Sometimes chocolates can be a bit cliché as a Valentine’s Day gift. Luckily for us San Franciscans, we have a variety of unique chocolatiers and chocolate shops that provide extraordinary confections to make your day of romance that much sweeter. Here are a few of the best the city has to offer.
TCHO Chocolate is San Francisco's only bean to bar chocolate maker. TCHO (pronounced "cho") is a mecca for all things chocolate. Partnering with Blue Bottle Coffee Co, TCHO serves a variety of special cocoa and coffee drinks, as well as offers an exquisite line of chocolate products for purchase in the store. For Valentine's Day, TCHO is offering an array of special boxes with art produced by local artist Max Kisman. These gifts come in three different sizes, and include many different art covers for each box.
Pier 17, San Francisco, 415.963.5077, www.tcho.com
2 Recchiuti Confections
Recchiuti Confections was founded in San Francisco in 1997 by master chocolatier Michael Recchiuti and his wife, Jacky. Recchiuti Confections has received accolades, awards and plethora of loyal customers both locally and abroad for their delicious artistry and range of chocolate confections, bonbons, sauces and gifts. Freshly made in Michael Recchiuti’s production kitchen in San Francisco, this year’s Valentine’s Day selection offers something for everyone, including the playfully titled Hearts and Arrows Box and XO Box.
One Ferry Building, Shop #30, San Francisco, 415.834.9494, www.recchiuti.com
3 Chocolatier Blue
Chocolatier Blue has arguably the most unique looking chocolate creations. Their selections look less like a treat and more like a mini sculptures. Combined with their artist flare is their meticulous use of ingredients, which are painstakingly sought in order to create the perfect chocolate. Their small bites use the right balance of sweet, sour and bitter making a very unique dessert. Coming soon for Valentine’s Day is The Love and Lust collection. Your sweetheart will appreciate the gorgeous appearance and unique flavors of Chocolatier Blue.
1964 University Ave, Berkeley, 510.705.8800
1809 4th St, Berkeley, 510.665.9500
4 Chocolate Covered
This Noe Valley chocolate shop features over 350 different chocolate bars from all around the world. They have everything from well known brands to goodies from small chocolatiers. One might think that there isn’t much variety, but as the owner, Jack Epstein, can tell you, that isn’t the case. “There’s high cocoa content, there’ single origin, there’s exotic spices” and the list goes on and on. Chocolate Covered also offers chocolates from individual American micro-chocolatiers, including some locals. For something unique this Valentine’s Day, visit their store to view their vast selection of international chocolates.
4069 24th St, San Francisco, 415.641.8123, www.chocolatecoveredsf.com
5 XOX Truffles
Since 1997, Chef Jean-Marc Gorce has been making these delectable truffles by hand in San Francisco. This North Beach truffle shop offers twenty-seven varieties including such unique flavors as Honey Vodka, Early Grey, and Spicy Cayenne Tequila. Their products have appeared in articles in the San Francisco Chronicle and Food and Wine Magazine. The personal touch that comes from their homemade truffles makes XOX Truffles a fantastic gift for Valentine’s Day.
754 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 415.421.4814, www.xoxtruffles.com