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Northshore December 2018

Northshore magazine showcases the best that the North Shore of Boston, MA has to offer.

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117 personalization directly on the confections. Everything is made fresh to order, assembled on-site, cello-wrapped, and decorated accord- ing to the occasion. "Instead of sending flow- ers or a fruit basket, it gives another option," Kramer says. Ducao Chocolates For chocolates that are as artful as they are delicious, there's Ducao Chocolates, helmed by artisan chocolatier Rosa Familia. Her made-from-scratch hand-painted bonbons are almost too pretty to eat. Almost. Working from the kitchen at Town Market in Andover, Familia crafts gorgeous small-batch chocolates that like look like bright, colorful pieces of miniature modern art. Inside, the surprises continue, thanks to the chocolates' indulgent centers, like homemade ganache and fruit purees. Passionfruit, homemade salted caramel, and espresso are among the customer faves, while seasonal flavors like eggnog and pumpkin spice are just right for the holidays. Familia does limited-edition items, too, like Carrie Bradshaw–worthy chocolate stilettos for Mother's Day and bonbons filled with local whisky from Bully Boy Distillers for Father's Day. Familia also creates dessert bars in flavors like caramelized white chocolate and roasted pistachio, or milk chocolate, peanut butter, and raspberry jam for the tastiest, most sophisticated PB&J you can imagine. Plus, all the chocolates are beautifully boxed for gifting, including assortments for those who can't choose just one flavor. Ducao makes small-batch specialty chocolates.

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