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Food: Whitman’s Sampler

Photo courtesy of Flickr, posted by Cinnamoroll and Roll

Photo courtesy of Flickr, posted by Cinnamoroll and Roll

I know, I know…someone already took the great dark chocolate ones , and you never get the chocolate-covered cherry (the “cherry cordial” in Whitman’s-speak). And even though there’s a diagram showing what each piece of candy is, there’s a greater thrill in hoping you get a nougaty, nutty treat instead of one that tastes like it’s filled with toothpaste.

Whitman’s Samplers come in a variety of sizes, from 1.75 ounces all the way up to 40 ounces. (Though, let’s be honest, the four pieces in the smallest box is hardly deserving of the title “sampler.”) In addition to the traditional “Assorted Chocolates” box, you can also get Nut, Chewy & Crisp, Dark Chocolates, Pecan Crowns, Milk Chocolates, Chocolate Covered Nuts, and Sugar Free varieties.

Most Samplers are sold at Valentine’s Day (surprise!), but quite a few are given for Mother’s Day gifts as well. Just remember this simple etiquette lesson. There’s no shame in taking a bite, and discreetly throwing the rest away if you don’t like what you got. But it’s never acceptable — never — to put the half-eaten piece back in the box.

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