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For nearly a quarter of a century, L.A. Burdick has been bringing the best ingredients in the world together in the offerings of a single company. Small wonder the chocolatier is a nominee for a Luxist Readers' Choice award in the best truffles category.
After years spent studying the art of chocolate in France and Switzerland, Larry Burdick founded his chocolate company in a Brooklyn, New York workshop in 1987. Within a year, he was selling his bonbons to a handful of New York restaurants. In 1990, a positive review in The New York Times sparked interest in Burdick's handwork; a year later, he started his chocolate mail order business.
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In 1993, Burdick and his wife, Paula, moved to Walpole, New Hampshire. They grew the business from a fledgling startup to an international chocolate mail order and retail outfit, with Larrry supplying the chocolate expertise and Paula using design smarts honed at New York's Fashion Institute of Technology to prepare the packaging.
Today, L.A. Burdick operates retail stores in Walpole, N.H., Cambridge, Mass., and New York, N.Y. For those who can't make it to one of the shops, truffles are available online in quantities ranging from the party host-friendly Favor Assortment ($5-$8) to the Connoisseur Collection ($90), which also includes chocolate-covered cigars, caramelized nuts, and chocolate-dipped fruit.
Vote for the company you believe makes the best truffles. Readers' Choice Winners will be announced on March 1st.