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BEST Chocolate

2013 BEST Chocolate
Photo by Jesse Burke

Evelyn and Angel’s

Cambridge

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, Experience

L.A. Burdick Chocolates

Cambridge

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

Boston

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»

2001 BEST Chocolate, North

The Chocolate Café

Gloucester

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»

1997 BEST Chocolate

Teuscher

Boston

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

Methuen

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, Politically Correct

Gazelle Candies by Jamron

Sudbury

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»

1994 BEST Chocolate, Babka

Cake Art & Confections

Sharon

All of Cake Art’s babkas are sublime, but we love the chocolate—rich and crumbly—with chocolate through the center and drizzled like lace over the top. This is a babka Seinfeld’s Elaine would fight to the death for. 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»

1993 BEST Chocolate, Tortoises

Bari & Gail Chocolatier

Newton Upper Falls

You know chocolate turtles. Now imagine something three times bigger made with either milk or dark chocolate, cashews or almonds, and buttery caramel. That’s a Bari & Gail tortoise. read more»