Confectioner Coco-luxe has opened its first store, and lucky San Francisco is home to it.
At the 1673 Haight St. (at Cole Street) shop, unwind with a big mug of Coco-luxe’s own hot cocoa served with fresh, handmade marshmallows. For an extra boost, get it with an espresso shot made with beans by local roaster, Blue Bottle Coffee.
Nibble on a green tea, “dreamy orange,” or malted milk truffle. Or get tempted by the array of chocolate bars in such creative flavors as “Monkey’in Around” (with banana chips, cocoa nibs, and a sprinkle of sea salt), and “Good Fortune” (with candied ginger and actual bits of fortune cookies). There’s even a cute selection of “to-go gifts,” and I mean to go. The chocolates are arranged in whimsical cardboard suitcases.
Owner Stephanie Marcon left behind the corporate business world to enroll in the pastry program of the Culinary Institute of America. She worked in the San Francisco kitchen of chocolate maestro Michael Recchiutti, before striking out on her own.
The Coco-luxe San Francisco shop is open daily, noon to 8 p.m.; (415) 367-4012. The confections also are available online. But visit the store between now and Aug. 21 and mention you heard about it on FoodGal to receive a 20 percent discount. Take advantage, and indulge. Go ahead, you’re worth it.