Chocolate connoisseurs who crave chocolate no matter what the wrapper is may want to check out these local chocolate boutiques. You will learn that chocolate doesn’t have to be made in Europe to enjoy premium chocolate goodness. Many of these shops make wonderful chocolates right on the premises or in factories nearby.
3431 S La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016
Known worldwide, See’s Candies can pretty much be found anywhere around LA at its countless airport and mall kiosks. And, while it may seem like a huge corporate institution, you’ll find that it’s very much a family-run operation these days. They sell a variety of chocolate options, including packages and individual items like their milk chocolate boxes with Milk Chocolate Butter, Vanilla Nut Cream, Molasses Chips, Caramel and other bites which are all generously coated in their classic, irresistible milk chocolate. Or, other boxes of California Brittle, Peanut Butter Patties, Milk Pecan Buds, and much more.
1665 Echo Park Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Located in the heart of Echo Park, Valerie Confections is a local company with a factory just outside downtown Los Angeles. What started in 2004 with only six flavors of chocolate-dipped toffee, Valerie Confections, 10 years later, is one of the more sought-after chocolate boutiques in L.A. The original toffee flavors include almond, almond fleur de sel, orange, ginger, mint and classic toffee. The other must-try candy is Valerie’s Durango bark, which is darkened milk chocolate that is topped with roasted organic California almonds, cocoa nibs and a sprinkling of Durango smoked salt. Partners and founders Valerie and Stan recently opened the Echo Park location, which also serves as a tea house and bakery.
912 S Barrington Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Situated in Brentwood, this chic chocolate shop has many unique flavors for you to choose from. Sure, you can get the usual things, but why do that when you can get unique offerings like premium chocolate bars like their “Birthday Cake” made with vanilla and luxury chocolate. Or, why not try their “Donuts & Coffee” chocolate bar featuring donuts from some fof the best donut shops broken up and mixed into the milk chocolate?
John Kelly Chocolates
111 1/2 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Made in a factory in Hollywood, California, John Kelly Chocolates creates small-batch confections from exclusive recipes of John Kelly. Using only the highest quality natural ingredients, all of the chocolate products are Kosher and gluten-free. Go for the signature truffle fudge – every bite is intense and silky. The fudge is infused with 17 different flavors including peanut butter, chipotle and ancho chile, vanilla, orange and even more popular are the pieces pinched with exotic and artisanal salts such as Hawaiian Alaea sea salt, French sel gris de Guerande and pink Himalayan salt.
Edelweiss Chocolate Factory
444 N. Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
A stop into the Beverly Hills Edelweiss Chocolate Factory shop has been a local custom for over 70 years. Each chocolate creation is handmade with fresh sweet cream, butter and rich chocolate in the Edelweiss factory (tours of the factory are available upon request). Guaranteed to please the most discerning of palates, Edelweiss delivers on taste, assortment and tradition. Coated in milk or dark chocolate, highlighted favorites include chocolate pretzels, marshmallows, peanut butter crunch, maltballs, honeycomb and fruit such as fig, pineapple, apricot, cherries, ginger and orange peel. The store’s exclusive edible heart-shaped chocolate gift basket is a sweet gift and is filled with signature Edelweiss chocolate treats.
12008 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 101
Los Angeles, CA 90025
For a decadent chocolate experience, take a walk into Lady Chocolatt for more than chocolate. The small family-owned chocolatier in Bruge, Belgium exports more than 300 different hand-crafted chocolates to the atelier in Los Angeles. Each truffle is different from the next, from dark chocolate cream to Champagne cream to hazelnut mousse. Naturally grown fruit (cherry, candied lemon peel, orange and nuts) harvested at its peak is dipped carefully in dark, milk or white chocolate for a beautiful combination of taste and flavor. Lady Chocolatt also serves coffee, Brussels waffles, Italian sandwiches, French croissants and ice cream. The mochas and rich hot chocolates are a real treat here.
6 E Holly St
Pasadena, CA 91103
Old Town Pasadena is home to Mignon Chocolates, which carries a huge amount of chocolate goodies to choose from. In operation since 2003, they have in Pasadena and Glendale, and offer a ton of options ranging from their “classic collection” with 16 pieces of handcrafted confections, sumptuous and buttery melt-in-your-mouth caramels, delicately molded in-house roasted whole nuts, elegantly seated together in silky milk, dark and white chocolates all perfectly presented in Mignon’s signature Gold Box. Or, you can choose options with 4 or 9 pieces for the “classic collection.” Want to make your own? They also offer a build your own box option as well!