Russell Stover Candies Stores, Web Site Offer Chocolatey New Gifts for Valentine's Day

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Shoppers will find delicious new gifts this year at the home of America's most popular Valentine's Day chocolates.

A gift of chocolate is a favorite Valentine's Day tradition, and our wide variety of products means there's something for every taste - and every budget.

Most Americans agree: nothing says "Happy Valentine's Day" like a heart-shaped box of chocolates. Tom Ward, co-owner of Kansas City, MO-based Russell Stover Candies, knows this well. His company produces seven of the 10 best-selling hearts in America.

But hearts aren't the only option for gift box chocolates. This year, Valentine's Day shoppers may choose from a number of innovative gifts from Russell Stover, including:

Chocolate-covered Strawberries
In-store candymakers will hand-dip fresh, long-stemmed strawberries in pools of the company's proprietary blends of milk, dark and white chocolate, then decorate them especially for Valentine's Day. Available individually and in traditional heart-shaped boxes at select Russell Stover Candies stores. Individual berries from $2.99.

"Build a Heart" of Russell Stover Chocolates
Shoppers select a heart-shaped box, then have it filled with a custom assortment of Russell Stover's most popular milk and dark chocolates, or with fresh, chocolate-dipped strawberries. Available in sizes from one-half pound ($8.49) to eight pounds ($149.99), "Build a Hearts" are available in select Russell Stover Candies stores. A limited selection may also be ordered online at russellstover.com.

Russell Stover Assorted Chocolates Photo Frame Box
Available only in Russell Stover Candies stores and online at at the company's Web site, the attractive box contains more than a dozen luscious chocolate-covered creams, truffles, chews and clusters. The box lid features a frame that makes it easy to personalize with a 4″x6″ photo or card. $9.99.

Chocolate Truffles, Raspberry Swirl Fudge
Russell Stover candymakers will make small batches of rich fudge and carefully package decadent truffles for Valentine's Day shoppers. Available only at select Russell Stover Candies stores. Truffles from $2.49; fudge from $2.75.

New Heart-Shaped Boxes
Created to appeal to all age groups, shoppers will find heart box designs that range from crisp and clean to frilly and ornate … hearts created just for kids and teens … rugged hearts designed for men … elegant fabric- and lace-covered hearts … fresh, new contemporary heart designs … even heart-shaped boxes for pet lovers. And every box is filled with delicious chocolates from Russell Stover or Whitman's. Heart-shaped boxes start at $1.29 and are available in Russell Stover Candies stores, online at russellstover.com and in most retail and grocery stores across North America.

Russell Stover is America's top producer of Valentine's Day chocolates. The company created eight of the top 10 Valentine's Day chocolate gift boxes in 2008, and seven of the top 10 heart boxes, making it the #1 Valentine's Day chocolate brand in the U.S., according to Information Resources, Inc. (IRI), a leading global provider of consumer and shopper market intelligence).

"We're ready for a busy Valentine's Day season," said Angela Ellsworth, vice president-retail for Russell Stover Candies. "A gift of chocolate is a favorite Valentine's Day tradition, and our wide variety of products means there's something for every taste - and every budget."

About Russell Stover Candies, Inc.:
Russell Stover Candies opened its first store in Denver, Colorado in 1923. On day one, the company sold 120 pounds of chocolates, earning $90. Twelve months later they had five stores and 30 workers.

Today the company operates over 50 retail stores and kiosks and is the number one boxed chocolate company in the United States. Candy from the company's three brands - Russell Stover Candies, Whitman's Candies and Pangburn's - may be found in thousands of venues throughout North America and in 20 countries around the world.

For more information and a list of Russell Stover Candies stores, visit russellstover.com.

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