The Sweetest Day Out

Dessert is not an option on either of these San Francisco adventures. It is the sole option. Two popular sweets have swung so high that they’re hosting their own productions.

Inside Scoop: The dreams of a 6-year-old come to life in Museum of Ice Cream that has conjured up candy gardens, rainbow unicorns, giant push-up pops, and a pool filled with 100 million custom sprinkles. Above the pool is a 45-foot dome that rains chocolate sauce … Nah, kidding about the raining chocolate. The dome is real, though—an architecture feature in the century-old bank building in Union Square that the museum is popping up in.


While general admission tickets are sold out, a spokeswoman recommends signing up for the newsletter to hear about “surprises.” Dates are still available for private tours, which roughly work out to $200 per person (all are priced differently). Yes, of course, you’ll eat ice cream, including locally made Bi-Rite Creamery. And if you miss the museum, go to Bi-Rite in the Mission District—they’re churning year round.


Meet Your Makers: San Francisco chocolate fiends are counting down days till November 19 when the doors swing open into a 4,000 square foot space filled with … chocolate. A Jackson gains you entry into TasteTV’s annual Chocolate Salon, a mania of tastings, events, and speakers fueled by a single bean: the cacao bean. Chocolatiers and chocolate makers are passing around their bitter sweets, semi sweets, toffees, nibs, and lollies. This year’s event is in Golden Gate Park at the San Francisco County Fair building.


If you can’t make the date, Chocolate Covered in Noe Valley is a wee version of a chocolate salon. The small store size belies the flavors stacked on the shelves inside; owner Jack Epstein is normally there to direct you to the right bars.


Images courtesy of Katie Gibbs, Susie Wyshak via Flickr, and TasteTV



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