535 Florida Street, San Francisco
Charles Chocolates was established in 2004 by Chuck Seigel, who has over 25 years of chocolate making experience. It’s gone through several incarnations before this latest factory + store opened in March 2013.
Go to the factory store for Charles Chocolates’ complete line, including house-made baked goods. We especially recommend the paves (not available online): classic French truffles, made with just the essentials: heavy cream, butter and chocolate, then dusted with cocoa powder.
Chuck gets inspiration for some of his chocolates from his childhood in Chicago and lifelong trips to Paris. Hence the paves and Chuck’s take on mint meltaways, which were a beloved candy from Marshall Fields, an upscale department store in Chicago when he was a kid. Chuck updated them with flavors like mojito, passion fruit and raspberry.
You should also try their best seller: Triple chocolate almonds, which are almonds coated in milk chocolate, then bittersweet chocolate, then cocoa powder.
Like Socola’s café, the space was partially funded by a Kickstarter campaign. It’s not a café, although they sell hot chocolate and baked goods. There’s no inside seating, just a patio by the front door with picnic tables, which is where they serve high tea on Sundays in warm weather.
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Because they are made without preservatives or even a shell, paves should be eaten first and fast.
Read more on CBTB:
- 2013 Chocolate Salon: More than I could handle
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