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Join a Candy Club with Candy Club Today! There's a reason why we see candy everywhere we look - it's delicious! From the checkout lane at the grocery store to the dish in the reception area at the doctor's office, candy gets our attention and gives us a quick treat even when we're on the go.

Candy Clubs are a fun way to get tasty treats delivered to your doorstep, especially if you're a fan of trying new candies and don't have the time to shop all over town to find something novel. And, nothing compares with a monthly Candy Club subscription box for your gift-giving needs.

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5 stars
Candy Club

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Cost:

Starting at $21.99 per month, plus up to $8.99 shipping

TopConsumerReviews.com Best-In-Class Blue Ribbon Award Featured on NBC, FOX, and People Magazine, Candy Club excels in "bringing the candy store to your door...delivering a box of happiness all year round".

Membership Overview:

  • Candy Club Selection: 1 box with 3 candy cups and assorted loose candies; upgrades available for 4, 5, and 6 total candy cups
  • Duration: Monthly, 6, or 12 months
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Shipping: $8.99 per shipment

Each shipment has 3 cups of candy, along with assorted loose candies like taffy or hard candies in a "splash" around the box. Candy Club is the only membership plan we found that is truly customizable - what they call "smart curation". After you place your order, you'll take a quiz to help Candy Club know exactly what kinds of treats you'd most like to receive. Don't like their suggestions? No problem! You can see their full selection and build the box you'd love to get.

If 3 cups of candy just isn't enough for you, you'll find your upgrade options as you start the order process: add an extra candy cup for $7.99 per month, 2 extra cups for $13.98/month, or 3 extra cups for $17.97 per month.

Want to save some money? Candy Club does offer a discount for prepayment. For example, on a 12-month subscription, prepayment gave us free flat-rate shipping, saving us the $8.99/month shipping costs. When we visited the site, we also found a pop-up offer of a $15 discount on our first order if we entered our email.

Candy Club is also the only subscription in our review to offer member rewards. The Sweet Rewards program is accessible through your member dashboard once you've created an account; the more candy you buy, the more rewards you get. Additional points are earned by rating the candies you receive and by sharing your experience with Candy Club on social media. Once you've reached a total of 3000 points, you can redeem them for a free cup of candy included in your next shipment.

Gift-giving is also easy: click the "Give a Gift" button at the top of the page, choose a plan, and you'll be able to enter a gift message along with your recipient's information.

If you're buying for yourself, there is one important detail to note: all plans renew automatically. If you don't want your subscription to extend beyond the initial plan, you'll need to contact Candy Club in advance. This automatic renewal does not apply to gift subscriptions, so if you're worried that you might not remember to cancel your membership, it might be a good idea to give it to yourself as a gift!

Candy Club offers a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee, which we love. Whether you got a shipment that just wasn't good, or you want to cancel the remaining months of your subscription, they're willing to help. Simply contact their customer service team via email, toll-free number or live chat and they'll get your refund processed. In all of the customer reviews we saw, the Candy Club representatives were extremely responsive to both compliments and complaints - it's obvious that they genuinely care about their customers' experience and want it to be as close to perfect as possible.

Delicious treats, cute packages, and excellent customer service all combine to make Candy Club our favorite choice for monthly candy subscriptions. We're confident that your experience will be equally sweet.

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4 stars
Sweet Palace

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Cost:

Starting at $21.25 per month

If you love hand-crafted candy, the Sweet Palace will definitely appeal to you. Located in Montana, this retailer offers 50 kinds of fudge, 72 flavors of saltwater taffy, 20 types of caramels and many other kinds of candy - many of which are included in their Candy of the Month Club.

Unlike most of the Candy Clubs in our review, the Sweet Palace lets you see exactly what they ship each month. Right on their main club page, they list what to expect with each month: chocolates in January, baby "Turtles" in February, and so on. Each month includes one pound of candy, and the club costs just under $22 per shipment. Is that a good deal? That depends. For some, $20 for a pound of candy may seem expensive, especially for easy-to-find candies like salt water taffy and filled strawberry hard candies. For others, knowing that they're getting freshly-made-in-store treats that aren't overly processed, packaged, or sitting on a shelf for months may make the Candy of the Month Club worth the price.

You do have the option to select the month you'd like to start the shipments, but there's no option during the signup process to select any delivery schedule other than every month for 6 months or for a year. If you'd need that as an option, we recommend that you contact the Sweet Palace directly: as a small mom-and-pop business, they may be able to work with you to make modifications.

Membership Overview:

  • Candy Club Selection: 1 club with a variety of handmade candies
  • Duration: 6 or 12 months
  • Frequency: Monthly or Quarterly
  • Shipping: Included in the cost

In order to find out how much shipping would be, we did have to create an account and enter our information. We were a little confused: it said "Free Shipping! (No Delivery Charge)" but then charged us an extra 50 cents. But, there was no actual shipping charge beyond that, and less than a dollar for 6 or 12 shipments is a pretty good deal. It's just not free!

While customer reviews of the Candy of the Month Club were hard to come by, we were pleased to see that the Sweet Palace has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, with no registered customer complaints. For a business that has been in operation for almost 20 years, that's no small feat.

The Candy of the Month Club is a good choice for people who want to know exactly what they'll be getting with each shipment and who like knowing that their sweets are hand-crafted in the US. Just be aware that many of the candies sent are likely available in local stores, and that $20+ for a pound of candy might seem a little spendy.

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3.5 stars
Dylan's Candy Bar

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Cost:

Starting at $31.59 per month

Created by Dylan Lauren in 2001, Dylan's Candy Bar is well-known in New York as offering a Willy Wonka-like experience with more than 7,000 confections in its flagship retail location. Dylan's aims to deliver an equally delightful experience with their Candy Club.

Membership Overview:

  • Candy Club Selection: 2 options, mixed candies or just chocolates
  • Duration: 3, 6, or 12 months
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Shipping: Included in the cost

You have two options for your subscription: The Signature box that has items like lollipops, gummies, and chocolates, and the chocolates-only box with candy bars, bark, and other chocolatey treats. The first shipment of both boxes comes with a cute mini-bin that's meant to be refilled with some of the treats you'll get in every package.

Subscription options include 3, 6, and 12-month plans. The Signature selection starts at $109 for three months, and the Chocolate box is slightly higher at $119 for three months. You'll pay less for longer subscriptions; for example, the year-long membership to the Signature collection works out to be just under $32/month.

Keep an eye out for extra savings, too. When we visited the site, we got a pop-up offering a 20% discount and free shipping on orders of $75+ if we entered our email address. Also, on the customer service page, we got another pop-up offering a 15% discount on our first order.

If your Candy Club subscription is a gift, you'll be able to enter a gift message on the first page of the order process. You can also download a PDF if you'd like to let someone know right away.

We did notice in the lengthy Terms and Conditions that subscriptions cannot be modified or cancelled once processed and no refunds will be given. That surprised us, since we saw that they do offer refunds for purchases of other items. Dylan's does seem to leave the door open to asking for a refund or replacement if any of your candy comes in less-than-perfect condition, but be aware that you may be out of luck if you want to cancel your subscription for some reason.

We found several customers whose chocolates arrived melted, and they said that Dylan's was very good about sending replacements - unfortunately, those replacements weren't packaged any differently and usually wound up arriving melted as well.

Another complaint we heard is that the value of the candy received isn't great. For example, one box included a gourmet candy bar, a package of chocolate-covered Swedish fish, and four novelty-shaped truffles. That works out to be approximately $10 per item - which may be worth it for a particularly tasty treat, but it's still on the expensive side compared with other Candy Club retailers.

Overall, Dylan's Candy Club offers the bright colors and delicious sweets that people have come to know and love from their retail locations, making it a terrific idea for people who want the Dylan's experience without visiting an actual brick-and-mortar store. In the future, we'd like to see them include a little more in each box, to make their pricing more competitive with the other Candy Club subscriptions in our review.

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2.5 stars
Sunshine Candy

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Cost:

Starting at $25.95 per month

Sunshine Candy has been offering its subscription Candy Box for several years, with a 2-3 lb. selection of traditional favorites, gummies, and sours. Every shipment is beautifully packaged, with bright colors, tissue paper, and ribbons around each candy bag.

Membership Overview:

  • Candy Club Selection: 3 lbs. of something gummy, something sour, and something classic
  • Duration: 1, 3, or 6 months
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Shipping: Included in the cost

Sunshine Candy Box has three subscription plans: month-to-month for $29.95, 3 months prepaid for $27.95 per month, and 6 months prepaid for $25.95 per month. Shipping is free on all orders - and Sunshine Candy is one of the only Candy Club retailers we found that includes Alaska and Hawaii in their free shipping offer.

Orders are shipped twice per month; depending on when you start your membership, your order will arrive either at the beginning or the middle of each month.

Unfortunately, the only gift option Sunshine Candy seems to offer is to enter different addresses for shipping vs. billing. We couldn't find anywhere to put in a gift message if we wanted to send the candy club to a friend or colleague.

Compared with other Candy Clubs, Sunshine Candy comes up short in several other areas. First, they have no satisfaction guarantee or refund policy listed. In other words, if you prepay for a 6-month subscription to save the extra money, you may have no way of getting your money back if there's a problem with a delivery. Given that they have very few reviews online, and their social media accounts were last updated 10 months prior to our review, we were left wondering how active Sunshine Candy really is.

The biggest drawback, however, is the value of the candy compared with the cost. From what we could see, an average box would contain candies that are easily gotten at a lower price locally: for example, a bag of gummy worms, Lemonheads, gumballs, and Tootsie Rolls. One customer calculated that the total cost for those items would probably be $10 or less - so you're really paying a lot for the pretty packaging and the convenience of having candy come to you.

While we love Sunshine Candy's colorful package, the candy content falls flat. We think you'll probably have a sweeter experience buying your Candy Club membership from one of the higher-ranked retailers in our review.

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1 star
Bocandy

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Cost:

Starting at $9.60 per month

Bocandy specializes in international treats. You may already be familiar with some of the brands they include in their monthly candy box: Haribo, Pocky, Kinder, and Marabou, for example.

Membership Overview:

  • Candy Club Selection: 4 different box options, focusing on international treats
  • Duration: 3, 6, 12 months or month-to-month
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Shipping: $4.99 per shipment

There are four candy box options to choose from at Bocandy:

  • Bocandy Big Box: a selection of snacks and candies from around the world, including the US
  • International Candy Taste Box: candies from around the world
  • Asian Snack Box: focuses on Japanese, Thai, Indonesian and Korean treats
  • Premium Box: "the best of the best" and the largest box Bocandy offers, it also includes a craft beverage each month

Here's where we got confused, however. When we clicked on the "Subscribe" button for the International Candy Taste Box, we were taken to a page that showed four different options instead: Bocandy Big Snack Box, Asian Candy, Bocandy Starter Box, and Craft Beef Jerky. As you can see, these don't line up with the boxes they're advertising on the main page.

We're not sure how active the Bocandy business actually is. When we visited the site for the first time, there was an offer to enter our email to win a free year of candy - but the date for the drawing was nearly 10 months earlier, making it look like the page hadn't been updated for a very long time. Hoping to get a different impression by visiting Bocandy's social media pages, we tried clicking on the links at the bottom of the site for their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - which all resulted in "Not Found" errors. Even their blog was completely non-existent. Not the sweet experience we were expecting!

Making matters worse, we found in Bocandy's FAQ that they offer absolutely no satisfaction guarantee. Even if you cancel your subscription, you get zero money back for any unused portion of your membership. Talk about "buyer beware"!

We found very few customers with anything to say about Bocandy, but the few we did find said that they had issues - with incorrect charges, with contacting customer service, and with the boxes themselves. One reviewer said that everything in their box tasted stale, and that they could have gotten the individual items for much less money at their local store.

In short, Bocandy doesn't inspire much confidence. We strongly recommend that you try one of the higher-ranked Candy Clubs in our review for your delivery of monthly treats.

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Gummies, hard candies, chocolates and international snacks are just a few of the candies that your gift recipient might see in a candy box, bringing them joy over the course of a few months or a year, depending on the length of the subscription you choose. That's a much “sweeter” gift than flowers that will die in a week or an engraved pen that will eventually get lost in a desk drawer.

Of course, not all candy clubs are created equal. You'll want to carefully consider the features of each club as you decide which one is right for you. A few of the most important aspects of candy club memberships include the following:

  • Reputation. Does the company have lots of reviews, with most or all of them being positive? Do they offer a satisfaction guarantee?
  • Selection. What does your candy box include? Does it have the variety of candies you prefer? Are there several options to choose from?
  • Price. How much will your subscription cost? Are there discounts for paying in advance or for subscribing for more months? Does shipping cost extra or is it included?
  • Flexibility. Are there different membership lengths? Can you put your shipments on hold if you or your recipient will be away from home?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best Candy Clubs available today. We hope these reviews help you find the best candy club membership to satisfy your sweet tooth!

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