Legendary | Worth driving from anywhere
Review by: Michael Stern
We originally stumbled upon the Bridgewater Chocolate store the week before Valentine’s Day. The holiday was a perfect excuse for walking out with several pounds of candy, and we are so glad we did, for this candy, made by chocolatier Erik Landegren (whose prior culinary claim to fame was as founder of New York City’s Aquavit), turned out to be the best chocolate we have eaten anywhere, any time.
It was apparent we were in for a treat the moment we set foot inside the shop, which is located in the most unlikely place – an industrial park where it shares real estate with a gym. But the air inside is chocoholic heaven, with an aroma that is intense but not cloying, like vaporous cocoa laced with the sweetness of fruit. The store area is fairly small, decorated with the beautiful hinged boxes in which Bridgewater packs its goodies. Beyond the display area is a glass window that provides a view into the chocolate-making area, where men and women produce truffles, mints, chocolate bark and chocolate bars, glazed ginger, apricot, and orange peel, and diabolically delicious chocolate turtles. The turtles are made with pecans or almonds suspended in a firm caramel and enrobed in a “shell” of magnificent chocolate, milk or dark.
The repertoire of temptations also includes chocolate covered Graham crackers that are nothing like the ones you find in supermarkets. These are spread with a microthin layer of lemon cream then coated with dark chocolate, or lime cream then milk chocolate.
Just down the road from the “factory store,” Bridgewater Chocolate has a retail shop where it is possible to by chocolate either by the piece or pound. It is located at 227 Federal Road. There also is a store in West Hartford at 12 LaSalle Rd.
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