The holiday season is upon us, which means Christmas carols, chestnuts, and sweets. Whether you’re trying to watch your waistline to fit into that slinky New Year’s dress or are all-out chocolate, LA has plenty of options.
Valerie Gordon is LA’s premier chocolatier with shops in Grand Central Market and Echo Park, the perfect spot to find hostess gifts and stocking stuffers with specially wrapped chocolate bars, egg nog petit fours, fruitcakes studded with macerated dried fruit and nuts, peppermint bark, and more.
Chocolate bars ($10) include:
Durango Bar: Darkened milk chocolate studded with roasted almonds, cocoa nibs, and hickory smoked salt.
Bittersweet Bar: Single origin 72% bittersweet chocolate from Venezuela
Blushing Berry Bar: Velvety white chocolate studded with raspberry, pistachio, and rose petals
Rice & Sesame Bar: Rich, milky chocolate with caramel notes, is complemented by toasted rice, black sesame seeds, and soy salt.
Almond Toffee Bar: 61% bittersweet chocolate studded with bits of our signature almond toffee, toasted almonds, and fleur de sel.
Nature Is Slow: The Nature Is Slow bar features 72% bittersweet chocolate, fleur de sel, and both candied and dried rose petals, resulting in a whimsical and elegant…
America’s top-selling frozen dessert has opened its first Halo Top Scoop Shop in Westfield Topanga and just in time for the holidays, the brand has launched its latest seasonal flavor — Gingerbread House. The latest low-cal high-protein confectionary features gingersnap cookie bites and Royal icing and can be enjoyed in cup, cone, rainbow taco or ice cream sandwich at the scoop shop.
The flavor is also available in soft serve but without the cookies and icing.
Playa Provisions and Small Batch
Top Chef Season 4 winner Brooke Williamson and her husband/co-chef Nick Roberts have a pair of seasonal desserts for pre-order and pick-upl
Small Batch Peppermint Marshmallow Ice Cream Pie ($45) – With the heat in LA showing no signs of breaking, this cool ice cream pie from Small Batch is the perfect holiday dessert. It’s composed of Oreo cookie crust, marshmallow ice cream, crushed candy canes, and whipped cream.
Call Small Batch (424-289-9552), until Wednesday, December 20, and picked up at the Mar Vista ice cream shop from Thursday, December 21 to Saturday, December 23.
Playa Provisions Bûche de Noël ($35) Order this Christmas classic by December 21 and pick up at Playa Provisions between Friday, December 22 through Christmas Eve. The Yule Log features chocolate sponge cake, salted caramel buttercream, chocolate ganache, and chocolate covered pretzels on top. Order here.
Also available all month at both spot are Holiday Cookies—simple sugar cookies with icing in whimsical and fun seasonal shapes.