Castro overflowing with Valentine's gift ideas
By Meredith May and Julian Guthrie
gift ideasTiny shop produces oodles of truffles
If it's 5 a.m. on a
weekday in the Castro, Santos Euan is already up to his elbows in cocoa
powder inside his tiny shop on 18th Street.
He handcrafts 100
pounds of truffles a week at Five Star Truffles, where he is the owner
and only employee, using imported French chocolate and recipes that his
mother taught him in Yucatán, Mexico.
Euan makes 25 flavors, everything from vegan coconut to Jim Beam honey
maple. He also takes customer suggestions, such as cayenne caramel.
He sells 20 truffles for $14, 40 for $25, and 80 for $47. He will ship
orders larger than 8 pounds. Jim Beam recently purchased 20,000
"My mom taught me to love chocolate," Euan said. "I would grind it in the kitchen, and she made the best hot chocolate."
Euan now serves hot chocolate to customers - just the way his mama made it.
- Meredith May
Five Star Truffles: 4251-A 18th St. (415) 552-5128.