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Dec 19, 2006 12:42 AM

Your Favorite Chocolates Available in SF.

I'm looking to give a holiday gift of chocolates to a friend of mine and I was wondering what is your favorite chocolate that's available in San Francisco. I know XOX is mentioned quite fondly here; however, I don't know that I want to be limited to truffles. Any suggestions are appreciated.


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  1. Not sure if you're looking exclusively for chocolate made in SF, but Amadei chocolates from Tuscany are available at Biondivino on Green St. (near Polk). Amadei's chocolates are outstanding and any choco-holic would appreciate it as a gift.

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    1. re: Husky

      Not necessarily looking for chocolates made locally, just available locally.

    2. Head on over to Fog City News on Market Street for an incredible selection. They have both locally made chocolates, including truffles, and a vast selection of chocolate bars from all over the world.

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      1. re: farmersdaughter

        Chocolate Covered on 24th Street (near the cheese store) has a wider selection, lower prices, and a staff that is friendlier and less condescending than Fog City. They carry Domori, one of the absolute best lines, which FC doesn't.

        1. re: Gary Soup

          I'm with you on Fog City. I put up with them not putting prices on the chocolate bars and intimidating me into paying too much, filled up my card of 10, and then was told it was only good for $5, not a free bar as promised (and stated on the card).

          1. re: Windy

            I couldn't agree more. I'm a chocoholic and I work next door to Fog City, and I hardly ever go in there, because I always feel ripped off. Plus, as you said, the staff there is really condescending -- when I talked to the guy in charge about the same issues you mentioned (the lack of pricing, the huge mark-ups) he basically blew me off.

            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              I'll fourth the Fog City comments. I bought from them only once. the bar sounded interesting and when I asked the guy at the counter if he had tried it, he said, "Oh yes," and whipped out a page with tasting notes, and proceeded to read off a list of at least 2 dozen flavors and "notes" that the staff had detected in this single chocolate bar. I had to tell him to stop so I could get to work. Plus it was just stupid--notes of blackberry and black currant and tobacco and lime and yuzu and black pepper and cranberry and and and. Anyway, all of that and he never mentioned (and the package didn't reveal) that it was chocolate covered nut paste (almond or pistachio, don't remember). Not much chocolate flavor at all with all that nut and sugar. And it was $8. Never again.

              1. re: Pistou

                I'm a fan of Richard Donnelly chocolates. I know he's based in Santa Cruz, but I can't get down there easily. Fog City News is the only place in the city where I've found them. mmmm they make me happy.

            2. re: Windy

              I know several people who have felt burned by this; the owner seems to be one of the problems, he is frequently snooty and condescending, and I think the staff take their cues from him.

              A much better option, and very close by, is Confetti. It is just on the other side of 1st Street--i.e., less than half a block west from Fog City. The women who run the place couldn't be nicer. They have a smaller selection of bars, but a large selection of Charles and Recchuti truffles and confections, and loads of treats by other makers. They had a nice tasting of Charles chocolates a month ago, Charles himself was there, very friendly and accessible.

              1. re: Leadbelly

                Yeah, when the guy at Fog City tried to tell me his markup was high because of the location, I pointed out that I can buy some of the same things at Confetti, less than a block away for, significantly less (for example, the Recchiutti chocolate bars that are $8.95 at Fog City are $5.95 at Confetti).

                Oh, and the reason he gave me for not putting prices on the bars was that "most people" buy them to give them as gifts and don't want to have to risk damaging the wrapper to take the price sticker off. Yeah, right. Maybe the reason most of their customers are buying gifts is that people who buy chocolate for themselves on a regular basis (who you'd think would be the most desirable customers), don't like to shop there.

        2. I absolutetly love these local chocolates called Poco Dolce. They have an assortment with flavors like Aztec with a hint of chili, or english toffee, all in dark chocolate with a spirnkle of grey salt or fleur de sel. They are, as the title suggests, not too sweet and utterly addictive. They have them at Whole Foods and The Gardener in Berkeley.

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          1. re: hamachihil

            I second Poco Dolce. I discovered them at the deli next to Cafe Rouge in Berkeley. Beware though - they are very pricey. I got a small (very small) hunk of dark chocolate with almonds. The almonds were very fresh and the chocolate is among the best I've had this year. It was worth every penny.

          2. I'm constantly trying to lose weight so I can't say that I've really sampled too much of the local artisan chocolates. However, Cocoa Bella is an incredible chocolate store on Union Street with TONS of different and interesting things to try. This is their website:

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            1. re: whiner

              I was wondering about Cocoa Bella, also located at the new Westfield Mall on Market St. Anyone else tried them?

              1. re: Jim

                I really enjoy Cocoa Bella. The choices are hit and miss. They're arranged by country, and I find that I don't like American and Canadian varieties very much (too sweet).

                The mint truffle and truffle glacee were memorable.

                Considering how absolutely gorgeous they are, I didn't expect them to taste good (thought it was another Godiva). But they really are delicious, though breathtakingly pricey.

                1. re: Jim

                  Cocoa Bella, at least the one near my house (on Union), sells chocolates from a number of different companies, not one brand. You may find that you like some of their producers and not others. I'm fond of Bridgewater Chocolates chocolate-covered graham crackers, which they sell there.

                2. re: whiner

                  Cocoa Bella distributes about 12 or so chocolatiers, including some famous and pricey ones. It is expensive, but the variety is huge, and I have liked everything I have tried. They are also friendly.

                3. Recchiutti is my favorite. The rose caramel makes me faint every time. Literally, I have to sit down when I eat one of those. Heaven!