Consumer Reports: The Best Boxed Chocolates for Valentine’s Day | 3 On your side

If flowers and jewelry aren’t your thing but you still love a traditional Valentine’s Day gift, how about chocolate? Forget the variety of pharmacies; Consumer Reports reveals tasty, affordable, and even heart-healthy chocolates that are sure to impress.

Consumer Reports employees worked hard to sample and rate the boxed chocolates! “It wasn’t a dream job. In fact, some chocolates that have a very good reputation are very bad chocolates,” said Kevin Doyle of Consumer Reports.

Godiva’s Signature Chocolate Truffle Gift Box has been described as “chewy” and “waxy”. And reviewers called Harry & David’s Signature Chocolate Truffles “plastic” and “chalky.” Doyle said: “A really good chocolate is going to be shiny, it’s not going to be dull, it’s going to be crisp, as opposed to kind of waxy or chewy, and in terms of flavor, sugar isn’t the first something you should taste when biting into a good chocolate.

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Kevin’s favorite was from Dandelion Chocolate, an artisanal company based in San Francisco. The single-origin truffle collection features rich and complex confections that top the list.

Try the collection of exotic Vosges Haut-Chocolat truffles if you want to seduce a gourmet. Fresh flavors like wasabi, macadamia nut, olive oil and curry will delight adventurous palates.

And you want to give a gift that is sure to impress? As tasty as they are beautiful, the Formosa Bonbon Box would be a pleasure to receive. A Consumer Reports tester gasped as he opened the box. And your partner might appreciate the gluten-free, vegan, and alcohol-free options.

Valentine's Day Candy

Consumer Reports reveals tasty, affordable, and even heart-healthy chocolates that are sure to impress.

But maybe you want to gift chocolate that will not only win, but also benefit your valentine’s “heart”? Then give dark chocolate. The darker the better. “The cocoa beans that are used to make dark chocolate contain antioxidant flavanols that protect cells and help control inflammation.” Doyle said.

Think dark chocolate is too bitter? Consumer Reports’ professional taste panel found these high-cocoa chocolate bars that are so tasty, it’ll be easy to switch them up!

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