John Kelly Chocolates are simply the best. Fair warning, it is hard to enjoy other chocolate after trying them. They have a boutique in Santa Monica that is right near my bank, so I find myself there frequently for a treat. They make great gifts by the box and I have been the lucky recipient more than once. The pieces are generous and that allows one to be very satisfying. I was talking about how much I love them when I was in the store a few weeks ago and they suggested that I visit the factory.
The factory is on Hollywood and also has a boutique. It is a bit off the beaten path and was originally only the factory. They had so many people stopping by wanting to buy chocolate that they added the boutique. They also ship nationally (you can order here) and are featured in a number of gourmet markets and fine hotels. You can search for a location near you here.
The Hollywood Boutique
The Cacao Bean
The process starts in a 150 pound kettle. Each truffle fudge batch is 150 pounds. The truffle fudge is cooled and cut. The bottom and top are coated separately. Then either a hand drawn letter or salt is added. They use six different artisanal salts. They were one of the first chocolatiers to use salt with chocolate in a major way. They are included with not just caramels as you may have tried elsewhere. The Peanut Butter with Himalayan Pink Salt is one of my absolute favorites. You can read more about the ingredients they use here.
The belt moves at a nice pace for all the handmade work. It did make me think of the “I Love Lucy” episode which is noted in several fun posters. The staff of artisans all took happy pride in their work.
It was such a treat to see the artisans at work. My family was happy that I made a purchase in the boutique.
Hairnet issued by John Kelly
Enjoy some handmade truffle fudge chocolates today!