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Oh. Hello, there. What? This, in the bag? Why, it’s nothing. Nothing at – oh, alright, you caught me. I’ll show you what I’ve got.
First up, an empty box of chocolates from Leonidas (leonidas-chocolate.com). Well, now it’s just a box, but about an hour ago, it was filled with Belgian artisan chocolates. Seriously, they’re shipped weekly, straight from Brussels. The store features over 80 varieties of chocolate ranging from liqueur-filled truffles to chocolate bars to chocolate dipped strawberries and sugar free chocolates. I say skip the ones with nuts or liqueurs (or that odd curry flavored one) and stick to fruit, floral or straight up ganaches or ganache-filled truffles. I mean, you can’t go wrong with pure chocolate, right? Speaking of which, their chocolate bars are also exquisite – they’re made with quality cocoa that lends a nice balance to each bar, even when you add other flavors to the mix. Yes, they’re a bit pricey with one-pound boxes running about $38 online, but smaller boxes are available in stores, and with locations in L.A. (201 N. Larchmont Blvd. and 10250 Santa Monica Blvd.), Pasadena (49 W. Colorado Blvd.) and Santa Monica (331 Santa Monica Blvd.), there’s no excuse to keep walking by that storefront.
Next, we have this small plastic bag. This morning, it had a bow and Little Flower Candy Co. (littleflowercandyco.com) caramels. This Pasadena-based store (1424 W. Colorado Blvd.) is known for their caramels and flavored marshmallows ($6). I’ll admit that I’m not a fan of marshmallows in general and I haven’t tried Little Flower’s, but their caramels are perfectly chewy and full of flavor. They come in two varieties, but I really have to recommend the sea salt caramels, which add a new dimension of delicious to your everyday caramel. Again, a little pricey at $7 for a ¼-pound bag, but they are so worth it! The worst thing about this candy company is that even though they sell in other stores, you’re not guaranteed to find them there, so if you really want to check them out, just drop by their Pasadena location or order online.
Oh and this piece of wax paper? Yeah, that was fudge from Littlejohn’s English Toffee House at the Farmer’s Market (6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles; littlejohnscandies.com). Littlejohn’s makes rich, soft, fantastical fudge that comes in eight flavors. They also sell some formidable caramels, honeycomb candy and divinity amongst other assorted candies, but as the name implies, this little booth is really famous for their English-style toffee. True to English tradition, their toffee uses almonds to give their butter crunch a balanced texture and also comes in a chocolate-covered variety. Who could ask for anything more? Prices vary but are generally by the pound, so you can get as much or as little as you want without breaking the bank.
Let’s see, the only things left in the bag are these candy wrappers. They’re from Munchies (8859 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles; lamunchies.com) – a sweet emporium. Think Sweet Factory, but not lame. No, seriously, they’ve got everything Sweet Factory does, plus some funnier candies, ice cream, nuts and (of all things) wine. They’ve also got an extensive kosher collection, which makes it a popular spot on Saturday nights for all the kiddies looking to party after the Shabbat. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the prices vary, but generally run on the cheap side.
Well, all of the good stuff seems to be gone now. You should have been here earlier. I would have shared. No, really! In any case, you’re welcome to any of this stuff if you want it.
Dip into These Candy Stores
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