Taza Chocolate Fire Puncher ($5.50 each)
Taza makes Mexican-style chocolate, so they produce this special triple-chile bar (rich, round, lingering heat) and celebrate the sibling Halloween holiday, Dia de Los Muertos. The fiesta date is Saturday, November 2 from 1-6.
Taza Chocolate Tazito Minibars ($2 each) and Chocolate Skulls ($2 each)
New this fall are Tazito bars: 65 percent chocolate with crispy puffed brown rice and various nuts and other flavors. They're like fancy Mr. Goodbars, and make great hand-outs for trick-or-treaters. (So do the skulls, which come in cinnamon and vanilla flavors.)
EH Chocolatier (prices vary)
Elaine Hsieh and Catherine Sweeney produce refined, exquisite chocolates and caramels—my favorite in the Boston area. For Halloween, check out these whimsical candies, like the witch hat filled with soft vanilla marshmallow on a shortbread cookie, the milk chocolate wise guy with a maple pecan butter core, and and the box of thin squares encasing various fillings.
The duo don't have a retail shop, but work out of the same building as Taza in Somerville. For Halloween, they're having drop-in hours on Oct. 30 and 31st from 10-4.
Saltwater Taffy at Evelyn and Angel's (bags start at $4.50)
This Porter Square sweets shop doesn't make its candy, but it knows how to source the good stuff. For one, they buy saltwater taffy from Taffy Town in Salt Lake City, UT. There are dozens of flavors, including pumpkin for the season.
Chocolate Mice, Penguins, and Bats: $3.75–$4 each
Mice and penguins are Burdick signatures, and the bats come out at Halloween. Each is filled with a different flavor of whipped ganache.
Serenade Chocolatier Cashew Buttercrunch ($8) and Hot Spicy Bar ($5.50)
The Brookline-based Viennese confectioner makes beautiful truffles, dipped fruits, other filled pieces, but their super-buttery cashew buttercrunch and chile-laced chocolate bar with bitter (in a good way) cocoa nibs make great grab bag options for trick-or-treaters you like a lot.