John Kelly Chocolates: an offering of rubies and other tasteful gems
Talk about a match made in heaven! Although Valentine’s Day comes once a year, John Kelson and Kelly Green have been committed to keeping our romance with chocolate alive throughout the year since 2004. John Kelly Chocolates’ first offspring—its grown-up fudge—is the stuff of legend and came to be when the duo used a secret family recipe for their upgraded take on chocolate truffle fudge through its ganache-like consistency.
In 2022, the chocolatiers rolled out an exciting Valentine’s Day line-up with solid chocolate hearts in dark chocolate, milk chocolate and now, ruby chocolate that are sure to delight chocolate connoisseurs for birthdays, Mother’s Day, graduations and more. Ruby chocolate is made from naturally occurring ruby-hued cacao beans grown in Ecuador, Brazil and Africa’s Ivory Coast. It’s only fitting the creators describe the delicious innovation as a ‘sensorial delight, bursting with fresh, tangy, berry notes and likened to the flavour of white chocolate mixed with raspberries and strawberries.’
Through the years, with buzz attained through LA-area boutiques, award show events, and celebrity gift bags, John Kelly Chocolates counts such fans as Keanu Reeves, Viola Davis, Neil Patrick Harris, Rénée Zellweger, Quentin Tarantino and Mindy Kaling as adoring fans. They’ve been recipients of industry accolades themselves, with two coveted Sofi Awards, the top award given by the Specialty Food Association, and Best Chocolate Shop in California by USA Today.
Just like Hollywood itself, production continued during the pandemic and sweetened the lives of a growing number of customers beyond Hollywood through the website and their newest boutique in Beverly Hills, opened in May 2021. ‘We’ve been very fortunate to continue operations during the pandemic and even show growth,’ said Kelly Green, who was an advertising veteran before founding the luxury chocolate company. ‘Chocolate—and in particular our chocolate—is an easy way for people to celebrate, enjoy life a bit more, and indulge in an affordable luxury.’
John Kelly Chocolates’ newest releases and its many best sellers are handcrafted, gluten-free and kosher.
If you want to gift like a VIP, or savour chocolate like one, look for John Kelly Chocolates at high-end grocery (Whole Foods, Central Market and Bristol Farms), department stores (Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman), premium hotel and winery gift shops, or at johnkellychocolates.com.