"Some of them were chalky and not that flavorful, while others had a decent chocolate hit," said Ellen Klosz, Consumer Reports.
Whitman's Soho Assorted Chocolates, Russell Stover Urban Modern World Chocolates, plus boxes from Starbucks, Lindt, Ferrero and Target's Choxie were all tested.
The results revealed Whitman's pricier Soho chocolates were no better than the classic Whitman's Sampler. Consumer Reports also recommends shoppers skip the fancy Russell Stover's.
"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.
Consumer Reports recommends three good chocolate choices: Lindt Swiss Tradition De Luxe collection has very milky milk chocolates and some dark chocolate, along with fresh crunchy nuts (Cost: $15 for a little less than 1/2 pound); Ferrero Collection fine assorted confections has flavorful milk, white and dark chocolate truffles ($9 for nearly 1/2-pound box); Costco's Kirkland Signature Belgian Chocolates ($12 for a 1-pound box).
If you want to splurge on mom, Consumer Reports also tested more expensive boutique chocolates. Among the excellent choices: Candina's 1-pound, 36-piece box for $46 plus shipping. It has ultra-smooth milk and dark chocolates with hints of fresh cream and butter, which are sure to please any mom.