L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates
Larry Burdick has fun with his chocolate, creating elegant, whimsical chocolates that beg to be taken home. With one taste of his little mice, penguins and ghosts, you realize these beautiful chocolates taste as good as they look.
Our Interview with Larry Burdick
What motivated you to open a chocolate business?
While working in Switzerland, I realized I had never seen handmade bonbons from chocolate of that quality in the United States. Artisan food products, such as wines, beer, cheeses, breads, etc., were becoming all the rage. High-quality chocolate making and chocolate bonbon making seemed not to be in the picture. It was an opportunity to bring a unique and beautiful product on the market and satisfy the artisan urge to make something unique, beautiful and without compromise.
Did you have any formal training in chocolate making?
For the most part, I am a self-taught (through interesting jobs) cook, pastry cook, and chocolate cook. I was [used for] slave labor in Switzerland (hard work and long hours in exchange for exposure and experience) for three years. I learned a lot there (and made some wonderful, lifelong friends to boot).
Where do you get your inspiration for the different flavors and textures you include in your chocolates?
From my background as a curious cook. I like to say our product has French gastronomical thoughtfulness, Swiss savoir-faire and American imagination.
If you had to describe your product line in a couple of sentences, what would that be?
The highest quality ingredients, carefully and imaginatively put together, and shipped and sold immediately after being made. A large variety of beautiful, complex chocolate flavors, made from the best cocoa beans from Central and South America, the Caribbean, Madagascar and Java.
What is your personal favorite out of all the products you make and why?
Hard to answer—it depends on the mood of my taste buds. I’m always looking for complex cocoa bean flavors. I'd have to say the full assortment because the variety is gastronomically most interesting.
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