Ursula Schnyder, Chief Chocolate Officer, began working with chocolate when she was a little girl in Switzerland, assisting her mother in making Swiss cookies. After graduating from the San Francisco Baking Institute’s Professional Program, she also trained and worked with chocolatiers and dessert artists in Switzerland. Today she runs SWEET55, a small Artisan chocolatier in Half Moon Bay, California. By embracing its Swiss culinary heritage and working exclusively with sustainable Grand Cru couvertures from cacao procurer Felchlin, SWEET55 produces all chocolates in fresh, small batches.
While camping at Francis State Beach, we stopped by the local farmers’ market to see if we could find an treasures, and when we saw there was a chocolate shop in the little shopping center off Highway One, of course we had to check it out.
We walked in SWEET55 hoping to find some of our favorite chocolates — dark chocolate caramel patties, dark chocolate almond clusters, cashew turtles, milk chocolate peanuts, etc. But we didn’t find any of those… SWEET55 is a fancy chocolatier, one you may find in downtown San Francisco or Las Vegas, where the pieces of chocolate are gorgeous, tiny works of art. The perfectly cut chocolate squares with intricate and colorful designs on top were almost too pretty to eat.
The two women working in the store were super friendly and offered us a free sample of the “EMJ Top Of Europe,” which had whole roasted hazelnuts with an orange caramel crunch, and it was delicious! They also sell espresso from Tico Coffee Roasters in Campbell and their own signature blend of hot chocolate, as well as chocolate cake, fruit tarts, puff pastry apples, and other desserts, but they didn’t have any desserts when we were there.
Fair warning: These chocolates are on the expensive side! We bought two wafer cookies dipped in chocolate and two of the chocolates we sampled and my bill was almost $30! Woah!
Know Before You Go
- SWEET55 Swiss Chocolates & Confections is located at 225 S. Cabrillo Highway, Suite 104C, Half Moon Bay, California 94019.
- SWEET55 is open Thursday-Friday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.. It is closed Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
- The shop does open an hour early when the farmers market is happening so you can get coffee, espresso, and hot chocolate.
- Walk over from the Francis State Beach Campground!