Lots of fun went into the conception of Chocolati Chocolate Cafe (7810 E Green Lake Way N, 206-527-5467, www.chocolati.com), a fine-candy confectionery in Seattle whose Green Lake store is painted a rich, chocolaty brown with a fanciful trim of gold and black. Formerly a jewelry store, it is owned by another accountant, 27-year-old Christian Wong, and is geared to those who like fine candy laced with a bit of whimsy.
For Valentine¡¦s Day, try Love Is a Rocky Road, the tongue-in-check name for their chocolate/walnut/marshmallow heart. Fastfood aficionados will flip for "Fish and Chips," a chocolate fish with flecks of potato chips mixed into the candy. As one who routinely dips potato chips in her chocolate milkshakes, I relish this combination.
Chocolati also features saucy chocolate cherubs and a bevy of truffles and creams. The confectionery was formerly the Sutliff Candy Company, a Seattle stalwart since 1938 and one-time maker of Nordstrom's "Habits" candies. In his North Seattle plant, Wong uses antique candy machines and five types of gourmet chocolate to produce his signature blend.