Easy Tricks for Decoding What's Inside a Box of Chocolates (So You Always Know What You're Going to Get)
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.