It’s no surprise that this long-established handmade chocolate chocolatier attracted a chic clientele for over 60 years. Hollywood elite players like Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and the Kennedy brothers all sought out the best handmade chocolate confections in L.A. Founded by Brentwood resident Myrna Comparte, who dazzled chocolate lovers with her English toffee and marzipan recipes, the shop underwent a few changes over the decades, not all for the best.
Now chocolatier prodigy Jonathan Grahm has modernized this quaint Barrington Avenue shop for the 21 century while keeping the classics customers craved. Today, the 28-year-old CEO and chocolatier offers elegantly made and packaged chocolates made from hand using single-origin organic dark chocolate and his specialty work is a showcase of delectable specialties.
The pâtisserie and chocolates are hard to fault for their creativity. For raspberry rose, fresh raspberries are added to dark chocolate ganache and finished with rosewater.
The fabulously understated storefront now flaunts cases of over 200 constantly changing, seasonally accented truffles. Toffee and chocolate-coated homemade marshmallow are his signature covertures, which he combines in different blends and origins to match his other ingredients. Every month there are plenty of temptations, such as pineapple and chocolate orangettes, chocolate covered Oreo cookies, and silky dark chocolate truffles infused with a kickass blend of Mexican hot chocolate spices - including cayenne and cinnamon as well consummate classic creations. There’s even a True Blood inspired chocolate truffles set filled with an infusion of blood orange puree and signature smooth chocolate ganache, adorned with a blood-spattered fangs on top! And nostalgia lovers don’t fret. Grahm inherited Mrs. Comparte’s original recipe box, so you can order like it’s 1959.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm