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Best Local Chocolate Bar San Francisco 2011 - Poco Dolce's Olive Oil and Sea Salt Bar

Poco Dolce\'s Olive Oil and Sea Salt Bar

Poco Dolce's Olive Oil and Sea Salt Bar

2419 Third St.

San Francisco, CA 94107


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By now we're used to chocolate's Heart of Darkness narrative — that it has to travel ever deeper up-jungle into some terra incognita of earthier, bitterer, single-estatier. Poco Dolce isn't afraid to move instead into the flavored realms of old-school chocolatiers like Lindt, but in a way that eschews overt sweetness and opts for modern flavors like Chinese five-spice and chile. Kathy Wiley's olive oil bar, the best of the Dogpatch chocolatier's new line, folds flowery-nosed California extravirgin oil into a 62 percent Guittard blend, spiked with sea-marsh salt from Brittany. Not only does the flavor of the chocolate display its uncanny affinity for buttery-tasting olive oil, but the creaminess the oil works on the chocolate makes this extraordinary.

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