Is there a dessert ingredient more recognized and loved than chocolate? Probably not. But restaurateurs say customers’ current romance with the rich and luscious treat is like a marriage approaching its Golden Anniversary: The familiarity is appreciated, but mix in a few surprises, will ya? By this point, operators say, chocolate fans have just about seen it all — if not on their plates, then via cooking programs, The Food Network, cookbooks, the local bake shop, articles ...

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