Westside Magazine

  TASTY TRUFFLES

A tiny chocolate store is home to a world of flavors.

Started in 1950 as an old-fashioned candy store, Compartes is a Brentwood institution.  But its undergone a serious transformation.  Today the shop is stocked with chocolate truffles like mango saffron and peach hibiscus.  All are adorned with whimsical, silk-screened designs.

Jonathan Grahm has been at the helm since 1995 when his family bought the business.  Although just 15 at the time, he immediately began making an imprint.  "I knew I could either maintain the status quo or try to bring Compartes Chocolatier to the next level," Grahm says.

Flavors are typically inspired by Grahm's travels.  "The Cup of Coffee truffle," he explains "is infused with coffee I fell in love with in Kona.  My passion fruit truffle is made with lilikoi I discovered in Kauai.  And our saffron comes from an outdoor market in Egypt."

Compartes also sells an African Chocolate Collection, which benefits Relief International's efforts in Darfur, so far the little chocolate truffles have raised $100,000.


OUR PICKS

Chocolates for a Cause $20 for a box of five assorted truffles made with African ingredients including cardamom, Kenyan coffee and caramelized plantains includes a Relief Beads for Darfur bracelet.


A heart-shaped gift box of assorted truffles, $75 sends the love signal loud and clear.

Chocolate bar with candied flower petals and orange peels $8 each.  There are 30 varieties of specialty chocolate bars, each made with 77% single origin dark organic chocolate.  Try the candied mint and orange bar.