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Life Is Like

A Box of Chocolates


You might think you never know what you are going to get but here is a handy decoder


Life has its share of mysteries, but the contents of a box of drugstore chocolates (think Russells and Godiva) doesn’t have to be one of them. Most follow the same plan, largely for practical reasons. Square and rectangular treats 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 Russells. 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 the cherry cordial spilling forth here. (The foil protects against leaks.) See, you do know what you’re going to get.