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Compartes Chocolates, a favorite at LA Artisan Food Festival

Compartes Chocolatier participated in Artisanal LA, an event celebrating the city’s finest local, sustainable and handmade foods.

Our latest addition to the Compartes catalog – a jar of our incredibly addictive homemade organic honey peanut butter sea salt – sold out! So right after the event came to a close we headed straight to the factory to make more for the second day of the weekend long event – which again sold out!! No wonder, with our honey + peanut butter + sea salt truffles, it was an irresistible souvenir to take home and spread on toast from breakfast! You can also buy the peanut butter truffles which are dark chocolate coated and filled with our homemade peanut butter spread by clicking here  LA Weekly even named our peanut butter as "best of the event". Read LA Weekly's glowing review of our peanut butter here!



Foodies swarmed around the Compartes booth and we were left with more write-ups than any other participant! People absolutely adored our signature truffles and our magnificent display of custom chocolate boxes we have created for corporate clients. Anyone can customize our organic chocolate truffles with names, logos, colors; any design you can think of! For info on custom chocolate email info@compartes.com or call 310.826.3380  

  

 


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Health Benefits of Chocolate: Good for you, Healthy Skin

Here's a formula for sensational skin: cleanser, moisturizer, sunscreen, and . . . chocolate?

You heard right. When eaten, flavanol-rich cocoa, the main ingredient in dark chocolate, improves skin's texture, thickness, hydration, and blood flow. It may even boost your skin's defense against the sun by up to 25 percent! How? It packs serious antioxidant power. Just don't overdo it -- chocolate can be high in fat and calories, too. And you still need to wear sunscreen every day.

Chocolate's good for your skin? It's true! Antioxidant compounds in cocoa, called flavanols, improve artery health by boosting blood flow, and that boost may be good for your skin, too.



A unique, organic Artisan Dark Chocolate Bar from Compartes. A high percentage of cocoa ensures our bars are rich in antioxidant power. The one at left is artfully decorated with organic apricots and Japanese spices. These make a delicious addition to anyone's day! Click here to shop them online.



Researchers discovered this chocolate benefit in a study of women who consumed half a cup of cocoa (containing 329 milligrams of flavanols per serving, the amount in a 3-½ ounce serving of dark chocolate) daily for 12 weeks. At the end of the study, the women experienced less skin dryness, scaling, and roughness compared to the beginning of the study. Also, their skin was thicker, exhibited improved blood flow, and was even more resistant to sun damage. Pretty amazing!

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BEER Brownies Recipe: Compartes Chocolate x Beer = Good

I know this sounds a little weird, ok, a lot weird, but these are some awesome brownies. And anyway, it's not like I'm pouring PBR into my brownie mix. The trick is in using a dark, malty beer you like that already has some desserty characteristics. Toasty, bready, toffee, coffee, chocolate flavors come to mind, and you can go a little crazy with the possibilities (could you imagine coffee porter brownies??). I chose to use the Bruery's Rugbrod, a toasty, spicy, Christmas-y Danish Rye ale that gave the brownies a lightness belied by their fudginess. It sounds contradictory, fudgy yet light, but the bubbles appear to be working their magic. To put an exclamation point on the spiciness I added a pinch of cayenne and cinnamon, just for a hint lingering in the background, and lightly sprinkled halved walnuts on top for their toasty, nutty goodness. I love how rustic the scattered walnuts look on top of the brownies, plus they add a lovely crunch. Enjoy!  PS - Compartes makes seasonal beer chocolate truffles too!


Ingredients:

3 ½ oz dark chocolate (70% cocoa and up) - you can puchase a Compartes 77% Dark Chocolate Bar (4 oz.) for this!
2 tablespoons instant espresso
tablespoons of butter
4 eggs, at room temp
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar, loose, not packed
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons vanilla paste (or extract)
1 cup malty beer (I used the Bruery's Rugbrod, a Danish Rye Beer, but a Belgian Quad, a Stout, or a Porter would work)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup walnuts, halved and toasted lightly

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 and pop in the walnuts until just toasted, about 5 minutes. Sift together the flour, spices, and cocoa powder. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate, instant espresso and butter in a bowl over boiling water, add the beer and stir to combine, then let cool. Beat together the eggs and sugar until thick and shiny. Continue beating on low while adding flour mixture and wet ingredients alternatively. Finish with the vanilla. Do not over mix. Fold in the chips. Pour into a buttered and floured 9 x 13 pan and sprinkle the walnuts on top. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
 
- Guest Blogger Claire Thomas from The Kitchy Kitchen
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Children's Chocolate Party at Compartes LA Chocolate Store

We all know how much energy children have, but wait till you bring them to Compartes Chocolatier to dip their own chocolate! Yes, that’s right, last weekend at Compartes Chocolatier, more than twenty children came to dip their own chocolates… it was not as messy as it sounds!

Entering in little groups they first each gave their name which was written down and attached to their own tray. They then received a guided tour of the factory containing some of the original Compartes equipment from 1950…

… and then came the fun! Into the Magic Room, laid out on plates were marshmallows, Oreo cookies, Graham Crackers and Pretzels...

 

Choosing five pieces each, the children dipped their selections into the kettles of milk and dark chocolate, laid each piece out on their tray, then with a bit of effort (waiting for chocolate to dry is as exciting as it is difficult, at any age!) tried their patience outside with fun and games.


Twenty minutes later and finally dry, they collected their very own hand-dipped confections and sat down to enjoy the deliciousness and satisfaction. We were left with some very happy children!!


Does this sound like something you are interested in doing for your children? Please drop in to our store, call or email us for more information on planning your own chocolate-covered party!

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Exclusive Photos: Faith Evans Something About Faith launch party at Compartes

   

    

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Compartes x Herbalife Custom Chocolate Truffles

Globally renowned nutrition company Herbalife recently selected us at Compartes Chocolates Los Angeles to customize our delicious luxury chocolate truffles with their logo for their recent corporate gift-giving event! Handmade from scratch using organic ingredients and a blend of luxury dark chocolate, these are the crux of customized gifts and chocolate cuisine.

  

Contact us to have your logo or design on our chocolates!  Compartes specializes in custom chocolates for corporate events, gift-giving and much more! We can do anything out of chocolate! :)
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Compartes Chocolatier, Taste of Beverly Hills 2010

The official chocolatier at Food & Wine's Taste of Beverly Hills 2010. Watch Compartes Chocolatier Jonathan Grahm give you a quick tour!


 
Compartes Chocolatier artisan chocolates made in Los Angeles with all natural organic ingredients, featured in magazines such as "W", "People", "Time", "US Weekly", "Bon Apetit", "Food and Wine" and much more was chosen to be the OFFICIAL chocolatier at the 1st annual "Taste of Beverly Hills" food festival. Here is a quick peek inside an LA foodie festival complete with tons of celebrities in attendance, celeb chefs and the best of the best of Los Angeles restaurants.

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Kyosuke Himuro Japan Relief Gig featuring Compartes Chocolatier

Kyosuke Himuro sold out Gig at Tokyo Dome benefiting Japan Tsunami Relief raises over $1Million in funds and features Compartes Love Nuts being sold with 100% going to help disaster victims in Japan, over 120,000 people attend this massive event in Japan ----

Compartes Chocolatier was proud to donate over 3500 boxes of our "Love Nuts" chocolate to benefit Japan Relief this weekend at a huge concert held at Tokyo Dome Stadium in Tokyo Japan.  Kyosuke Himuro, a fan of Compartes who has purchased our handcrafted organic chocolate treats in years past for his fan club members held a benefit concert where 100% of the proceeds will go those affected by the Japan tsunami disaster! Compartes was the only outside partner chosen to attend the event and we donated all of the proceeds 100% to the Japan tsunami Relief victims.  The event took place at Tokyo Dome June 11 and June 12 and over 120,000 people attended this massive sold out event.  Himuro is one of the most famous musicians in all of Japan! We are proud to have been able to support this event and donate to this very important cause that is near and dear to our hearts.  Between Kyosuke Himuro and Faith Evans, famous and talented musicians and Compartes have come together to raise tons of money and donations for the Japan tsunami relief efforts in the country.  Some pictures of the event follow, for more information please visit http://himuro.com as well.  

        

People waiting to buy Compartes Chocolatier Love Nuts at Kosuke Himuro Gig at Tokyo Dome benefiting Japan Relief.

  

A video message from Faith Evans and Compartes Chocolatier regarding Japan tsunami Relief Love Nuts:



To purchase Compartes Love Nuts benefiting Japan in the United States, please follow the link below:



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Mothers Day Chocolate and Wine Tasting Event

Chocolate + Wine Tasting Event This Saturday night at Compartes Brentwood!


THIS SATURDAY May 7th we're hosting a special Chocolate & Wine Tasting for Mother's Day! Featuring hand-selected pairings of 4 wines & 4 specially made chocolates, join us for a night to remember at our chocolate factory! Reservations: email info@compartes.com or contact us via phone at 310.826.3380. Treat Mom to an incredible evening filled with chocolate & wine!  Moe's Fine Wines in Brentwood will be on hand to discuss the pairings and pour 4 incredible delicious wines for the event!


Details: 912 S. Barrington Ave Los Angeles CA 90049 from 7 - 930pm Reservations recommended! $18/pp in advance and $20/at the door.  A fun filled evening inside our Brentwood chocolate boutique + factory + outdoor chocolate lounge.  Indulge in 4 wines and 4 specially paired organic chocolates!  



Wines by Moe's Fine Wines11740 San Vicente Boulevard, Suite 114

Moe's Fine Wines has a great selection of domestic wines from California, Oregon, and Washington as well as wines from Australia and Chile. They also boast a tremendous Old World repertoire covering some of the best wines that France, Spain and Italy. Every bottle is hand selected to insure that you receive only the highest quality wines at the best prices.  Moe’s Fine Wines has been featured in LA Magazine, LA Times, Daily Variety and more and was named Sommelier to the stars by the Brentwood News.
 
     
    
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Compartes Organic Chocolates featured in Brides Magazine

Check out the latest issue of Brides Magazine (April/May 2011) for two beautiful photos of our organic handmade chocolates featured in the wedding magazine! The editors of Brides placed Compartes chocolates in the "buzz" column noting our celebrity chocolate fans and beautiful custom printed chocolates! Check out the article below:

Entertainment Buzz:

Give a taste of Hollywood with organic chocolates from Compartes Chocolatier - Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, and Lauren Conrad are fans; $5 for a two-piece box, www.compartes.com.  -- For more info on our favor boxes in 2 piece or 4 piece please ring us at 310.826.3380 or email info@compartes.com.



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Children's Chocolate Dipping Party!

Last weekend twenty children came on a very chocolatey outing to dip their own confections in the Compartes kitchen!

 

 

In groups of five to ten, while the others enjoyed games and crafts outdoors on the patio, began the factory tour by Compartes Owner Jonathan Grahm. As he showed them how the chocolates are made and stored, he even let the children into the gigantic fridge on their way through! In turn their names were then written on stickers and placed onto plates where they would let their chocolate creations dry! And so on they journeyed into the dipping room, the fresh chocolate churning delectably in the chocolate kettles! Neatly aside set out ready for dipping were fresh strawberries, marshmallows, pretzels, Oreo Cookies and Vanilla Wafers… mmm!


Then came the fun! After a short demonstration, mouths left watering, the children excitedly sprang into action! Taking it in turns (patience was short with the scent of fresh chocolate as it whisked before them!) they each chose five confections to dip in one of the two kettles: milk chocolate or dark chocolate.

 

Content with their accomplishments, their chocolate was moved into the refrigerator to cool.

Ten minutes later, chocolates ready, children jumping with excited impatience, what could have been more rewarding than biting into their very own handmade chocolates!?

Does this sound like something for your children, a school, or a group of children you know? Please contact us for more information!

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Compartes Chocolate x Beatrice Wood Limited Edition Chocolates

Compartes Chocolatier is proud to announce a special brand new LIMITED EDITION collaboration with famed artist Beatrice Wood and the Santa Monica Museum of Art.  Exclusively sold in the gift shop of the Santa Monica Museum of Art (at Bergamot Station in Los Angeles) we've created chocolates adorned with the signature "Blind Man" design of Beatrice Wood.  The collection has already sold out and we are creating more for the museum as we type, should be back in stock at the end of this week and will be available through February.  Check out these cool pics from the opening gala of the Beatrice Wood exhibition and our chocolates! :) - Team Compartes

    

Compartes chocolates can be customized to fit any occasion (we do corporate gifts, events, exhibits, logos, etc).  We specialize in custom chocolates that are not only beautiful but taste amazing too, check out our "flavor" guide above to see all of our organic chocolate truffle flavors that can be customized with any designs you can think of.  Compartes chocolates are art.  Check out our custom chocolates by visiting - http://www.compartes.com/pages/custom-chocolates-for-corporate-gifts



 

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