The Real Deal

Chocolate purists have a new home in the South Bay

Written by Constance Dunn | Photography by Paul Jonason

Chocolate maker Jeffray Gardner has made a career of bringing pure, unadulterated chocolate to the South Bay in the form of handcrafted Marsatta Chocolate bars. Hand-produced from cacao beans sourced from as far as Ecuador and Tanzania, the luxe, organic bars—available in strengths ranging from 36 percent to full-throttle 100 percent—are available at Gardner’s new outpost, Marsatta Chocolate, on Del Amo Boulevard, along with decadent delights like chocolate-drenched strawberries and fruit-infused bon bons.

Welcome fixtures at several local farmers’ markets, Gardner and his wife, Naomi, have flung open the doors of their just-opened factory and store for tastings and flight-pairing nights. During shop hours, customers can sip hot chocolates and mochas in the cafe while watching premium cacao beans get sorted, roasted and spun into edible gold.

TIP: Even if sweets are not your thing, a nibble of Marsatta’s pure dark chocolate might open your palate to a world of new taste complements, from a bottle of earthy red wine to a selection of fresh fruits.

Marsatta Chocolate
4604 Del Amo Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90503
310.318.0489 |

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