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Chocolee- Ethereal Artisinal Chocolates in the South End

opinionatedchef | Jun 30, 201211:41 PM

I just can't figure it- now that we have finally made it to, and been enraptured by, Lee Napoli's welcoming artisinal chocolate shop in the South End, why doesn't Chocolee get the CH love it deserves?Why do CHs only steer visitors to Burdick's for fine quality hand made Boston chocolates?

Chocolee is a teeny shop on Dedham St just off Tremont. The owner, noted Boston pastry chef,Lee Napoli, works the counter (after having made all the chocolates herself during the week.) I watched her interact with children and adults alike and she could not have been warmer or more friendly. The shop has the feel of an antique sweets shop. Small batches means frequent 'sold out' disappointments but of the numerous varieties I was able to taste, I was most impressed by the filled chocolates: Hazelnut Gianduja, White Choc Pistachio cream(but I don't LIKE white chocolate, Lee!), Dark Chocolate Truffle, Peanut Butter and Three Citrus. The filled chocolates are predominantly covered with dark chocolate (hooray!) and they have a beautiful soft and silky mouthfeel. Lee regularly introduces and rotates new flavors. She also offers, on wkends only, prob the best Boston croissants I have found. A myriad of crispy light pastry layers surround a filling of robust gruyere and ham, or chocolate, or almond/almond paste . The creamy dark -chocolate- filled wkend beignets (fried-to-order) are always a sell-out for good reason. What a terrific place that is now on our regular rotation and our list of food-spots-worth-raving-in-Boston. Ya gotta try it!


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