Local Chocolate Shops
Chocovivo: Step into Patricia Tsai’s Culver City chocolate factory and you'll find chocolate in many forms: bars, powders, butters and even cocoa-nib necklaces. Sit at the tasting bar to sample and learn about her bean-to-bar philosophy: her cocoa nibs are sourced from a grower in Tabasco, Mexico and she uses a 2,000-year-old Mayan method to grind the roasted nibs into a paste before forming it into a multitude of chocolate delights.
Compartes: The beautiful designs on Jonathan Grahm’s chocolate truffles make a lovely backdrop at the Brentwood shop. Sample truffles and buy bags of Love Nuts, chocolate-dipped fruits or seasonal specialties like chocolate-covered Peeps and matzo.
John Kelley Chocolates: These fudge-filled chocolates are so rich, a taste will do. Luckily, the two stylish shops in Santa Monica and Hollywood offer free samples. It's a great spot for holiday treats, like the little bunny chocolates for Easter and chocolate bark around Christmas.