Wow. Really Wow. I was long overdue for a recon at Burdick's, so I reviewed their website descriptions and stopped by the Harv Sq store today for a sampling of chocolates.
I tasted 9 varieties of chocolates. All of them were inarguably high quality and well made, with clean and delicate eye appeal. Mouthfeel was what it should be - luxuriant and silky creamy, and their dark chocolate flavor profile is certainly unique to them. The problem I had with Burdick years ago, that flavors were often way too subtle/ non existent, was ameliorated this time. I found particularly successful flavors in the Orange, Pistachio, Sesame, Hazelnut and Cardamom varieties.
Given all that, I am unlikely to return. Very simple reason>> It's the cost. As an example, picture this:
--Take 2 quarters sandwiched together. Cover them with chocolate.Do that a second time; now put the 2 pieces in a paper cup. Now hand the nice counter man $2.
--Remove the last joint of your middle finger, cover that with chocolate and put it in a paper cup. And hand the nice man another $2.
I mean, REAlly, who keeps these people in business? ( I guess it's the same people who are loyal regulars of Oishi Boston and OYa and Menton and Grill 23.) And as bad as their pricing was, I found their business ethics equally shocking. Of the 9 varieties I tried, Three were misrepresented. Nowhere on the online shopping page did it explain this, but when you buy a Cardamom Caramel, what you receive is a thin Cardamom Caramel(like 2 quarters...) on top of a separate thin Vanilla Caramel. And when you buy a Hazelnut, what you receive is a Hazelnut chocolate on top of a Pave (non hazelnut) chocolate. Same with the Pistachio and others. well phooey.
So, if you or your mom is a hedge fund manager, sure, go for it. I mean, you might as well have something wonderful to relish on your Maui mountaintop............
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