It’s no surprise that I love chocolate. A lot of people love chocolate. However, when you get to see the behind the scenes of where chocolate is made, it turns your love affair into something way more tangible that people can relate to.
Take Phillips Chocolates for example. They are Boston’s oldest chocolatier and are still making things the old fashioned way. Since 1925, their recipes have remained much the same and they’re located in the same place in which they started! While much has changed in the surrounding areas, their dedication to old fashioned goodness stands the test of time. It’s definitely not easy having a family owned and operated business that can say they’ve seen their business through the Depression, wars and stock market crashes. Isn’t it nice knowing that there was chocolate to keep everyone going through all these tumultuous time?
Mary Ann Nagle leads the helm as the third generation chocolatier keeping tradition alive and well in their south Boston location. In such a fast paced world as today, taking a step through their doors (or looking through their catalog) gives you a glimpse at the child-like excitement that can still be embodied thanks to old time goodness. I know one of my favorite places to go when I go home to Buffalo is Wahl’s Candies. They believe so strongly in making great products, but stay true to the neighborhoods in which they serve. Phillips Chocolates does just that by embracing Boston’s locale, heritage and great qualities.
Behind their gift shop is where all the magic happens. It’s not a Willy Wonka factory, but instead a large homey kitchen where chocolates are hand crafted albeit in large batches. There was even an enrober and conveyor system for coating truffles in chocolate, imagine a small version of the iconic I Love Lucy chocolate factory skit.
While their main business is chocolates, they also have numerous candies throughout the shop to satisfy any sweet tooth including candies, cookies and even hot chocolate. Take a look at their catalog and see what I mean!
Phillips Chocolate absolutely honored the tradition of family, recipes which have been handed down for generations and a great homage to Boston that can’t be beat. I encourage you all to take a look at their website, or stop on in the next time you’re in the area!
To full plates and eating your tarte out….
Oh, you’re still reading? Well I’m very happy you’re here! I actually have two special gift packs to give away from my visit to Phillips Chocolates. Complete with a Boston postcard, Boston baked beans, salt water taffy, a candy stick and milk chocolate coin- you have the chance to win one! All you have to do is comment below telling me what your favorite chocolatier is, and your favorite type of chocolate. Winners will be chosen at random by 9/30/13, so get your answers in!