Complete Chocolate Lover’s Guide for the San Francisco Bay Area

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Chocolate by the Bay (or CBTB for short) was started in 2009 by 4 friends who share a common love of good chocolate. We focus on local artisan chocolate in the San Francisco Bay Area (SFBA) for this blog with the aim of promoting quality chocolate and its makers.

We also write about local artisan chocolatiers we discover in our travels, plus any chocolate news that catches our interest.

Chocolateers by the Bay

We call ourselves “chocolateers.” As opposed to chocolatiers (the people who make the good stuff), chocolateers are chocolate enthusiasts with no particular expertise in chocolate other than lots of experience eating it.

Nobody pays us to review their chocolate, although sometimes people give us samples or a discounted price on our purchases. Chocolatiers or specific chocolates mentioned on our Recommended page are listed there because all of us CBTB chocolateers agreed they were extra special. There are also denoted in articles by the candy cup icon 3-5 cup chocolatier.

We welcome you to join our merry band: Discover interesting chocolate on our site, then try it for yourself and share it with your friends!


Our bios

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Chocolate By The Bay (189 articles)

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cacaopod (8 articles)

Ronnie, an artist, designer, & chocolate enthusiast, lives in Oakland, CA.

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chocfull (1 articles)

Chocolate transcends all worlds. My work in the world of arts management is certainly not exempt, and I consider chocolate a saving grace when the going gets tough. There could be no greater joy for me than seeking out, tasting, and reviewing chocolate with my tai chi friends -- and sharing our discoveries!

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chocopi (3 articles)

A chocolate enthusiast, Martha has a special interest in recipes that include chocolate as one of the main ingredients.

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chocolatte (200 articles)

A writer/designer, Nancy lives in Oakland with Ronnie (AKA cacaopod), her husband of many years & fellow chocolate enthusiast.

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CBTB (0 articles)

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chocoloco (0 articles)

A dark chocolate fiend since kindergarten, chocoloco still self-defines as “a little crazy about chocolate.”