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Thursday, April 14, 2011

No. 24: Recchiuti's Caramels to the Third Power

Posted By on Thu, Apr 14, 2011 at 5:18 PM

click to enlarge Tasty times three: Recchiuti Confections' Caramels to the Third Power, $35. - LOU BUSTAMANTE
  • Lou Bustamante
  • Tasty times three: Recchiuti Confections' Caramels to the Third Power, $35.

SFoodie's countdown of our 92 favorite things to eat and drink in San Francisco, 2011 edition.

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If Schoolhouse Rock! taught us anything, it's that great things come in threes: Stooges, meals, and amigos. And where would we be without the third dimension? Or threesomes? Flat and uninspired, that's where.



Recchiuti Confections has another reason to admire three: Caramels to the Third Power, or C3, an assortment combining three different chocolate-coated caramels in one powerful little box. The showcase is built around the fleur de sel caramel that Michael Recchiuti has been making since 1998, a rich and creamy pad of caramel cuddled in dark chocolate, veiling a brittle layer of salt that crackles with each bite. The salinity adds contrast and brightness that makes the treat stand out 13 years later as the standard for what salted caramels should be.



Two newer caramels ― one butterscotch, the other dark chocolate ― round out the package. The butterscotch is the fairest of the three, with a pronounced dairy flavor and milk chocolate shell. The dark chocolate caramel has a firmer bite and deep cocoa flavor. Together they provide a nice counterpoint to the fleur de sel, but packaging them together has the unfortunate effect of making it all too easy to eat a significant number of the little squares. At least they pair amazingly well with a nice glass of whiskey. Or three.



Recchiuti Confections: 1 Ferry Building (at Embarcadero) #30, 834-9494. The 24-piece C3 box is available online or at the Ferry Building store for $35.

Dishes in our series so far:

92: Goat tacos from El Norteño
91: Faux shark's fin soup at Benu
90: Esperpento's alcachofas a la plancha
89: Poco Dolce's olive oil chocolate bar
88: Decantr's chicken-liver mousseline
87: Outerlands' levain bread
86: Fraîche's frozen yogurt
85: Gyro King's spinach pie
84: Tandoori fish from Lahore Karahi
83: Braised oxtail and daikon from Namu
82: Golden Gate Bakery's custard tarts
81: Commonwealth's cured foie gras with umeboshi purée
80: Star Stream's Liège-style waffle
79: Mexican hot chocolate from La Oaxaqueña
78: Meatball sandwich from Mario's Bohemian Cigar Store Cafe
77: Cheesecake from Zanze's
76: Chicken pepian at San Miguel
75: Macau iced coffee at Vega/Special Xtra
74: Comstock Saloon's Pisco Punch
73: Hai Ky Mi Gia's duck leg noodle soup
72: Sauerbraten at Walzwerk
71: Boudin noir at Cafe Bastille
70: Blackstrap molasses gingerbread at Lotta's Bakery
69: Plow's crispy potatoes
68: Prospect's Catcher in the Rye
67: Pork banh mi from Little Vietnam Cafe
66: Nakaochi at Ippuku
65: Sidekick's chocolate spritzer
64: Farmhouse Culture's horseradish-leek sauerkraut
63: Destination Baking Co.'s challah
62: Cotogna's roasted carrots
61: Hard Knox Cafe's chicken and waffles
60: The Rebel Within from Tell Tale Preserve Co.
59: The Slanted Door's Whiskey Cocktail
58: Carnitas burrito from Taqueria San Francisco
57: Sakura mochi from Benkyodo
56: Birria at Gallardos
55: BBQ pork skewers at Fil-Am Cuisine
54: JapaCurry's katsu curry
53: Vegan flan at Gracias Madre
52: Cinderella Bakery's pelmeni
51: Locavore's maple andouille sausage
50: Lumpia from Hapa SF
49: Moonlight Brewing's Reality Czeck
48: Filetti pizza at Una Pizza Napoletana
47: Pupusas revueltas at La Santaneca
46: Khoresht ghaymeh at Maykadeh
45: Los Muertos at Gitane
44: Sandwich cookies from Sweet Constructions
43: Nicasio Valley Cheese Company's square
42: Nopalito's quesadilla roja
41: Croissant from Sandbox Bakery
40: Cultured's burdock kasu-zuke pickles
39: Sticky chewy chocolate ice cream at Swensen's
38: Maverick's warm Brussels sprouts with slow-cooked egg
37: Roast chicken from Limón Rotisserie
36: Seven Hills' raviolo uovo
35: Morning bun from Pinkie's Bakery
34: Kaw soi dok at Mandalay
33: Fatted Calf's meatloaf sandwich
32: Duck larb at Thai House Express
31: Lark Creek Steak's burger
30: Barbacco's chicken thighs with olives and almonds
29: Mow Lee's lap cheong
28: Dollar oysters at Bar Crudo
27: Fava greens from Tairwa'-Knoll Farms
26: Nopa's mussels with harissa
25: Salt-and-pepper crab at Kam Lok

Lou Bustamante tweets at @thevillagedrunk. Follow SFoodie at @sfoodie, and like us on Facebook.

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