L.A. Burdick Chocolate, The Beginning
Larry’s pursuit of fine cuisine and chocolate began in the late 1970s, when a passion for all things French led him to Paris and, shortly thereafter, Switzerland. During a visit to Bern in the mid-1980s, Larry discovered in a confiserie the heady aroma of pure chocolate and hand-made delicacies that propelled him to launch the company bearing his name today. L.A. Burdick Chocolate was established in New York City in 1987, when Larry returned from Switzerland bearing a chocolate pot, guitars for cutting shapes, dipping forks and a plan to create true chocolate confections. Five years later, he and his family – his wife, Paula, and their two children – moved their thriving small business to Walpole, New Hampshire. At their new café, Larry’s exquisite chocolate bonbons quickly garnered a devoted following. L.A. Burdick Chocolate has since continued to expand, with several cafés and chocolate shops, a French-style restaurant and small specialty grocery store.
Seeing her husband’s love of chocolate firsthand led Paula to co-found L.A. Burdick Chocolate. Through her expertise and imagination, the look of the company was established. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology and lover of all things New York, Paula’s knowledge of textiles, color and style direction resulted in the beautiful packaging and designs now seen on the company’s finished products. Her influence and approach are also visible in the cafés, retail shops and restaurant, where details gleaned from her time in Paris combine in an ambiance of relaxed elegance. Paula’s love of the business she helped build is tempered only by the deep love for her two children and Larry.