Compartes Chocolate Bars

A new line of handmade bars reveals the favorite flavors of a passionate chocolatier

As soon as you walk into Compartes in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, you’re hit with the intoxicating smell of chocolate from handmade, tattoo-topped truffles, chocolate-dipped fruit and a new line of bars. The recently redesigned space—sleek and mostly black—provides a sophisticated backdrop for the colorful sweets, and a wide window showcases the chocolate-making in action for passers-by. Compartes’ own Willy Wonka, chocolatier Jonathan …

Cocoagraph

Sweet Instagram and Polaroid shots re-imagined into edible chocolate

Cooking up quite an online stir in the last few weeks is Philadelphia’s Cocoagraph, makers of artisanal chocolates topped with vintage-filtered Instagram and Polaroid shots. The small start-up allows customers to pick and choose any photograph they may have floating around and turn it into a unique and edible keepsake with just one scan. Founder Rae Vittorelli made us a special batch—featuring our very own …

Askinosie CollaBARation

Licorice, coffee and malted milk flavor the world of purist chocolate

When we first wrote about Askinosie Chocolate back in 2008, the young company was on the vanguard of bean-to-bar production. Since then, the direct-source chocolatier has grown into an industry icon and a prime model for responsible food production. The last several months has seen a series of “CollaBARation” bars from Aksinosie, in which they team up with other notable members of the food community …