Decadent. Out of this world. Amazing.
All three come to mind when I think about the treats our family had the pleasure of sampling from Harvard Sweet Boutique. Normally if I wanted a treat, I would just bake one. For special occasions though, it would be nice to have someone send me a gift box full of goodies just like this one. Especially this one.
Our pretty little gift box was Valentine’s Day themed and came in a red and gold heart design box. The package was topped with a lovely ribbon bow and gift tag. Inside, each individual treat was sealed tightly. As I pulled them out, I just thought how perfect each one looked! Since my hubby is a treat fiend, we have had a lot of pre-packaged treats in this house, I wasn’t sure what to expect from a gourmet online bakery.
Whatever I expected, I never thought that baked goods sent via mail could taste this good. Everyone in the family sampled these treats and we were all just Oohing and Ahhing over how delicious they were.
After checking the website, I was really impressed to see that Harvard Sweet Boutique uses fresh, natural ingredients. They make their treats all from-scratch, in their Massachusetts bakery founded in 2007 by Susan George. Which explains why they taste so darn good!
No preservatives, just delicious ingredients like pure double strength vanilla, premium nuts, Grade A butter and amazing European chocolate with the highest cocoa butter content. Oh man, the chocolate on some of these goodies is just indescribable – I’ve been missing out!
For me, there were two stand out goodies in this box. First, the Harvard Sweet Boutique Coconut Cookie. When I was little, I absolutely adored coconut macaroons. I used to buy those chocolate dipped coconut macaroon bars every time I went to the corner store.
Now this Coconut Cookie was about a thousand times better than those macaroons but it gave me the same feeling of happiness that I always had as a kid while eating my favorite treat. Chewy, fresh coconut flavor, just sweet enough with the tiniest bit of crispiness on the edges — they are perfect.
I’m not even sure what to say about my other favorite — the Chocolate-Glazed Macadamia Caramel Shortbread Bar.
It has to be the single most delicious shortbread bar I have ever eaten… Ever.
If I close my eyes, I can seriously still taste this delicious concoction. I am so glad that they only sent one because I would have had to eat every single bite of every bar if the gift box was filled with them — yes, they’re that good. Tender, flaky, crumbly shortbread topped with ooey, gooey caramel and fresh macadamia nuts — all covered with a deliciously thick layer of chocolate glaze that just melts in your mouth. Scrumptious.
We were a little too busy testing out all of the other treats so I wasn’t able to snap many more photos besides this one of Pie’s favorite sweet.
Of course, she went straight for the chocolate chip – peanut butter combo. This huge Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookie looked so good and by the “Mmmm” expression on her face, I would say it was a winner. It looked dense and smelled peanut buttery, she said it was thick and soft and yummy.
How about you send over one of your bakers next time Harvard Sweet Boutique? I promise we’ll take good care of them :).
Where to buy and how to stay in touch!
Harvard Sweet Boutique has an adorable online website located at www.harvardsweetboutique.com where they have for sale a great selection of gourmet all-natural dessert and hand-made “Sweets For Every Occasion”. With gifts ranging in price from under $20 to over $60 and a section of gluten-free and low-carb treats, it’s not hard to see why even magazines like Every Day with Rachael Ray and InStyle have featured them.
When you place your order, you can choose the color and style of gift box to package your treats. You can even put together your own custom gift, choosing from an assortment of delicious cookies, brownies and toffee.
To keep up to date with promotions and delicious new items, check out the Harvard Sweet Boutique Facebook and Twitter pages. Or, stop by the shop located in located at 25 South Street in Hudson, MA. (bring me back a cookie, if you do!)