Don't know what to get mom this year? Chocolate is always nice. There are lots of new gift-box chocolates from familiar names. Are they good enough for your mom?
Consumer Reports taste-tested eight widely sold gift-box chocolates. They cost anywhere from $5-$15.
"Some of them were chalky and not that flavorful, while others had a decent chocolate hit," said Consumer Reports Ellen Klosz.
Included in the tests-Whitman's Soho Chocolates and Russell Stover Urban Modern World.
Also, boxes from Starbucks, Lindt, Ferrero, and Target's Choxie.
It turns out Whitman's pricier Soho Chocolates were no better than the classic Whitman's Sampler. And Consumer Reports says to skip the fancy Russell Stover's too.
"The Urban Modern World chocolates from Russell Stover tasted waxy and chewy. And the key lime piece had a strong flavor that reminded us of a citrus cleaning product," said Klosz.
But there are three very good choices. The Lindt Swiss Tradition De Luxe Collection has very milky milk chocolates and some dark chocolate, along with fresh crunchy nuts. It costs $15 for a little less than half a pound.
Ferrero Collection Fine Assorted Confections has flavorful milk, white, and dark chocolate truffles. A nearly half-pound box costs $9.
And the best deal, Costco's Kirkland Signature Belgian Chocolates. You get a full one-pound box for $12.
If you want to splurge on mom, Consumer Reports also tested more-expensive boutique chocolates.
Among the excellent choices, Candina's one-pound 36-piece box for $46 plus shipping.
It has ultra-smooth milk and dark chocolates with hints of fresh cream and butter sure to please any mom.