No need travel to Zurich or Paris for top-notch chocolate, as Richard Donnelly Fine Chocolates on Mission and Bay streets recently was named one of the world's 10 best chocolatiers by National Geographic. Donnelly Chocolates was listed as No. 8. Reviewers chose Teuscher of Zurich as the world's top chocolate maker and included five chocolatiers in the United States, including Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker of Berkeley in third place. Donnelly, who also lives in Santa Cruz, attended Ripon College in Wisconsin before pursuing his passion and studying with master chocolatiers in Paris and Brussels. He's been making chocolate by hand since 1988, producing no more than 50 pounds a day in order to maintain quality and freshness. And Donnelly Chocolates is celebrating 25 years in business as well, all from a 1,200-square-foot shop that was once a candy apple shop, where they make, sell and package their unique chocolates, said Richard Donnelly's brother, Henry Donnelly. The National Geographic reviewer said Richard Donnelly "likes to push the chocolate experience by combining its rich tones -- he uses Belgian and French chocolate -- with ingredients such as lavender, chipotle, saffron, cardamom and Earl Grey tea." The critique went on to add that "innovation helped Donnelly win the Best Artisan award at the prestigious Euro Chocolate Festival in Perugia, Italy, just 10 years after he opened his shop."