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Best Chocolate In Los Angeles

August 29, 2010 2:30 PM

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(credit: Orange County Chocolate Festival)

(credit: Orange County Chocolate Festival)

While Los Angeles hasn’t caught on to the Bean to Bar movement, there are a handful of artisan chocolatiers producing notable products. From funky flavors to traditional tastes, here are our city’s best. – Cathy Chaplin

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Mexican hot chocolate truffles from Compartes. (credit: http://www.compartes.com)

Compartes Chocolatier

912 S Barrington Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 826-3380
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Compartes has been churning out some of the city’s best handmade chocolates for the past 50 years. The shop is currently helmed by 24-year-old Jonathan Grahm, who is best known for his unconventional flavors and artful presentations. Innovative creations like raspberry pink pepper, candied fennel, and beer-infused truffles were inspired by his travels in Venezuela, Asia, and Europe.

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A 2 pound box of assorted dark and light chocolates from Edelweiss. (credit: http://www.edelweisschocolates.com)

Edelweiss Chocolates

444 North Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 275-0341

225 26th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90049
(310) 656-0306
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Edelweiss Chocolates has been a Beverly Hills staple since 1942. Their entire collection of chocolates are handmade in their Beverly Hills factory. Chocoholics flock here for the luscious dark and milk chocolate covered marshmallows.

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Truffle fudge bars from John Kelly. (credit: http://www.johnkellychocolates.com)

John Kelly Chocolates

1508 North Sierra Bonita Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 851-3269
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The folks at John Kelly refer to their signature product as “truffle fudge” for its irresistibly rich and creamy consistency. Instead of standard ganache, the chocolatier uses old-fashioned fudge coated in semisweet chocolate. Fillings include chocolate-walnut, peanut butter, and raspberry.

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The kalamata olive truffle from L'Artisan du Chocolate. (credit: http://www.lartisanduchocolat.net)

L’Artisan du Chocolat

3364 W 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(213) 252-8721
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L’ Artisan du Chocolat has been making artful chocolates from scratch at their Silverlake shop since 2003. In addition to classic truffles, the shop also offers an “avant-garde” collection with unique flavors like kalamata olive, bacon, Korean garlic, and Japanese red bean.

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Chocolate s'mores from Madame Chocolat. (credit: http://www.madame-chocolate.com)

Madame Chocolat

212 North Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210-5302
(310) 247-9990
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After years of studying under master pastry chef and chocolatier Jacques Torres (her husband) in New York, Hasty Torres returned to her native Los Angeles to establish Madame Chocolat. After five years of planning and preparation, she opened the shop to wide acclaim. Her newest line of products includes chocolate covered Oreos, liquor bonbons, and Madame’s chocolate s’mores.

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A confection from Valerie Confections. (credit: http://www.valerieconfections.com)

Valerie Confections

3360 W 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(888) 706-1408
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Founded in 2004 by Valerie Gordon and Stan Weightmanm Jr., Valerie Confections has become a local favorite in just a few short years. Customers are hooked on their everyday indulgences like artisan toffees and chocolate citrus bark, as well as special occasion creations like the Coffee Crunch Cake and Lemon Crunch Cake.

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Cathy Danh

Cathy Chaplin is a Los Angeles-based food writer and photographer. Her widely-read blog Gastronomy has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Saveur.com. Ms. Danh’s food writings have appeared in numerous publications including National Geographic, Saveur, and Time Out Vietnam.

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