My wife informed me that when we took our daughter to Kleinfeld Bridal Shop to look at wedding dresses, we would stop beforehand at L.A. Burdick Chocolate Shop & Cafe for some chocolate refreshment. I thought, hmmm, that sounds like a good idea. Then she told me that we were going to L.A. Burdick because she had checked them out, and Burdick had several dairy-free options, and I thought, hey that sounds like a great idea.
Then we got there, and I was very impressed. Not only do they have a nice variety of dark chocolate bars and dark chocolate covered nuts and fruits, all dairy free, but they have dark chocolate cocoas as well that are dairy free, available to drink in the store (mixed with soy or almond milk) and in packages for purchase. And there were other dairy free items available as well, like marzipan and nougat, but I was already sated with choices, and picked out a handful of packages of chocolate covered cashews, almonds and hazelnuts to nosh on.
These were without a doubt the best the chocolate covered nuts I have ever tasted (Teuscher and Jacques Torres, move aside!). There was just the thinnest layer of chocolate on each nut, but the chocolate flavor was discernible enough that it made eating each nut a pleasure. And the variety of flavors made them extra special as well – the cashews are dusted with powdered sugar, the almonds are dusted with cocoa powder, and the hazelnuts are coated with coffee-flavored chocolate and then dusted with cocoa.
When I consulted L.A. Burdick’s website after returning from our trip, I was impressed all over again. They have a page listing which of their products can be eaten by people with various allergies (wow! I love feeling taken care of by my food purveyors!), and another page talking about the health benefits of eating dark chocolate (man, everybody seems to be talking about that nowadays – but you won’t hear me complaining!). The only thing missing from their website was that their drink menu didn’t mention anything about them having dairy free milks available for making cocoa – a great selling point for me.
The Chocolate Shop & Cafe is open 9a to 9p Monday to Saturday (closed Sunday). I think I may find it necessary to stop in there this weekend – to sample an iced cocoa drink (yes, they make them hot or cold!) and stock up on bars and chocolate covered nuts.