Cacao rules everything around the Bittersweet Cafe
(2123 Fillmore at California), and it's a great spot to pick up something sweet for someone special. A carefully curated international selection of bars are organized by milk and dark and start around $5 apiece. But Bittersweet's holiday highlights are its gift boxes.
The Drinking Chocolate Prep Kit ($29.95) contains an Aero-Latte battery-powered frother and two house-made custom hot chocolate blends in bittersweet and classic varieties; both use Valrhona cocoa, while the classic has added chocolate from S.F.-based chocolatier TCHO
. The latter company also shows up in the Best of the Bay Collection ($38.95), a sampler of exciting local confections including bittersweet toffee tiles from Poco Dolce
, Charles Chocolates
caramelized rice krispie bar, Bittersweet Origins
bar, E. Guittard
Sur del Lago bar, Tcho Chocolatey bar, and three-piece holiday truffle collection from Coco-Luxe
. You can also treat yourself to a soul-warming cup of spicy hot chocolate while you're there taking care of gifts for others.