The Best Places To Find Halloween Candy In Los Angeles
By Jamie Wetherbe
A holiday dedicated to the quest for candy is a welcome reprieve in health-conscious Los Angeles, especially for grown-ups. To celebrate Halloween, we round up seven adult-friendly candy shops for a more mature sugar rush, no costume required.
Compartés Chocolatier blood orange truffle (Photo courtesy of Compartés Chocolatier)
Mexican hot truffles (Photo courtesy of Compartés Chocolatier)
COMPARTÉS CHOCOLATIERIn business since 1950, Compartés is the "Mad Men" of chocolates. Sexy, gourmet sweets are silkscreened with dapper designs, like graphic golden spirals or bow ties and buttons. For Halloween, the Brentwood-adjacent chocolatier, has crafted skull pops topped with 24-karat gold glitter, chocolate cauldrons, as well as Mexican hot chocolate and “bloody orange” truffles. compartes.com
Compartés Chocalatier is located at 912 S. Barrington Avenue, (310) 826-3380
Sea salt caramel is way better than Tootsie Rolls (Photo courtesy of Little Flower Candy Company)
LITTLE FLOWER CANDY COMPANY
Pastry chef-turned-candymaker Christine Moore and her crew churn out homemade sea-salt caramels, flavored marshmallows and other goodies every day. In honor of Halloween, the quaint Pasadena cafe has baked up coffin- and tombstone-shaped cakes, as well as candy corn and pumpkin lollipops.
Little Flower Candy Company is located at 1422 W. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, (626) 304-4800
Teuscher wraps up its delicious truffles for the holiday (Photo courtesy of Teuscher)
Teuscher brings a taste of Europe stateside with a series of handmade chocolates shipped straight from Zurich to its Beverly Hills storefront. Come Halloween, Teuscher's signature chocolates and truffles come wrapped as witches and ghouls for $12 a pop.
Teuscher is located at 9548 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, (877) 276-2776
Ground zombie meat (Photo courtesy of Dylan's)
DYLAN'S CANDY BARThe New York staple last year set up its first West Coast shop across from the Grove. The 1,200-square-foot candy emporium—flanked by a pair of peppermint columns—boasts 7,000 different types of sweets spanning several countries and decades. Created by Dylan Lauren, daughter of designer Ralph Lauren, this season's Halloween treats have a certain Hollywood flare, including strawberry licorice laces packaged as ground gremlin meat and a fruit-flavored energy drink that shares the same the "color, look and consistency" as real blood.
Dylan's Candy Bar is located at 6333 W. 3rd St, (323) 930-1600
Tucked behind stationary shop Pulp and Hide, the family-owned Brentwood boutique is stacked with rows of truffles, gummies, licorice, as well as assorted chocolate-dipped treats. The shop's custom candies and gift baskets have been known to attract local A-listers, like Tom Hanks, especially around Halloween.
Candy Alley is located at 13020 San Vicente Blvd in Brentwood, (310) 394-0714
Gumball-dispensing Ferrari (Photo courtesy of Sweet!)
Part amusement park, part candy shop, Sweet! bursts with 28,000 square feet of candies of all kinds. The shop, set inside the Hollywood and Highland complex, spans a dozen sugar-themed boutiques like Route 66 with vintage treats, Lollyland with candy-topped trees, a Ferrari that spits gum balls, and a chocolate lab to craft your own candy bars—Willy Wonka style.
Sweet! is located at 6801 Hollywood Blvd, (323) 462-3111
Truffles (Photo courtesy of Valerie Confections)
Self-taught confection queen Valerie Gordon has been serving artisan sweets on the Eastside since 2004. Her Silver Lake shop serves handmade toffees, nougats, mints and preserves, as well as a line of cakes paying homage to L.A.'s bygone bakeries. Gordon was an early farm-to-table convert so her sweets are spun from fresh, seasonal ingredients.
Valerie Confections is located at 3360 W. First Street (888) 706-1408
Jamie Wetherbe covers art and entertainment for the Los Angeles Times. Raised in Minnesota, she's a fan of baseball, wine and passport stamps. She lives in L.A. with her three mutts, Butch, Luke and Meow.