A Japanese chocolate brand is setting up shop in Boston. Royce' Chocolate — which is headquartered in Sapporo on Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido — is currently popping up at the Chatime location at 251 Newbury St. Chatime will eventually close, and the store will transition to be entirely Royce' Chocolate, according to a Royce' representative.
Royce' opened its first U.S. location on Madison Avenue in New York City in 2012, following with two other locations in Bryant Park and the West Village. The company was founded in 1983 and is known for its Nama chocolate, recognizable by a powdery coating.
Royce' also makes assorted chocolate-covered cookies, wafers, marshmallows, popcorn, and even chips. It also has a lineup of Maccha (green tea) desserts. The pop-up is currently offering complimentary tastings on Newbury Street.
Chatime has other locations in Chinatown and near Northeastern University.