Chocolate Freak Tour
If you were trying to impress a friend with uniquely fabulous Los Angeles chocolate treats, what would be your top 3 choices? thanks
Chocolate cupcakes and cookies at Leda's
Chocolate pastreies at Natas'
Chocolate Croissant at..well, thats a largish debate.
Scamper through Boule
Chocolat the restaurant (not as good as I'd want, though)
Mole from the great mole place..god, what's the name?
oh, god, let me think...
I can never stick to just three.
I haven't been in, but there is a Leonidas on Colorado in Pasadena. Can't attest to the cafe, but I've eaten the pralines/chocolates and they are yummy!
You can go to the Brentwood Country Mart (26th and San Vicente in Brentwood). Start with some Mole chicken tacos at Frida. After your mole fix you can walk about 30 feet to City Bakery for a hot chocolate and a melted chocolate cookie. Finally, you can roll yourself about 20 feet over to Edelweiss Chocolates for a chocolate covered marshmallow.
Boule for their uniquely flavored chocolates.
Susina for their individually sized molten chocolate cakes.
Scoops for ice cream (there's usually at least 2 chocolatey flavors).
One more if OC counts, Chuao Chocolatier -- I just tasted their firecracker truffle recently (with pop rock candy in the chocolate shell and a pepper-infused ganache) and it was devilishly delish with all the fizzy spicy action going on!
If products count too, I'd say make a raid for unique bars @ Surfas (Vosges has a special place in my heart for that.)
I had that firecracker truffle from Chuao's recently too! Fun! I really like their very creative chocolate centers, but the chocolate itself is not quite as good as at Boule, Jin, L'Artisan. I selected some chocolates at one of their stores and they smelled just a tiny bit stale or off.
What about drinking chocolate? Here are the best I have had of Hot Cocoa, Chocolate milk, and iced blended Mocha.
Crepes & Grapes Café (BELLAGIO Gourmet Hot Cocoa and try the Hot Chocolate Lava cake or other crepes)
6560 Greenleaf Ave
Whittier, CA 90601
Phone: (562) 696-3255
Broguiere's Farm Fresh Dairy (Drive thru Dairy with Milk in Glass bottles, Must try the chocolate Milk right from the bottle)
505 S Maple Ave
Montebello, CA 90640
One block South of Olympic almost on the Rail Road Tracks. About five blocks North of Washington Blvd.)
Leonidas Chocolate Café (pretty good Candies and outstanding ice blended Mocha)
49 W. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena , CA 91105-1922
Leonidas Chocolate Café (Candies and iced blended Mocha)
331 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica , CA 90401-2205
The Love Nuts at Compartes in Brentwood are dang good. Leonidas is a chain; good chocolates, but you can get in other places. Madam Chocolat has wonderful chocolates. And the hot chocolate at City Bakery, although a NY import, is damn good too.
6 layer chocolate fudge cake at SusieCakes is the perfect chocolate-lover's treat. Even better, one can just go around the corner to Compartes for fantastic chocolates. So much great chocolate within 2 blocks. Win. Win.