Poco Dolce Chocolates and Toffees [Dogpatch, San Francisco]
So I was headed to my neighbor's birthday party with nothing in hand.... Remembered that on my walk back from Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous (great ice cream, BTW) I kept walking past a relatively new storefront to me -- Poco Dolce. They had what appeared to be gift tins in the windows, and the lovely smell of chocolate and toffee. So I decided to investigate for an ad-hoc gift.... and I'm so glad I did.
First the basics -- the retail store is on 3rd Street in the Dogpatch, between 20th and 22nd. They have free samples to try if you're undecided like me. But I didn't want to be too greedy, nor pack on that many calories so I only sampled a few. I think I've also seen here that they are available at Whole Foods (I don't shop there regularly).
Grey salt toffee squares -- these were my first purchase. Squares of toffee covered in bittersweet chocolate, and sprinkled with Grey sea salt. YUM!
Super chile toffee squares -- these were my second and totally loved with the nice flash of heat at the end. Total love at first bite. Also covered in bittersweet chocolate.
Popcorn and toffee -- nice crunch but not the flashes of flavor I got with the first two.
Wanted to try but didn't -- burnt caramel, double shot expresso
Great storefront and really helpful employees. Another great addition to the Dogpatch!
2419 3rd street
San Francisco, CA 94107
Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous
699 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107
My wife just received an entire cooler full of various chocolates from Poco Dolce from some very satisfied clients. Man, someone get these things away from me before falling into a Hyperglycemic driven coma is the only thing that makes me stop eating them. I have had 6 different bittersweet chocolate tiles with gray sea salt (loved the one with the chili's in it) and I just consumed an olive oil and sea salt bittersweet chocolate bar. Ruh-oh! (I'm beginning to channel Scooby-Doo), these things are addictive...
I’m a huge fan of Poco Dolce. The thing I like about them is that somehow they manage to make their chocolate really rich and dark but without even a hint of bitterness. And I really like the fact that the chocolate is not too sweet (Poco dolce is Italian for “a little sweet”). The tiles are the perfect size. One tile is intensely satisfying and you don’t feel guilty (if you just eat one!) because it’s relatively small and not overly sweet. My favorite tile is the chili and I agree that they do it just right. The chili tiles remind me of a solid version of rich hot chocolate except the heat is from chili and not temperature. The chocolate bars are fairly recent and they are delicious. I haven’t tried all of the flavors yet but as someone mentioned the olive oil bar is wonderful and if you are into peanut butter like I am the peanut butter bar is nirvana.
I visited the storefront yesterday for the first time after lunch in the area. Nice folks, and it goes without saying that the product is very good. Sample of the day was Burnt Caramel Tile with sea salt.
I wanted to mention that on special today are Toffee Square Bags for $5 until 5pm today.