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Boxes of Chocolates

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"Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get."
      - Forrest Gump.

Everybody loves to get a box of chocolates as a gift at Mother's Day, Christmas Day, or a heart shaped box of chocolates at Valentine's Day.

Who can resist the variety of rich and creamy, nutty and crunchy, soft and chewy chocolate delights that are laid out in front of you in their own little compartments? Half of the fun of a box of chocolates is trying to guess what the chocolate is without having to refer to the little illustrated guide map. The only thing better than a box of chocolates is a box that has two levels of chocolate in it.

You can buy a box of chocolates that contains the same type or flavor of chocolate throughout, but most boxes of chocolates offer you a wide and tasty variety of rich chocolate treats. You can get chocolates with various other goodies in them such as nuts, caramel, nougat, liqueur, crème, wafers, fruit, toffee, coconut, marshmallow and, of course, chocolate with more chocolate inside.

It is rumored that the first box of chocolates was introduced by Richard Cadbury, in 1868, when he decorated a candy box with a painting of his young daughter holding a kitten in her arms. It is also believed that Cadbury invented the first Valentine's Day candy box. The Whitman's Sampler box of chocolates was born in 1912, when the company president decided the needlework sampler hanging in his home would make beautiful packaging. It was the first box of chocolates to include the now famous index map that shows the filling in each separate piece of chocolate.

For those of you who are trivia buffs this little piece of chocolate box information may interest you. The largest box of chocolates ever made was a Frango mint chocolates box. This box of chocolates weighed 3,226 lbs. and it was created Marshall Field's in Chicago, Illinois, Nov. 14, 2002. The box of chocolates contained 90,090 individual chocolates.

There's no need to wait until Christmas or Valentine's Day to get a box of chocolates though. They make great gifts for any occasion and they are also fine and delicious to eat on your own or to share with your family and friends.

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