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Sep 7, 2005 09:30 PM

Best Chocolate in Los Angeles?

  • m

Hi, there,

I'm on a lofty quest to find the best chocolate/hot chocolate/chocolate everything in Los Angeles and very willing to search far and wide.

They have great hot chocolate at Chocolatt in Brentwood, but might you have any suggestions?


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  1. Teuscher, BH. Leonidas, Larchmont & Santa Monica.

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    1. re: mc michael

      i second teuscher, their champagne truffles are unbelievable

      1. re: woofer

        "K" Chocolatier is very good. In Beverly Hills by the Peninsula Hotel. Teuscher is also worth a try.

        1. re: Just Larry

          "K" Chocolatier--high end chocolates manufactured by Diane Kron, who is usually in her tiny shop--is not by the Peninsula Hotel; it is near the southwest corner of Camden and little Santa Monica, on the south side of little Santa Monica.

          1. re: Foodseeker

            I agree on Teuscher's champagne truffles; I also like the walnut buttercrunch. I find K only ok overall -- I really enjoyed the alcohol filled pieces, though. Chuao Chocolatier (based in Encinitas) is coming to the Irvine Spectrum at the end of September. Their caramel-based chocolates (banana, passion fruit and strawberry-balsamic) are excellent.

            1. re: Emily

              The passion fruit heart is absolutely one of my faves!
              OMG I didn't know they were coming to Irvine! Thanks for the info!

              1. re: Emily

                They're already at Irvine spectrun-they've been there for a while now.

                1. re: Emily

                  I agree completely on K - just okay, and the alcohol-filled pieces are the best. I find the chocolates there really are marked up way, way too high for what they are, too. I personally expect more creativity at that price point. She does have a great sales technique though: She plies customers with enough of her chocolates to get them buzzed, and somehow, wallets tend to open. Then, ten minutes later, one finds oneself three blocks away, holding a tiny bag of chocolate and fifty dollars poorer...

        2. b
          Billion Dollar Baby

          The absolute best chocolate in LA is not sold at any price. I was told it is only given as a gift to clients. Box is totally unmarked. I was lucky enough to be offered a taste. Belgian Bittersweet Chocolate. Flavors are unusual. I recall Mango infused with French Napoleon Brandy, Apricot infused with Orange Licquor and something with Thai Chili Paste. Since that is not an option, there is a very good chocolate shop in Pacific Palisades on the street behind the Bank of America. Try the Pave. They are little squares of intense chocolate ganache. Does anyone know anything about the Mystery Chocolatier?

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          1. re: Billion Dollar Baby

            no clue about the mystery choclatier but the palisades shop is called "intemperantia" and it's on antioch.

          2. I, too have been on that quest. (And managed to make it to a few artisanal chocolate shops on the east coast as well, this summer.) That said...

            In tem pur a tia (I think that's how they spell it) in the Pacific Palisades, has amazing truffles. They are ridiculously expensive. I haven't tried their hot chocolate.

            The L'Artisan du Chocolat, next door to Picholine in Silverlake, has lovely truffles. Unfortunately their hours are odd. Call to make certain they are open.

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            1. re: Sandra W.

              "In tem pur a tia" in Pacific Palisades. I can not find them on the web -- no mention. Maybe the spelling. Can you help? Also, do they have coffee?

            2. You'll find an excellent selection of chocolate bars, mostly made in France, at The Wine House. (My favorite brand is Michel Cluizel)
              Wine House
              2311 Cotner Avenue
              Phone: 310-479-3731 x260
              Fax: 310.478.5609
              Store Hours:
              Monday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
              Friday nights open until 9 p.m.
              Sunday open 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

              1. I like K for truffles and chocolate covered marzipan, L'Artisan du chocolate for truffles and filled chocolates, and Teuscher for champagne truffles.

                Boule makes excellent chocolates but I generally prefer the others.

                I was also quite impressed with Whoodhouse when we were in Napa last year.


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                1. re: JudiAU

                  Teuscher's champagne truffles are heavenly!

                  Try Leonidas (Santa Monica) - their Mocha drinks are amazing and their chocolates are really good as well. Fantastic sugar free options.

                  I think "K" is a bit over-rated and overpriced. The chocolate was good but not the best in my opinion. I have not tried all varietys there though. It didn't have the melt in your mouth component. The owner are wonderful though - will offer tastes of many of the items.

                  1. re: JudiAU

                    I like Woodhouse, but for mail order, Hotel Chocolat is amazing. It is a UK brand that just began a US operation.

                    The gold box "Hand Piped Selection" is amazing and I have never been disappointed with their seasonal boxes. Their new US website, however, is a pain to navigate.