Best chocolates in LA?
Am rewarding two colleagues for killer performance and both love love love the chocolate. Any recommendations for the best chocolates in LA? (Something more personal than Godiva or See's?)
Teuscher makes some amazing stuff. Love the macadamia nuts that they roll in toffee then top with chocolate. Pricey, but delicious. They have a store in Beverly Hills. http://www.teuscher-bh.com/
In Brentwood you can go to Compartes and get some of their handmade truffles with unusual and seasonal flavors. http://www.compartes.com/
K Chocolatier in Beverly Hills. http://www.dianekronchocolates.com/
Chocolatt From Belgium on Wilshire in W. La http://www.yelp.com/biz/chocolatt-fro...
I like chocolate.
I third the Compartes. Pink peppercorn, ginger, etc., decorated with peppercorns/candied ginger/screened patterns as appropriate. A lovely visual.
A rundown of multiple options: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/48208.
For something different (and spendy!), Valerie Confections offers a "Death By Chocolate" box (http://www.valerieconfections.com/pro...) of three chocolate skulls. I haven't tried Valerie's offerings, so you may want to try a little first.
Regarding truffles, this 2006 article exposing the Noka chocolate scam has some fascinating insights into the craftsmanship behind great truffles.
Look at the final paragraph where there are photos comparing Noka's expensive scam truffles with truffles from true truffle artists. Then you can use that as the bar by which you compare locally available truffles.
I highly recommend Valerie's mentioned above. Their chocolate covered caramels are insanely good, and the truffles and toffees are also excellent. It's expensive but worth it; presentation is also very nice. As a sign of how high end they are, they are my "go to" gift for a co-worker in Paris.
Their shipping is very efficient and reasonable if you are limited for time like I tend to be.
third the recommendations for Valerie's. I recently took one of her preserving classes and got to sample a bunch of toffee and truffles during the class and they really were excellent, even for a non-chocolate lover like me. I recommended Compartes above, which I still think is great, but I prefer Valerie's after sampling both.