Best of Boston

BEST Chocolate

2014 BEST Chocolate


Whether you’re a cacao purist or someone who thinks outside the standard chocolate box, you’ll no doubt find something to savor from this Somerville-based online chocolatier. Cofounders Elaine Hsieh and Catharine Sweeney have a knack for inspired flavor pairings (pomegranate,… read more»

2013 BEST Chocolate

Evelyn and Angel’s


Crystal-shaped Piedmont-hazelnut bonbons. Chunky walnut-caramel clusters. Star-anise truffles. The chocolates at this new Porter Square shop, displayed like delicate china, are as pretty as they are decadent. The Wonka-like environs, meanwhile (one wall is lined with pastel-taffy-filled dispensers), make it… read more»

2001 BEST Chocolate, North

The Chocolate Café


Trust a chocolatier from Nantucket to bring high-end confections to us in a lace-curtained, picture-perfect café. Specialties at this shop include dark chocolate cherry cordials and addictive chocolate-covered candied orange peel. The scones and madeleines for café mocha dipping are… read more»

2001 BEST Chocolate, Experience

L.A. Burdick Chocolates


Want to experience a European café without the jet lag? Head to Burdick. The true test of chocoholism is actually finishing the iced hot chocolate—a deeply decadent concoction poured over ice, and crowned with a veil of whipped cream. If… read more»

2001 BEST Chocolate, Shop

Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland


Your quest for the Holy Grail of chocolate can end right here. Topnotch and velvety white, dark, and milk chocolates are flown in from Switzerland every week to literally and happily melt in your mouth. The shop’s crème de la… read more»

2000 BEST Chocolate

L.A. Burdick


We love the cozy tables in the storefront overlooking Brattle. We love the tiny chocolate mice, complete with colorful ribbon tails. But what we really adore is the fact that all of the chocolate in this sweet-tooth cafe is handmade,… read more»

1997 BEST Chocolate



Champagne truffles? Assorted pralines? Emphatically, yes! These bon-bons are mindnumbingly sweet and decadent beyond belief. Unfortunately the prices can be prohibitive—8 ounces for $27—but sometimes you just gotta have it. read more»

1996 BEST Chocolate, Truffles

Chocolat de Versailles


Beautiful truffles created by pastry chef extraordinaire Rick Katz. Flavors include breathtaking coffee-mint with fresh mint leaves, delicate chocolate caramel, and divine ginger white chocolate. Note: not available in the summer, but perfect for the holidays. read more»

1994 BEST Chocolate, Therapy

Herrell’s Ice Cream

Chocolate Pudding ice cream is a flavor phenomenon: more dense than ice cream, more malleable than fudge, it is a heart-stopping, concentrated burst of chocolate, guaranteed to meet your direst chocolate need. Bad moods can be altered after brief but… read more»

1994 BEST Chocolate, Politically Correct

Gazelle Candies by Jamron


Totally free of artificial ingredients, wrapped in environmentally conscious packaging, and 10 percent of the profits are donated to nonprofit earth-friendly organizations. What better excuse to indulge your chocolate binges? read more»