Gardens and Chocolates in the Same Box: Hi Mom!

Limited-edition chocolate collection knows what your mother likes
By CYNTHIA YANG, Weekendr Staff Writer
Published on May 7, 2021

Your mom loves chocolates and she loves gardens. What would be lovelier than combining those two?  

andSons Chocolatiers have created a limited edition chocolate box, in collaboration with The Huntington Museum, Library & Botanical Gardens. As every Pasadenan knows, the dramatic Huntington Botanical Gardens in next-door San Marino covers 130 acres and features 16 stunning themed gardens. 

Thus inspired by the fragrant and verdant landscape, the chocolate company has  created a box that celebrates the joy of a visit to the Gardens, just in time for Mother’s Day. 

Adorned with commissioned art by Miranda Sofroniou, the collectible 24-piece box features two limited-edition Huntington pieces—one made with oranges from their orange grove, and one made with their signature tea—plus an assortment of andSons’ signature flavors. 

“When we started andSons, our goal was to infuse the culture and identity of Los Angeles into everything we do,” said brothers Phil and Marc Covitz. “The Huntington is an integral piece of that fabric and we’re thrilled to collaborate with them on a special-edition chocolate box.”

While it’s just in time for Mother’s Day , it will continue to be available year round for either curbside pickup at andSons’ shop  in Beverly Hills,  or through local/nationwide shipping via their website

The box features two limited-edition Huntington pieces—Huntington Orange & Pecan Praline, made with hand-picked Valencia oranges from The Huntington, along with Huntington Black Tea Caramel, made with citrus and jasmine flavored black tea right from The Huntington.

The dazzling box also features an assortment of andSons’ signature flavors, such as Passion Fruit Caramel, Speculoos Cookie, Hazelnut Gianduja, and Basil Lime.

The company specializes in two lines of chocolate— a “classic” line, featuring traditional flavors such as ganaches and pralines topped with subtle decorative elements, and a “modern” line, with bold and inventive flavor pairings inside colorful hand-painted shells. Customers can expect to find flavors such as Yuzu Verbena (which combines a White Chocolate Ganache with Fresh Lemon Verbena, and a Dark Milk Chocolate Ganache with Yuzu and Lime) and Texas Pecan Praline with Coffee Ganache (with Roasted Pecans and Peruvian Dark Chocolate infused with Counter Culture coffee). 

Each piece is handmade  by in-house pastry chef and chocolatier and chef Kriss Harvey, and available exclusively at their Beverly Hills boutique and nationwide via their website.

And did we try them? Of course we did, jelly bean. 

After gazing upon the rows and rows of bespeckled and bedazzled, gleaming chocolates like so many sports cars, we dove in. As a comparison, with all due respect to See’s, an industrial-strength American historical standard, these are not See’s. These are far more delicate and subtle, creamy and smooth with a lighter and warmer flavor. 

Consider this: my associate stopped in her tracks after popping one in her mouth, and needed a moment before gasping, “Better than sex.” 

We’ll leave that right there.

The Huntington Gardens box is now available at the  andSons website, and will be available year round for either curbside pickup at their Beverly Hills shop or local/nationwide shipping.

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