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Friday, April 10, 2009

Local Easter Candy Delights

Posted By on Fri, Apr 10, 2009 at 3:30 PM

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(Photo by Doug Zimmerman)

The lovely creature pictured above was created by Charles Chocolates (6529 Hollis in Emeryville), an artisan chocolatier who operates an incredible retail store/chocolate bar that features windows onto its candy kitchen, allowing glimpses into the actual production process. It's always a celebration over there, but it's really hopping for Easter.

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Chuck Siegel's delicately melting fleur de sel caramels (and edible boxes, not pictured) are set on cute overload with chickies and bunnies, and his brand new honey bunnies are filled with luscious honey ganache.

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(Photo by Doug Zimmerman)

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We've never met any chocolate jewel made by Recchiuti (1 Ferry Bldg.) that isn't memorable, and the Easter collection is no exception. Chocolatier Michael Recchiuti's signature burnt caramel truffles are adorned with chicks, eggs, flowers, and bunnies for the holiday, while his dark (Force Noir) and peanut butter pieces are fashioned into precious eggs that are already split into two for sharing. Also, the new delicately candy-coated chocolate hazelnuts might just turn you into a rationing Grinch, because you will want them to last as long as possible.

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The venerable San Francisco confectionery institution that is See's Candies (350 Powell, 540 Market, 3 Embarcadero Center, 754 Clement, 3250 20th Ave.) is always a surefire, affordable bet for Easter, with a price point that's considerably lower than smaller, artisan companies for quality product. Their hand-decorated rocky road eggs are beautiful and delectable, and tend to disappear quickly even though they weigh nearly a pound.

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The new bunny-topped candy sticks are a whimsical new addition to the Easter product line and are a pretty easy way to get a smile from the recipients of a simple treat. And they've got fairly generous assortments available for under $6 that feature milk chocolate eggs and bunnies along with their time-honored striped candy sticks and lollipops in vanilla, butterscotch, and chocolate flavors, as well as cartons of milk chocolate hollow eggs filled with a white chocolate chick. Happy Easter!

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