Scharffen Berger Bakery Crawl and The Chocolate Adventure Contest 2012

 

Few weeks back Scharffen Berger had conducted their annual bakery crawl where the bay area bloggers were invited to spend an afternoon getting indulged and inspired. It was quite an exciting experience for me and I am sure it was the same for everyone as well. After all, what better way could you like to start a weekend other than spending time hopping from one amazing bakery to another, munching cookies and chocolates in between?

 

 

We all gathered at Scharffen Berger bakery in San Francisco Ferry Building Marketplace around two in the afternoon where we received our badges and few lovely ladies explained us the schedule for afternoon. We were to visit four bakeries and all these bakeries made something special for us with Scharffen Berger chocolate and something from the adventure ingredients. If you are aware of the yearly chocolate Adventure Contest, then you will know what adventure ingredients I am talking about. For the rest, I have mentioned about it at the end of the virtual tour. You can scroll right at the end to read more about the contest or stay with me for a while as I share with you more photos from the crawl.

 

Miette was our first stop and their macaroons are the best ones that I have ever tasted! They baked a special chocolate macaroon with Sumatra coffee ganache filling. It was rich and truly extraordinary.

 

 

 

Goody Goodie Cream and Sugar Dessert Salon Café at Mission Street was our second stop. They made a cacao wafer sandwich with preserved lemon and basil cream filling. They call it “Goodywich” and I could eat it non-stop, if given a choice, seriously! Even now when I am sharing the photos with you, I can almost remember the taste. That’s how much I loved it!

 

 

 

 

 

Our second last stop was at The Ice Cream Bar. Even though I am not much into ice cream, the “The Bee’s Knees” that they served was absolutely delicious. Milk chocolate ice cream sandwich between two banana and cacao nibs cookies and believe me, they were huge in size!

 

 

 

 

The Scharffen Berger team gave us a happy surprise in our last bakery of the tour. We met Chef Yigit Pura who was the winner of the Top Chef Just Dessert Season 1. This guy not only rocks in baking but also has a great talent to make people laugh. He is funny! He gave a baking demonstration to us and made a spiced cookie sandwich with pasilla chili infused ganache and cacao nib mudslide. YUMMY! We then visited his bakery —Tout Sweet Patisserie at Macy’s Union Square where we ended the tour with champagne and more chocolate treat from his bakery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was on sugar high at the end of the day and went home with a happy belly plus more chocolate to enjoy later. The weekend sure did started on a sweet note.

As I had mentioned above, all these special treats had Scharffen Berger chocolate and at least one of the 2012 adventure ingredients added in it.

 

The chocolate adventure contest: Scharffen Berger along with TuttiFoodie conducts this contest every year and it started way back in 2007. It is open to all the food enthusiasts, bloggers or non-bloggers, professionals or non-professionals. The contest started on Oct 1 2012 and will end on January 2nd 2013. You can read all about it in the Official Rules For 2012 Contest and enter your recipe in the Official Recipe Entry Form.

 

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Nandita says:

Oh wow Kankana!! What a delicious excursion. All those photographs of the chocolate is making drool. Thanks for sharing 🙂

Looks like a fun trip and yummy walk around. These treats are really mouthwatering. Thank you for sharing this, Kankana! Have a great weekend! 🙂

oooo.. lucky you.. what fun!! the sugar high must have lasted a while…

Nami | JOC says:

What a fun event!! I could easily gain 2-3 lbs from the tour and souvenir. 😉 Your photography took us along with your chocolate adventure and it was a fun read!

Arch says:

Kankana, the first time I read this, I drooled too much to comment 😉
Am back again – Sounds like such great fun and the pics are so so drool-worthy. Absolutely loved the pic with all those spice bottles in that circular window, too cute

Vijitha says:

That was one super yummy chocolatey day. Such brilliant pictures. You make those treats look more delicious with your clicks. I have my photos edited, need to publish the post before you arrive today 🙂 See you in the evening girl.

Your bakery crawl sounds like such a fun day!! What delectable treats!

Poornima says:

Awesome clicks Kankana, seriously I’m so jealous. What an awesome way to spend the day. HOw do you get invited to these events?

mjskit says:

I bet you were high on sugar when it was all done, but what a great high! Every city should have a bakery crawl! Love all of the pics, seeing all the sweets and Chef Yigit! I remember him and was so glad he won. Thanks for sharing your fun day!

Liren says:

Wow, how fantastic! The chocolates and the sweets were enough to intoxicate me, but I adore Yigit ever since Top Chef Just Desserts – I have been wanting to visit his spot in SF 🙂 Thank you for sharing such a fabulous day!

Wow, what a fabulous day. With all of your beautiful photos it felt like I was there too! Love chef Yigit! He was my favourite on Top Chef Just Desserts and I was so glad when he won.

Mallika says:

Splendid clicks Kankana. I envy! You’ve got a fantastic afternoon outing to see chocolate bakery. Must have been real fun!

See another reason to move to SF, chocolate sins with you will taste even divine!!
Gorgeous click! I know I keep saying it again n again but they are so I have too 😉

Spandana says:

What a tour Kankana… wish I was there too!
Loved all the sweet treats.. yummy pictures 🙂

Anamika says:

What a lovely treat to the eyes :), all the pics are awesome Kankana and making me crave for some good chocolate dose!

Richa says:

That one amazing event.. all the chocolate is and a hot Yigit! 🙂

Colette says:

Bakery crawlin’ is so much better than the pub crawl!

okay now you have me hungry. not just hungry but now craving something sweet! WOW your pictures make me feel like i was there with you

Jacqueline says:

That sounds like a truly delicious way to spend an afternoon! The preserved lemon and basil flavour does sound like a winning combination!