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    May 20, 2014

    Eat This: Smitten Ice Cream's Chocolate Trifecta

    Almost every ice cream shop has a chocolate flavor -- it's pretty much a standard. But the one at Smitten Ice Cream raises the bar with its chocolaty trifecta of their 60.5 percent TCHO chocolate ice cream topped with chocolate crispies and chocolate sauce.

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    April 17, 2014

    What Are the Bay Area's Chocolatiers Doing for Easter?

    If you grew up in America and are, well, you know, either Christian or otherwise highly acculturated, it's practically impossible not to have fond memories of some kind of Easter candy, no matter how gross: chocolate bunnies, jelly beans in fake green grass, and the inimitable Cadbury Crème Egg. (M ... More >>

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    April 3, 2013
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    March 29, 2013

    Charles Chocolates' Triumphant Return

    Chuck Siegel, the owner of Charles Chocolates, says he couldn't be more delighted with the neighborhood where his business recently opened. The retail space, café (coming soon), and kitchen, where customers can watch his pavé, bars, and pastries being made, have taken over the 7,600-square foot sp ... More >>

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    December 19, 2012
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    October 18, 2012

    A New Place For Your Friday Night Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Date

    Well, Ghirardelli Chocolate Company is at it again, taking over San Francisco one chocolate shop at a time. As of October 17th, the corner of Market and New Montgomery Street is now home to a new Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop. The shop offers an old-fashioned ice cream parlor experience com ... More >>

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    September 10, 2012

    Inside Dandelion Chocolate's Dogpatch Factory

    Sometimes jobs are hard. Sometimes you might have to go to Dogpatch to check out Dandelion Chocolate, a real-life chocolate factory, to smell, sample, and ogle handcrafted artisan chocolate. Sounds tough, I know, but luckily co-founder Todd Masonis will be there to provide moral support and walk you ... More >>

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    August 13, 2012

    Outerlands' While-You-Wait Treat

    The result of the national attention given to Outerlands can be a stupidly long wait to get a sandwich and a salad in the Outer Sunset, even on weekdays. But it's a delight to discover that there's something at the counter to sweeten the deal of waiting in the chill. A dessert sandwich, if you will, ... More >>

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    July 24, 2012

    Feve Artisan Chocolatier's Hits and Misses

    Shawn Williams, the chocolatier who formerly owned Au Coer des Chocolats, threw an open kitchen tasting for the launch of his new San Francisco-based chocolate company Feve a few weeks ago. We got a preview of some of the goodies and wanted to share our impressions. Overall, the presentation and a ... More >>

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    July 16, 2012

    Taste Testing Coracao Confections' High-Minded Raw Chocolate Goodness

    Coracao Confections' mission statement is reminiscent of the Berkeley-esque spirit its two founders were exposed to as chefs at the almost-preachy Cafe Gratitude. Here's their statement from their site: Our Mission "We know your day can be long, stressful and full of responsibility. That's why it i ... More >>

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    April 17, 2012

    Bi Rite Bars: A Taste Tour of the Newest Bars

    We love Bi-Rite Creamery and their signature Salted Caramel ice cream, and we love Michael Mischer and his designer chocolate bars with their creative inclusions, so how could we not be excited about their love child, the new Bi-Rite Creamery chocolate bars? After Bi-Rite private-label chocolate lo ... More >>

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    March 7, 2012

    Chocolate and Spirits: Coco Delice Boozes It Up

    ​Coco Délice has embraced alcohol. The Emeryville based chocolatier, long a purveyor of premium bon bons in classic French style, has recently added adult-beverages to its fillings. For their newest additions, the chocolate shop tapped Berkeley-based Bison Organic Brewing. The result: Bison Bla ... More >>

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    February 13, 2012

    Jade Pepper Chocolate Blends the Pacific Islands Into Treats

    ​Jade chocolates caught our attention when they qualified as a finalist at the Good Food Awards tasting we attended. These chocolatiers focus on "blending teas and spices from Asia and the Pacific Islands into chocolates," and their product line delivers assertively on that promise.&nbs ... More >>

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    December 7, 2011

    Top 7 S.F. Bay Area Chocolates to Send Home and Make People Jealous Happy

    Visions of these will be dancing through some heads.​Shopping for the most discerning person on your list? Looking for something for someone you hardly know at all but still have to buy a gift for? Well, this list is for you! With the exception of nobody, everyone loves chocolate, so give the ... More >>

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    September 9, 2011

    Swedish Chocolatier Cooks Up $29 Chocolates with Goat Cheese, Cigars

    Photos by W. Blake Gray​When Swedish chocolatier Emanuel Andrén offered to visit us with chocolate truffles that cost $29 each, we were intrigued. We thought they might be the most expensive chocolates in the world, but were disappointed to learn they aren't even in the ballpark. Still ... More >>

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    July 21, 2011

    Battle of the Bay for Chocolate Supremacy

    Ben Narasin​ When my friend Kelly asked me for a recommendation for exquisite chocolates to serve at the end of a meal in lieu of dessert, my immediate recommendation was Recchiuti. Best in the Bay, I said. But I realized I made this statement without any stringent, methodical, scientific m ... More >>

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    April 27, 2011
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    December 15, 2010

    SFoodie Advent Calendar, Day 11: Edible Holiday Box from Charles Chocolates

    Charles Chocolates​The SFoodie Advent Calendar counts down the days before Christmas/Nondenominationalwinterholiday, one treat at a time. "This might be a little bit big to fit in one of the little squares of your advent calendar," jokes Charles Chocolates owner Chuck Siegel of his winter col ... More >>

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    November 18, 2010

    Charles Chocolates Operates Virtual Goodie Factories for Online Game

    PlayFirst via SFGateThe chocolate-making game's been averaging 800,000 plays a month.​Want to make your own Charles Chocolates creations? There's a video game called Chocolatier: Sweet Society for that. Charles Chocolates has teamed up with social networking game company PlayFirst for this ven ... More >>

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    June 8, 2010

    Recchiuti's Caramels to the Third Power

    Tamara Palmer​Local chocolatier Recchiuti's new 24-piece collection, Caramels to the Third Power ($35), is packaged in a deceptively small box. That's a genius idea other confectioners should steal, since it never feels like too much of an indulgence to dip into a teeny-tiny box, even though i ... More >>

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    June 3, 2010

    RSVP Now for Next Week's Free Madécasse Chocolate Tasting in SOMA

    couj1980/Flickr​Brooklyn chocolatier (and maker of vanilla products) Madécasse, looking for more visibility and wholesale accounts in this discerning chocolate-lovers' market, will host a free tasting in San Francisco next week at HubSoMa. It'll be a rare opportunity to taste artisan products ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010

    Easter Candy for Anybunny's Budget

    Charles ChocolatesYou can gnaw on the box when you're done with what's inside.​We totally live for candy-coated holidays, and Easter is no exception. Forget the Peeps and instead peep these confectionery suggestions for all budgets: Under $75 For the special people who have Easter birthdays ... More >>

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    February 19, 2010

    Next Week's Weird-Ass Food Holidays ― and How to Celebrate Locally

    Who knew? National Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day is Feb. 23.​Just about every day brings a different national food holiday, and next week is especially packed with weirdness. A small sampling:Mon., Feb. 22:It's National Cherry Pie Day; grab a juicy slice to go at Mission Pie (2901 Mission at 25th S ... More >>

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    December 14, 2009

    Who Won Today's Cupcake Throwdown Between Hometown Kara's and L.A.'s Sprinkles?

    C. AlburgerNo contest: Kara's Chocolate Velvet (left) and Sprinkles' Dark Chocolate.​Cupcakes are top of mind for many today in San Francisco. Daily Candy covered San Francisco's Moonbabycakes in today's e-newsletter, and the much-anticipated Sprinklesmobile rolled into Justin Herman Plaza for ... More >>

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    December 11, 2009

    Holiday Gift Idea: Chocolate Boxes from Bittersweet

    T. PalmerBittersweet's drinking chocolate prep kit.​Cacao rules everything around the Bittersweet Cafe (2123 Fillmore at California), and it's a great spot to pick up something sweet for someone special. A carefully curated international selection of bars are organized by milk and dark and start a ... More >>

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    December 3, 2009

    Weekend Planner: Gifty Chocolate Marketplace Saturday in SOMA

    ​On Saturday, a chocolaty holiday marketplace will take over the San Francisco Chocolate Factory (286 12th St. at Folsom). From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 5, the SFCF will offer chocolates from Bridge Brands along with special treats from local merchants. Expect deal pricing on collections for ... More >>

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    November 2, 2009

    Snacktion: Edamame & Chocolate

    T. Palmer​Name: Edamame & Chocolate Brand: Jade Chocolates Origin: San Francisco Found at: Chocolate Covered (4069 24th St. at Noe) Cost: $12 Ingredients: Bittersweet chocolate, dry roasted edamame, sea salt. Calories per serving: Not listed The word: Local independent confectioner Jade Choco ... More >>

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    October 26, 2009

    Haute Halloween Candy, Or How to Break Your Teeth and the Bank at the Same Time

    knipschildt.comLa Madeline au Truffe: Yours for a mere $250.​Most of us are more than happy with whatever sort of candy we can manage to score during Halloween. Luckily, there are some upscale options for those with champagne taste who won't settle for anything but the ludicrously pricey. Check ou ... More >>

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    September 10, 2009

    New Chocolate Shop Opening in Former Joseph Schmidt Space

    dixiehu/FlickrThe Schmidt store in the Castro shut down last spring.​Dig this chocolate goss: A new chocolate shop is opening in the shuttered 16th Street retail store that was the original home of Joseph Schmidt. Schmidt (and Scharffen Berger) parent Hershey Co. closed the shop last spring; t ... More >>

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    August 3, 2009

    Noe Valley Shop First U.S. Retailer to Carry Camel Milk Chocolates

    J. BirdsallThe camel-milk chocolates: One hump or two?​Over the weekend, Noe Valley sweets peddler Chocolate Covered (4069 24th St. at Castro) became the first U.S. retailer to carry a line of chocolates made with camels' milk. On Friday, shop owner Jack Epstein received his first order of t ... More >>

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    July 28, 2009

    Five Local Ways to Celebrate National Milk Chocolate Day

    See's Candies Milk Chocolate Bordeaux.​Happy National Milk Chocolate Day! Yes, SFoodie has certainly logged in many hours as a dark chocolate snob. But we also know that milk chocolate was our sweetest gateway drug, and plan to celebrate this very important holiday with some of our local favorites ... More >>

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    July 23, 2009

    Camel Milk Chocolates? You Might Soon be Able to Score Some in Noe Valley

    A Noe Valley shop hopes to be among the first U.S. retailers to sell chocolate bars made with camel milk. Jack Epstein, owner of Chocolate Covered (4069 24th St. at Castro), told SFoodie he only recently found out about the camel milk chocolate bars, manufactured by Dubai-based chocolatier Al Nass ... More >>

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    January 26, 2009

    Bay Area Bites from the Fancy Food Show: NewTree's Piment Alpha Chocolate Bar

    NewTree, a Belgian chocolatier with its American outpost in San Anselmo, introduced its new line of Alpha chocolate bars at the Fancy Food Show. Here's a sweeter way to get your omega 3 fatty acids (mostly through the inclusion of flax seeds) without having to go the route of smelly fish oil. The ... More >>

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    September 25, 2008

    Tonight: World's Largest Ice Cream Social

    Just overheard on Movin 99.7: Another awesome way to keep that sugar buzz rolling this evening is to get thee to a Coldstone Creamery (Union Square, Fisherman's Wharf, Tanforan Mall, Daly City), where the "World's Largest Ice Cream Social" of free ice cream will take place from 5-8 p.m. The event wa ... More >>

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    September 8, 2008

    Saturday: Taste-Testing at the 13th Annual Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival

    The 13th Annual Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival Taste-Test Pavilions; Beach Street Saturday, September 6, 2008 Notes and Photos by Janine Kahn Better than: Being neck-and-neck with hippies watching Ziggy Marley at Golden Gate Park. Saturday afternoon was blistering but beautiful as we hopp ... More >>

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    August 13, 2008

    SF Weekly's Seven-Day Dish

    Around Town: After selling her chocolate truffles wholesale for two years and looking for the perfect spot to open a shop for more than a year, Stephanie Marcon, owner of Coco-Luxe Boutique & Hot Chocolate Bar (1673 Haight at Cole), jumped at the chance for a storefront on Haight: "We're pretty muc ... More >>

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    April 29, 2008

    Taste Test: Emerald Cocoa Roast Almonds

    Sometimes we get free food in the mail here at the Weekly's World Headquarters. This is one of those times. (Thank you, food people for keeping the starving writer in mind.) Anyway, the guys at Bay Area-based Diamond Foods sent along a plastic cannister filled to the brim with Emerald Cocoa Roast Al ... More >>

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    April 14, 2008

    Sunday Smorgasbord: Chocolate Salon at Fort Mason

    Click here for more photos. All snaps by Janine Kahn. Chocoholics stormed Fort Mason Sunday for a slice of the San Francisco International Chocolate Salon. Smart parents bought their wee ones (kids under 6 got in free), but everyone who paid the $20 entrance fee -well, at least those who arrived be ... More >>

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    May 24, 2006
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    June 15, 2005

    I, Chocoholic

    The more you learn about the sweet stuff, the better it gets

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    May 11, 2005
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    February 9, 2005

    Chocolate U

    It takes more than the sweet stuff to educate us on Café Cacao's charms

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    May 19, 2004

    Best New Chocolate Treat

    Gracie's Chocolate Nipples

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    May 19, 2004

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    Chocolate Cake Shot at the Top

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    May 19, 2004

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    Fog City News

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    May 14, 2003

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