By Christi Kim
When you're in need of a quick sugar rush, you can find chocolate at plenty of places in this city. But if you’re looking for sweets that look beautiful and taste delicious, the place to go is Brookline Village’s Serenade Chocolatier. The shop’s creative chocolate designs -- all of which are made in-store -- make great gifts for a friend, family member, or coworkers -- or yourself.
“We’ve been around for 26 years now, and we’ve always made our own chocolate right here in our open kitchen,” said Nur Kilic, Serenade’s owner. “We make about 55-56 different types of chocolates a week. We experiment, we change some things. Some things are standard, some things are seasonal.”
The fact that all of Serenade’s chocolates are made in-house is a big selling point.
“People really like that we make it here,” said Caroline Drozdiak, a Serenade employee. “If you come during the afternoon, we have all the pedals going, and you can see us doing everything. It goes right to here, and it’s very fresh.”
Serenade Chocolatier's history also adds something special to the shop's offerings. Holocaust survivor and well-known Viennese chocolatier William "Bill" Federer founded the store in 1960. Kilic trained under Federer until the latter's passing in 2006, after which she continued to run the store.
While anything you purchase at Serenade is going to taste heavenly, my recommendations for must-try items are the coconut cluster, which is a surprisingly perfect blend of coconut and either milk or dark chocolate, and the Viennese truffle -- the store's most popular item -- made with hazelnut butter and chocolate.
Serenade's most unique piece, however, is the chocolate pinata cake. Once you smash open the cake with the included wooden mallet, you'll find chocolate nuts, caramels, toffees, and other treats hidden away inside. Serenade also offers novelty molded chocolates, like a piano-shaped chocolate (in keeping with the store's name) featuring white and dark chocolate keys.
Of course, good chocolate comes at a price, and Serenade Chocolatier's creations are definitely on the more expensive side: A "classic assortment" of 12 chocolates will run you $16, and individual chocolates come out to about $1 per piece when weighed by the pound.
But despite the relatively high price, Serenade's chocolates are addicting; those who have tried them once can’t seem to get enough.
“Thank goodness I made it here in time!” said customer Kelly Burke as she rushed into the store near closing time. "I was sitting in traffic [and thinking], ‘I have to get there. It closes at 6!’ I always bug my boyfriend to stop here to get some chocolates because they’re so good.”
Have you tried Serenade Chocolatier's creations?
Photos by Eric B. Lee
About Christi -- I'm a student and copy editor in Boston. I have an interest in pretty much everything. I like to spend my free time as part photographer, writer, graphic designer, foodie, artist, and musician. I enjoy reading in a quiet sunlit room and watching movies with friends.
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