Another locally owned and founded chocolatier. Scharffen Berger is very well-known for its gourmet dark chocolates, and for the fact that it stills makes chocolate the old-fashioned way with much of the turning, melting, and smelting done by hand. It is a world-class East Bay business -- a boutique chocolate maker. One of the owner/operators, Robert Steinberg, is a chocolate connoisseur, who is still excited about chocolate. If you are a chocoholic like I am, it’s great to know that world-class chocolates are very close at all times. Scharffen Berger is the first new American chocolate company to be created in fifty years, it's one of just eleven in the country to import, roast and grind its own beans, and the only one in the country not run by a large corporation.