Do you like chocolate? Do you crave chocolate? Well if you’re a chocolate fiend try and do your best to stay away from ChocoLee Chocolates, which just reopened at their new location in the South End! Why am I telling you to avoid ChocoLee? Well, one piece, and you just might get hooked.
Chef Lee Napoli (get it, Choco-Lee?) is a renowned pastry chef who has worked in Boston for 30 years at esteemed restaurants like Maison Robert, Anago, Metro, Bricco, The Buttery, and Sandrine’s Bistro. Chef Lee has received many accolades over her 30 year career including Yankee Magazine’s, Best Five Chocolate Makers in New England, (2009) because her artisan chocolates are made to perfection by hand every day. Karen Jane of Boston raves, “”Lee designs and makes the chocolate here. She isn’t buying someone else’s designs, she isn’t a global franchise, and she isn’t collecting the world of other artisans. After I found this chocolate, I have never preferred another.”
Some customer favorites of Chef Lee’s are salted caramel, chocolate beignets (warm, chocolate-filled bread,) and, of course, truffles. Chef Lee is a truffle-expert, inventing new flavors of milk, white, and dark chocolate every week, and is known for her exotic spicy Pablano chile, Chambord, and lemon curd, as well as her more traditional espresso, hazelnut, Moroccan mint, and white chocolate pistachio. And at $2.50 each, you don’t have to break the bank to taste perfection in gourmet chocolate! With Easter right around the corner, Lee’s chocolate bunnies have been a hit, filled with coconut cream, espresso ganache, or white chocolate. And for only $3.50 a piece, Easter could be tastier than ever if you swing by Chef Lee’s new location at the old Haley House Bakers at the intersection of Montgomery and Dartmouth Streets in the South End.
The Luxist’s Donna Rogers quotes Lee, “I’ve been a pastry chef in the Boston area for about 30 years…the name of the shop is the word, chocolate, and my name, Lee…I make all the chocolates myself and they are made fresh daily. We offer a wide variety of handmade truffles which we hand scoop, hand roll and dip. We create new varieties every week!”