the Gourmet Chocolate of the Month Club, members receive regular shipments of approximately 1 pound of decadent chocolates at their doorstep, imported from across the world. Chocolate deliveries also include a club newsletter designed to educate the recipient on the finer points of chocolate making.

The Gourmet Chocolate Club takes great care in selecting their chocolates each month. With this club you get what you pay for. Members will enjoy chocolate offerings from only award winning boutique artisan chocolate sellers that provide new tastes to enjoy and creative ingredients. The club stands by every shipment of delicious chocolates they deliver.

Membership Overview:

  • Chocolate Selection: Gourmet Chocolate Club selects the chocolate selection each period
  • Duration: 2 - 12 months
  • Frequency: Monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly
  • Shipping: Not included

The Gourmet Chocolate Club website is professional and easy to navigate. Shoppers will find a tremendous amount of flexibility in the duration, frequency and payment options. We felt these expensive chocolates would best suit foodies that know great ingredients when they taste them, and are looking for an interesting and high quality gift experience.

The parent company of the Gourmet Chocolate Club, Monthly Clubs, is often the go-to place for fabulous gift club memberships including Beer Clubs, Cheese Clubs, and Cigar Clubs. That reputation holds true with their chocolate club offering. If you're looking for the cheapest membership option, you might look elsewhere. However, for those that want to send the best, most interesting chocolates available, Gourmet Chocolate Club is the choice to consider.

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4 stars
Clubs of America

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Cost:

From $32.95 to $370.40, with a monthly payment option

Clubs of America provides monthly deliveries of fine foods, wines and chocolates each month. As a chocolate club member you're gift recipient will receive a different selections every month. They arrive at the door fresh, inside a custom presentation box.

The chocolates appear around the 3rd or 4th week of the each month or as specified at signup. Members can also count on a club newsletter called "Chocolate Expeditions" to learn about the chocolates delivered.

Membership Overview:

  • Chocolate Selection: Clubs of America selects the chocolate selection each period
  • Duration: 1 - 12 months
  • Frequency: Monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly
  • Shipping: Included in the cost

Clubs of America goes above and beyond to provide a membership choice that fits perfectly into your budget and needs. Choose monthly or anywhere between 1-12 months and then choose the frequency of the delivery at monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly as you best see fit. Clubs of America also cuts you a deal if you are willing to pay for your monthly membership up front.

When giving a gift from Clubs of America, they send a personalized gift announcement of your choosing. In the event that you are not satisfied with any aspect of the process, Clubs of America provides a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Clubs of America allows you or your gift recipient a wonderful membership experience with premium chocolates, free shipping, membership flexibility, fair pricing and a great newsletters. If you are looking for a chocolate club membership, Clubs of America is worth considering.

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4 stars
Harry & David

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Cost:

$33.33 per month

For more than 80 years, Harry & David has been well-known for their gourmet gifts. Whether you're looking for treat-filled gift baskets, fresh fruit, or chocolates, their reputation as a high-quality retailer makes them a solid choice for your gift-giving needs. And, their relationship with the 1-800-Flowers group of brands makes the website a one-stop-shop.

Harry & David also has a simple yet stellar guarantee: if you or your recipient aren't delighted with any of your chocolate club shipments, Harry & David will make it right with a refund or replacement.

So, what do you get with a Chocolate Club membership at Harry & David? That depends on the length of your subscription and the months you choose. For example, if you start in December and go through February, your shipments will include Holiday Truffles, Signature Chocolate Truffles, and Milk Chocolate Gift Box. You can see exactly which chocolates are sent for each month, which may be helpful if you know that the recipient doesn't like nuts or caramels, for example.

Membership Overview:

  • Chocolate Selection: Harry & David has specific types of chocolate for each month. Customers choose the starting month.
  • Duration: 3, 6, or 12 months
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Shipping: $6.99 per delivery for standard shipping of 4-7 business days

Harry & David also offers handy upgrades, for that extra-special touch. Look below the dropdown boxes for the starting month and club length to see if there are any upgrades offered. At the time of our review, shoppers could upgrade the first month's shipment to the Classic Tower of Chocolates which included hard candies and popcorn as well as chocolate treats, for an extra $10.

If your Chocolate Club membership is a gift, you'll be able to specify the information after you've entered your shipping and payment details. And, it may be a little hard to find, but Harry & David's "e-Nouncement" service is an added touch, especially if you think your gift might not be delivered in time or if you want your recipient to know in advance to be expecting a surprise in the mail. The service is free, and it allows you to send a personal webcam message, personalized photo greeting, or even an award certificate. You'll find this feature most quickly if you look under the Customer Service links at the bottom of the site.

Unfortunately, Harry & David doesn't provide very many details as to what to expect with the Chocolate Club package. Is there a helpful newsletter describing the kinds of chocolates in each month's delivery? Does a gift message get delivered with each shipment? We have no way of knowing from the description of their Chocolate Club - unlike most of their competitors, who at a minimum have a newsletter or other informational guide to what recipients get.

On a positive note, Harry & David has an excellent reputation for quality, especially as shown by the 100% guarantee we mentioned earlier.

In short, if you'd like to know exactly what you or your gift recipient will be getting each month - or you need to avoid certain types of chocolate - and you want a company with a decades-long track record of excellent quality and service, Harry & David's Chocolate Club is a good choice.

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2.5 stars
Chocolate

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Cost:

From $21.25 to $24.99 per month (plus $9.99 shipping per delivery)

Headquartered in Newport Beach, California, Chocolate features boutique-quality chocolates from small businesses in the US and Canada - because this retailer believes that the best chocolates are made in small batches, not in factories.

Chocolate offers several types of Chocolate Clubs, which is a nice option if you have a gift recipient who would really love to get only truffles each month or if you need to send chocolates that are entirely vegan.

Membership Overview:

  • Chocolate Selection: Choose from Truffles, Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Vegan, or Chocolate Lovers Collections
  • Duration: 1, 3, 6, or 12 months
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Shipping: Not included ($9.99 per shipment)

How much chocolate is included in each monthly delivery? Unfortunately, Chocolate doesn't make that clear. We saw that in the examples of previous shipments, it included a 2-lb. chocolate bar, a 24-piece truffle assortment, and a 4-bar assortment of chocolate - but there's no way to determine if those represented three separate months of deliveries.

You can choose a month-to-month plan or a pre-paid subscription of 3, 6, or 12 months at a time. You'll pay a little more per month if you don't prepay. Shipping is $9.99 per delivery and is not included in the listed club prices.

How about Chocolate's reputation? At the time of our review, the retailer had a rating of B+ with the Better Business Bureau and was not accredited. On the BBB site, we found several complaints from customers about issues with orders being billed but not shipped, or having difficulties reaching Chocolate's customer service department to track down orders.

We wound up with similar questions: on the Chocolate site, the only contact information given is an email address and online contact form, no phone number. Their Chocolate Club is administered through the third-party site Cratejoy, and at the bottom of that page there's a phone number. Unfortunately, that number leads to a generic "Customer Support" line, not a dedicated customer service department for Chocolate or Cratejoy. In fact, looking up the number online, it matches the number given for a variety of businesses, including a fashion company and a cell phone buy-back service!

Yes, it's true that in Chocolate's Terms and Conditions, they offer a 10-day return policy and a guarantee of timely delivery - but good luck getting a hold of them to request any kind of refund if you need it.

So, while we love the variety of Chocolate Clubs you can choose from, Chocolate doesn't do much to inspire confidence in their reliability or attention to customer service. You may be happier with one of the more established Chocolate Club services

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However, not all chocolate clubs are the same. It's important to understand the features of each club before you decide to sign up. Some important aspects of chocolate club memberships include:

  • Flexibility. Will you be able to select the length of the chocolate club membership, and the frequency that fits your needs and budget?
  • Cost. What can you expect to pay for the chocolate club membership? How does that compare to other chocolate clubs?
  • Satisfaction Policy. If you aren't happy with the timeliness, quality or taste of the chocolate club deliveries, are you able to stop the membership and receive any portion of your money back?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best Chocolate Clubs available today. We hope these reviews help you find the best chocolate club membership to meet your needs!

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