1287 Gilman St, Albany
These are simply the best Florentine 'cookies' available anywhere! They are very similar to the ones I had as a boy growing up in Berkeley that were available at a Telegraph Avenue bakery that were made fresh every day. It was a treat as a child to go to Moe's Bookstore and then have my parents, professors at UC-Berkeley, take me for a special treat of Florentines. Clarine's Florentines bring me back to my favorite childhood delight. I love these! Enjoy.
I recently had a party and immediately thought of Clarine's Florentines for dessert. They were a huge hit with the guests. They are a nice size, they are crunchy but not crumbly, the chocolate and almonds are paired perfectly. They are also beautiful and elegant for nice occasions.
I just bought a package of these florentines today at Le Beau market in Nob Hill.. and now I'm obsessed!!! These are absolutely delicious - a perfect balance of flavors and not at all too sweet. I'm now trying to figure out how long their shelf life is, so I can plan accordingly for holiday gift baskets for friends and family. They're too fantastic to not include!
I've never really been a fan of florentine cookies. The texture is always too hard or its too sweet but these are the BEST!! Crispy and not too sweet! Even after devouring 1 years worth of chocolates at the SF chocolate salon, I cannot stop eating these lovely round delectables. mmm mmm mmm... glad I found you Clarine!
Clarine's florentines are addicting! I'm not exactly sure what a florentine is or what's in it, but it reminds me of a thin peanut brittle cookie dipped in chocolate. You'll be hooked... like me! It's not super sweet and it's a bit crunchy without breaking your teeth (like peanut brittle). The dessert package is beautiful... w/neutral colors (not too feminine like a lot of desserts!) so it makes a great gift for everyone! I've seen Clarine at different events and she's always very sweet....and seems like she really enjoys what she does. It's sold in various markets so you can get them anytime! http://www.clarinesflorentines.com/locations.html
1287 Gilman St, Albany, CA 94706