Sometimes, if you endure long enough, the trends come to you.
That's the way it is for Littlejohn's Candies, a Los Angeles institution for 88 years that has opened a second location in San Francisco on Nov. 19. Through the windows at 1422 Market Street you can watch brothers Chris and Mike Graves hand-dip their caramels in small batches, using a recipe that dates to the original 1920s owners, whom Mike bought out in 1984.
From November 26 to December 10, 18 local pastry chefs will reward your donation of a coat to their One Warm Coat charity drive with a nice bite of dessert. For example, Prospect is giving out its addictive sea salted and cocoa nibbed caramel corn, Farallon is making walnut caramels and chocolate raspberry macarons, COCO500 has a chocolate peanut butter layered truffle, and Goody Goodie Cream and Sugar is offering an old-school chocolate chip cookie.
Chocoholics and Cathy cartoons rejoice! As of today, The Dandelion Chocolate factory and cafe is officially open for business! Now you can finally watch your chocolate being made and eat it too. The Valencia street location is Dandelion's new, fully functioning chocolate factory complete with a bean room, roaster, melangers (chocolate-maker speak for giant vat of liquid deliciousness), tempering machines, and a massive bar wrapping machine. And the best part is the entire operation is on display for you to see.