Valentine's Day chocolate taste test
Nichols CandiesThe store, owned by Barbara Nichols, is a throwback to the 1950s. About 34 pieces come in a white and red heart box ($20.95 a pound), which looks a little like a Russell Stover assortment. Hearts are wrapped in red foil. Tasters said, good nut clusters, wonderful peanut brittle square, caramel without the trendy salt, love the fact that someone put an R on raspberry, C on coconut, exactly like a peppermint patty, refreshing. Then: caramel chewy but too tough, grocery store chocolate, tasteless compared to the others, not very bold, fillings taste medicinal.
1 Crafts Road, Gloucester, 978-283-9850, www.nicholscandies.com