1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111
Noelle's Yelp Notebook 2019
We absolutely LOVE Dandelion Chocolate located in the Ferry Building. This is a must stop for our family every time we come up here. The customer is friendly and fast.
We have purchased the following:
*Three Bar Tasting Set ($30) - chocolate bars from Costa Rica, Tanzania and Belize.
*Numerous other chocolate bars individually
The dark chocolate is so good. The quality of everything they make is just fantastic. Definitely a favorite in my
A must stop when in the Ferry Building
The most delicious chocolates
I got the Camino Verde Chocolate Canelé. It was my first time having a chocolate flavored canelé and it was surprisingly not overly sweet. I could easily eat one more if I want! The outside is crunchy with the caramelized shell and the inside is soft and custard-like. I think a good standard canelé has more pockets of air inside and more crispy and hard outside. This one is more dense on the inside but the pockets are evenly distributed and it has a thin crispy outer layer. The dark chocolate was rich but not heavy. I love the chocolate flavor because it balanced out the overall sweetness.
Highly recommend getting this as not many places have canelés and moreover, a chocolate flavored one!
At first, I was like, "Scharffen Berger and TCHO dumped us, not sure I'm ready to have my heart broken again." :(
Then, time goes by, and you're like....
Especially, dairy-free (vegan or lactose-free) HOT chocolate.
Some us be lactose intolerant, y'all. ;-)
Thank you, Hannah, for being an informative and pleasant salesperson. You also sold me on new products, which I bought upon returning. To the guy who DIDN'T totally know it all, I also appreciated that honesty instead of BS'ing me. I still bought the coffee. These guys were very human. The Ferry Building can be an intimidating place, hustle and bustle, eyes sizing you up everywhere, but I was feeling that late night charitable flow around Xmas.
So, take a break, treat yourself, and get the "European" hot chocolate (or one of the others) aaaand add dat teeny cookie* & marshmallow when they ask!!
* pretty sure cookie wasn't vegan, tho it was too small to have me blowing gas all night. #TMI
Thx 4 sticking around, Dandelion
I'm a chocoholic and was so happy to stop here after lunch the other day. Even though I was fairly full from lunch, there's always room for something chocolaty.
I went with the Frozen Hot Chocolate and am very happy I did. Even though it was a bit rainy and cold in SF, I didn't let that stop me from enjoying this cold treat. I enjoy Dandelion chocolate, because of it's silky and rich flavor. This drink hit the spot and I was quite satisfied.
The staff were friendly and courteous.
Oh chocolate, chocolate goodness.
I'll be honest, I was originally craving a brownie but then we passed dandelion chocolate at the ferry building and decided why not. It may not be a brownie but boy did it satisfy that chocolate craving.
By reviews alone, it seemed like the frozen hot chocolate and the s'mores were the go to items. Hence, I decided to try both of them and I do not regret that decision.
The frozen hot chocolate was absolutely not what I had expected. For some reason I was expecting it to be a cold version of the hot cocoa packets you make as a child during the holiday season. No, no. Dandelion chocolate uses high quality dark chocolate that you can taste in this hot chocolate. This was the luxury, deluxe version of hot chocolate. It was smooth, cold, and just so perfectly the right mix between decadent and bitter.
Now the s'mores. This ain't your campfire s'more either. This was a beautiful little piece. The base is almost like a gingersnap cookie that adds a delicate spiced flavor to each bite. The marshmallow is fluffy and such a joy to bite into, better than a marshmallow Easter peep any day. And then there is this center of dark chocolate that is soft from the blow torch that they use. It's truly a luxurious s'more. Haven't had a "high quality" s'more before, but this was it.
Just absolutely delightful and such a treat to have such fine quality chocolate!
Uggghhhh I love Dandelion Chocolate so much!
Having visited their original store (prior to the new, fancy chocolate saloon), I was already familiar with Dandelion's luscious, nuanced, and just plain wonderful craft chocolate. They also carry outside made products like bitters, candy, coffee, cookbooks, etc. I was excited to check out the mini shop within the Ferry Building and see them once more. It is truly tiny, and while you can certainly get your chocolate fix here, I missed the variety at the main store, specifically their house-made baked goods (they did have a few here) and dessert flights, along with the Le Dix-Sept nougat most specifically. My friend and I are nougat obsessed, and I recalled spotting three varieties previously. I planned to gift her every variety they make, but sadly, the Ferry location only had one. Womp womp.
It is still a pretty space and they still make great stuff, this location simply suffers in comparison with the other. If I'd never been there I'd probably think it was just great, but I can't help missing all the extra goodies.
Came by for coffee the other day and it was a tasty albeit warm experience as A/C was limited if available inside the ferry building.
The mocha came out perfect with super-rich chocolate that was dark without being too sweet. Their espresso was smooth too! Their homemade marshmallow definitely hit the spot along with the small biscuit next to the cup!
Staff was super friendly too!
~$6.25 for a mocha!
Review is only for house hot chocolate and house mocha.
Hmmm... not what I was hoping for.
We got 2 house hot chocolates for the kids and the house mocha for me, and none were too impressive. I totally understand that this is a gourmet chocolate experience and is not going to be your standard hot chocolate, and I expected something elevated for that reason, but the drinks were just not tasty. They all were too rich and too savory in a way. One of my kids had a candy cane and stirred it into his hot chocolate, so that helped lighten it up... and the other child made us hunt down a candy cane in the ferry building shops to do the same. I drank my mocha but honestly did not enjoy it. It was too bitter and flat... and don't get me wrong it's not the sweetness that is the problem, because I do not like sweet coffee... it was just not what I expected at all. On the up-side, the presentation is adorable - with the marshmallow and cookie, though they asked me at ordering if we wanted the marshmallows, I replied yes, and they forgot, so I had to ask for them after they gave us the drinks. Unfortunately not a win in my book.
I eat a lot of dark chocolate, and I'm not sure if it's because they tell you exactly what you're supposed to be tasting in each bar, or whether it's because the beans used in these bars are so different from one another, but you really do taste the flavors they're labeled with!
Service was friendly and prompt. They had a bunch of samples here, just like they do at their Valencia location.
While perusing through the streets of Paris on our honeymoon years ago, we stumbled upon Laduree late in the evening. Aside from their famous macarons, "hot chocolate" (chocolat chaud) caught my eye as it would compliment the chilly evening quite nicely. It was that evening that I first fell in love with EUROPEAN hot chocolate. I haven't had anything comparable since then.
Lucky for me, I discovered Dandelion Chocolate while researching what to eat and drink while visiting the Ferry Building and saw that they had European hot chocolate on their menu. I jumped at the chance to try it again and it was our first stop amongst many in the building!
What makes European hot chocolate so special? Well my friends, let me tell you.... it's THICK, rich, decadent, and basically tastes like a melted chocolate bar. Chocolate lovers rejoice! No watered down taste here. It's truly amazing and I highly recommend their version here!
It comes in a cute little carrier with a spot for your cup, cookie, & marshmallow. Tip: take a sip first so that it doesn't overflow when you drop the marshmallow in. The cup is the perfect size. Any bigger and I think the richness of the chocolate would become overwhelming. It's not overly sweet like we're normally used to. Here, the focus is the chocolate itself and truly brought me back to the streets of Paris.
Great way to start the morning!
I came here to enjoy a horchata. I asked for no ice because it was cold outside, and was charged $7.50. The sign clearly stated $5. When I asked about the higher charge, the person at the register stated it was because I asked for no ice.
I was extremely disappointed, due to the lack of transparency and felt cheated. A 50% surcharge due to no ice? Putting aside the charge itself, it is not right to charge a surcharge without proper signage. And that being so, the person at the register did not even mention anything to me about any extra charges and if I was ok with it! Being upfront and transparent with a customer is really important, and I did not get that - I had to ask why I was being charged more, before ever being told.
Super disappointed at this experience.
As the name suggests they are known for their chocolates, not specifically the bars but the use of single origin chocolates in their desserts. The most interesting part is, single origin chocolates are kept for tasting. I tried more than 10 varieties of single origin chocolates and absolutely loved the experience. There are not known for the traditional desserts but the unconventional ones. I tried their brownies, which was a box of three each from a different origin chocolate.
Interesting place, you would love the experience, and would definitely learn something new about chocolate.
I must really appreciate the man at the counter on the day of my visit who answered my never ending questions without a grin.
Dandelion Chocolate is located in the Ferry Building where we stopped by before starting the day's touristy and sightseeing activities.
I actually came in wanting a mocha but something else on the menu caught my eye and I couldn't resist. It was the Iced Chocolate Chai (~$5). It is cold Assam tea with ginger, cardamom, spices, and chocolate. It is served with a tiny gingerbread cookie.
The various spices and herbs made this one of the most unique drinks I've had. Despite all of that richness, it wasn't as refreshing as I thought it would be.
I did enjoy it but I also feel like for ~$5, it should have been a bigger size or better value. Not sure if I'd get this drink again but if you're just looking for a quick drink or caffeine kick, Dandelion Chocolate will do the job!
With my slight chocolate obsession, nothing beats a Winter night like some rich hot chocolate. The thick European hot chocolate was incredible and I'd recommend this chocolate shop over the touristy Ghiradelli chocolates. Dandelion chocolates has delectable chocolates. Small batch and "bean-to-bar" chocolates wifrom only cocoa beans and sugar.
This was our first stop on a very busy day. Chocolate in the morning is always a good idea. The chocolate offered here is from all over. They provide great descriptions and even little taste of the dark chocolate.
We opted for two different chocolate drinks, but were rich in flavor without being too sweet.
I love, love, love Dandelion Chocolate. This is a very small location with a limited selection - only beverages, cacao beans, about 4 chocolate bars, a few desserts and a few specialty candies. But they are OH SO DELICIOUS! The House Mocha ($6.25) was outstanding - excellent quality coffee with rich and dark chocolate that was not overly sweet. The little cookie along side in a sleeve was a delicious and crunchy chocolate treat. The chocolates are expensive, but they are exquisite. I just love this place.
This is the richest darkest hot chocolate (european hot cocoa flavor) I've ever had. It was sooo thick, I'm pretty sure it was legit just melted chocolate and nothing else. It tasted great, especially when taking it out of the ferry building into the slight chill outside. Sipping on it while staring into the ocean with the noise of the boats, feeling the sea breeze running along your face, and sharing a moment with some good friends really warms up your body and makes the cocoa taste that much better. The only reason I won't give this place 5 stars though is because it was just a little too dark for my liking and it was also very tiny - essentially like drinking out of a full shot glass.
Kind of a pretentious chocolate place. I got the coffee chocolate drink ( a type of mocha) as shown and thought it would be the size of a regular coffee drink for the price. Instead it came in the tiny cup and the coffee and chocolate weren't really mixed together so it didn't taste amazing.
This artisan chocolate shop in the Ferry Building offers a wonderful hot chocolate or mocha.
The chocolate drinks you get here are real---it's thick, rich and not the dumbed-down, watery artificial hot chocolate you find at mainstream coffeeshops.
I got a mocha latte with almond milk ($6.75 + $0.50 for almond milk) and loved it. It's smooth and bursting with cocoa-y goodness.
Dandelion offers the perfect hot drink on a cold San Francisco day.
Much like other Dandelion locations, this shop offers high quality, single origin chocolates at the price you would expect. They had a few samples out, which was much appreciated, though not as many as the Vegas location, I believe. There was a lot of traffic in the small shop so the staff couldn't be as personal as in the Vegas shop. But this is definitely the place you want to go to for good quality chocolate in the building.