Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Boston Visit: The Changing Chocolate Scene

 Last weekend, I got to go visit one of my favorite cities.


As I've written here a few times before, Boston has many, many opportunities for enjoying delicious chocolate treats. I was, however, saddened to learn that one of my favorites, JP Licks on Newbury Street, had closed.

 Shedding a few tears was an appropriate reaction.

Just like anger was an appropriate reaction to seeing much lower caliber shops open up on Newbury Street instead.

Apparently, they are spreading. Like a disease.

However, I was happy to see that some things weren't changing. For example, Teuscher is still opening their doors for everybody seeking high-quality Swiss chocolate, and I was able to pick up a 77% cacao bar, which is one of my favorite dark chocolates from their shop.

Just down the street, Hotel Chocolat beckoned, and I stepped in to grab a few single-origin bars, a nice orange dark chocolate bar, and some dark chocolate pistachio pieces.

The best thing I came away with was some insider information about potential Hotel Chocolat expansion plans in North America. They made me very, very happy.

Finally, I found one good change - a new storefront for LA Burdick, this one in the Back Bay, right near where I was staying.

Though I passed on the single origin hot chocolate this go-around, I did pick up their Brazilian dark chocolate bar out of curiosity, and will, of course, report back on how it turns out.

Such a short weekend. So many chocolate shops. So many delicious dark chocolate bars to nibble at until my next trip up north.


  1. The teuscher store looks just as cheesy there as it looks here! :)

  2. I'm also a chocolate lover. Need to cut down but still can't resist at times...

  3. so... next time you need a partner in chocolate crime. i'm available :)

  4. That there looks like some good chocolate!

  5. 1. Super jealous b/c I devoured all of my Hotel Chocolat bars long ago. And 2. Matt needs to get into Harvard or MIT so we can move to Boston and I can eat all of the chocolate.

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