Well, it's been years, literally, since I've had their chocolates, but my memory of Stowaway's as having the best homemade candy house style chocolates is true. I stopped off earlier today during a north shore jaunt and bought myself a pound of mostly milk chocolate, along with some other treats. My memory was that the chocolate is ultra-creamy, not greasy at all, just the right amount of sweet, and the perfect amount of balancing salt. I remembered aright.
The dark chocolate dipped candied ginger, yum, although the ginger's on the harder side, rather than the semi-wet stuff you get elsewhere. Very spicy. The milk chocolate dipped cashews, called half dipped? Boy, are those cashews. My husband promptly ate the whole bag I brought home for him, eliminating the diversion I hoped they'd serve as I pigged out on my box. All the nut clusters, cranberry, cherry and raisin clusters are perfect, as is the butternut crunch, which is just the right amount of crunch, without being jawbreaking. The turtles are perfect, with again, the right amount of salt in the caramel. I haven't started in on the buttercreams or the caramels yet, but I am confident they will excel.
I had one or two of the dark chocolates out of my Dad's dark assortment, and if I was ever going to like dark chocolate, this would be the stuff. Nicely fruity, good saltiness, still creamy and not brittle.
I so rarely eat chocolate that this was a special treat for me. Now that I've gone back, I'm happy to report this chocolate beats Phillips Candy House (Dorchester), Ben & Bill's (Northampton), and that place in Peabody (Putnam Pantry?) I can never remember the name of. It'll probably be another year or more before I go back for my personal consumption, but I will be ordering from them for my loved ones who are more chocolate-loving than I.