Recommendations

Boxed Chocolates
Rated By Consumer Reports


Excellent

1) Martine's Assorted with Creams
www.martineschocolates.com

Ultra-Smooth chocolates(dark, milk, and some white) with mostly traditional filling, fresh cream and butter notes, and many textures and flavors. Fresh, crunchy nuts. Each piece different. Fillings include caramel, hazelnuts, and liqueur flavors. Shapes include pianos, cameos, gift boxes, and painter's palettes.

Price......$54 Weight......16oz Price/serving...$4.76

(212)705-2347

 

2) La Maison du Chocolat Coffret Maison
www.lamaisonduchocolat.com

Ultra-smooth, mostly dark chocolates with many chocolate-based fillings and some unusual flavors(herbs, sweet brown spice). Fresh cream notes. Traditional fillings include hazelnut, caramel, and liqueur flavors. Web site has no privacy statement.

Price....$72
Weight...20oz Price/serving..$5.08

(800)988-5632

3) Candinas 36-Piece Box
www.candinas.com

Ultra-smooth dark and milk chocolates with especially good hazelnut, caramel, and liqueur-flavored centers. Fresh cream and butter notes. Mostly traditional fillings. Somewhat limited variety(multiples of each piece). Web site privacy statement not very detailed.

Price......$41
Weight.....16oz Price/serving..$3.58

(800)845-1554

 



Very Good

4) Bernard Callebaut Copper Box Assortment
www.bernardcallebaut.com

Ultra-smooth dark and milk chocolates with attributes of the excellent products. Mostly traditional fillings. Real cream and butter notes. But some variation in quality, and some pieces had a sour dairy flavor. Shapes include seashells, flowers, and hearts.

Price....$36
Weight...16oz Price/serving.$3.17

(800)661-8367

 

5) Confections by Michael Recchiuti 16 Piece Assortment www.recchiutichocolates.com

Very smooth, mostly dark chocolates with many unusual flavors(mint and tea leaves, lavender). Each piece different. But some flavors(rose, mint, lavender) overpowered the chocolate, and there were some sour notes.

Price....$40
Weight....8oz.
Price/serving.$7.05

(800)500-3396

6) L.A. Burdick Full Assortment
www.burdickchocolate.com

Ultra-smooth, mostly dark chocolates with some unusual flavors(honey, ginger). Some centers too subtle to identify. Pieces are fairly small. Shapes include whimsical signature chocolate mice. Web site has no privacy statement.

Price......$42
Weight.....16oz Price/Serving..$2.91

(800)229-2419

7) Godiva Chocolatier Gold Ballotin
www.godiva.com

Dark, milk, and some white chocolates with very smooth centers and many textures and flavors. Each piece different. Mostly traditional fillings. some pieces had runny centers. The fruit, coffee, and hazelnut-toffee centers are especially well blended. But some pieces more sweet than flavorful.

Price.....$33
Weight....16oz. Price/serving..$2.91

(800)946-3482

8) Leonidas Pralines General Assortment
www.leonidas-chocolate.com

A CR Best Buy. Milk and dark chocolates(plus some white) with very smooth centers, including many hazelnut combinations and liqueur flavors. But some variation in quality box to box.

Price.....$24
Weight....16oz. Price/serving..$2.11

(800)900-2462

9) Teuscher Lake of Zurich Assorted Pralines & Truffes
www.teuscher.com

Dark and milk chocolates with many textures and well-blended flavors. Real cream notes and fresh, crunchy nuts. Each piece different. Mostly traditional fillings with some sophisticated flavors(pistachio, marzipan, liqueur). But some variation in quality. Web site as not privacy statement.

Price.....$60
Weight....18oz. Price/serving..$4.66

(800)554-0924

 

10) Richard Donelly Chocolate Truffles and Assorted Chocolates www.donnellychocolates.com

Mostly dark chocolates with some unusual bold flavors(hot pepper, rose, cinnamon, lavender). But chocolate sometimes overpowers the center or vice versa, and some variation in quality box to box. Includes pieces in the shapes of hearts, leaves and roses, plus truffles wrapped in foil.

Price.....$65
Weight....14oz. Price/serving..$6.55

(888)685-1871

11) See's Famous Old Time Candies Assorted Chocolates
www.sees.com

A CR Best Buy. Milk and dark chocolates with notably fresh, crunchy nuts. Each piece different. Includes well-blended toffees and caramels with real butter flavor. But some pieces more sweet than flavorful.

Price.....$12
Weight....16oz. Price/serving..$1.06

(800)477-8683


Good

12) Neuchatel Assorted Chocolates & Truffles
www.neuchatelchocolates.com

Mild flavored dark and milk(plus a few white) chocolates. Many truffles. Some artificial flavors. No intact nuts. Web site has no privacy statement.

Price.....$36
Weight....15oz. Price/serving..$3.36

(800)597-0759

13) Neuchatel Sugar Free Gift Box www.neuchatelchocolates.com

Dark-and milk-chocolate truffles; fairly low in chocolate flavor but decent for sugar-free chocolates. Only about five flavors. No nuts. Chalky centers. Web site has no privacy statement.

Price.....$18
Weight....8oz. Price/serving..$3.32

(800)597-0759

 

14) Fannie May Colonial Assortment
www. fanniemay.com

Dark and milk chocolates; fairly low in chocolate flavor. A mix of real and artificially flavored centers. Nut and toffee pieces good, but some other centers cloyingly sweet. Known as Fanny Farmer in some states; assortments by that name differ.

Price.....$17
Weight....16oz. Price/serving..$1.49

(800)333-3629

15) Russell Stover Assorted Chocolates
www.russellstover.com

More milk than dark chocolates; both types low in chocolate flavor and many cloyingly sweet. Mostly artificial flavors. Chalky centers. Some stale nuts. Dry, gritty, coconut. Caramels and nougats hard and sticky.

Price.....$8
Weight....16oz. Price/serving..$0.70

(800)477-8683

 

16) Lindt American Classics Premium Chocolate Assortment www.lindt.com

Dark and milk chocolates; low in flavor overall. The chocolate is better than the centers, which often had artificial flavors and lardlike texture.

Price.....$25
Weight....16oz. Price/serving..$2.20

(800)338-0839

17) Hershey's Pot of Gold Premium Assortment
www.hersheys.com

More milk than dark chocolates; both types low in chocolate flavor. Slightly waxy chocolate. Centers chalky and quite sweet, with mostly artificial flavors. Some stale nuts. Almost half the box is caramels and turtles.

Price.....$8
Weight....14 oz. Price/serving..$0.76

(800)281-7565

 

 





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