It’s well known that chocolate is a decadent treats. It’s a holiday favorite and what you give a significant other on special occasions: chocolate is special. Topanga based chocolatiers Zenbunni have put a whimsical element into their very luxurious chocolates. They are packaged to look like little Art Nouveau golden treats–and their taste matches such fanciful claims.
The chocolate is made by local couple Zen and Bunni, two Angelenos who took a love for “Heirloom Chocolate” and turned it into an organic, fair trade, raw, etc., etc., etc. free treat. There are three flavors at this moment: the original Topanga, the sea salted Atlantis, and spicy chai Kathmandu. Each chocolate comes in a pastel and gold gum-sized box and cleverly fits so much information onto a tiny box. Of all the sweet treats we’ve had in the city, the packaging on the Zenbunni Chocolates is definitely one of our favorites.
You open the box and you find a small gold brick that is wrapping the chocolate. The three are dark brown with the exception of the spicy chai who has a some red brown power on it. The Topanga chocolate is a standard dark chocolate. It’s soft and not sugary, with a clean chocolate taste. For fans of serious, no frills, 100% cocoa chocolate, this is your treat. The salty Atlantis is almost a vinegary sugar-free chocolate with marked crunches of savory bits. It stands as a medium between the two extremes of Topanga and Kathmandu, the sea salt drawing out the complexities of the chocolate. The Kathmandu is a salty, spicy chocolate with a classic chai taste and a cayenne, cinnamon slant. This is by far the most embellished chocolate while also being the most interesting because the chai is perfectly suited for the brand’s Heirloom Chocolate.
Zenbunni’s heirloom chocolate is a classic, very zen, beautifully prepared chocolate that is incredibly luscious. They bring an old world, hand touched care to their chocolatiering and are absolutely serious in their obsession with the fantastic superpowers of chocolate. You can this chocolate at a few places in town–Erewhon, Oaks Gourmet, Lost & Found, Four Café, and more–in addition to buying online. If you want a special and somewhat novelty chocolate to share this Halloween, this is for you.