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Pleasurable Candy and Chocolate Shopping

The kids and I are reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Candy is a rare experience in our household so we are going on special sampling expeditions. Any suggestions for non-crappy candy and chocolate options that are also an enjoyable experience. I'd like good smells and perhaps eye-popping displays.

Dylans Candy Bar might be the obvious choice but that doesn't make the grade. Most the candy sold there is pedestrian with really low quality ingredients and additives. I am considering Socker Brite on Third which is supposed to be mostly natural but would consider other options if available.

What about for chocolate?

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  1. Best English Toffee anywhere is made fresh daily at Littlejohn's Candies in the Original Farmers Market. Great selection of other candies too.
    6333 W 3rd Street Stall 432
    Los Angeles, California 90036

    1. Try socerbit the Swedish spot next to carmela on 3d. Great variety. All natural. Free sample box. Catty corner from farmers market and littlejohns. Lots of bins and great variety.

      1. There's a Ghiradelli next to El Capitan on Hollywood Blvd.

        1. Ever go to sees on la cienega ?

          1. Compartes has a beautiful selection of fine chocolates. Very expensive

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            1. re: maudies5

              Compartes is my absolute favorite. For those east of the 405, I understand an outpost is going in at Alfred's coffee on Melrose Place.

            2. Also, if you feel like taking a drive, there's a candy shop on 2nd street in Belmont Shores that sounds, aesthetically speaking, like what you're looking for. Their candy, though, is of the cheaper variety. Lots of old-fashioned stuff, too, if I remember.

              1. Mitsuwa in Torrance has a confections counter. I think all of their product is from Japan. It's not Willy Wonka - more boutique in feel. Not sure if that works foe your purposes.

                1. Fugetsu Do www.fugetsu-do.com

                  Candy Palace @ Disneyland.

                  1. Try Edelweiss Chocolates in Beverly Hills, 444 N Canon Dr. They have free parking in the rear. Been there over 50 years. Make it all there - and sell it. Also, they give tours when prearranged. Best chocolate I've ever had!

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                    1. re: Smallwonder

                      Edelweiss also has location at Brentwood Country Mart

                    2. Lee Gelfond does custom made chocolates, and it's fun to look at her samples...quality chocolate shapes from footballs to spike heels. She's on Robertson, B.H. A little shop that's a bit hard to see from the street. Check out her website, or read about her on Yelp.

                      1. It's pricey but Teuscher in Beverly Hills has fantastic chocolate, and these really cute decorative boxes that my daughter has cherished and kept intact for years.

                        Burt and Rocky's in Claremont also has a really nice candy selection. It's far but worth a trip, especially if you pal around downtown claremont with the kids.

                        1. +2 on Edelweiss.
                          +1 on Littlejohns.

                          "Sweet" at the Dolby Theater at Hollywood and Highland has everything Dylan's has and more but they will CUSTOM make you candy bars, you pick the ingredients. They have bizarre and rare candies and also guys making fresh old fashioned candy. It's really a fun place!