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Food Review: Burdick Chocolates

By Kate Samranvedhya
staff reporter

L. A. Burdick

Handmade Chocolates

52 Brattle Street

Cambridge, MA

As I was looking for a perfect place to write on a cold winter night during Valentine's weekend, I saw a petite Chocolate shop on Brattle street. It reminded me of a small artisan shop in Europe. I knew then, I'd found my romantic Valentine's place.

I went in for a cup of hot chocolate. Mr. Burdick was not there for an interview, but his hot chocolate spoke for the fine quality of Burdick chocolate. Topped with the foam of steamed milk, his hot chocolate was rich, thick, and creamy. Each sip filled my mouth with the fullness of chocolate, unlike any hot chocolate I had ever tried before. My chocolate break on a tiny table for two was perfect for such a cold winter night.

Like any other cafe, Burdick Chocolate offers a variety of fine tea, many forms of coffee, a choice of fruit salad, and perhaps a plate of green salad with prosciutto. The main attraction, however, is Burdick Chocolate. Each little piece of Burdick Chocolate is made by hand. Each ingredient that goes into his chocolate is of superb quality, such as Valrhona from France. If you think Godiva is good, Burdick has a different, higher standard. When you have tried his chocolate, the taste will linger in your mind, making you return again and again.

Everything about Burdick Chocolate reminds me of the best-quality French small chocolate producers. They are good, rare, and, for a chocolate fan like I am, to-die-for. And now, chocolate of such quality is right here in Harvard square, not New York, not Paris.

To sample his chocolate, make sure you get one of the inch-high mice. Each mouse comes with almond ears and a silk tail. The dark chocolate mice have the orange tint, while the milk ones have dark chocolate with mocha, and the white chocolate mice are filled with dark chocolate and cinnamon. They are certainly one of the cutest edible mice.

This past Valentine's, Burdick made a special selection of stacks of hearts. Three wooden heart-shaped boxes were filled with dried fruit: dipped in chocolate in the largest heart, assorted chocolate in the middle heart, and three chocolate mice in the small heart. The stack was tied with sheer red ribbon. The stacks of hearts were sold out quickly. Yet, I am sure that Burdick will present his chocolate lovers with something more exciting each time. I can't wait for Easter.

Other than assorted chocolate, which I recommend, Burdick chocolate offers hot chocolate mix with Burdick cup and saucer, Linzer torte, a rum-flavored cigar in a wooden box, a box of 16 mice, chocolate-dipped dried fruit, or even a picnic basket of chocolate.

The only thing I would recommend is more tables in his Cambridge branch. I find it hard to get a seat, especially on a cold night when everyone seems to want a cup of hot chocolate. If you are lucky enough to be seated, treat yourself with some pastries, which are equally good with the chocolate. Drink the hot chocolate to the last drip and you will see what lies on the bottom of Burdick chocolate.