Whether you’re looking for something delicious to satisfy your sweet tooth, a quirky gift for a loved one, or a fabulous addition to your next event, San Francisco’s candy shops will have you covered. Check out our favorite spots around the city to indulge in something sweet.
Dandelion Chocolate is a chocolate factory located in the Mission District. The workshop has been open since 2010, roasting, cracking, sorting, winnowing, grinding, conching, and tempering small batches of beans that are then molded and packaged into bars by hand. In addition to offering a taste of the highest quality chocolate around, Dandelion also gives visitors a chance to see the work that goes into making it, with factory tours as well as a variety of classes and events available on site.
Papabubble is an artisanal candy store located in the Hayes Valley neighborhood. There, you will find the shelves lined with handcrafted candies, and you can even watch the candy-making process in person. People rave about the marshmallows – made from scratch on site – which come in unique flavors like peanut butter fudge and champagne. The candy is made in small batches with high quality ingredients, and you can even order personalized candies for special occasions. As a bonus, the store sells boba, too.
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The Candy Store is located just off of Polk Street in the Russian Hill neighborhood, serving up a huge collection of candies like licorice, sours, gummies, and chocolates. The boutique has walls lined with classic candy jars and the interior is packed with an international selection of both traditional and innovative sweets. If you’re planning an event, The Candy Store can offer you a selection of services like a bar-style set up of candy jars, candy carts, and custom party favors.
Giddy Candy Company is a confectionary specialist that has been open in the heart of the Castro since 2014. Here, you will find a wide array of candies from both local and global producers, including both rare specialty items and nostalgic goodies that will make you feel like a kid again. In addition to the candies in store, Giddy offers personalized candy arrangements for occasions like weddings, birthdays, and baby showers. Plus, the shop will cater to businesses for a variety of corporate events, conferences, company gifts, and more.
Chocolate Covered is the original San Francisco chocolate boutique, standing out in Noe Valley with its bright-blue exterior. Inside, you will discover a larger and more unique selection of chocolate than you could ever have dreamed up. The chocolates come from both local and global candy makers, ranging across over 800 types of chocolate from 19 different countries, and many of the bars come from manufacturers embracing American ‘bean-to-bar’ techniques. The best seller here is an unbranded, creamy-but-nutty pistachio nut bar from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Plus, you can order custom handmade gift boxes decorated with Japanese art papers, San Francisco landmarks, or custom photos.
Z Cioccolato is a candy shop in the festive North Beach neighborhood, offering up an incredible selection of unique fudges, taffies, and wholesale candies. For a taste of something unique, try the California Earthquake Fudge or the Sour Sassy Taffy. In addition to this sweets selection, Z Cioccolato hosts chocolate-making workshops for parties, reunions, team building events, and more – there, you can learn how to make turtles, peanut butter cups, hay stacks, and pretzel rods, all of which you can take home and eat to your heart’s content.