Taste Test of 8 Gift Box Chocolates

May 9, 2009 1:17:10 PM PDT
Getting a card for your mom or a bouquet of flowers is nice. But a box of chocolates will almost surely please. Consumer reports taste tested 8 widely sold gift box chocolates. They cost anywhere from 5 to 15 dollars.

Ellen klosz with Consumer Reports said, "Some of them were chalky and not that flavorful, while others had a decent chocolate hit."

Included in the tests where: Whitman's Soho chocolates and Russell Stover urban modern world. Also, boxes from Star Bucks, Lindt, Ferrero, and Target's Choxie.

It turns out Whitman's pricier Soho chocolates were no better than the classic Whitman's sampler. And Consumer Reports said to skip the fancy Russell Stover's, too.

Ellen klosz said "The urban modern world chocolates from Russell Stover tasted waxy and chewy, and the key lime piece had a strong flavor that reminded us of a citrus cleaning product."

But there are three very good choices:

The Lindt swiss tradition deluxe collection has very milky milk chocolates and some dark chocolate, along with fresh crunchy nuts. It costs 15 dollars for a little less than half a pound.

Ferrero collection fine assorted confections has flavorful milk, white, and dark chocolate truffles. A nearly half pound box costs nine dollars.

And the best deal, Costco's Kirkland signature belgian chocolates. You get a full one pound box for 12 dollars.

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