Artisan Chocolates

Confections From The Heart

Do what you love. Follow your passion. We’ve all heard this advice, but it takes courage to follow it. Fortunately for all of us chocolate lovers, Elaine Hsieh has no shortage of courage.

Elaine left a successful medical career to become a chocolatier. She trained at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts in Massachusetts and the Ecole Chocolat in Vancouver, British Columbia. Then she teamed with Catharine Sweeney, and the two friends launched their own artisanal chocolate and confection company in Somerville,

Freshness rules at EHChocolatier, where Elaine and Catharine make all the confections from scratch, in small batches, using natural ingredients (no artificial flavors or preservatives). They follow classic techniques and craft each chocolate by hand. From their choice of ingredients and cooking methods to the painstaking decorating and elegant packaging of each piece, no detail is overlooked. The result is balanced flavors, compelling textures and beautiful presentations. You can taste the passion -- and it’s delicious!
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Elaine

    Gobble Gobble and HoHoHo – EHChocolatier is thrilled to be the FEATURED GROMMET today! Just in time for the holidays – why go the route of pecan pie? Break out of that traditional dessert "box" and think Tasty Yummy Oozy Pecan Clusters made with Knob Creek Bourbon caramel, maple roasted pecans and dark chocolate. OR one (or more!) of our beautiful boxes of unique and transcending bonbons. We make everything by hand, in micro-small batches with a focus on creating amazing flavors, textures, and beautiful design. Plus a lot of love. We’re always happy to talk chocolate so bring on the questions!

  • Julia
    Julia – Grommet Team
    11/7/2011 2:08 PM

    It has been such a pleasure working on this Grommet. I will never forget when the samples first arrived to test over a year ago. The second I bit into a bon bon, everything around me stopped as the layers of flavor melted from one to another, taking me on a sweet adventurous journey. It was a Masala Chai Tea bon bon and it was music in my mouth. The little inserts describing the flavors have lived on my bulletin board ever since to make sure it became a Grommet.

    I have read about top chefs having special seating afterhours where they go off menu and experiment. They make new combinations of flavors and textures that are unexpected and playful. EHChoclatier Chocolate Club is that in the realm of artisan chocolates. Their new masterpiece revelations are first and maybe only ever savored by the lucky Chocolate club members. No more mediocre sweets and treats, I’m saving myself for EHChoclatier Chocolates.

  • Charles Hoover
    Charles Hoover
    12/22/2011 4:07 PM

    Julia, are you high? These were horrible! I cannot believe you are selling these under the premise that they are palatable! Shame on you all. The only one I could even keep down was the Jasmine flavor and only because I was trying to get the rest of the Earl Grey taste out of my mouth! I could hardly bear that and then tried the Chai Tea one and threw up! Honestly! Luckily they were really small. Nine of them for almost $25 is such a rip off. It didn't even weigh a pound with all the packaging and the shipping box. Speaking of packaging, there was an excessive amount of it. I opened the cardboard shipping box, in which I found a full page mailing slip (no cost of anything showing deeming it unecessary) to find a silver bubble wrap bag which I wrestled open to find two 6" X 6 3/4" zip locked bags. One held two pouches of gel the other held a box with a green paper that enveloped the box with a sticker stating their logo, name of their company, their opinion of what the box contained "artisan chocolates", and their website address which ripped the nice paper upon opening up to the black cleverly cut cardstock box that actually held itself closed,unnecessarily. I open the box to find another expensive brown thick shiny tissue paper again stuck together with another unnecessary sticker ripping the nice paper to find another matching brown shiny paper covered square of bubble wrap, oh upon the bubble wrap was a medium to high end business card (more of their info and opinions of qualities they would like to believe their chocolate had) So,the card,then the bubble wrap were removed to unveil another expensive vellum paper printed with the name and their opinionated description of each horrible morsel repeated 3x. Now,the picture advertised shows 9 beautifully "handcrafted" squares of chocolate fudge decorated with cherry blossom trees "handcrafted" on them. Very deceiving. I am so glad I didn't give this as a gift to anyone I liked, I would have been so embarrassed. I used to work for a printing place so I know the costs of quality materials, which is what I feel I have paid for when I purchased these chocolates - the lovely wrapping. If it wasn't so excessive they could spend more on better products and more researching and taste testing. I would definitely NOT recommend this purchase unless you are into quality shipping and packaging materials or to give it to someone you despise.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/22/2011 4:59 PM

    @Charles Hoover: Oh no that's not what we like to hear! We wish that these chocolates had been to your taste. Our testers couldn't stop raving about them. It's hard to know which layer of the packaging was excessive and which was necessary to ensure that your purchase got to you in the best condition possible considering its journey on delivery trucks. That they used quality materials in their shipping and presentation is not surprising. I will share your feedback with the team. Thank you for stopping by.

  • Julia
    Julia – Grommet Team
    12/23/2011 12:34 PM

    Wow Charles. This is surprising. I sent them to my landlord as a thank you and he called me yesterday to share how much he enjoyed them. Well, if you have an ideal chocolate company that hits the mark for you, please let us know.

  • Charles Hoover
    Charles Hoover
    12/25/2011 5:45 PM

    I have found the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory to have some very pleasing chocolates. Unfortunately the two sites we had in Hawaii have closed. So I was looking for another company when I tried these chocolates. They really looked like they would taste good and I liked their story. Plus Daily Grommet usually has things I enjoy. But I guess I must have got a bad batch or something. I would really like to see a video of others trying this chocolate for the first time and their honest reactions.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/5/2012 1:28 PM

    @Charles Hoover: Rocky Mountain does have some great chocolates. If you ever come across another up and coming chocolatier in your quest for a replacement. Please let us know about it!

  • Catharine Sweeney
    Catharine Sweeney
    12/26/2011 10:18 AM

    Dear Charles, I’m sorry to hear you didn’t like the selection of tea bonbons you ordered. While we have many followers that love our chocolates, it sounds like our style of chocolate making is not for you. I understand your frustration with the packaging but when we ship chocolates to warm weather climates, we need to make sure they get there without melting, so of course that requires extra packaging. Thank you for giving us a try.

  • Nancy
    12/30/2011 4:56 PM

    Best chocolates I've ever experienced - truly artisan!...and as a Cordon Bleu grad I have made and tasted a wide variety of chocolate. I received other 'gourmet' chocolates for the butter is listed in the ingredients, and as they are not hand dipped, thus the 'shell' is too thick to fully appreciate the ganache. I purchased 'fine chocolates' at Whole Foods - they tasted like the case. I also enjoy See's and Godiva - but these are a different type of the difference between arugula and iceberg lettuce, or Starkist and sushi - each has its place. EH Chocolatiers are expensive - but due to the quality, and I am spoiled for any other fine chocolates.

  • Tori
    Tori – Grommet Team
    12/30/2011 5:05 PM

    @Nancy Casey: Thank you for your great description. We are pleased to hear how much you enjoy these chocolates!

  • AL
    1/2/2012 12:12 PM

    We received these chocolates as a gift and we fight to make sure we each get our share. They are creative and obviously hand crafted bites of deliciousness. We look forward each month when a new box arrives. What an elegant gift. We love them.

  • Judy Beck
    Judy Beck
    1/2/2012 1:14 PM

    I so appreciate the kind gift of these fabulous chocolates each Christmas. I cannot claim any gourmet credentials but I know what I enjoy and the sampler we receive has NEVER disappointed. Not one piece. The care and quality going into each unique flavor is obvious. Bravo to the creators of such treats!

  • DNS
    1/2/2012 1:42 PM

    So pleased to have discovered this company!. Loved what I have sampled. Creative flavor combinations were a real pallet pleaser. New and unexpected, as well familiar - all beautifully crafted and packaged.

  • Debra Gessel
    Debra Gessel
    1/2/2012 8:33 PM

    I love EH Chocolatier chocolates, especially the pecan clusters with the delicious caramel. I studied chocolate making and Catharine and Elaine's chocolates are truly well made. They also have a wonderful monthly chocolate club. I received rave reviews from everyone that I sent their chocolates to over the holidays!

  • Maggie
    1/2/2012 8:38 PM

    I love these chocolates and am always so excited the day they arrive in the mail. So delicious and unique...they could not be any better. I am genuinely shocked by the poor review above--it seriously must have been a fluke. Nothing better and am always raving about EHChocolatier and will continue to do so!!!

  • The Whittemores
    The Whittemores
    1/3/2012 2:39 PM

    We recieved chocolates by EH Choclatier last year and this past Christmas and have enjoyed every bite! The chocolates are long gone, but we are hoarding the peppermint bark and just nibbling to make it last. We look forward to the surprize varieties of chocolates coming in the next months.

  • BKG
    1/3/2012 5:03 PM

    I think Catharine and Elaine make superb chocolates, especially the pecan clusters we have sent these for Christmas presents and they are always appreciated.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/5/2012 1:30 PM

    We always love it when our Grommet partners reach out to their existing customers to stop by and give us their first hand experience with a product. Thanks everyone for stopping by. You are all lucky to have been the recipients of their chocolates!

  • Chitown Mommy
    Chitown Mommy
    1/24/2012 3:52 PM

    What are the actual "flavors" of the chocolates available for purchase--do they very (aside from the tea chocolate options--I read that someone still has the peppermint bark ones--is that part of the flavors, or do you offer more purchase options aside from the ones shown in images and video.

    Lastly if I may suggest, that you limit shipping to the "warmer states" to certain times of the will encourage more satisfied buyers I imagine--or ship it with dry ice (??)

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/24/2012 4:37 PM

    @Chitown Mommy: Great questions and suggestions. This Grommet is an adventure in artisan chocolate! The Chef's Choice options and the Chocolate Club are all dependent on the types of confections they are currently bringing to life in their kitchen so it will vary from month to month.

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