Sunday, March 11, 2012

Godiva: Bliss at the Food Court


You might not expect fabulousness at the food court, as a rule. But right next to the entrance of the snack hive at Prudential, there sits a beacon of happiness for chocolate lovers: the Godiva store. Now, had I walked by and not gone in, I would've thought of gold boxes given as high school graduation presents, and not much more. But the Godiva store is really quite a bit more than just a shop to pick up a box, and Godiva has gone far beyond the little gold boxes.


There is a marble counter where you can watch Godiva chocolate being melted and stirred, all in preparation for chocolate covered strawberries the size of softballs (or, to share, paper cones filled with smaller berries). For a lux treat, you can have a Godiva milkshake (be prepared to part with more than a fiver for one). In the counter display case, one can find all manner of chocolate covered treats prepared in the store, as well as bon bons and truffles that have been "finished," which is to say dipped and dazzled in a little extra chocolate than the ones that are wrapped up in boxes. Although, really, the ones in boxes aren't all that plain!


So how does Godiva chocolate taste these days? I would say that it's a happy medium between what is thought of as American chocolate and the serious bee sting of dark chocolate that European candy makers, like Teuscher, excel at (yes, Godvia started in Belgium, but I think what they sell in America has been geared toward our tastes). For 70 cents, you can have a weighty, satisfying truffle that walks the right line between chocolate flavor and all the other good stuff (butter, milk, etc.).


Also of note? The people working in the store are really nice, and are usually handing out a free sample. For Easter, if you are looking to put together a basket, they'll help you (bring your Amex; one chocolate "Bertie the bunny" is twenty dollars).

www.godiva.com
800 Boylston Street, Boston

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