Valentine's gift guide

Why not woo with the classics this Valentine's Day?
 
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01 .Chocolate

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While nothing says ‘I love you’ quite like a box of chocolates, our survey of over 300 members found most chocolate lovers have their definite favourites. There are even clear trends between the sexes. Though we hate to put a downer on Valentine's Day, there is a lesser known poisonous side to flowers that should be considered. The cut flower industry is a heavy user of pesticides so you may be gifting more than just a bunch of blooms.

We surveyed over 300 CHOICE members about their chocolate habits and favourite boxed varieties to help you select the best brands and flavours.

What to Buy

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Ferrero Rocher Ferrero Rocher 30pk 375g
Price: $14.69

 

lindt-resize Lindt Lindor Balls Gift Box Assorted 235g
Price: $16.98

 

 

Not one respondent said they disliked chocolate, with over 53% eating it at least once a week and 18% claiming to eat it every day. The majority reported feeling happy or satisfied after eating it – so you could say you are giving the gift of happiness. Only 13% reported feeling guilty.

Most trusted brands

Not sure which brand to buy? Lindt is a clear favourite amongst members, gaining 42% of the vote, followed by Cadbury, Ferrero and Haigh’s. When it comes to specific products the old favourites still ring true, with Lindt Lindor balls preferred well above the rest, followed by Ferrero Rochers - both readily available at the supermarket.

Flavours and fillings

Dark chocolate is a winner with men, while women’s preferences are divided almost evenly between dark and milk. Only 6% say they prefer white chocolate, so only opt for this if you know your Valentine is a fan.

Stumped for the flavour or filling? Hazelnut, peppermint cream and smooth caramel are the top three flavours among respondents. It’s best to avoid marzipan and aniseed, which are the least preferred. However if you are a fan and your significant other isn’t, it might be worth sticking around: 78% of respondents said if they didn’t like a flavour they would either offer it to a friend or family member, or put it back in the box – so you may get to share in the spoils.

On the other hand, if you live with your Valentine you may miss out. Thirty six percent of respondents admitted to hiding chocolates from other household members.

 
 

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Terriann's opinion:

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2 MONTHS AGO | Could you please do a review comparing just the high performance ice box/coolers (rated 5 days) like the Yeti Tundra, Eva Kool white fibreglass, Waeco, Techni ice signature series, Coleman Xtreme, Engel, Tropical ice boxes, IceMate, Ice Kool etc. Could you also please note if they are dry ice compatible.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

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7 MONTHS AGO | A reasonable report but I'm a bit disappointed that a few more brands weren't tested. For example I'm looking at the Evakool brand in BCF at the moment and it would have been good to know how that one ranks against the ones tested.

It would be great to see a report on the camping fridges (powered eskys) some time.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

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8 MONTHS AGO | I have 3 Technice eskies, 70, 40 &12 ltr plus a 39 ltr soft pack cooler bag. I'm very happy with all of them. For the 70 ltr esky, I use this as my main cold storage. I freeze 3x 4 ltr icecream containers with water. I place the blocks of ice in the esky prior to loading frozen and cold storage food. Even at day 5 I still have some block ice left and the food is still cold like a fridge. The 40 ltr esky is used for drinks and after days I still have ice bag ice cubes remaining. The 12 ltr will hold a 6 pack of beer with cubed ice and last over a day.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

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8 MONTHS AGO | I'm surprised Dune eskies weren't included as they are sold by Anaconda who have stores Australia wide.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

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8 MONTHS AGO | Corinna and Michael, I recently bought an esky and looked on this site for some assistance. The previous report was here until just before you updated, and I cant recall that much of a change. Importantly, fundamental areas of the review are missing. One of the most important criteria is the 'construction' of the esky. You have rated these as 'hard'. The key criteria would have been fibreglass or poly/plastic - there is a significant difference in terms of price, retention of smells and staining, cleanability, weight and durability. There is also a fairly significant difference between block and broken/shaped ice, and how these interact with the esky. This isnt a review I would hold on to. Suggest a rework before summer is gone and people end up spending their hard earned on a product which really hasn't been tested that well. ...... for the record, I bought a 60l EvaKool, the one you didnt review.

 
 
 
 
 

 

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2 MONTHS AGO | Could you please do a review comparing just the high performance ice box/coolers (rated 5 days) like the Yeti Tundra, Eva Kool white fibreglass, Waeco, Techni ice signature series, Coleman Xtreme, Engel, Tropical ice boxes, IceMate, Ice Kool etc. Could you also please note if they are dry ice compatible.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Leo's opinion:

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7 MONTHS AGO | A reasonable report but I'm a bit disappointed that a few more brands weren't tested. For example I'm looking at the Evakool brand in BCF at the moment and it would have been good to know how that one ranks against the ones tested.

It would be great to see a report on the camping fridges (powered eskys) some time.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Dave H's opinion:

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8 MONTHS AGO | I have 3 Technice eskies, 70, 40 &12 ltr plus a 39 ltr soft pack cooler bag. I'm very happy with all of them. For the 70 ltr esky, I use this as my main cold storage. I freeze 3x 4 ltr icecream containers with water. I place the blocks of ice in the esky prior to loading frozen and cold storage food. Even at day 5 I still have some block ice left and the food is still cold like a fridge. The 40 ltr esky is used for drinks and after days I still have ice bag ice cubes remaining. The 12 ltr will hold a 6 pack of beer with cubed ice and last over a day.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Russell's opinion:

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8 MONTHS AGO | I'm surprised Dune eskies weren't included as they are sold by Anaconda who have stores Australia wide.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Dave Robinson's opinion:

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8 MONTHS AGO | Corinna and Michael, I recently bought an esky and looked on this site for some assistance. The previous report was here until just before you updated, and I cant recall that much of a change. Importantly, fundamental areas of the review are missing. One of the most important criteria is the 'construction' of the esky. You have rated these as 'hard'. The key criteria would have been fibreglass or poly/plastic - there is a significant difference in terms of price, retention of smells and staining, cleanability, weight and durability. There is also a fairly significant difference between block and broken/shaped ice, and how these interact with the esky. This isnt a review I would hold on to. Suggest a rework before summer is gone and people end up spending their hard earned on a product which really hasn't been tested that well. ...... for the record, I bought a 60l EvaKool, the one you didnt review.

 
 
 
 
 

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