Chocolates

February is a month for love and artisanal endorphins. Indulge.
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1. Madame Chocolat 

Hasty Khoei, who worked under chocolate king Jacques Torres, uses spanking-fresh fruits in her pieces, perhaps the best in town. » 212 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-247-9990.

2. Chocolatt…from Belgium 

The shop is filled with Belgian chocolates (some sugar free) imported from premium manufacturers. » 12008 Wilshire Blvd., West L.A., 310-442-2245.

3. ChocolateBox Cafe 

Jewel-box displays hold Belgian truffles, ganaches, pralines, and delicate marzipan pieces. » 714 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada, 818-790-7918.

4. Jin Patisserie 

Kristy Choo infuses hand-painted chocolates with Earl Grey, passion fruit, or lavender. Stunning when nestled in one of her silk boxes. » 1202 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310-399-8801.

5. Valerie Confections 

Along with ideal toffees, Valerie offers filled hearts, some with 24-karat-gold flakes. » 888-706-1408.

Photograph by MARYELLEN BAKER

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