Gloucester is known for beaches, seafood, and "The Perfect Storm," and we'd like to add the chocolate shop Turtle Alley to the list. Hallie Baker (a fitting name) makes luscious turtles in milk, dark, or white chocolate with pecans, cashews, almonds, and macadamia nuts. The chocolatier also creates special cherry apricot almond, aloha, and chipotle turtles, and does a brisk fudge business. We sunk our teeth into a fabulous peanut butter cup that was creamy and not too sweet. Road trip, anyone?
$20 a pound ($10 for fudge). Turtle Alley, 91A Washington St., Gloucester. 978-281-4000. www.turtlealley.com