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L.A. Burdick

March 20, 2014 12:34 pm | By Linda Yung

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You know what makes me happy? Specialty shops. Cheese, olives, sea salts, meats, candy… I can go on. But I think the most inviting of all specialty shops are the chocolate ones.

I’ve always spent a lot of time in Harvard Square, but I’ve never taken a step inside L.A. Burdick here until my cousin surprised me with a piece of their Burdick cake made with layers of japonaise biscuit and rum ganache. It was rich, chocolately, and everything I needed after a long day of work, trudging through the frigid winter winds, and failed Boston public transportation.

I went back a few days later to pick up a few chocolate bars, and was a bit stumped by their expansive collection of mixes and single sourced chocolate bars. I settled on their classic best selling dark chocolate mix as well as the single source Ecuadorian bar. I must say, I’m very content with both of them and they do have distinct flavors, of which I have different cravings for. The dark chocolate mix was rich, creamy, with a hint of sweetness compared to the more citrusy Ecuadorian chocolate. I can’t wait to try the other ones.

L.A. Burdick also has a café area, so of course I had to try their famous dark blend hot cocoa, which is pretty much pure melted chocolate with a touch of steamed milk. It was plenty rich, and I must say I’m glad I ordered just a small. To balance out the richness, I went for their raspberry tart, which is a glorious flaky tart with a custard layer and mashed raspberries served with a dollop of thick whipped cream. I highly recommend that one. I almost didn’t even get it because I wanted to have another Burdick cake! Seriously drool worthy.

And you know what makes it even better? They have a shop in New York (where the business was started)!

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Linda Y. Yung is a die-hard New Yorker working towards a career in dietetics with lofty goals of improving the American diet. She is a proud double Jumbo at Tufts University, having received her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and her Master of Science in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition. Linda can also be described as any of the following: aspiring jet-setter, amateur tai chi master, or a hopelessly addicted NBA fanatic. She can be reached at or