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The Big Sweet: 50 Treats to Eat Before You Die

Ice cream atBi-Rite Creamery, photo by Dan Simmons. 

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1. Lemon cream tart at Tartine Bakery and Cafe600 Guerrero St.

2. Alfajores from Sabores del SurAlemany Farmers Market

3. Coconut tapioca at The Slanted DoorFerry Building Marketplace

4. Hot chocolate at Christopher Elbow401 Hayes St.

5. Lemon cookie ice cream at Three Twins Ice Cream254 Fillmore St.

6. Ginger cake with pumpkin ice cream at Chow215 Church St.

7. Vietnamese coffee ice cream at Humphry Slocombe2790 Harrison St.

8. Toffee cake at Starbelly3583 16th St.

9. Peanut butter sandwich cookie at 'Wichcraft868 Mission St.

10. Chocolate-coconut cookies from Kitchenette958 Illinois St.

11. Honey cakes from Kika’s Treats2565 Third St.

12. Salty-sweet cashew bar from Charles Chocolates845 Market St.

13. Old-fashioned chocolate cake with Italian meringue frosting at Miette, Ferry Building Marketplace

14. Made-to-order vanilla soufflé at Canteen817 Sutter St.

15. Coconut rice pudding from Loving Cup2356 Polk St.

16. Macarons from Paulette Macarons*

17. Cheesecake from Zanze’s, 2405 Ocean Ave

18. Maple-honey caramels from Sweet Revolution (pictured above)2565 Third St.

19. Egg tart from Golden Gate Bakery1029 Grant Ave.

20. Any truffle from Michael RecchiutiFerry Building Marketplace

21. Coconut cupcake at Kara’s Cupcakes3249 Scott St.

22. Burnt caramel tiles from Poco Dolce2419 Third St.

23. Vacherin at Coco 500500 Brannan St.

24. Salted Caramel Ice Cream at Bi-Rite Creamery3692 18th St.

25. Spiced chocolate donuts from Dynamo Donut, 2760 24th St.

26. Butterscotch and chocolate pot de crème at Town Hall342 Howard St.

27. Canelés at Mission Beach Cafe198 Guerrero St.

28. Chocolate budino tart at A16, 2355 Chestnut St.

29. TCHO chocolate bar (plain and simple), Pier 17

30. Fortune cookies (with customized fortunes) from Golden Gate Fortune Cookies56 Ross Alley

31. Mochi from Benkyodo1747 Buchanan St.

32. Panna cotta at Delfina3621 18th St.

33. Ube ice cream from Mitchell’s688 San Jose Ave.

34. Most anything made by pastry chef Melissa Chou at Aziza5800 Geary Blvd.

35. Coffee crunch cake at Yasukochi’s Sweet Stop, 1790 Sutter St.

36. Toffee-chip cookies at Anthony’s Cookies1417 Valencia St.

37. Espresso granita at Zuni Café1658 Market St.

38. Clairesquare from ClairesquaresAt Avedano’s, 235 Cortland Ave.

39. Mango-chile paleta from a cart at Dolores Park

40. Any flavor of the week at Scream SorbetAt local farmers markets and 5030 Telegraph, Oakland. 

41. Chocolate shake at Whiz Burger, 700 S. Van Ness Ave.

42. Mini palmiers from La Boulange2325 Pine St.

43. Swiss-orange-chip ice cream at Swensen’s1999 Hyde St.

44. Shortbread from Arizmendi Bakery1331 Ninth Ave.

45. Chocolate-hazelnut pizza at Gialina Pizzeria2842 Diamond St.

46. Baklava ice cream at Kokkari200 Jackson St.

47. Brillat Savarin soufflé at Range842 Valencia St.

48. The candy cart at Masa’s, 648 Bush St.

49. “Kracker Jax” from Public House (pictured above)24 Willie Mays Plaza

50. S’more Brownie at Citizen Cake*

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* Unfortunatley these businesses have since closed. Stay tuned for a new and improved Big Sweet coming soon.