by Kalina Newman | February 13, 2018 7:40 am
A strong craving for quality chocolate can strike at any moment—be prepared with help from these Boston-area chocolate shops and specialty stores. Keep an eye out for holiday specials for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, and even Lunar New Year, but each of these spots warrants a visit all year round.
Aeronaut Brewing Co.
Taproom in the front, industrial hangout space in the middle, Tasting Counter in the back. This Somerville site is a dynamic place for food lovers, and it’s home base for Gaté Comme des Filles and the bean-to-bar Somerville Chocolate CSA, which have retail hours Thursday-Sunday. The chocolatiers also have a wintertime pop-up inside of Lizzy’s Ice Cream in Harvard Square, where visitors can indulge in waffle cones filled with chocolate mousse. Gaté Comme des Filles founder Alexandra Whisnant also plans to open a small-scale shop at the forthcoming Bow Market.
Beacon Hill Chocolates
Great for Valentine’s Day or just for fun, Beacon Hill Chocolates offers a well-curated assortment, including keepsake boxes decorated with handmade artwork that can be customized for any event or occasion.
91 Charles St., Boston, 617-725-1900, beaconhillchocolates.com.
Gourmet Italian chocolate abounds inside the Prudential Center. From classic choices like a Roma dark chocolate bar, to a more eccentric options like a white pepper chocolate from Modica, experts in the store can help you pick the perfect piece or sampler. Online, sort through the options by price, producer, and even Italian province.
800 Boylston St., Boston, 617-807-7300, eataly.com.
Visiting this off-the-beaten-path working shop—the website promises an “adventure finding us [for] the first time”—also comes with a behind-the-scenes look at the chocolate-making experience. Staff favorites include rochers, a French treat made up of caramelized corn flakes and almonds coated in chocolate; and caramelized peanut butter cups.
561 Windsor St., Somerville, 617-284-6096, ehchocolatier.com.
Inspired by European chocolate shops and patisseries, this Back Bay boutique offers more than a dozen brands of European chocolate, such as Milka & Kinder, Valrhona, and Maxim’s De Paris. It carries gift sets, high-end pantry items, and baked goods including French macarons in flavors like white chocolate and Nutella.
10 Huntington Ave., Boston, 617-266-2906, gourmetboutique.net.
With locations in both Cambridge and the South End, this gourmet grocery store offers plenty of chocolate on top of artisan cheeses, pastas, wine, and more. The shop carries locally made chocolates, cuts blocks to order, and offers a “World Chocolate Collection” that features sweets from Maryland, California, Tuscany, Vietnam, and Lithuania.
244 Huron Ave., Cambridge, 617-354-4750, 268 Shawmut Ave., Boston, 617-350-6996, formaggiokitchen.com.
L.A. Burdick Chocolates
Who hasn’t had a rich, creamy “drinking chocolate” from L.A. Burdick? With two café-shops in the Back Bay and Harvard Square, it’s hard to beat this New Hampshire-based chocolatier’s selection. Find seasonal bonbons, like green tea, ginger, mango, and even Sichuan pepper for the Lunar New Year; and passion fruit-raspberry for your Valentine. On a normal day, choose a classic, hand-cut assortment, or speciality ganache mice and penguins.
52 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-491-4340, 220 Clarendon St., Boston, 617-303-0113, burdickchocolate.com.
This North End staple has more in its glass display cases than just cannoli and cakes. The store also offers a wide selection of chocolates, and the Italian nougat candy torrone, in unique varieties like chocolate, cappuccino, espresso, and caramel.
257 Hanover St., Boston, 617-523-3783, modernpastry.com.
If choices like sea salt caramels, Irish truffles, and almond bark aren’t cutting it, make any upcoming occasion extra special with this Brookline Village’s shop’s “piñata cakes.” Each “cake” is a giant chocolate shell filled with various truffles, caramels, and candies. They can be customized for any celebration, and also come with a keepsake hammer—smashing!
5 Harvard Sq., Brookline, 617-739-0795, serenadechocolatier.com.
You can find these stone-ground discs in flavors like cinnamon, coffee, and guajillo chilli at locations around the country, as well as directly from the factory store in Somerville. But tucked inside the Boston Public Market, you can try samples while customizing a drink at the Chocolate Bar. Taza baristas use chocolate straight from the on-site stone mill, combined with a variety of flavors and toppings such as cinnamon, almond butter, and marshmallows.
561 Windsor St., Somerville, 617-284-2232, Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston, 617-973-4909, tazachocolate.com.
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