National Chocolate Day…A Decadent Holiday to Sinfully Splurge

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The world owes Christopher Columbus a lot of respect.  He discovered America, and one of our favorite food categories: chocolate.

We swoon over it, indulge in it, crave it and eat our heart out with it.  Chocolate is one of the most sinfully delicious treats in the entire world…and now it’s time to celebrate it!  Tuesday, October 28th marks National Chocolate Day.  Gear up Boston, because here’s the scrumptious scoop on where to savor chocolaty goodness all day long.

Bar Boulud, Boston at Mandarin Oriental Boston

(776 Boylston St, Boston, MA)

Get your vanilla and chocolate fix at Bar Boulud.  Their Vanilla Chocolate Tart ($8) is decadent, prepared with bittersweet chocolate ganache, vanilla chiffon and the perfect finishing touch of vanilla-chocolate marble ice cream.

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Bastille Kitchen

(49 Melcher St, Boston, MA)

Bastille’s Chocolate Mousse Tart ($9) highlights marshmallow brûlée…a heavenly combination.  Add this to your National Chocolate Day bucket list, and you will not be disappointed!

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Besito Mexican

(75 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, MA)

National Chocolate Day is certainly a holiday to give into your cravings.  Treat your palate to Besito’s Pastel de Chocolate ($7), a decadent Devil’s food cake layered with strawberries and whipped cream; garnished with pomegranate cabernet syrup and tres leche.

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Cask ‘n Flagon

(62 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA)

All Oreo cookie fanatics: you are in for a divine treat.  Cask ‘n Flagon’s Oreo Cookie Pie ($6.25) is mouthwateringly sinful, and the perfect way to honor National Chocolate Day.  This dessert highlights cake batter ice cream, Oreos, chocolate fudge and raspberry swirls.  It’s time to get this party started!

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Earls Kitchen + Bar

(#102 – 698 Assembly Row, Somerville, MA)

Earls’ Chocolate Hazelnut Bar ($8) will melt in your mouth.  This petite delicacy is everything you want in your chocolate: creamy and heavenly delightful.  Served with salted caramel and vanilla bean gelato, this dessert defines top-notch.

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Estelle’s Southern Cuisine

(782 Tremont St, Boston, MA)

An all-time classic snack is relishing bananas with chocolate and peanut butter.  Estelle’s has that craving covered with their Chocolate Peanut Butter & Banana Pie ($6.95), topped with fresh whipped cream.

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(55 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA)

Haru’s Banana Spring Rolls ($9) are seriously to die for: a luscious combination of all of your delectable desires embraced with chocolate dipping sauce.

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Legal Crossing

(558 Washington St, Boston)

Legal Crossing puts together an unlikely (but extremely tempting) duo: “sin free” and chocolate.  How can something that tastes absolutely superb be free of sin?  You’ll just have to check it out for yourself, and savor the “Sin Free” Chocolate Mousse ($8) with whipped cream and almond tuile.  If you’re prepared to go all out (keep in mind that it is National Chocolate Day), Legal Crossing’s Adult Profiteroles ($7) look just as perfect as they taste.  This dessert spotlights Eagle Rare bourbon ice cream and valrhona chocolate sauce.  ID is required for this naughty splurge!

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Legal Harborside

(270 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA)

Take your palate on a lavish journey with Legal Harborside’s Bon Bons ($5.50, four bite size ice cream scoops dipped in luscious chocolate), in addition to the venue’s Boston Cream Pie ($6.50).

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Legal Sea Foods

(Desserts available at all locations)

Legal Sea Foods is definitely prepared for National Chocolate Day with tasty offerings.  Their Belgian Chocolate Mousse Parfait ($6.95) is luscious with its smooth and creamy texture, no added sugar and it’s gluten free!  You also cannot go wrong with the Chocolate Layer Cake ($7.50) or Warm Chocolate Pudding Cake ($7.95), which features chocolate sauce, vanilla ice cream and coconut almond macaroon.

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(24 Fleet St, Boston, MA)

Who doesn’t love a helping of rich, delicious Chocolate Flourless Cake?  Prezza prepares the best, highlighted with raspberry puree and vanilla bean ice cream ($12).  Prezza also offers White Chocolate Bread Pudding ($12) with vanilla bean ice cream and crème anglaise.

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Tip Tap Room

(138 Cambridge St, Boston, MA)

Tip Tap puts a lavish spin on tradition with their Blackberry White Chocolate Bread Pudding ($7.95).  This dessert is prepared with brioche, cinnamon, caramel and whipped cream: a definite must-try!

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SKYBOKX 109 GastroSports

(319 Speen St, Natick, MA)

Warm chocolaty goodness all in one cast iron, SKYBOKX’s Cast Iron Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundae ($6) is incredibly delicious.  Garnished with vanilla ice cream, candied walnuts, hot fudge and whipped cream, this dessert is the cherry topping to National Chocolate Day.

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Strega Waterfront (1 Marina Park Drive, Boston, MA) and Strega Prime (100 Sylvan Road, Woburn, MA)

Celebrate your chocolate layer by layer at Strega Waterfront and Strega Prime.  Their Layered Chocolate Mousse Cake ($9) screams utter perfection, complete with raspberry coulis and fresh whipped cream.

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Chocolate completely deserves the highest form of respect; and you most certainly deserve to savor the highest form of chocolate!

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