Thursday, November 10, 2011

The 14th Annual Chocolate Show

This year's Chocolate Show (New York's 14th annual) was dominated by French confections. There were assorted fruit and nut topped bars from Bernachon, single plantation chocolates from Michael Cluizel, ganache filled pop fingers from Christophe Roussel, and award-winning pralines from Comptoir du Cacao, to name a few. Also in attendance were staple sweets-makers like Jacques Torres (sadly, one of the few booths with nothing to sample) and Guittard, along with local favorites like vegan friendly Gnosis Chocolate, Brooklyn-based Liddabit Sweets (their beer pretzel caramels have been a longtime addiction), and Ronnie Sue's Chocolates.

My favorite bite came from newcomer Salt of the Earth Bakery- classic baked goods like chocolate chip cookies and brownies are paired with complementary salts for the perfect salty-sweet combo. A close second, Pure Dark- its new Sea Salt Rounds are exceptional, made with premium dark chocolate and dusted with coarse sea salt.

Sampling high quality chocolates aside, the highlight of the afternoon came from watching an elderly woman walk from table to table shamelessly stuffing anything and everything that was free in several Ziploc baggies. Nothing like coming prepared to get your money's worth.

Roni-Sue's Chocolates brought along its bacon infused creations
Francois Payard's signature macarons
Paris-based Les Fondues Au Chocolat's chocolate fondues
A sampling tray from Pure Dark
Earrings from French company Sweet-Factory Charms
A display with assorted truffles from Fika Choklad
Des Lis Chocolat's creations focus on fruits, flowers and plants
Co Co. Sala sold housemade chocolates from its Washington, DC chocolate lounge and boutique
Lily O'Brien's table held fruits for dipping in a fountain of milk chocolate
Paris-based Pralus is known for its beautifully packaged bars
An assortment of colorful macarons from Mad Mac
Comptour Du Cacao's chocolates melt in your mouth
Guittard seemed to be one of the more popular booths
Chocolate bars from Valrhona
Chocolate Shop Wine marries wine with chocolate
Barnes and Noble was on hand hawking baking tomes for everyone
Lyon's Bernachon
Rum- who knew it went so well with chocolate
Chocolate For The Spirit- easily the most exuberant booth at the show
Christophe Roussel- suckers any child or adult would love
Combining peanut butter with chocolate- Jer's Squares are a new endeavor from Jer's Chocolates
A gift box any wine-lover would adore from 2 Chicks With Chocolate
One of my favorites- a seasonal milk chocolate with spiced cookies bar from Divine Chocolate
An all-chocolate display of midtown Manhattan, made by school kids

1 comment:

  1. Salt Of The Earth was my FAVORITE too!