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L.A. gourmet/unusual chocolate assortment boxes for under $10?

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Relatives are coming into town for Thanksgiving and I'd like to give them a small gift of extremely fine/gourmet chocolates (in a variety box) ... where I don't want to spend more than $10 per box. I don't care how many pieces are in the box (although I'd prefer at least 5 pieces) ... but my main priority is giving them something, either so-unusual and/or so-utterly-scrumptous, that it will be a new chocolate experience for them. Sure, I could get a small box of Sees candies or something from Trader Joes ... but I want something of much better quality and a much better chocolate tasting experience, such that it will be a unique experience for them. ANYONE know of any gourmet chocolate shops in LA that have small sampler boxes that would be considered the-ultimate-chocolate-lover's-gift at that $10-maximum price range? Thanks

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  1. Any good chocolate shop will put together whatever you want. The question is, do they have small boxes that they won't charge you for.

    The most beautiful small sampler boxes are Teuscher's, decorated with very elaborate crepe paper flowers, but the box is fully figured in the price, I don't think you can get more than 2 pieces in the gorgeous box, at your price range. I never noticed if they have small plain boxes, bc I just ask them for a bag since I eat them right away. Love Teuscher.

    Other great chocolates: Madame Chocolat, Jin Patisserie, Compartes, L'Artisan du chocolat. Vosges just opened shop in bh, but I don't think their chocolate is at the same level as the others. There's a brand new choc shop in venice, but the name escapes me, and I also haven't tried it.

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    1. re: pley

      The Abbot Kinney shop, are you thinking ChocoVivo?

      http://www.ilivechocolate.com/

      I love their stuff but I don't think they have anything that will fit the OP's budget.

    2. Chocolatt on Wilshire at Bundy-ish would be ideal for this.

      1. The English Toffee at LittleJohn's Candies in The Farmers Market is the best in the city. I give it as gifts all the time. You buy it by the pound, as much or as little as you'd like. A real melt in your mouth treat.
        http://www.littlejohnscandies.com/

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        Farmers Market
        6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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        1. re: wienermobile

          Hi wienermobile! I love English Toffee and was wondering are the prices if you purchase at the Farmer's Market the same as their online prices? $20.95/lb. Thanks!

          1. re: WildSwede

            Like everything else prices change. Last time I was there I think it was around $5 for 1/4 a pound. I buy small amounts so I don't go overboard. Yes, it's that good.

        2. Can't remember their prices, but you might be able to get away with a small box of 4 for under $10 at Valerie Confections. I think they say their most famous items are their toffees, but they do a lot of interesting little bites that will be worth a look-see. Plus it's right next to another well known chocolate place.

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          Valerie Confections
          3360 West 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA

          1. Went to Chocolatt. The owner Roberto was very nice. Gave the chocolates to my relatives and they raved about it: "Better than Godiva" one of them said ;) Thanks for all your suggestions on this ... it turned out well. It's expensive there, but the quality is tops.