Tag Archives: Chocolate

The Crop Circle Chronicles: Part 2

FunnySquareLast time, we visited the kitchen with Chica de Gallo as our host, where the conversation circled around avocados, limes, and mouth-searing peppers. For our second go-around at the Crop Circle communal kitchen space in Jamaica Plain, things were a little more sweet than spicy.

We arrived at 9pm on a chilly Thursday last week, while the Roxy’s crew was wrapping up for the night and members of the Nola’s Fresh team were sticking labels on salsa tubs. We’d barely said our hellos to hosts Russ & Shari of Apotheker’s Chocolate before they were offering us nibbles off a broken bar of their Cashew & Sea Salt chocolate—the first of many such generosities to come. Continue reading

AP & The Chocolate Factory, Part 2: Taza Chocolate

The blizzard is behind us, and with it all worries about stockpiling our pantries or digging a car out of the snow before the plows get to it.

But in case you were too busy filling your basket with bread & eggs to notice the chocolate display at every store, fret not—we’re here to remind you of that looming day in February, hopefully before your lady friend does.

As part of our local sweets exploration this month, we stopped by the Taza Chocolate factory in Somerville to stock up on a February’s worth of Mexican chocolate discs & chocolate-drenched nuts, and also to see just how they make their stuff so deliciously grainy and unconventionally addictive.

Cacao nibs ready to be ground into chocolate (Taza sells the shell left behind to farmers for use in mulch and to tea companies, like Brighton-based Mem tea, for use in cocoa-flavored teas)

Cacao nibs ready to be ground into chocolate (Taza sells the shell left behind to farmers for use in mulch and to tea companies, like Brighton-based Mem tea, for use in cocoa-flavored teas)

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AP & The Chocolate Factory, Part 1: EH Chocolatier

After weeks of playoff football that culminated in a sodium explosion of Super Bowl proportions, all of us at the shop are kind of anxious for the sweetness that is Valentine’s Day.

pecan clusters

To really sink our molars into this saccharine holiday, we decided to spend the weeks before Cupid’s arrival visiting our two closest chocolate-making neighbors, Somerville-based EH Chocolatier & Taza Chocolate.

Though the confectioners operate out of the same building (situated right between Inman & Union Squares), our first visit was to EH, the two-year-old love child of Elaine Hsieh & Catharine Sweeney. These two met when a mutual friend commissioned them to craft her wedding cake and deliver it to Cape Cod in the late 90s—before anyone had made this madcap plot into the reality TV cash cow it is now. Continue reading