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Chocolates 2/9/14

If you're thinking of indulging a special someone - or yourself - for Valentine's Day, Consumer Reports testers tasted dozens of boxes and found some truly excellent ones. "Once you taste amazing chocolate, you'll never go back. These were exceptional chocolates. We look for ultra-smooth chocolate coatings and fillings that have fresh cream or have real natural flavors." The 90-dollar Woodhouse Chocolate Assortment earned top honors, with distinct flavors like cinnamon toast and buttery pecan pie encased in delicious chocolate. And Consumer Reports added several new chocolates to their "excellent" list this year. Recchiuti Confections Black Box for 45 dollars features some unusual flavors, like rose caramel and star anise with pink peppercorn, cloaked in dark, milk, and white chocolate. Another new excellent option - the 50-dollar Xocolatti Collection of truffles. There are some unexpected fillings like olive-oil basil and coffee-nutmeg. And talk about eye candy! Check out these edible artworks from Marie Belle … Norman Love …and Anna Shea. And if you're the happy recipient of some fine chocolates, a word of advice - no nibbling! Ellen Klosz "The best way to eat chocolate is to pop the whole thing in your mouth, because many times there are different layers, and you want to get the sensation of the texture and the flavors all together." Now that's sweet. ."

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