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Monday, December 5th
12 different toppings and over nine million strawberries dipped annually: that's what Shari's Berries brings to the table. It's one of several brands in the 1-800-Flowers company, which also includes Personalization Mall, Harry & David, and The Popcorn Factory.
So many kinds of dipped berries
Since our last evaluation, Shari's Berries has expanded their dessert club options. You've got three featured dipped strawberry plans to choose from now: Decadent Milk Chocolate, Gourmet Dipped Fancy, and "Strawberry Smiles" (where all of the berries are dipped and some are decorated with smiley faces). But wait - those three clubs are just Shari's Berries' featured favorites. When you click on the "get started" button, you'll be taken to all of the possibilities. Iridescent dipped? Glittering gold? Unicorn sparkle? There are more than a dozen ways your berries can be decorated here, starting at $29.99 for a half dozen and going up to $74.99 for two dozen of their fanciest fruit.
Super flexible delivery options
You'll have to click on the box that says "start a subscription" if you want this to be a recurring delivery; otherwise, your purchase will just be a one-time order. We love that Shari's Berries lets you have it your way: you could get your desserts delivered weekly, every other week, or every four, six or eight weeks. You'll specify if you want your membership to last for three, six or twelve months - or if you want it to continue indefinitely until you cancel. That's a degree of flexibility you won't find with many dessert clubs.
Make the first shipment extra-special
Also, when you get to the checkout process, you'll have the option of adding one-time gifts to your first delivery. At the time of this review, those extras included seasonally-themed pretzel rods, a box of Godiva chocolates, or a mixed assortment of fruits and sweets.
They'll even suggest a message
At a loss for words on a gift message? No worries: you don't have to include one at all, but Shari's Berries has a helpful "suggested message" feature if you specify the occasion. They're pretty decent, too. Under Love & Romance, it recommended "I wish there were more ways to say all that you are to me" . We're filing that one away for later.
Save when you subscribe
At the time of our most recent visit to Shari's Berries, there was a 10% discount on their Monthly Berries subscription: just look at the top of the page to see if there's a promo in place when you're ready to order. Then again, the checkout page shows an always-there discount of 15% on subscriptions, so you may not need to worry about any limited time offers.
Want free shipping?
Speaking of saving money, you're going to want to seriously consider opting into the Celebrations Passport program. For a yearly fee of $29.99, you'll get free shipping on all eligible products. Not only does this include all of the dessert clubs through Shari's Berries, but also hundreds of other eligible items throughout the 1-800-Flowers brand family. Even if you only plan on sending three months of strawberries, you'll still be better off with the Passport - because shipping is $14.99 on a single delivery here.
Good track record for customer satisfaction
All of the companies in the 1-800-Flowers group, including Shari's Berries, have a solid promise of customer satisfaction. If anything goes wrong with your desserts, just reach out to their support team and they'll take care of it - either with a reshipment or a refund. Fortunately, you shouldn't have a problem: customer reviews say these treats arrive well-packaged and chilled, with delicious and juicy berries that don't disappoint.
On the rise
We've bumped Shari's Berries' rating up by a star since our last evaluation, since the company has added so many options and made their delivery choices much more flexible than before. We say keep it up. However, a lot of people looking for a dessert club are likely thinking of a bit more variety than just dipped strawberries from one month to the next. That keeps this subscription from earning one of our highest rankings, but it's absolutely worth getting if berries are your thing.
You've seen it all when it comes to subscription boxes, from makeup and spa products to arts and crafts - but sometimes with mixed results, right? If you're looking for a monthly delivery that will have just about anyone smiling from ear to ear, check out the options for dessert clubs! After all, who doesn't have a sweet tooth?
Most dessert clubs start out the same. Choose if you want a plan with deliveries for three, six, or twelve months, decide which month it should start, enter the shipping address and off you go. You or your gift recipient are now slated to get mouth-watering treats on the regular. But, there's a lot of variety when you compare one provider to another, and that's where your own unique personality can come through a little.
Are you more of a "give me one big treat I can share" ? Or more of a "let me taste lots of smaller sweets" kind of person? You'll find dessert clubs that cater to either one.
Would you like to have some say-so over what gets included in each box, or would you rather let the bakery make those decisions? That's another good way to choose among the available dessert clubs: while almost all of them tell you in advance what to expect from month to month, some let it be a total surprise and others give you the chance to skip any upcoming shipments that aren't to your liking - or even request a substitution. Whether your style is "surprise me" or "follow my lead" can determine which dessert club is your ideal match.
The last factors influencing your delicious decision are schedule and budget. Most dessert subscriptions come in at a monthly price of around $40, give or take. That doesn't always include shipping, so don't forget to keep that in mind. Most require you to pay for all of your deliveries upfront, but a few let you pay as you go. Also, the majority of dessert clubs have fixed plans ranging from three months to a year, though there are options that can be set up as month-to-month for as long as you choose to subscribe.
You're almost ready to pick the perfect dessert club. Just watch out for a few more things as you decide:
To help you satisfy your sweet tooth, TopConsumerReviews.com has evaluated and ranked today's most delicious dessert clubs. We're sure this information will make it possible to get some amazing treats delivered right to your doorstep - or to your lucky gift recipient's. Bon Appetit!
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