Chocolates and Healthy Chocolate Bars – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Who doesn’t love chocolate? Chocolate for you, chocolate for me. Chocolate for consumer reports‘ employees who worked hard to sample and evaluate boxed chocolates.

It’s not a dream job. In fact, some chocolates that have a very good reputation are not as good as one might expect. For example, consumer reports says Godiva’s Signature Chocolate Truffles gift box has been described as chewy and waxy. And reviewers called Harry & David’s Signature Chocolate Truffles plasticky and chalky.

A really good chocolate is going to be shiny, not dull, and it’s going to be snappy rather than waxy or rubbery. In terms of flavor, sugar is not the first thing you should taste when biting into a good chocolate.

A consumer reports favorite was from Dandelion Chocolate, an artisanal company in San Francisco. The Single Origin Truffle Collection for $45 features rich and complex confections that top the list.

If you want to seduce a gourmand, consumer reports says to try the Vosges Haut-Chocolat exotic truffle collection for $34. It features fresh flavors like wasabi, macadamia nut, olive oil and curry that will appeal to adventurous palates.

And if you want to give a gift that is sure to impress and look as good as it tastes, consumer reports says the Formosa Bonbon Box for $31 would be a treat for someone to receive. One tester gasped as she opened the box. The company also offers gluten-free, vegan, and alcohol-free options.

But maybe you want to gift chocolate that will not only win but also benefit your valentine’s heart? Give dark chocolate, the darker the better. The cocoa beans used to make dark chocolate contain flavonols, which are antioxidants that protect cells and help control inflammation.

If you think dark chocolate is too bitter, consumer reports‘ a professional tasting panel found high-cocoa chocolate bars that are so tasty it’ll be easy for you to switch: Ghirardelli Intense Dark Twilight Delight Bar for $2.90, Hu Dark Chocolate Bar Organic Simple for $6.70 and the Trader Joe’s dark chocolate bar for 60 cents.

And consumer reports says that if you’re planning on making a dessert for Valentine’s Day, paying more for chocolate won’t necessarily get you a tastier product. Most people won’t be able to tell the difference. Instead, save the fancy stuff for snacks!

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