Valentine's Day chocolate taste test
Serenade ChocolatierThis friendly Brookline Village shop offers an appealing assortment in a red heart box, which holds about 37 pieces ($38 per pound). Flat chocolates are decorated with argyle patterns, strawberries, and coffee beans. You find heart shapes, butterflies, and fans in the assortment. Beautiful presentation, great contrast between filling and chocolate, chocolate truffle is fantastic, melts in your mouth, appealing balance between cashew and chocolate. Others: marshmallow unpleasantly gooey, pistachio filling bland, not chocolaty enough, too sugary sweet. Favorite of several tasters.
5 Harvard Square, Brookline Village, Brookline, 617-739-0795, www.serenadechocolatier.com