Chocolatier Gives Advice For Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts

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BRENTWOOD (CBS) — Nothing says love like chocolate and Valentine’s Day is the Super Bowl for chocolatiers. We got a behind-the-scenes look at Compartes Chocolates and they gave us a last-minute do-it-yourself gift idea.

There was a line out the door and the phone rang off the hook at the store in Brentwood Tuesday.

“Can you call back in about 15 minutes to place your order?” a chocolatier said to a customer on the phone.

Jonathan Grahm was at the helm of the shop, popping out chocolates and chocolate gouache truffles on the site.

“This is the room where all the magic happens. This is our chocolate dipping room,” Grahm said, as he gave us a tour. “We make over 3,000 chocolates every day in this small little room by hand.”

One of the reasons that I love Compartes Chocolates is they have some of the most unique flavors I have ever heard of.

With more than 100 ever-changing flavors — like Raspberry Pink Pepper, Mexican Hot Chocolate, Kaffir Lime Coconut and Strawberry Rhubarb — there is always something fun to try.

“Today, I made a sparkling pink wine truffle for V-day with this great wine I drank yesterday and decided to put in chocolate,” Grahm said.

They even had a special box of chocolates made for R&B Grammy winner Faith Evans for her concert Tuesday night.

If you forgot a gift for your valentine, Grahm had this advice.

“Chocolate-covered strawberries. Head to the store and pick up strawberries and chocolate. You can find long stems at Whole Foods,” he said.

Just take chocolate, put it over a double boiler so it melts down to a nice consistency and then just dip away.

If you would like to check out Compartes for yourself or your sweetheart, visit them online at www.compartes.com or follow them on Twitter @compartes.

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