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Chocoholic Pilgrimage—Your date with decadence

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Start this self-guided pilgrimage in south end of the Ferry Building with Recchiuti Confections. Then check in a few stores north, at Scharffen Berger. Both these shops, as well as others along the way, offer free samples, so you’ll want to pace yourself. In fact, you might want to fortify yourself with some protein while you’re here; perhaps going whole hog at Hog Island Oyster company. This is your Date with Decadence, isn’t it? Across the aisle, Cowgirl Creamery, Golden Gate Meat Company (which also sells take-out salads) and Acme Bread are other options.

Keep moving, because you’re just getting started. They’re not solely chocolate emporiums, but two nearby shops merit a mention: Miette Patisserie offers lovely cakes and tarts, although it is best known for its seven flavors of Parisian-style macaroons (try the Rose Geranium). And Ciao Bella provides a rotating offering of 18 Italian-style gelatos and sorbets. Their pistachio gelato and blood orange sorbet are both worth the calories. Ciao Bella’s best seller? Chocolate! (Why are we not surprised?)

For your next stop, exit the Ferry building and head north along the Embarcadero to TCHO and savor a shot of high-tech dark chocolate decadence. Continue along the Embarcadero to Pier 39, where you may wangle a sample at Chocolate Heaven, Kara’s Cupcakes or the Fudge House. Breathe in the sea air—deeply—if you’re feeling a little light-headed.

Next, stroll westward along North Point Street to Ghirardelli Square, where you can shop a bit or relax and enjoy historic architecture and a world-class view. Finish at a classic San Francisco original, Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop.

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America is experiencing a chocolate renaissance, and the epicenter is right here in the San Francisco Bay Area, where Ghirardelli has long been the standard-bearer for great chocolate. Growing consumer demand for higher-quality cacao and specialized chocolate products prompted the experts at Ghirardelli to revise this collection of classic cookies, bars, cakes, and drinks.

The recipes range from simple sweets to show-stopping desserts. Includes more than 80 recipes, a primer on chocolate varieties and uses, and more than 25 full-color photographs. This perfect gift for chocolate lovers includes a new section with a guide to creating edible gifts like cocoa mixes and decadent fudge sauce. About $15. Buy The Ghirardelli Chocolate Cookbook: Recipes and History from America’s Premier Chocolate Maker.

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