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Phillips Chocolates and Giveaway!

My delicious chocolate box from Phillips Chocolates filled with truffles, peanut butter cups, turtles and so much more!

My delicious chocolate box from Phillips Chocolates filled with truffles, peanut butter cups, turtles and so much more!

It’s no surprise that I love chocolate. A lot of people love chocolate. However, when you get to see the behind the scenes of where chocolate is made, it turns your love affair into something way more tangible that people can relate to.

The outside of the magical chocolate factory and gift shop.

The outside of the magical chocolate factory and gift shop called Phillips Chocolates or Phillips Candy House.

Take Phillips Chocolates for example. They are Boston’s oldest chocolatier and are still making things the old fashioned way. Since 1925, their recipes have remained much the same and they’re located in the same place in which they started! While much has changed in the surrounding areas, their dedication to old fashioned goodness stands the test of time. It’s definitely not easy having a family owned and operated business that can say they’ve seen their business through the Depression, wars and stock market crashes. Isn’t it nice knowing that there was chocolate to keep everyone going through all these tumultuous time?

The first two generations of Phillips Chocolate. Image/postcard provided by Phillips Chocolates.

The first two generations of Phillips Chocolate. Image/postcard provided by Phillips Chocolates.

Mary Ann Nagle leads the helm as the third generation chocolatier keeping tradition alive and well in their south Boston location. In such a fast paced world as today, taking a step through their doors (or looking through their catalog) gives you a glimpse at the child-like excitement that can still be embodied thanks to old time goodness. I know one of my favorite places to go when I go home to Buffalo is Wahl’s Candies. They believe so strongly in making great products, but stay true to the neighborhoods in which they serve. Phillips Chocolates does just that by embracing Boston’s locale, heritage and great qualities.

Boston strong! Lots of gift packages honoring just that, or a great moment from your visit.

Boston strong! Lots of gift packages honoring just that, or a great time had on your visit your visit.

Showing some more Boston love through chocolate!

Showing some more Boston love through chocolate!

Phillips Chocolate is right near the water and with it comes homage to the sea- chocolate rocks and lighthouse.

Phillips Chocolate is right near the water and with it comes homage to the ocean- chocolate rocks and lighthouse anyone?

Behind their gift shop is where all the magic happens. It’s not a Willy Wonka factory, but instead a large homey kitchen where chocolates are hand crafted albeit in large batches. There was even an enrober and conveyor system for coating truffles in chocolate, imagine a small version of the iconic I Love Lucy chocolate factory skit.

The kitchen where copper still holds a very prominent place.

The kitchen where copper still holds a very prominent place.

Sheet of raspberry jelly, perfect for a variety of uses.

Sheet of raspberry jelly, perfect for a variety of uses.

This is an old time coffee roaster, now used to roast nuts!

This is an old time coffee roaster, now used to roast nuts!

Dollops of peanut butter ready to become peanut butter cups.

Dollops of peanut butter ready to become peanut butter cups.

Lots, and lots and lots of  freshly made turtles.

Lots, and lots and lots of freshly made turtles.

Oh! And more turtles, this time almonds!

Oh! And more turtles, this time almonds!

While their main business is chocolates, they also have numerous candies throughout the shop to satisfy any sweet tooth including candies, cookies and even hot chocolate. Take a look at their catalog and see what I mean!

Varieties of hand wrapped candies, chocolates and goodies.

Varieties of hand wrapped candies, chocolates and goodies.

Chocolate shoes, enough said.

Chocolate shoes, enough said.

More shoes! This time with a bit more longevity. These also make really cute gifts.

More shoes! This time with a bit more longevity. These also make really cute gifts.

An entire chocolate basket. Everything is edible….except for the bow and wrapping.

An entire chocolate basket. Everything is edible….except for the bow and wrapping.

The chocolate display areas housing a multitude of flavors. Please ask for assistance and do be sure to keep the children under check!

The chocolate display areas housing a multitude of flavors. Please ask for assistance and do be sure to keep the children under check as everything is at their level. Paradise indeed!

Rows of chocolate in a multitude of varieties including turtles, caramels, truffles, bark, sugar free and more!

Rows of chocolate in varieties including turtles, caramels, truffles, bark, fudge, sugar free and more!

Each "loop" on top is done by hand to help ensure telling careful onlookers which flavor is which. Any guesses as to what this might be?

Each “loop” on top is done by hand to help ensure which flavor is which. Any guesses as to what this might be?

Phillips even has chocolate bark in a wide variety of flavors.

Phillips even has chocolate bark in a wide variety of flavors.

Phillips Chocolate absolutely honored the tradition of family, recipes which have been handed down for generations and a great homage to Boston that can’t be beat. I encourage you all to take a look at their website, or stop on in the next time you’re in the area!

To full plates and eating your tarte out….

Oh, you’re still reading? Well I’m very happy you’re here! I actually have two special gift packs to give away from my visit to Phillips Chocolates. Complete with a Boston postcard, Boston baked beans, salt water taffy, a candy stick and milk chocolate coin- you have the chance to win one! All you have to do is comment below telling me what your favorite chocolatier is, and your favorite type of chocolate. Winners will be chosen at random by 9/30/13, so get your answers in!

Boston goodie giveaway. Gift package made by Phillips Candy House and includes a Boston postcard, candy stick, milk chocolate coin, Boston baked beans and salt water taffy. Giveaway provided by Eat Your Tarte Out.

Boston goodie giveaway. Gift package made by Phillips Candy House and includes a Boston postcard, candy stick, milk chocolate coin, Boston baked beans and salt water taffy. Giveaway provided by Eat Your Tarte Out.

Written by Tarte Chic

Author Kat Nielsen (formerly Kat Wojtylak) is a creative type with an immense love for food. She maintains a day job handling marketing and brand support to various companies while enjoying her evenings and weekends writing recipes and blogging all about her culinary experiences.

Comments (19 comments)

  • Lea Purcell
    September 27, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I like John and Keira’s from Philadelphia. Their chocolate mint candies are made with mint grown by local schoolchildren. Pretty sweet.

  • September 27, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Big fan of Purefections in Quincy, MA if in town you should try it! My favorite is dark chocolate for sure.

  • Amy B
    September 12, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    I love Phillips Candy House. It is so nice and old-fashioned when you enter with its dreamy, intoxicating smell of melted chocolate. This is a place that actually takest he time to do everything by hand and it shows.

  • Linda Lank
    September 11, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    There are so many wonderful chocolatiers out there, it’s hard to choose a favorite…but I would have to say EH Chocolatier (a local business in my city of Somerville, Mass.) As for my favorite chocolate, I love anything dark chocolate!

  • Christine Y.
    September 11, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Any chocolate from Purefections in Quincy is amazing–their dark chocolate tartarugas are incredible, as are their PB&Fluff truffles.

  • Jen zuba
    September 9, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    I love Vosges chocolate based out of Chicago. Their bacon chocolate bars are my favorite!

  • kathleen prizzio
    September 9, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    It has to be Phillips Chocolate. I grew up in Dorchester and loved receiving Easter Eggs from Phillips. Also, my mother was a HUGE fan of your fruit slices. I have a smile on my face every time I see your fruit slices. My husband says that your milk chocolate creams are the BEST and my daughter is a huge fan of your chocolate turtles.

  • September 8, 2013 at 11:28 am

    I definitely like to visit Wockenfuss every time I visit Ocean City, MD–their chocolate is delicious! In terms of chocolate, my motto is “the darker, the better”! I like semi-sweet, dark, bitter chocolate. And I definitely love chocolate covered pretzels or peanuts. Hershey’s chocolate is also very good, as far as a commercial chocolatier goes; we visit Hershey, PA frequently, and if you ever go there, make sure to visit The Hershey Story & do their chocolate tasting! I think it is something like 7 or 8 types of chocolates that are each from a specific country. Really neat!

  • September 6, 2013 at 11:30 am

    1st, is this a trick? Winners will be chosen by 9-31-13? I’m looking at my calendar, and well….

    OK, all kidding aside, if you ever get to Wisconsin, you MUST visit Seroogy’s. They are also family owned, several generations now of doing it the “old fashioned way.” I have a feeling you’d very m uch love visiting them. They are my very favorite! I like almost all products they make, but their Butter Fudge Eggs have to be the all time favorite. Soooooo yummy! I can’t wait for Easter to roll around so I can have more. (sure, I can have them all year round if I really WANT to, but i enjoy buying them from the kids at Easter to help their various fund raising activities.

  • Lorraine
    September 6, 2013 at 9:05 am

    My favorites are Wockenfuss (a few locations in Maryland), and Asher’s (located in SE Pennsylvania). I love dark chocolate!! And of course living in PA, who doesn’t love them some Hershey’s chocolate? 🙂

  • maymay1013
    September 4, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    As a child, Hershey’s milk chocolate was an all time favorite and given a choice between M&M/Mars brand and Hershey’s, I’d always choose the latter. So I was surprised to find out the rich melt in your mouth goodness of Dove chocolates were made by Mars, which is now my preference when shopping at a grocer. However, given the rare opportunity to indulge in finer tastes, a local sweets shoppe by the name Three George’s makes the best handcrafted confections on the Gulf Coast!

  • September 4, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Reblogged this on Snarky Sarcastic Bish!!!.

  • September 4, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    BTW OMG shoes and chocolate, I think I am in love.

  • September 4, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    I have to say Ghirardelli at Downtown Disney. It is amazing – must have some magic pixey dust on it!

  • September 4, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    I have NEVER had the joy and privilege of being at a Chocolatier. I have been to Savannah sweets which is kewl, but not the same. What is my favorite chocolate???? Right like I can pick just one, but I will have to go with caramel and chocolate. Nothing can make a day bad when you have caramel and chocolate.

  • September 4, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    British Cadbury…or any good chocolate covered caramel! : )

    Awesome giveaway! Thanks for thinking of your readers like this. : )

  • Ellie
    September 4, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Well it’s a tossup between Éclat Chocolate in West Chester, PA, and Bomboy’s in Havre de Grace, MD. My favorite chocolate treat is probably chocolate covered expresso beans!

  • September 4, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Loved Finale Chocolate and desserts 🙂 Can ALL chocolate be a favorite type? Our entire dessert array was my favorite <3

  • KATHLEEN SENGER
    September 2, 2013 at 10:22 am

    It’s a toss up between … Orange Chocolate Sponge candy from Wahl’s (Buffalo, NY) and Dark Chocolate covered Marzipan from Alethea’s (Buffalo NY).

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