Easy Tricks for Decoding What's Inside a Box of Chocolates (So You Always Know What You're Going to Get)
So you received a box of chocolates—but do you know which filling is which? Use this chocolate guide to figure out which candies you really love.
Life has its share of mysteries, but the contents of a box of drugstore chocolates (think Russell Stover or Godiva) doesn't have to be one of them. Fortunately for chocolate lovers everywhere—and recipients of the classic Valentine's Day heart-shaped box of chocolates—most follow the same plan, largely for practical reasons. Read on for our guide to all the chocolates in your chocolate box, so you can easily find and remember your favorite candies (and skip the ones you can't stand).
First, remember that square and rectangular chocolates typically have crunchy or chewy centers: "Fillings like caramel and toffee cool on large slabs, then are cut at right angles and dipped in chocolate," says Tom Ward, the president and CEO of Russell Stover. Circular and oval treats almost always contain soft fillings, such as ganache or cream. Nut candies have easy-to-read bumpy surfaces. And a shiny foil wrapper signals an ooey-gooey liquid center, like a cherry cordial. (The foil protects against leaks.) See, you do know what you're going to get. Sorry, Mama Gump!
For a guide (with pictures, of course) to your chocolate box, see our chart below. You'll be picking your favorite candy from the rest in a snap.
The Ultimate Guide to Your Box of Chocolates
1 Square and rectangular chocolates
Square or rectangular chocolates are almost always toffee- or caramel-filled. When toffees and caramels are made, they're hot and liquidy. They get spread out on large slabs to cool and are cut into squares before being dipped into chocolate so nothing is wasted.
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2 Circular and oval chocolates
Rounded chocolates are filled with ganache or cream. Think milk or dark chocolate truffles, vanilla cream, and raspberry cream. In production, the soft centers get scooped or piped into circular rounds and then drizzled with chocolate.
3 Chocolates with bumpy surfaces
If the surface isn't smooth, it's probably a nut candy. They're basically lumpy piles of nuts (such as peanuts, almonds, or cashews) held together with a chocolate coating. Sometimes they come in paper linings, like peanut butter cups.
4 Chocolates wrapped in a shiny foil wrapper
If the wrapper is foil, the chocolate probably has an ooey-gooey liquid center, like that of a cherry cordial. (The foil protects against leaks.)
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