(415) 440-2737, www.colibrimexicanbistro.com
During my vegan days, ice cream always proved to be a challenge. Once the thoughts of cookies and cream, mint chocolate chip, or the holy combo of chocolate and peanut butter started swirling through my mind like so much chocolate marbling, Tofutti Cuties just didn't cut it. Thank goodness MaggieMudd realizes that vegans love chocolate too! The flavors scooped out at this Bernal Heights sweet spot taste better than their dairy counterparts. Seriously. Really. No joke.
903 Cortland, SF. (415) 641-5291, www.maggiemudd.com
Anthony Ferguson just might be insane. The mad scientist behind San Francisco's most eccentric culinary boutique, Cacao Anasa, runs his confection shop like a laboratory. No flavor is off limits in Ferguson's kitchen: curry, basil, ginger, roses hell, even merlot all make their way into his artisinal truffles.
(415) 846-9240, www.cacaoanasa.com
GUITTARD CHOCOLATE CO.
The original gangster of San Francisco's chocolate scene was founded during the gold rush, when a French immigrant realized that miners were willing to pay top dollar for fine chocolate. Guittard is still the oldest family-owned chocolate company in the United States; its baking products remain the top choice of pastry chefs world-round. The secret is in the simplicity: pure cane sugar, full-cream milk, and premium cacao beans have made Guittard's a consistently perfect chocolate for almost 150 years.
10 Guittard, Burlingame. (650) 697-4427, www.guittard.com