Instead of dipping apples in honey this Rosh Hashanah, welcome the new year with handmade creations from local chocolatiers Elaine Hsieh and Catharine Sweeney of EHChocolatier. Named one of Food & Wine editors’ best chocolates in the U.S., creating sweets for Jewish holidays isn’t anything new for this duo. (See their dark chocolate matzo bark featured in The Boston Globe!)

Hsieh is a member of Beth El Temple Center in Belmont, along with her husband, James Keller, and two children, Jack and Sydney.

“Catharine and I love the opportunity to create new recipes for special occasions, and Jewish holidays are no exception,” Hsieh said. “Especially when we aren’t with our friends and family for the holidays, it’s a wonderful feeling to send them a surprise in the mail, handmade with love and chocolate!”

EHChocolatier’s Rosh Hashanah collection includes products with a new spin on the traditional flavor combination of apples and honey. The Apple Cider and Honey Caramel Chocolates features chocolate-covered apple cider caramels and wildflower honey caramels decorated with a sprinkle of gold and unique texture. Green Apple and Honey Pâtes de Fruits feature flavors of green apple and light touches of honey with the texture of apple sauce.

Also popular for Rosh Hashanah are EHChocolatier’s wrapped soft caramels. Honey Caramels are made with locally sourced handcrafted wildflower honey, and Apple Cider Caramels showcase local apple cider with a touch of cinnamon.

“Whether a seasonal inspiration or a perennial favorite, each of our caramel flavors are made the same way—very small batches, quality ingredients and unwavering attention to the process,” Sweeney said. “We taste each batch to make sure flavors are bright and consistent before they’re finished, and then it’s just one big wrapping party.”

While the EHChocolatier kitchen is not kosher certified, these Rosh Hashanah-inspired sweets are guaranteed to sweeten the new year. Find EHChocolatier’s Rosh Hashanah collection at or at their chocolate shop, located at 561 Windsor St. in Somerville. Hsieh and Sweeney recently announced they will be moving and opening a chocolate shop on Cambridge’s Observatory Hill (145 Huron Ave.) later this fall.

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