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Apr 7, 2011 09:26 AM

Old-fashioned chocolate/candy shop


I'm looking for an old-fashioned candy shop for Easter candy. The type of place where the candy is delicious and made on-site, and where people have been filling up their Easter baskets for generations. I've got a car, so that is not a limitation.


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    1. Serenade in Brookline Village is exactly what you're looking for.

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      1. re: Jenny Ondioline I miss Bill Federer and the original Serenade shop in Coolidge Corner! Especially this time of year, when he made those to-die-for kosher for Passover chocolates!! I can remember several occasions where he was out of something, and he would tell me to come back in 30 minutes, and he would make more for me!!!! How do the chocolates in the current shop compare to his? I notice no more Passover ones.....

        1. re: Science Chick

          Sorry, Bill was before my time. They still have plenty of repeat customers, though. One of the people ahead of me in my annual pre-Valentine's Day visit said she'd been coming there every year since the original shop opened.

          1. re: Science Chick

            Bill Federer was a very nice man and my sister and I would go to the coolidge corner location and buy chocolate dipped fruits all the time. The Serenade of today is just as wonderful. It's even more upscale with great chocolates. I love Serenade.

        2. Outside of Boston, there is Furlong's Candy on Route 1 in Norwood that is family run and has been there forever. Also Hilliard's Candy, has several locations.
          Furlong's doesnt have a web site but if you google them you can get more info.

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          1. re: JudyHP

            I have such fond memories of visiting the Hilliard's candy shop in Easton. I haven't been in over 20 years but it's nice to know that the store is still around.

          2. Stowaway Sweets in Marblehead has been around since 1929 and makes its chocolates on site.

            1. Not sure if they are making Easter specific chocolates etc, but Formaggio kitchen makes a lot of stuff on-site, and generally it's extremely good, but extremely expensive. Burdick's is a good (a little cheaper) alternative.


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              1. re: trueblu

                I don't think FK makes the chocolates that it sells. I may be wrong. Certainly they carry stuff made elsewhere, including Burdick's mice. Similarly, their sugared almonds and other treats are from elsewhere, not made in-house. The macarons, on the other hand, are theirs.

                Neither B nor FK meets the OP's requirement that it be a place "where people have been filling up their Easter baskets for generations."

                Cambridge, MA, Cambridge, MA

                1. re: FoodDabbler

                  Fair point -- I was classifying sweet-meats as 'candy' since I'm not sure what the american term means. Does it mean only chocolate? And I'm not sure being old is necessary a marker in its own right of quality.


                  1. re: trueblu

                    I'm no expert, but as far as I know chocolate is candy, sugary stuff (butterscotch, etc) is candy, and *possibly* things like Jordan almonds, peanut brittle, etc., are candy. Baked stuff is usually not.

                    I agree that being old is not necessarily a marker of quality. But old was what the OP seemed to want. People often crave things they grew up with, irrespective of quality. My wife, whose palate usually agrees with mine, likes the intense, barely sweet, dark chocolate that I do, but also has a fondness for certain commercial candy bars she grew up with. I find them inedible.