LA's Best Chocolate Candy
- David Kahn Jan 10, 2002 07:57 PM
Of the shops I've found in L.A., I think my favorites (so far) are Leonidas (on Larchmont) and Teuscher in Beverly Hills (amazing champagne truffles). Any other (or better) suggestions?
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Anyway, although I'm not much of a sweet eater, another place in Beverly Hills that is quite famous for it's hand-dipped fruit and other chocolates is Edelweiss, on Canon Drive. Worth a look.
You might check the "La Maison du Chocolat" thread on the Manhattan board and see if you can work westward from some of those chocolatiers. You've found 2 good ones all ready.
Teuscher: You've already hit it. The Champ. Truffles are probably L.A.'s best chocolate, and better than any I found in a Champagne/Reims/Epernay quest.
Kron: Back by the original founders (on lil SaMo in BH)The cocoa truffles are different (a little bitter at outset)but delicious, along with some other good stuff including custom fruit dips (oranges & believe it or not grapes are great).
Both Edelweiss and Compartes (make sure the have good in season fruit and dip it specially) have good fruit.
The best local non-factory place (aka Sees) I've found now is Edelweiss in BEverly Hills. Teuscher is fine but overpriced, I feel. Godiva the same, and neither are local.
The best IMHO, was Jerbeau chocolate's BIt of Sweetland on 3rd. They went out of business in town about 4-5 years ago and the wholesale branch in Camarillo closed about a year ago. They were the best, hands down over Teuscher etc. The Lehar, the figaro, crokant, the chocolate fruit, the bitter chips, what a loss. Their website is still up. Click on the link below to see part of it.
For the ultimate blast of chocolate that will leave you giddy for quite some time, go to Massimo's in Culver City. Corner of Redwood and Washington. The Cocoa Coated Chocolate Truffle is a kick to the head of chocolate.
I am a big fan of Teuscher's Champagne truffles, but I honestly haven't tried some of the other chocolate shops in LA (K Chocolatier has received some good press). If you are a chocoholic, though, you might want to look into LA Burdick Chocolates, located in New England. I've read many, many good reviews (sometimes hailed as America's Best Chocolate) and a box is really not that much to ship. In fact, I just ordered one with a bag of hot chocolate and it only came to $41, shipping included.