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The Best Chocolates

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Who wouldn’t want the best chocolates? I mean, sometimes having just a little bit of REALLY good chocolate is more satisfying than having a lot of the average stuff. And when you feel more satisfied with less, you just might save a few calories. So if you want to indulge a little this Valentine’s Day (or indulge your sweetie), how about going for the cream of the crop… or cocoa bean.

According to Consumer Reports (CR), the best super-premium chocolates ($24 or more per pound) are extremely fresh, smooth, and use top-notch fillings. They’re nothing like their cheaper competitors (less than $10 a box) which tend to use artificial flavors and have a dry, gritty, or chalky texture.

CR rates the following chocolates as EXCELLENT:

  • Candina’s
  • John & Kira’s Every Flavor
  • La Maison du Chocolat Coffret Maison dark and milk
  • Martine’s Assortment du Jour Signature
  • Fran’s Assorted Truffles Collection
  • Nonnie Waller’s Traditional Southern Treasure Chest Truffles Potpourri
  • Norman Love Confections
  • Woodhouse Chocolate Assortment
  • Jacques Torres Jacques’ Choice

In CR’s VERY GOOD category:

  • MarieBelle Blue & Brown Box
  • Moonstruck Truffle Classic Collections
  • Charles Chocolates Deluxe Assortment
  • Theo Organic Fair Trade Confections
  • Godiva Gold Ballotin
  • Leonidas Chocolate General Assortment
  • See’s Famous Old Time Assorted

And overall, the chocolates that made CR’s BEST BUY list:

  • Candina’s
  • Godiva Gold Ballotin
  • Leonidas Chocolate General Assortment
  • See’s Famous Old Time Assorted

I have to admit, I’ve never even heard of some of these… and I consider myself a chocolate connoisseur, or at least a chocoholic. Guess I’ve got a lot more tasting to do. :)

What do you think of these chocolates? Which ones do you like?

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