Unique Gift-Box Chocolates

Want to get your sweetheart an unusual gift this Valentine's Day? Consumer Reports says it might just be a box of chocolates!

Have you ever tried champagne truffles covered in rose petals? How about a red fire caramel bar? Those are just some of the exotic bonbons you can buy here at Vosges.

Vosges Exotic Truffle collection was one of more than 30 gift-box chocolates Consumer Reports taste-tested. With unusual filling like wasabi and paprika, this Vosges box rated excellent. It costs 40 dollars plus shipping.

This Woodhouse Assortment gift box was even better. it costs 90 dollars, plus shipping.

Erin Gudeux of Consumer Reports says, "This assortment has great pieces with amazing flavors like cinnamon toast and buttery pecan pie. The flavors just seem to explode in your mouth."

While delicious chocolates can be expensive, there are ways to save. Buying at the chocolate shop can save you the shipping costs. And signing up for a company's newsletter or mailing list can help you find savings, too.

Gudeux says, "We also found some very good chocolates that you could try that are less expensive."

Those include the Ferrero Collection Fine Assorted Confections. It costs just 11 dollars and is even sold at drugstores.

Gudeux says, "These chocolates were flavorful, and they had crispy interior coatings and crunchy nuts that added interesting textures."

Remember, freshly made chocolates have a short shelf life of only 10 to 14 days.

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