Battle of the Cheesy, Heart-Shaped Boxes of Chocolate

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Doesn't the box in the middle look like the mask from Scream? But which one is the best buy?

Let's say you like someone, but not enough to get him a $100 box of chocolates from La Maison du Chocolat. Or maybe you only hooked up with her once, and not satisfactorily, either. Or perhaps you're too lazy or too late to get a box of Jacques Torres, and end up popping into a Duane Reade just as you're about to pick up your date for, say, dinner at McDonald's.

FiTR has found itself in similar situations, and figured that what all of us needed was an accurate guide to the cheap and garishly sentimental end of the chocolate continuum, you know, boxes of chocolates with big sloppy dogs pictured on the front, and assortments so small, they could be eaten by a rat (not you, hopefully) in seconds. So here's your guide to cheap Valentine's chocolates, with descriptive material and a scorecard.

Russell Stover (8 pieces, 4.75 oz, $3.99; typical fillings -- whipped pink stuff (three pieces), chocolate fondant, coconut)
Tasting Notes: Chocolate overly sweet, filling of no particular distinction, coconut the cheesiest tasting, like Almond Joy; half light, half dark chocolates, with the dark chocolates a plus.
Overall Score (out of 100): 37

Russell Stover (3 pieces, 1.75 oz, $1.59; typical filliings -- chocolate mousse, caramel, coconut patty)
Tasting Notes: Same quality as the 8-piece Russell Stover, above, only coconut now embedded in plain chocolate, caramel surprisingly good.
Overall Score: 39

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