Favorite Chocolates

***Favorite Chocolates

People ask me: "What's your favorite chocolate?"

That's not an easy question to answer. I eat a different chocolate each day. And every year I have a new list of favorites (typically the top 8-10%). Here they are, listed by year, below. Category winners are drawn from this list.

Thank you to the many talented chocolate-makers and chocolatiers who made these chocolates. If it weren't for you, this site wouldn't exist.

2016

SOMA - Tumbled Cashews - Milk chocolate with Chai spice - (Nov. 10, 2016)
SOMA - Milk Chocolate Mini Bar - Roasted Cashews - (Nov. 9, 2016)
Diane Kron - dark chocolate nut/cashew square - (Nov. 5, 2016)
The Phoenix Pastificio - Best-Ever Macaroons; Pecan Chewies - (Oct. 24, 2016)
Neo Cocoa - Black Sesame Seed Brittle 72% dark chocolate - (Oct. 20, 2016)
Amano Artisan Chocolate - 70% Chuao bars (Oct. 11, 2016)
SOMA - Milk Old School (Criollo) 38% bar - (Oct. 9, 2016)
SOMA - CSB Chama bar - (Oct. 8, 2016)
Artisana Organics - Venezuelan Chocolate Criollo Dark 75% bar - (Oct. 4, 2016)
XOX Truffles - Lavande (Lavender); Cognac truffles (Sept. 27, 2016)
XOX Truffles - Honey Vodka; Amaretto truffles - (Sept. 25, 2016)
Valrhona - Noir Guanaja - Eclats de Cacao 70% bar - (Sept. 24, 2016)
ChocXO - Organic Dark Chocolate 70% Cacao + Cacao Nibs bar - (Sept. 20, 2016)
Creo Chocolate - Ecuador Nibs - (Sept. 17, 2016)
Jordi's - Tmava Cocolada Dark Chocolate bar with nibs (Ecuador) - (Sept. 15, 2016)
SOMA - Little Big Man (Ecuador + Madagascar) bar - (Sept. 14, 2016)
Brasstown - Ecuador 75% bar - (Sept. 12, 2016)
Arete - Camino Verde 75% Dark Chocolate bar - (Sept. 11, 2016)
Arete - Costa Esmeraldas 70% Dark Chocolate bar - (Sept. 11, 2016)
Arete - Hacienda Victoria 70% Dark Chocolate bar - (Sept. 10, 2016)
Endorfin Foods - Dark Mylk Chocolate with Anise, Wormwood bar 70% bar - (Sept. 4, 2016)
Philip Marks Chocolates - Dark Chocolate (Golden) Raisin Bark 72% Arriba - (Aug. 12, 2016)
Petit Pot - Dark Chocolate Pot de Creme - (July 28, 2016)
Tin Pot Creamery - Gooey Brownie (gluten free) - (July 20, 2016)
de Young Cafe - Hazelnut Brownie (gluten free) - (July 19, 2016)
Guido Gobino - Cremino al Sale - gianduja chocolate (cubetti) with sea salt, olive oil - (July 10, 2016)
SOMA Chocolatemaker - Milk Chocolate Mini Bar - Roasted Hazelnuts - (July 6, 2016)
Tin Pot Creamery - Chocolate Walnut Cookie (gluten free) - (June 27, 2016)
SOMA Chocolatemaker - Cacao Crunch chocolate twig with roasted pumpkin seeds, cacao nibs and hemp seeds - (Apr. 16, 2016)
Kiss Me (ice cream bar in Matagalpa, Nicaragua) - Helado Chocolate con almendras, malvaviscos y un trago de ron (al lado) (+ candied nibs) - (Mar. 14, 2016)
SOMA Chocolatemaker - Milk Old School (Chuao) - (Mar. 9, 2016)
Chocolate Printing Company, Inc. - Fruits in Chocolate - Cherry in Dark Chocolate - (Mar. 8, 2016)
Unilever - Magnum Chocolate Infinity and Raspberry ice cream bar - (Mar. 2, 2016)
Maisie Jane's - Dark Chocolate Almonds - (Feb. 27, 2016)
Arete - Madagascar Sambirano Valley 70% bar - (Feb. 20, 2016)
Amano - Sambirano Valley Madagascar 70% bar - (Feb. 19, 2016)
Valrhona - Ampamakia 64% bar - (Feb. 17, 2016)
Dandelion Chocolate - 70% Ambanja - (Feb. 16, 2016)
Pump Street Bakery - Madagascar 72% Ambanja bar - (Feb. 14, 2016)
SOMA Chocolatemaker - St. Thomas Parish Jamaica 70% bar - (Feb. 5, 2016)
XO Baking Co. - Gluten free Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix - (Jan. 24, 2016)
Amano - Cardamom Black Pepper bar - (Jan. 5, 2016)

2015
SOMA Chocolatemaker - Toasted Corn and Harissa chocolates - (Dec. 29, 2016)
Trader Joe's - Uncured Bacon Ganache bar - (Dec. 25, 2015)
Gate Comme Des Filles - coffee nib crunch chocolates - (Dec. 17, 2016)
Rigoni di Asiago - Nocciolata Organic Hazelnut Spread - (Dec. 17, 2016)
Gate Comme Des Filles - Meyer Lemon chocolates - (Dec. 16, 2016)
Arete - Gianduia Bar (with Brazil cacao) - (Dec. 14, 2015)
SOMA Chocolatemaker - The Dude - (Nov. 28, 2015)
Neo Cocoa - Pumpkin Truffle - (Nov. 20, 2015)
Neo Cocoa - Toffee Nib Brittle - (Nov. 19, 2015)
Tillamook - Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream - (Nov. 6, 2015)
Hotel Chocolat - Green Fairy (Halloween Cocktail) chocolate - (Oct. 24, 2015)
Blanxart - (Bio) Chocolate a la Taza (Criollo) - (Oct. 8, 2015)
Arete Fine Chocolate - Peru Nacional Maranon Canyon 66% bar - (Oct. 6, 2015)
Domori - Criollo Guasare Dark Bittersweet 70% bar (Venezuela) - (Oct. 1, 2015)
Venchi - 70% bio bar (Ecuador) - (Sept. 27, 2015)
Santander - Colombian Single Origin bar 65% - (Sept. 24, 2015)
Santander - Chocolate Cacao Nibs - (Sept. 23, 2015)
Castronovo - Dark Milk Chocolate 63% bar (Colombia Sierra Nevada) - (Sept. 20, 2015)
Raaka - Maple and Nibs Bolivia 75% bar - (Sept. 17, 2015)
El Ceibo - Fine Dark Chocolate 75% (Organic, Bolivia) bar - (Sept. 17, 2015)
Rogue Chocolatier - Tranquilidad (Bolivia) 75% bar - (Sept. 15, 2015)
Lillie Belle Farms - The Wild Thing (Bolivia) 68% bar - (Sept. 13, 2015)
Cacao de Origen - Sur de(l) Lago (Venezuela) bar - (Sept. 9, 2015)
Rogue Chocolatier - Carenero 70 percent (Venezuela) bar - (Sept. 7, 2015)
Twenty-four Blackbirds - 75 percent Cedeno (Ecuador) bar - (Aug. 3, 2015)
Chocolate Maya - Blistered Almonds in Chocolate - (Aug. 2, 2015)
Chocolats du CaliBressan - Rose - Rosewater Dark Chocolate - (July 25, 2015)
Chocolats du CaliBressan - Sea Shell (boysenberry) - (July 23, 2015)
Chocolats du CaliBressan - Bressan - (July 23, 2015)
Nairn's Gluten Free - Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Cookies - (July 19, 2015)
SOMA Chocolatemaker - Jamaica single origin truffle - (July 14, 2015)
Bonnat Chocolatier- Los Colorados Equateur 75% bar - (July 14, 2015)
Miette - Chocolate Lavender Macaron - (July 1, 2015)
Manoa Chocolate - Ali'i Kula Lavender 60% bar - (June 29, 2015)
SOMA Chocolatemaker - Bergamot - (June 28, 2015)
SOMA Chocolatemaker - Jasmine - (June 26, 2015)
SOMA Chocolatemaker - Magnolia Peach - (June 25, 2015)
Libby Patterson Organics - Love Tea - (May 30, 2015)
Spicely - Organic Dark Chocolate Lapsang Souchong with sea salt bar - (May 27, 2015)
Patric Chocolate - Piura Dark Milk bar - (May 17, 2015)
Timothy Adams - 65% Machu Picchu Peru Sipping Chocolate - (May 16, 2015)
Dick Taylor - 72% Belize bar - (May 1, 2015)
Charm School Chocolate - 70% Dark Belize bar - (April 29, 2015)
Escazu - Guapiles, Costa Rica 65% bar - (April 23, 2015)
Arete Fine Chocolate - 75% Brasil Fazenda Camboa (med. roast) - (April 21, 2015)
Arete Fine Chocolate - 70% Brasil Fazenda Camboa (dark roast) - (Apr. 20, 2015)
Coastal Mist Fine Chocolates - Alderwood Smoked Sea Salt Caramel with Brazil Nuts - (April 17, 2015)
Chocolate Momotombo - Dark chocolate with cacao seeds - (April 6, 2015)
Chocolate Momotombo - Toffee bar with cacao nibs - (Apr. 5, 2015)
Franceschi - Canoabo 70% bar - (Mar. 29, 2015)
Franceschi - Choroni 70% bar - (Mar. 27, 2015)
Cacao de Origen - Chuao 75% Aragua Venezuela bar - (Mar. 25, 2015)
Theo Chocolate - Peanut Butter Cups (Milk and Dark) - (Mar. 10, 2015)
Charm School Chocolate - Coconut Milk 49% bar - (Mar. 3, 2015)
Devnaa - Milk Chocolate with Chai Masala bar - (Feb. 21, 2015)
Patric - Raspberry-Balsamic bar - (Feb. 9, 2015)
Charles Chocolates - Tres Cajones Bar (Triple Nut Bar) - (Jan. 22, 2015)
Mast Brothers - Almond Chocolate bar (73% Cacao) - (Jan. 20, 2015)
Chocolate Momotombo - Ginger and Coriander chocolates - (Jan. 14, 2015)
1-2-3 Gluten Free, Inc. - Devil's Food Chocolate Cake Mix - (Jan. 8, 2015)
Wholesome Bakery - Dark Chocolate Cookie Sandwich - (Jan. 7, 2015)
Brigittine - Cherry Chocolate Nut Fudge Royale - (Jan. 1, 2015)

2014
Charles Chocolates - Salty-Sweet Hazelnut bar - (Dec. 22, 2014)
Venchi - Cuba Cocoa Aromatico (New Guinea) + hazelnut "cigar" - (Dec. 16, 2014)
Claudio Corallo - Chocolate with raisins, cacao pulp - (Dec. 10, 2014)
Dick Taylor - 72% Madagascar Sambirano bar - (Dec. 8, 2014)
Ethereal Confections - Strawberries + Rose Petals + Pink Peppercorn bar - (Nov. 28, 2014)
Restaurant 3000 - Chocolate Panna Cotta dessert - (Nov. 28, 2014)
Trader Joe's - Organic Dark Chocolate 73% bar - (Nov. 27, 2014)
DOTI - Berry Allure, Figs in Chocolate - (Nov. 24, 2014)
The Oakland Chocolate Company - Chipotle Lime bar - (Nov. 20, 2014)
The Oakland Chocolate Company - Black Pepper Sweet Cherry bar - (Nov. 17, 2014)
Dick Taylor - Dominican Republic Finca Elvesia 74% bar - (Nov. 13, 2014)
Cacao Prieto - Orchid bar - (Nov. 9, 2014)
Cacao Prieto - Mandarin and Bergamot (DR) bar - (Nov. 8, 2014)
Patric Chocolate - Triple Ginger bar - (Nov. 3, 2014)
jcoco - Cayenne Veracruz Orange (white chocolate) bar - (Oct. 27, 2014)
Wholesome Chow - The Big Yummy Double Chocolate Brownie - (Oct. 17, 2014)
Tate's Bake Shop - Gluten Free Double Chocolate Chip Cookies - (Oct. 12, 2014)
The Plant - Spicy Chewy Chocolate Cookies - (Oct. 6, 2014)
Marco Paolo - Coconut Nectar Brittle Bark - (Sept. 6, 2014)
Her Coconess Confections - Blenheim Apricots with salted caramel, bittersweet chocolate - (Sept. 15, 2014)
Lonohana Estate Chocolate - Cafe Au Lait bar - (Aug. 30, 2014)
Giraudi - Cremini al Caffe - (Aug. 29, 2014)
Chocolat Bonnat - Dark Chocolate Equateur (75%) bar - (Aug. 27, 2014)
Timothy Adams Chocolates - Coconut Caramel - (Aug. 15, 2014)
Sugar Mouse Luxury Confectionery - Chocolate Covered Lemon Peel - (Aug. 9, 2014)
Francois Pralus - Vanuatu 75% bar - (July 30, 2014)
Cafferel - Giandujiotto - (July 24, 2014)
Giraudi - Tartufo Dolce (deseo, Gianduioni) - (July 23, 2014)
Giraudi - Cremone Chiaro (small - July 23, 2014)
Giraudi - Dark Cremone (large - July 22, 2014)
Lillie Belle Farms - Sicilian bon bon (July 19, 2014)
Lillie Belle Farms - Marionberry bon bon (July 7, 2014)
Kohler Co. - Original Buttery Terrapins (June 5, 2014)
Supah Stah - Goji Berry bar (May 24, 2014)
Raaka Chocolate - Bourbon Cask Aged 82% bar (May 16, 2014)
Cello Chocolate - Ecuador 70% bar (May 14, 2014)
Hedonist Artisan Chocolates - Dipped Figs (May 11, 2014)
Dick Taylor - Black Fig 72% Madagascar bar (May 10, 2014)
Hedonist Artisan Chocolates - Ginger (May 6, 2014)
Bar Au Chocolat - Duarte Province, Dominican Republic bar (May 4, 2014)
Black Mountain Chocolate - Dominican (Republic) 70% bar (May 3, 2014)
Valrhona - Lait Bahibe 46% bar (May 2, 2014)
Raaka Chocolate - Vanilla Rooibos bar (May 1, 2014)
Dick Taylor - Dominican Repub. 74% bar (Apr. 30, 2014)
Sonoma Latina Grill - Mexican Chocolate Cupcake (gluten free) (Apr. 25, 2014)
Taza Chocolate - Chocolate Mexicano, Guajillo Chili (Apr. 22, 2014)
Obsessive Confection Disorder - Rose Petal Caramel (Apr. 11, 2014)
Hedonist Artisan Chocolates - Orange Peel (Apr. 3, 2014)
Hedonist Artisan Chocolates - Cranberry Pecan (March 24, 2014)
Hedonist Artisan Chocolates - Hazelnut Truffle (March 19, 2014)
TCHO TCHunky TCHOtella bar - March 16, 2014
{cocoa} everyday chocolate - Noir Dark bar with nibs (March 2, 2014)
Kind - Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew bar (Feb. 13, 2014)
Theo Chocolate - My Cherry Baby bar (Feb. 12, 2014)
Coco Delice - Sour Cherry Almond Bark (Feb. 6, 2014)

2013
TCHO - Nutty PureNotes Dark with Woodford Reserve Bourbon truffle (Dec. 30, 2013)
Askinosie Chocolate - Gingerbread Dark Chocolate bar (Dec. 19, 2013)
Patric Chocolate - Oatmeal Spice bar (Dec. 18, 2013)
Patric Chocolate - Ginger Spice bar (Dec. 17, 2013)
John and Kira's - Holiday Heart with pistachio, cinnamon (Dec. 15, 2013)
Akesson's - Bali (Sukrama Farms) 45% Milk bar (Dec. 12, 2013)
Black Mountain Chocolate - Sea Salt Dark Chocolate bar (Dec. 10, 2013)
Lohana Estate Chocolate - Nene Milk with sea salt bar (Dec. 9, 2013)
Dick Taylor - Fleur de Sel bar (Dec. 8, 2013)
TCHO - Sea Salt and Roasted Nib Caramel (Dec. 5, 2013)
B.T. McElrath - Salted Butter Caramel (Dec. 1, 2013)
NYDC - Cocopotamus Chocolate - Rosie Posy Mediterranean Rose Water Fudge Balls (Nov. 27, 2013)
Rogue Chocolatier - Sambirano 70% bar (Akesson plantation, Madagascar) (Nov. 20, 2013)
John and Kira's - La Vigne - Lemongrass chocolate (Nov. 18, 2013)
B.T. McElrath - Lemon Supreme Truffle (Nov. 16, 2013)
Three Twins Organic Ice Cream - Chocolate Orange Confetti (Nov. 5, 2013)
John and Kira's - Tangy Orange and Garden Rosemary bar (Nov. 4, 2013)
John and Kira's - Just Us Bergamot chocolate (Nov. 3, 2013)
John and Kira's - Chocolate Figs (Oct. 30, 2013)
Patric Chocolate - Holy Mole bar (Oct. 22, 2013)
Hail Merry - Miracle Tart, Chocolate Mint (Oct. 12, 2013)
John and Kira's - Drew Elementary Garden Mint (Oct. 9, 2013)
John and Kira's - Ladybugs, Honey Lavender (Oct. 5, 2013)
John and Kira's - Caramel Bee (Basswood honey) (Oct. 4, 2013)
Francois Pralus - Barre Infernale Lait (Milk Chocolate version) (Sept. 12, 2013)*
SOMA Chocolatemaker - El Vigia 70% and Patanemo 70% bars (Venezuela) (Sept. 9, 10, 2013)
Dandelion Chocolate - 70% Patanemo (Venezuela) bar (Sept. 7, 2013)
Dandelion Chocolate - 70% Cumboto (Venezuela) bar (Sept. 6, 2013)
Woodblock Chocolate - Venezuela Ocumare 70% bar (Sept. 3, 2013)
Scream Sorbet - Chocolate Almond sorbet (Aug. 19, 2013)
Rogue Chocolatier - Silvestre 75% dark bar (Bolivia) (Aug. 8, 2013)
Tin Pot Creamery - Roasted Banana Fudge Ripple ice cream sundae (Aug. 7, 2013)
Patric Chocolate - The BOSS bar (July 31, 2013)*
Dude Sweet Chocolate - EVOOC and Break Up Potion Chocolate Sauce (July 28, 2013)
Salazon Chocolate - Organic Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt and Crushed Coffee bar (July 24, 2013)
G.L. Alfieri - Dark Chocolate Coffee Almond Brittle (July 19, 2013)
Artisan du Chocolat - Masala Chai bar (July 1, 2013)
Madre Chocolate - Hibiscus bar (June 7, 2013)
Scream Sorbet - Spicy Chocolate Pecan sorbet (June 6, 2013)
Amy E's Bakery - Chipotle Caramel bar (June 3, 2013)
Marco Paolo - Mango red chili gelee and lime (truffle) (May 30, 2013)
The Oakland Chocolate Co. - Tamarind Mango Caramel (May 25, 2013)
Nosh This - Meyer Lemon Walnut Salted Caramels (Apr. 3, 2013)*
Lappert's - Chocolate Macadamia ice cream (Mar. 31, 2013)
Elena Chocolate - Ginger Cappuccino, Raspberry Liliko'i Heart, Hawaiian Lavender, Hawaiian Chili Pepper, and Chinese Five Spice Truffles (Mar. 26-27, 2013)
Neo Cocoa - Espresso Dark Chocolate Marshmallow Truffles (Mar. 19, 2013)
Coracao Confections - Raw Fudge Truffle (Mar. 15, 2013)
Fruition Chocolate - Brown Butter and Bourbon Caramels (Mar. 5, 2013)
Marini's Candies - Dark Chocolate Covered Bacon (Feb. 27, 2013)
Marini's Candies - Vegan's Nightmare ice cream (Feb. 28, 2013)
The Plant Cafe Organic - Espresso Roulade (Feb. 23, 2013)
The Grain Exchange - Jar Full of Cupcakes, Red Velvet with Vanilla frosting (Feb. 18, 2013)
Mast Brothers Chocolate - Black Truffle bar (Feb. 17, 2013)
Pacari Organic Chocolate - Dark Chocolate Covered Golden Berries (Feb. 12, 2013)
Pacari Organic Chocolate - 100% Cacao Bar (Ecuador) (Feb. 11, 2013)
Rogue Chocolatier - Balao 75% bar (Feb. 6, 2013)
Recchiuti, Chocolate Lab - Chocolate Lab Cake (cacao nib infused foam) (Feb. 5, 2013)
Three Twins Ice Cream - California Cliche and Chocolate Crunchy ice cream sundaes (Feb. 1, 2013)
Raw Decadence Biscolinos! Coconut and Cacao Nibs (Jan. 30, 2013)
Indahphoria Chocolate - Coconut Nectar bar (Jan. 16, 2013)

2012
Wholesome Chow - Chocolate Lavender Cake Mix (Dec. 17, 2012)*
Jade Chocolates - Edible Mango Orchids (Dec. 8, 2012)
Jade Chocolates - Green Mango Tiles (Dec. 7, 2012)
Jade Chocolates - Mangoes and Chocolate, dipped in bittersweet chocolate (Dec. 6, 2012)
Marti Chocolatt - Mango Caramel (Dec. 3, 2012)
Lillie Belle Farms - Lavender Sea Salt Caramels (Nov. 25, 2012)
World Market - Dark Chocolate Cracked Tellicherry Pepper with Brazilian Salt bar (Nov. 21, 2012)
Vosges - Whiskey Truffle (Nov. 19, 2012)
Monique's Chocolates - Peru Liquid Chocolate (Nov. 17, 2012)
Mayan Superfood - Cacao Nibs (Peru) (Nov. 16, 2012)
Fruition Chocolate - Dark Chocolate Coated Orange Scented Cranberries (Nov. 12, 2012)
CocoTutti - Pumpkins (Nov. 11, 2012)
Artisan du Chocolat - Orchid and Orange Blossom Dark Chocolate Bar (Nov. 6, 2012)
Lake Champlain Chocolates - Pumpkins (Oct. 30, 2012)
Sweets Handmade Candies - German Chocolate (Oct. 8, 2012)
Madre Chocolate - Triple Cacao Hamakua (all Hawaiian) bar (Oct. 7, 2012)
Vosges - "Fig" with Armagnac chocolate (Oct. 3, 2012)
Manoa Chocolate - Ecuador 60% with Hawaiian Coffee Beans; Nibs (bar) (Oct. 2, 2012)
Station House Cafe - Chocolate Pot de Creme with sea salt (Oct. 1, 2012)
Dick Taylor - Black Fig 70% Ecuador bar (Sept. 28, 2012)
Forever Cheese/Paiarrop - ChocoHigos (Sept. 23, 2012)
Monique's Chocolates - Ash's Chai, and Liquid Chocolate (Sept. 15, 2012)
Rick's Rather Rich Ice Cream - Mexican Chocolate ice cream (Sept. 14, 2012)
Lillie Belle Farms - Chipotle Ganache (Sept. 12, 2012)
Chocolate and More - Cacao Nibs (Aug. 30, 2012)
Zingerman's Candy -- ZZang! Original candy bar (Aug. 21, 2012)
Chocolats Genevieve Grandbois - Caramel a la fleur de sel (Aug. 16, 2012)
Coracao Confections - Kaffir Lime Caramel Bar (Aug. 13, 2012)
Droga Confections - "Put Your Money on Honey" caramels (Aug. 8, 2012)
Chocolate Momotombo - Dark Milk Chocolate bar (July 28, 2012)
Patric Chocolate - 70% Rio Caribe, nibs, sea salt bar (July 23, 2012)
Chocolove - Coffee Crunch Dark Chocolate bar (July 22, 2012)
Double Rainbow - Cappuccino Chocolate Crunch ice cream (July 20, 2012)
Fiorello's - Mint Chip gelato (June 16, 2012)
Mink Chocolates - "No Grumpy" Espresso bar (May 22, 2012)
CocoTutti - Ginger Caramel with peanuts, Thai chili (May 11, 2012)
CocoTutti - Lavender Lemon (May 10, 2012)
CocoTutti - Choc-Orange Confit Caramel, and Florentine Citrus liquid caramel (May 7, 2012)
The Plant Cafe Organic - Raw Brownie Bite (Apr. 9, 2012)
The Grenada Chocolate Co. - Salty-licious 70% bar (Apr. 8, 2012)
Kika's Treats - Dark Chocolate Covered Corn Cake Bites (Apr. 5, 2012)
Kika's Treats - Sea Salt Caramels with SF Bay Salt (Apr. 2, 2012)*
Xocolatl de David - Almond and Pimenton bar (Apr. 1, 2012)
Ad Hoc - Brownie Mix (gluten free) (Mar. 5, 2012)
Scream Sorbet - Hazelnut Chocolate sorbet (Jan. 17, 2012)
Scream Sorbet - Chocolate Peanut Butter sorbet (Jan. 16, 2012)

2011
Rick's Rather Rich Ice Cream - Rocky Road ice cream (Dec. 11, 2011)
The Oakland Chocolate Co. - Triple Chocolate Brownie Truffle, and Acorn Bonbon (Nov. 4, 2011)
Mary's Gone Crackers - Love Double Chocolate cookies (Nov. 28, 2011)
Christopher Michael - Sizzling Bacon Bar (Nov. 21, 2011)
Xocolatl de David - Bacon + Chocolate (Ecuador) bar (Nov. 20, 2011)
Snake and Butterfly - Maple and Bacon Caramels (Nov. 19, 2011)
Vosges - Mo's Bacon Caramel Toffee (Nov. 18, 2011)
Saratoga Chocolates - Blueberry-tini (Nov. 14, 2011)
Chocolate Visions - Lavender (Nov. 7, 2011)
Chocolate Visions - Herbal Mint (Nov. 5, 2011)
Chocolate Visions - Lemon (Nov. 3, 2011)
Chocolate Visions - Tarragon (Nov. 2, 2011)
Chocolate Visions - Rose chocolate (Nov. 1, 2011)
Chocolate Visions - Single Malt chocolate (Oct. 28, 2011)
zotter - Scotch Whiskey bar (Oct. 25, 2011)
Chocolate Visions - My Goodness bar (Oct. 23, 2011)
Trader Joe's - Gone Bananas! slices (Oct. 23, 2011)
Chocolate Visions - Peanut Butter Banana bar (Oct. 22, 2011)
Mazet - Bitter Sesame (bar) (Oct. 11, 2011)
SOMA Chocolatemaker - SOMA A La Taza Hot Chocolate (Oct. 8, 2011)
wei - love, chili infused (Sept. 25, 2011)
fleurir - Pink Peppercorn and Brandy Alexander (Sept. 24, 2011)
Chocolat Moderne - Havana Heat bonbon (Sept. 21, 2011)
Lake Champlain Chocolates - Dark Spicy Aztec 55% bar (Sept. 20, 2011)
Theo Chocolate - Ghost Chile Salted Caramel (Sept. 19, 2011)
Madre Chocolate - Triple Cacao Dark 70% Dominican bar (Sept. 11, 2011)
Chuao Chocolatier - Caracas bar (Sept. 7, 2011)
Francois Pralus - Barre Infernale Noire (Sept. 5, 2011)
Mink Chocolates - Almond Butter and Organic Grape Jelly bar (Sept. 2, 2011)
Xocolatl de David - Orangette 74% bar (Aug. 28, 2011)
Mink Chocolates - Navel Gazing bar (Aug. 26, 2011)
Maison Bouche - Rose (Lait) bar (Aug. 14, 2011)
Maison Bouche - Lavender sea salt tiny bar (Aug. 13, 2011)
Mink Chocolates - Personal fondue (Aug. 7, 2011)
Mink Chocolates - Mermaid's Choice salt caramel dark bar with rosemary (Aug. 12, 2011)
Thomas Haas - Salted Caramel Truffles (Aug. 8, 2011)
The Oakland Chocolate Co. - Candied Tangerine Peel (June 4, 2011)
Hotel Chocolat - Marc de Champagne and Strawberry Egg (April 1, 2011)
Hotel Chocolat - Apricot Brandy Egg (March 30, 2011)
Republica Del Cacao - Galapagos, Single Origin 75% dark bar with Coffee Nibs (Feb. 19, 2011)
Republica Del Cacao - Vinces, Organic 75% dark bar (Feb. 13, 2011)
L.A. Burdick - Baton Framboise (Feb. 11, 2011)
Sweet Earth Chocolates - Cafe Au Lait truffle (Jan. 16, 2011)
Hedonist Chocolates - Pistachio Ginger Bark (Jan. 14, 2011)
KShocolat - Orange and Cardamom bar (Jan. 5, 2011)
Tropical Chocolate Co. - Yuzu, Olive Oil (Jan. 4, 2011)

2010
Gateau et Ganache - Le Noix de Coco bonbon (Dec. 2, 2010)
The Hershey Company/Reese's Peanut Butter Pumpkin (Nov. 30, 2010)
gnosis chocolate - Pumpkin Spice truffles (Nov. 26, 2010)
Michael Mischer Chocolates - fall flavor, Jack-O-Lantern/Pumpkin filled chocolate (Nov. 24, 2010)
Gateau et Ganache - Le Gingembre bonbon (Nov. 23, 2010)
Theo Chocolate - Gingerbread Spice, Milk Chocolate bar (Nov. 17, 2010)
Chocolate Momotombo, S.A. - Banana Whiskey Chocolates (Nov. 16, 2010)
Chocolate Momotombo, S.A. - Cacao Nibs, Covered in Fine Chocolate (Nov. 15, 2010)
Hotel Chocolat, Ltd. - Gingerbread Truffle (Nov. 14, 2010)
Hotel Chocolat, Ltd. - Rum Ingot (Nov. 4, 2010)
Hotel Chocolate, Ltd. - Purist 50% "Touch of Milk" bar from Saint Lucia (Nov. 1, 2010)
Jean Philippe Patisserie - Sevillian - dark chocolate truffle with orange marzipan, Grand Marnier (Oct. 18, 2010)
Alter Eco - Dark Chocolate bar with crystallized orange peel (Oct. 14, 2010)
Eiffel Tower Restaurant - Grand Marnier Souffle with chocolate sauce (Oct. 13, 2010)*
Michael Mischer Chocolates - Toffee and Murray River Salt Bars (Sept. 22-23, 2010)
Michael Cluizel - Dark (67%) Plantation Los Ancones bar (Sept. 18, 2010)
Ah Cacao (Mexico) - "Peel and Eat" Cacao Beans (Sept. 16, 2010)
Museo Del Chocolate (Cuba) - Maria Cristina (dark chocolate truffle with aged rum, honey, lemon peel) (Sept. 12, 2010)
The Grand Mayan Resort (Mexico) - homemade hot chocolate (Aug. 31, 2010)
Chocolate Visions - Crimson Cranberry 61% dark bar (Aug. 22, 2010)
NewTree - Superfruit 65% bar (Aug. 20, 2010)
Michael Mischer Chocolates - Lavender and Honey filled chocolate (Aug. 17, 2010)
Amy's Kitchen Chocolate (gluten free) cake (Aug. 16, 2010)
The Xocolate Bar - Kalamata Olive Caramel chocolate (Aug. 7, 2010)
Michael Mischer Chocolates - Barbeque filled chocolate (Aug. 2, 2010)
Michael Mischer Chocolates - Espresso filled chocolate (July 21, 2010)
Schellville Grill - Flourless Chocolate Cake (July 10, 2010)
Monique's Chocolates - Brazil 65% (Santarem) truffle (July 5, 2010)
Trader Joe's - Dark Chocolate Lover's 85% bar (Colombia) (July 4, 2010)
Patric Chocolate - 70% Rio Caribe Superior Venezuela bar (June 30, 2010)
chocri - Sizzling Bacon Breakfast (bar) (June 8, 2010)
Will Henri's Farm - Chocolate with Almonds (May 20, 2010)
Modern Dwellers Chocolate Lounge - Purple Infusion (lavender) truffle (May 17, 2010)
Modern Dwellers Chocolate Lounge - Indian Bop truffle; Salmon Surprise truffle; and Anchovy Amour truffle for sheer creativity (May 14, 2010)*
Coco Delice - Caramelized Chocolate Hazelnuts (Apr. 26, 2010)
Vosges - Buddha's Leaf (Pandan leaf) truffle (Apr. 22, 2010)*
Poco Dolce - Raspberry Bunnies (dark) (Apr. 4, 2010)
Coco Delice - Spice Rouge (Apr. 2, 2010)
Coco-luxe, llc - Sugar Pine Bark (dark chocolate with pine nut and sage toffee) (March 27, 2010)
Posh Chocolat - Bacon Caramel with Apple wood smoked salt (Mar. 24, 2010)
Socola Chocolatier - Jasmine Tea (Mar. 23, 2010)
Ococoa - deep chocolate cups, with nut butters and fruits (March - April 2010); and Cashew Apricot Cup (April 21, 2010)
Coco Delice Fine Chocolates - Peanut Butter Bonbons (Mar. 19, 2010)
Rococo Chocolates - Orange and Geranium Organic Dark Chocolate bar (Mar. 1, 2010)
Recchiuti Confections - Key Lime Apples (Feb. 28, 2010)
Luca Chocolate - Chocolate dipped bacon pieces (Feb. 18, 2010)
Socola Chocolatier - Burnt caramel and dark chocolate with sea salt truffles; and Raspberry pate de fruit with champagne ganache truffles (Feb. 15, 2010)
Cafe Madeleine - Chocolate covered strawberries (Feb. 14, 2010)
Kim's Chocolates - Cachet Peru 64% dark bar (criollo and trinitario) (Jan. 14, 2010)

Theme Weeks: Chocolate Animal Week (Jan. 7-13, 2010); Chocolate and Tree Week (Jan. 16-22, 2010); Chocolate and Flower Week (Mar. 1-7, 2010); and many more...

2009
Xocolatl de David - 72% Ecuadorian Dark Chocolate with Black Truffle and Sea Salt (Dec. 29, 2009)
Clarine's Florentines - Signature Florentines (Dec. 28, 2009)
King Leo - Dark Chocolate Crunchy Peppermint Patties (Dec. 18, 2009)
Manresa Restaurant - Chocolate and hazelnut feuillentine, olive oil; Bitter chocolate sorbet with sea salt (Dec. 8, 2009)
La Biscotteria - Amaretti Chocolate Ganache Cookie; Amaretti Mini Chocolate Cookies (Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 2009)
Green and Black's - Hazelnut and Currant bar (Oct. 5, 2009)
Kshocolat - Orange and Cardomom 72% small bar (Sept. 24, 2009)
BonBonBar - Caramel Nut Bar (Aug. 21, 2009)
Jacques Torres - Grand Cru (red wine and dark chocolate) (Aug. 17, 2009)
Jacques Torres - Menage A Trois - blend of 3 mystery ingredients in this dark chocolate (Aug. 13, 2009)
Kee's Chocolates - tiny exotic-flavored macaroons with chocolate filling (Aug. 10, 2009)
La Maison du Chocolat - Champagne Cognac truffle (Aug. 9, 2009)
Askinosie Chocolate - Soconusco, Mexico, dark milk chocolate bar with fleur de sel and goat's milk (July 31, 2009)
Byrne and Carlson - Mendiant Bar (July 24, 2009); I loved the (real) candied violets
Whole Foods - Vegan Chocolate Mousse (July 7, 2009)
Patisserie Chocolaterie Pralus - Cuba Trinitario 75% bar (July 3, 2009)
Natasha's Sweet Temptations - gluten-free vanilla-chocolate chip health nut cookies, and flourless chocolate torte (June 30, 2009)
Poco Dolce - Bittersweet chocolate tiles with sea salt, burnt caramel (June 21, 2009)
BonBonBar - Single malt scotch candy bar (June 17, 2009)*
Neo Cocoa - Freshly Zested Lime, Warm Ginger Root, and Almond Butter topped with Smoked Salt truffles. (June 2009)*
Gateau et Ganache La Passion bon bon with passion fruit (June 7, 2009) - 1,000th chocolate
Holl's Chocolates - Mint Julep truffle and Strawberry truffle (May 7, 2009)
Gnosis Chocolate - a company that really gets raw chocolate right (April 2009)
Chocoholics Divine Desserts - Chocolate Voodoo Doll (April 17, 2009)
Caffe del Doge - TreRe Fondente (dark chocolate and hazelnut) chocolates (March 24, 2009)
Mignon Chocolate - Lavender dark chocolate (March 8, 2009)
Britt Chocolates - dark chocolate-covered coffee beans, from Costa Rica (Feb. 2009)
Old Kentucky Candies - Bourbon Cherries (Jan. 25, 2009)
Old Kentucky Candies - Bourbon Truffles (Jan. 23, 2009)
Devil in an Apron - "Pecan Pie" (pecans, bourbon, dark chocolate) (Jan. 15, 2009)

Theme weeks included: Chocolate and Orange Week (Dec. 19-25, 2009); Chocolate and Nut Week (Dec. 4-10, 2009); Chocolate and Money Theme Week (Nov. 18-28, 2009); Chocolate and Vegetable Week (Feb. 6-12, 2009); and more...

I loved that there were still so many chocolates that I could celebrate more theme weeks in 2009.

2008
Teuscher - Champagne truffles for New Year's Eve., or maybe anytime
SOMA Chocolate maker (Toronto) - small flourless chocolate cake, topped with Madagascar vanilla gelato and a tiny shot of dark, spicy hot chocolate. It was worth the walk.
Surfin' Ass Coffee/Keoki's Chocolate Factory - "Donkey Balls" - enjoyed on vacation in Hawaii
Sahagun - hazelnut topped caramel; and Cacao Drink Chocolate - shot of spicy hot drinking chocolate; both were excellent, and part of an Aug. 2 day trip to Portland. Goal = to sample as many different Oregon chocolates as possible. Mission Accomplished.
Thomas Haas - Jamaican Rum truffle - good for chasing a cold away
Dolfin bars from Belgium (found in Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Charles Chocolates - Jasmine Tea Truffle; Earl Grey Tea chocolate; and fleur de sel style caramel
Shokolaat (Palo Alto, CA - now closed) - "Brother Monk" (flavored with Banyul) and "Shokolaat" (flavored with saffron) chocolates
Caffe del Doge - mocha mint (non-alcoholic) drink served in a martini glass

Enjoying chocolate "theme weeks" - including Easter Chocolate Theme Week (March 2008); Chocolate and Cheese Theme Week (April 2008); Chocolate and Nut Theme Week (April 2008); Chocolate and Meat Theme Week (think mole, BBQ sauce) (May 2008); and Hot Chocolate Week (Nov. 2008)

2007 
Sharing a Chocolate Torte American (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) and champagne with friends
Lammes longhorn chocolates (from Texas); eating them from high atop coastal mountains in Northern California, with a view of the Pacific Ocean (in Pacifica, CA)
See's - California Brittle (dark chocolate) (Palo Alto, CA)
Gayle's Bakery - chocolate macaroon (Santa Cruz/Capitola, CA)
Owyhee (Idaho Candy Co.) Idaho Spud
Dagoba - Conacado 73% bar
Lazzaroni - Bittersweet Chocolate bar with Amaretti crumbles
Vosges Haut Chocolate - Mo's Bacon Bar
Godiva - dark chocolate almonds chocoiste line
Richart - thyme praline; herbal bouquet ganache; neroli ganache; rosae geranium; lavender ganache; wildflower ganache (San Francisco, CA)
Dove - smooth milk chocolate with almonds bar
Pamela's - Dark Chocolate, Chocolate Chunk Cookies (wheat-free)
Donnolly's - flavored chocolate barks (rose, lavender, chipotle, other) (Santa Cruz, CA)
Godiva - dark chocolate with raspberry bar
Whole Foods - chocolate toffee almonds
Cape Cod Cranberry Candy - Dark Chocolate bar with cranberry, almonds
Z Cioccolatos - Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup (San Francisco, CA)
Z Cioccolatos - Milk Chocolate Almond Paws (San Francisco, CA)

2006
Stanford University Faculty Club (Palo Alto, CA) - Chocolate and hazelnut mousse cake, with affogato a la carte
Chocolate (Cafe, Santa Cruz, CA) - Sofia Dark Chocolate hot cocoa
Cocoa Bella (San Francisco, CA) - dark chocolate covered fig
Whole Foods (Los Altos, CA) - lavender fleur d'sel chocolate
Lola's - chocolate martini (West Hollywood, CA)
Godiva - milk chocolate bar with almonds and toffee
Whole Foods (Los Altos, CA) - gluten-free chocolate chip cookies
Miette bakery - chocolate macaron (Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA)
Whole Foods (Los Altos, CA) - Tiramisu cup chocolate
Ben and Jerry's - Coffee Heath Bar Crunch ice cream
Il Fornaio restaurant (Palo Alto, CA) - Chocolate mousse cake
Cocoa Via - Chocolate covered almonds
Recchiuti (San Francisco, CA) - eating chocolate ginger hearts and zipping around in a convertible on the hills of San Francisco

Kicking off Chocolate Banquet - first chocolate of the day = Birthday ice cream with chocolate syrup in Amsterdam, Netherlands

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