The Collective Foodie- LA's Sweetest Treats

There’s something so rewarding about discovering the perfect sweet treat just in time for Valentine’s Day. But when you live in a city with desserts within reach at almost every street light, it can be challenging to know where to start and how to find those hidden gems. That’s why we went on an urban hunt for the sweetest treats in LA. With each bite you’ll taste the love, passion and nostalgia that went into making these creations. The challenge will be deciding where to begin...

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Ladurée- Queen Catherine de’ Medici originally brought the single macaron to France from Italy in the 16th century, but it was a Ladurée baker who had the unique idea to place two macaron shells together with creamy ganache as the filling. Ladurée has been perfecting the art of the macaron since 1862 so it’s not surprising we had to stay for seconds. Highlights: rose, coffee, chocolate, pistachio, orange blossom, lime coconut, hazelnut, strawberry candy, caramel, raspberry. 

Au Fudge- This Melrose hideaway is the kind of place you could spend the entire day. Designed to be a “social club for families,” you’ll come for the sweets and stay for the vibes. Highlights: sticky toffee pudding, churro sliders, vanilla birthday cake shake and unicorn everything!

Cake MonkeyWhen a television/film producer and an award-winning pastry chef come together with a mutual love for baking, sweet magic is born. Highlights: Chocolate raspberry naked drip cake, El Rollo (below right), inside out s’mores, peanut butter & marshmallow cakewich. 

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Compartes- Compartes chocolatier has been handcrafting gourmet chocolates in Los Angeles since 1950. The ingredients are locally sourced and the chocolate comes from around the world. Each flavor is wildly different and every piece is a work of art. Highlights: dark chocolate salted pistachio, white chocolate cereal, chocolate salted pretzel (pictured) caramelized popcorn milk chocolate.

Sugarfina- On their third date to a screening of the original Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Rosie and Josh came up with the idea to open a chic adult candy store. For two years, they traveled the world tasting thousands of candies, and when they came back to LA, Sugarfina was born. With luxurious treats and a beautiful boutique setting, Sugarfina has it all. Highlights: champagne gummy bears, pear brandy cordial, 24K gold swizzle stick (below right), kiss me sugar lips (below left). 

We've just kicked off early bird ticket sales for The Collective Foodie speed tasting event where you can hear Crisanta German of Sugarfina speak on our Business of Food Panel. You’ll leave with a full stomach, lots of goodies and great insights on building a brand. Event takes place on April 4th at Angel City Brewery in dtla! Get your tickets here: http://bit.ly/CFApril4

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Sidecar DougnutsAs soon as you walk through the doors, the smell of doughnuts and fresh coffee has you hooked. Brought to life in 2012 by founders with a background in visual arts, you can taste and feel the artistic flair all around you. Highlights: orange cherry with pistachio praline, red velvet (pictured). butter and salt, maple bacon. 

Sprinkles: Touted as the “world’s first cupcake bakery,” Sprinkles takes decadence to new heights and even has it’s very own cupcake ATM that's sweeter than dollar bills. Highlights: banana peanut butter cupcake, chocolate marshmallow cupcake, salted oatmeal cornflake cookie, signature sundae with a single scoop of ice-cream sandwiched inside a cupcake (below right).

Happy (almost) Valentine's Day!

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