Christopher Elbow’s artisanal chocolate shop is impressive. “His chocolates are hella pretty,” says hhc. His strength is definitely caramels, says Windy. Orange citrus caramel and Cabernet caramel are both lovely. Also delicious: fleur de sel turtle, and chocolate-coated raspberry pâte de fruit. Not as good: Persian with marzipan, and Russian tea truffles.
He has a wild and massive hot chocolate menu, too, with your choice of American style (with milk), European style (with water), and lots of oddball flavors, such as hot chocolate with Chinese five-spice (CHOW has a version of this too), hot chocolate with coconut curry, and hot chocolate with ginger caramel. Spicy Mexican hot chocolate is very good, reports kleungsf.
The shop doesn’t do samples—which is understandable, given the quality of the chocolate.
Christopher Elbow Artisanal Chocolates [Hayes Valley]
401 Hayes Street, San Francisco