2650 18th St, San Francisco
Charles Chocolates was established in 2004 by self-taught chocolatier Chuck Seigel, who has over 25 years of chocolate making experience. The company has gone through several incarnations and recently moved the factory + store from Florida St. (2013–2019) to its current location.
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.
Charles Chocolates also makes bars, bonbons, chocolate confections, and their unique edible chocolate boxes filled with caramels and topped with a decorated white chocolate lid. They also offer a chocolate subscription service in 3 sizes.
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.
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Because they are made without preservatives or even a shell, paves should be eaten first and fast.