Even though it is smaller, the advantage of the Oxbow Market branch of Anette’s is that there are samples of their wonderful sauces
- Spoonable Chocolate Merlot Fudge
- Spoonable Caramel Brandy Sauce
- Chocolate Cabernet
- Chocolate Port
- Chocolate Amaretto Liqueur
- Chocolate Raspberry Liqueur
They’ve also brought back chocolate orange sauce which was my favorite in a dead tie with the caramel brandy sauce.
In hindsight I should have bought one of their wine truffles since the sauces demonstrated a real talent for combining chocolate with booze.
However the two I chose were nice. The apricot cream had nice pieces of chopped dried apricot. The lovely orange chocolate sauce had me zoned in on the mimosa truffle. A milk chocolate shell drizzled with orange squiggles was filled with a really buttery, rich, wonderful white chocolate center.
This previous mention from Ruth Lafler sort of nails Anette’s
It is old-fashioned American-style chocolates like See’s if See’s had remained local. The downtown shop also has a sample chocolate like See’s.
Sure there’s a few fancy wine flavors and sauces, but it is mainly creams and carmels and nuts and nougats and turtles and bark and all that sort of chocolate.
Talking to the woman at the Oxbow shop, I learned the downtown shop also has ice cream. Since it was on my way and only a few blocks away I decided to check it out.
The shop is an old-fashioned chocolate and ice cream store. It reminds me a lot of Liled’s in Vallejo but a notch above and dusted off. This was a long-time Napa chocolate shop that was formerly called Patrick’s.
The ice cream is along the lines of Liled’s, Mitchell’s, Joe’s, Buds. Anette’s has about a dozen flavors.
When I ordered a single scoop of the ice cream the woman scooping it up said it came with a complementary drizzle of one of the sauces and that the caramel brandy sauce would be a good choice with the flavor I chose. Yeah it was.
On top of it the $2.75 scoop was HUGE. This was easy $25-$50 worth of ice cream at Ici … ok, I exaggerate … slightly … and Ici isn’t giving up complementary sauce.
It was like the best of both worlds … like being a kid in a candy shop, my eyes wide at the generous scoop … and an adult being able to appreciate a shot of boozy sauce on top.
Annette’s also sells some coffee and espresso drinks and a few Italian sodas. I asked if they ever put a shot of any of the syrups in the coffee but sadly no.
There are also milkshakes available. Someone on Yelp was really enthusiastic about making a milkshake out of the mint truffle ice cream. I had a sample of the pumpkin which reminded me too much of Dreyers pumpkin. However, I think it probably would be great in a milkshake.
Oxbow Public Market
610 First Street, Napa, CA 94559
Anette's Chocolate & Ice Cream
1321 1st St, Napa, CA