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Transport Your Valentine with a Kokak Chocolates ‘Getaway’

Jan 12, 2021 12:33PM ● By Fran Miller

By Fran Endicott Miller

As we continue to quarantine and daydream about the places we’d like to go someday with the people we love, we seek ways in which to self-soothe. For some, comfort comes in the form of a beautiful glass of wine. For others, perhaps it’s a brisk walk on a sunny day. For those with a sweet tooth, the pacifying power of chocolate cannot be denied. And with Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s high time to indulge. San Francisco’s new Kokak Chocolates answers the call for those craving an unapologetic and sugary escape.

Kokak, which means “ribbit” in Filipino, is inspired by founder Carol Gancia’s Asian heritage. An Irish-Filipino immigrant, Gancia spearheads the creative process in designing each of her chocolates; some are hand painted and others are digitally printed using edible ink. Gancia and her confections meet the cultural moment with an aim to transport customers via a visual and tasty adventure to tropical pond life in Asia where lush lilies, bamboo, plants, and animal life thrive.

Valentine Chocolate Bouquet, 12 Piece 

Chocolate Love Tower

Gancia combines ridiculously good cacao beans with tropical-inspired truffle flavors that enchant. Elevate your partner’s mood and tickle his/her taste buds with the gift of a Kokak Valentine Chocolate Bouquet truffle box, a premium seasonal chocolate bouquet (5-piece and 12-piece) made with the rare “Nacional” cacao variety from Ecuador and featuring single origin house made truffles with tropical fruit and nut ganache fillings such as luscious Strawberry, Hazelnut, Passion Fruit, Coffee, and Milk Chocolate. For a more decadent gift to last beyond the holiday, order the Chocolate Love Tower ($95), which includes Gancia’s unique, flavorful truffles such as the Castro Pride Collection, Pies, Coffee & Tea Collection, the 9-Piece Happy Hour Collection, Sweet Sixteen Box, and Artist Palette Bar. Boxes can be ordered online ( for local SF delivery, curbside pick-up, or shipped nationwide. 

“Our mission at Kokak is to take our customers back to a fond memory or journey that pleases the different senses even just for a few moments,” says Gancia. “We hope that it is memorable not just in taste but also in design.”  

Artist Palette Bar

Kokak Chocolates is located at 3901 18th Street in San Francisco and open from 11am-6pm, Tuesday - Sunday. Custom orders and bulk care packages are available to ship within the Bay Area and across the U.S. For more information and orders, visit, call 415.757.0409, or follow on Instagram and Facebook.


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