Beverly Hills Adventure! Edelweiss Chocolates

Beverly Hills Adventure! Edelweiss Chocolates

March 16, 2019   |  by Shannon

Can you guess the connection between this classic I Love Lucy scene and Edelweiss Chocolates? To find out, read on!

Can you think of anything better than a place that combines chocolate and Classic Hollywood?

Me neither.

That’s why Edelweiss Chocolates is my new favorite place!

We discovered this lovely chocolate shop in Beverly Hills at Christmastime last year.

Classic Hollywood Roots

I did a little bit of research before we went, and knew that Edelweiss had a fascinating Hollywood history.

Founded in 1942—then known as “Candy Round-Up”—Edelweiss quickly became the favorite chocolate shop of the most prestigious stars, from Lauren Bacall and Katharine Hepburn to Frank Sinatra.

And let me tell you, I could not have been prepared for the amazing experience my family and I had when we visited Edelweiss.

Look at all those gorgeous chocolates! Frank Sinatra, Katharine Hepburn, and Elizabeth Taylor are just a few of the Classic Hollywood stars who regularly picked up their favorite chocolates from Edelweiss.

The Shop

On entering the adorable shop, we were greeted by Madlen Zahir, the owner of Edelweiss.  Edelweiss is family run and owned, and you can feel the love and passion Madlen and her family have for their business right away.

As we made our chocolate selections, I mentioned to Madlen what Classic Hollywood fans we are.

She then told me that as Classic Hollywood fans, we’d really appreciate a particularly fascinating aspect of Edelweiss’ Hollywood past.

Edelweiss Chocolates proudly displays their connection to Lucille Ball's comedy genius.

The Lucy Connection

We all know the famous episode of I Love Lucy where Lucy and Ethel go to work in the chocolate factory, and end up completely overwhelmed at the speed the chocolates come down the conveyer belt for wrapping. 

Of course, Lucy and Ethel end up stuffing their faces with chocolates to keep from getting behind on the packaging line!

The famous scene! Lucy and Ethel can't keep up with the rate the chocolates come down the line!

Well, Lucy’s inspiration for this bit of comedy genius was the conveyer belt at Edelweiss Chocolates!

I can just imagine Lucy stopping by Edelweiss to pick up some of her favorite chocolates, seeing the conveyer belt in the back, and having a light bulb go off in that gorgeous head of hers to base an episode around the endless comedic possibilities of that conveyer belt!

Edelweiss' Classic Equipment

Madlen was so sweet, after seeing our excitement over this piece of Hollywood history, she graciously invited us to tour Edelweiss.  We got to see all the equipment that makes their handmade chocolates so incredibility delicious. 

Edelweiss still uses the same equipment today that they used in 1942.  Proof that quality lasts, right?!

Excuse my lack of technical verbiage, but this machine, which melts the chocolate, has been in use at Edelweiss since the shop opened in 1942. Madlen told us this machine is never turned off.
Look at the size of that mixer!

And yes, we even got to see the conveyer belt that inspired our beloved Lucy.

MJ and me, in front of the chocolate conveyer belt that inspired Lucy!

My Edelweiss Recommendations

If you find yourself in Beverly Hills, you must stop by Edelweiss Chocolates!

I highly recommend picking up some…

French Truffles

Elizabeth Taylor’s Favorite

Elizabeth Taylor's favorite chocolate, the French Truffle.

This luscious dark chocolate truffle is as rich and gorgeous as Liz herself!  Definitely a fitting chocolate for the glamorous star.

Maple Creams

Frank Sinatra's Favorite

Frank Sinatra's favorite, Maple Creams!

Frank had excellent taste!  I adored the Maple Creams at Edelweiss!  Maple center, smooth milk or dark chocolate on the outside.  How could that not be amazing?!!

Chocolate Turtles

Katharine Hepburn's Favorite

Chocolate Turtles, Katharine Hepburn's favorite!

Pecans and caramel covered in chocolate?!  YUM!  No wonder Kate wrote about these amazing chocolate turtles in her autobiography.  Hepburn preferred Edelweiss’ dark chocolate turtles, but I must say I enjoyed the milk chocolate turtles just a bit more.

Chocolate Covered (Homemade) Marshmallows

Aaron Spelling's Favorite

Aaron Spelling may not be a Classic Hollywood Star, but the man had excellent taste in chocolate!  Spelling’s favorite, Edelweiss’ Chocolate Covered Marshmallows, with homemade marshmallows, are to die for!  Definitely one of my two favorite chocolates I tried at Edelweiss. 

Fun side note, Edelweiss’ first owner, Grace Young, invented the Chocolate Covered Marshmallow!

Milk Chocolate Covered Orange Slices

My Favorite!!

My favorite chocolate! Milk chocolate covered orange slices. I discovered these on my latest trip to Prague and have been addicted ever since.

I was beyond excited to see Milk Chocolate Covered Orange Slices at Edelweiss!  I became completely addicted to them on my latest trip to Prague, but they are difficult to find where I live.  Now that I know Edelweiss serves delicious chocolate covered orange slices, we’ll be making regular trips!

Some chocolate turtles finish setting in the Edelweiss kitchen.

Back to Edelweiss Soon!

Madlen offered to give us a tour during chocolate production hours one of these days, so I’m sure I’ll be writing about Edelweiss again in the very near future!

Until my next visit, I’ll dream about Edelweiss’ perfect chocolate confections, and watch Lucy’s
“Job Switching” chocolate episode on repeat.

Have you been to Edelweiss Chocolates?

I’m Shannon, thanks for visiting!  When I’m not on an adventure with my little girl, I’m developing plant-based recipes or watching a Classic Film!

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