I’m really impressed by Madgalen’s Sweetbox. The story version of this review is that I’m pretty sure I got more in raw ingredients than I paid for the service.
This means I got great service, art and some tasty Halloween treats for free. Madgalden’s Sweetbox are based in Newhaven, Edinburgh and you can find the site on Etsy.
My Madgalen’s Sweetbox story
I’ve been in my new flat for a few months. I wasn’t sure whether I would get any local kids knocking on the door on Halloween searching for sweets.
So, I found Madgalen’s on Etsy and explained the problem. I didn’t want to end up with a box of chocolate that would go off.
No problem, Magdalen messaged me back and promised to use long-lasting materials. I didn’t even need to ask; since these were Halloween goodies, they came in a Halloween theme.
A few days later, hand-delivered and wonderfully presented in a large box, I got several chocolate and… wafer (I think), chocolate and sponge and some chocolate goodies that looked wonderful
I think Magdalen must have spent a good twenty minutes just answering my questions on Etsy. I don’t think I paid enough for that time to even be minimum wage!
Quality of the chocolate
This is good stuff! Although I did make a mess of the first chocolate on a stick – it can be messy. A tasty mess, but messy.
I think some of the chocolate on a stick is wrapped around wafer. It might be a rice crispy style wafer. Other goodies seemed to have a chocolate sponge core.
I guess this is the challenge in ordering off Etsy. If I’d bought chocolate from the supermarket, I’d know down to the calorie what was going on.
However, if I’d popped into a cafe and bought a Halloween chocolate snack, I wouldn’t know. I’m sure I could have asked, but I’m already feeling guilty about the amount of time this small and local trader spent on me. The total value of my order was probably less than it would cost a friend and me to get a coffee and a slice of cake each at a cafe.
And to repeat, I got a large box with several ice-lolly sized chocolate-coated treats!
The art of Magdalen’s Sweetbox
I’ve included a few photographs in this review and despite them being quick snaps (like I almost always only manage), I hope they’re good enough for you to see for yourself.
I think there’s a mix of commercial sweets (like the eyeballs) and maybe some home-poured creations (like the skulls) that decorate the chocolate-pops. Either way, it works.
The chocolate also came in individual cupcake bases and nestled in a protected nest of tissue paper. It was all very impressive.
I’d undoubtedly have Magdalen’s Sweetbox sent directly to someone else as a gift.
Recommended. Magdalen’s Sweetbox might introduce you to the mystery box that is Etsy’ handmade market.