This sign has been up at the corner of Sutter and Jones for what seems like at least a year or more, but its location seemed to suggest that Candy Darling would be a chic clothing shop.
Instead, it's a chic shop of sweets without the obnoxious chocolate boutique prices that abound around town. At only $10 a pound, Candy Darling's truffles, caramels, dipped fruits and brittle (all made on the premises) are really a steal.
I arrived right at the end of the day to meet proprietors Carla and Maria Stacho, who were clearly as excited and happy about a strong opening day and a welcome reception from the neighborhood as they were weary from the work. There were many empty plates in their refrigerated case, a sign of a job well done. While Candy Darling is a new shop, the Stacho family were in the candy-making business for 30 years and are have returned to the industry in a small and special way.
It was genuinely hard to pick out a favorite amongst their candies; everything tastes so fresh and rich. Buttery almond brittle puts the beloved Almond Roca to shame, so maybe that was the best. But a real surprise was just how plump and juicy and sweet the dark chocolate dipped apricots are, living up to a potential I never knew existed because so many other people have ruined this simple treat. The Stachos also sell hard and gummy candies by the scoop, and have some festive lollipops.