EH Chocolatier

When I was a younger, I loved going into my parents’ bedroom at night and sharing a midnight snack with them. It wasn’t really midnight, it was probably closer to nine o’ clock, but it felt like midnight to my eight year old self.

We would have different kinds of snacks: little native Filipino cakes, triangles of queso de bola (Edam cheese), small plates of sweet and salty ham, hot tea, juicy pomelos, or apples and pears that my mom would peel and cut for everyone. But my favorite snacks were the ones that involved a box of chocolate.

(Of course.)

We always have chocolate at home. While I’ve written about my dad’s sweet tooth, my mom is no slouch in the dessert department. My mom, she of the fine taste in food, has exquisite taste in chocolate.  Even as a little girl, I knew that the chocolates we were snacking on were special.

I’ve never seen my mom break open a bag of M&Ms, snap off a piece of a Kitkat, nor unwrap a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. It was always Godiva, Guylian, Mozart, Ferrero Rocher. And boxes of chocolate, with labels I ignored (I never really knew what I was going to get). Those boxes of chocolate were highly revered by me, they almost seemed magical. Up to now, I love slowly opening a box, admiring the content, and randomly picking a piece.

And up to now, chocolate is my favorite midnight snack…

I do appreciate the “cheat sheet” or menus that come with a box of chocolates but I also like the simple act of just picking one and enjoying it immediately.  I can’t go wrong anyway, since I love all kinds.

I like treating myself to good quality chocolate (my favorites are Lindt dark chocolate with sea salt and the milk chocolate bars from LA Burdick) but I also love candy bars like 3 Musketeers and Toblerone, peanut butter M&Ms (I keep mine in the freezer and eat a handul cold), and I even like eating Ghirardelli white chocolate baking chips for dessert. Oooh and chocolate-covered gummy bears. Really, I like chocolate everything.

But give me a selection of chocolates, and I’m a goner.

So my BIGGEST THANKS go out to EH Chocolatier for this lovely box of chocolates! EH Chocolatier is a small independently owned artisan chocolate and confection company in Somerville, MA. They have started a Boston’s first CSC - Community Supported Chocolate. That’s right, just like a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) but instead of produce, you get chocolate.

Chocolate “shares” come in a classic white confection box with an assortment of fresh, locally made, handcrafted artisan chocolates and confections. I chose to join the Winter 2013 CSC. For three months, I can pick up a box of chocolate each month at my selected location (in my case, it’s Dave’s Fresh Pasta in David Square). The cost is $60, which comes out to $20 per month – I think that’s pretty reasonable for a box of lovely chocolates. (Full disclosure: I did get this box for free, and my first share will be complimentary as well.) There are different membership costs and chocolate seasons, so if you guys are interested, you can find more info on the EH Chocolatier website.

My favorites from this box were the rochers (little “haystacks” of crunchy caramelized cornflakes and roasted candied almonds covered in chocolate) and the toffee almond (a buttery-crunchy toffee filled with slivered almond and covered in chocolate, roasted almonds and fleur de sel).

It’s taking me a few weeks to get through my box of chocolates, and I’m savoring each piece at a time. It reminds me of all those evenings with my parents, going through a box of chocolates with contentment and joy.

Check out EH Chocolatier when you can and if you’re local, please support Boston’s first CSC! There’s also a Chocolate Club for fellow chocoholics who aren’t near the area.

   

20 Responses to “EH Chocolatier”

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    Megan posted November 12, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Those little haystacks were my favorites too. Their chocolates are so creative and so incredibly good. I really want to do the CSC when we live closer again.

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    Kailey posted November 12, 2012 at 10:45 am

    this is my kind of post ;)
    The toffee almond sounds incredible.

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife posted November 12, 2012 at 11:17 am

    This post reminds me so much of Christmas at my grandma’s. She and I are the reigning family sweet tooth queens, and every year, she orders an enormous box of See’s chocolates. I look forward to them each December. I’m also with you on skipping the whole deciphering the “chocolate cheatsheet” that gives you the flavors. The surprise is part of the fun (and you know it’s going to be good!)

    • Bianca Garcia replied November 12th, 2012 at 11:30 am

      Ahhh I love those boxes of See’s!

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    Molly Galler posted November 12, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    It’s so fun to see what you got in your share vs. what came in mine! I am dying to try that toffee almond bar. I can’t wait to pick my next share up on Wednesday! See what was in my box: http://popbopshop.blogspot.com/2012/10/join-ehchocolatier-csc.html

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    Simply Life posted November 12, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    what a sweet memory with your family! Oh how I miss living in Somerville :) Though we aren’t too far now, I have a feeling I would have visited this place quite often! :)

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats posted November 12, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Aw, I love this story, Bianca! So cute that you used to go into your parent’s room to eat candy :) I’m seriously jealous of that box of chocolate you got. It looks amazing!

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    CCU posted November 13, 2012 at 3:57 am

    Oh man, I love your story (though can relate… shhhhhh) :D
    Yum!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet posted November 13, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Ok I love the idea of a chocolate share! Those do look pretty amazing!

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    Meghan posted November 13, 2012 at 9:38 am

    They are all so pretty!

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    Colleen @ Culinary Colleen posted November 13, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    There’s nothing better than a box of fancy chocolates! (I’m also glad I’m not the only one obsessed with chocolate covered gummy bears!!)

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted November 13, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    These do look better than kit kats (though I’m not above them!). Such works of art!

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    Susan (Oliepants) posted November 14, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    I too have a huge sweet tooth. I’m loving your picks – especially the toffee!

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    Sacha posted November 14, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    I order from EH Chocolatier ALL THE TIME. Too often really. Most recently, I tried the Peanut Butter Crunch Bars. They are unreal. The most complex, refined, caramelized, play on a butterfinger!

    • Bianca Garcia replied November 15th, 2012 at 11:11 am

      I also thought of those as being a very sophisticated version of butterfingers!

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    Joanne posted November 15, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Once you’ve had really GOOD chocolate, you just can’t go back to the mediocre stuff. This EH chocolatier chocolate looks amazing!

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    Amy (Savory Moments) posted November 15, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    This chocolate looks so delightful! I’d love a box of this to work my way through….

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    The Squishy Monster posted November 16, 2012 at 1:00 am

    This is precisely one of the reasons that food is so great—it connects us with so many wonderful memories–I do hate when they don’t include a “cheat sheet’ though—it’s crazy is what that is, lol.

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    Shannon posted November 16, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    a CSC??? woah. mind-blown. i need to try this place out :)

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    Hannah posted November 21, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Ah, see I need the cheat sheet, or else I might have all happiness destroyed by accidentally eating something with orange in it.

    High five for families with sweet tooths! We had dessert ‘most every night. Loved it.

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