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Recommended chocolates are standout choices with high scores. They include CR Best Buys, which offer exceptional value. When narrowing your choices, weigh features, price, and attributes that matter to you.
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It's not every day that our expert tasters are compelled to use words such as "smooth melt, "milky and caramelized," "amazing," "artistic-looking," "sophisticated," and "ultra-smooth." But that's what they said about some of the excellent chocolate bars and boxed chocolates in our ratings. If you're looking for information about boxed chocolates or chocolate bars, Consumer Reports is your best resource. Consumer Reports’ chocolates reviews will give you honest buying advice that you can trust. Use our chocolates buying guide to discover which flavors, textures, and other characteristics are most important to consider. We also provide unbiased boxed chocolates ratings, boxed chocolates reviews, chocolate bars ratings, and chocolate bars reviews to help you choose the best chocolates for your needs.

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It's not every day that our expert tasters are compelled to use words such as "amazing," "artistic-looking," "sophisticated," and "ultra-smooth." But that's what they said about some of the excellent chocolates in our Ratings (available to subscribers). Flavors such as cinnamon toast "explode from the first bite," tasters said. John & Kira's candies infused with mint "taste as if the leaves were just picked," and Nonnie Waller's truffles "scream cream."

There's another word we'll need to use: expensive. The very best we reviewed cost up to $5.63 an ounce (up to $90 a box), without shipping. And many top chocolates require shipping because they're sold in so few stores that they must be ordered by phone or on the Web.

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