The Saveur List
We recently sampled assorted chocolates from some 50 producers, based all over the United States—many of them making chocolates on a par with the best of Switzerland or Belgium. Believe it or not, the task of tasting them was not always pleasant; some of the most expensive chocolates were all but indistinguishable from their drugstore counterparts. But we persevered, eventually settling on ten star chocolate makers, each producing unique creations that were truly divine to eat.
At their Los Angeles store, Valerie Gordon and her partner, Stan Weightman, specialize in handmade hard toffee. They blend the toffee with fresh ingredients, creating eight flavors, such as ginger, gianduja, and hazelnut.