If you’re planning to buy chocolates for someone special on Valentine’s Day – and aren’t we all? – the folks at Consumer Reports suggest you purchase wisely.
Based on the results of recent testings, editors learned two important things:
- All chocolates are not created equally.
- Higher price does not always indicate better quality.
Big names like Hershey’s, Russell Stover and Whitman’s were deemed “merely so-so.” Even Lindt, perceived as a gourmet brand, only received a “good” rating.
The good news is they found 12 excellent (though pricey) chocolates they described as “ultra-smooth.” Among those recommended are, in order of taste, Norman Love Confections Signature Gift Box, Woodhouse Assortment, Christopher Elbow and Candinas.
But the bad new is, most are only available online.
If you’re looking for something you may be able to find in local stores, Godiva’s Gold Ballotin earned praise for a good selection.
But your best bet – and my VERY STRONG RECOMMENDATION – is that you check out Holl’s at Capitol Market. Those wonderful, West Virginia-made Swiss-style chocolates are divine.
Check them out at www.holls.com.
As for the Consumer Reports test, full ratings are available at www.consumerreports.org.