Shop the Block: For Valentine’s Day, Mignon chocolates are anything but boring

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As authentic as family-run businesses come, Mignon Chocolate was founded in 1910 and has been run by the Ter-Poghossians ever since.
For three generations, the family has manufactured its own fine chocolates, and original recipes are what make Mignon truly exceptional.
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Conduct your own taste test, starting with two selections from the M Collection: ginger sea salt chocolates (a dark-chocolate shell filled with luscious ginger dark chocolate ganache and topped with lime-infused sea salt) and lavender chocolates (also a ganache-infused dark-chocolate shell with the complex sweetness of woodsy lavender).
Mignon’s signature treat is its box of orange-peel strips, baked in heavy syrup and coated in dark chocolate. Another favorite is the saffron marzipan, which is created in-house with diced orange peels and infused with saffron. The family has been handmaking the latter since the 1930s.
In the Los Angeles area, Mignon also runs locations in Glendale and Van Nuys. An international outpost is located in Tehran.
6 E. Holly St., Pasadena. Open Tue.-Sat. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun. noon-5 p.m.; closed Mon. (626) 796-7100, mignonchocolate.com
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Shop the block: Build up your Halloween reserves at Montrose Candy Co.

 
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Who, really, can resist the old-fashioned candy shop, with gleaming rows of clear plastic bins and shovel-sized scoops standing ready to deliver sugary goodness?
If that sounds romantic, you’re due for a visit to the Montrose Candy Co., which specializes in your childhood favorites, from the nostalgic to the hard-to-find. The store also stocks imported candies, including some that arrive from as far away as Britain, Italy, Belgium, France, Japan and the Middle East.
While holidays like Halloween and Easter are a boon for business, the shop is always a popular stop-off for patrons headed to catch a flick, and also for bakers and confectioners looking to candy-coat their creations.
Owner Linda Eaton says the candy boutique is also known for its salt-water taffy selection — more than 40 flavors — from Utah’s Taffy Town, and for its frozen treats, like Balboa-style ice cream bars and frozen bananas.
“Our goal was to bring a favorite vacation treat to the foothills and ensure it was authentic,” Eaton says.
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