Monday, November 15, 2010

2010 Chocolate Show!

 It's close to the "most wonderful time of the year" and chocolate is involved. I think it's fair to say that the annual Chocolate Show might be the most wonderful event of the year.

Okay, I'm a chocoholic and I'm biased.

What makes the Chocolate Show particularly awesome, outside of all the types of chocolate from around the globe that you can sample, is that it's not just about eating. There were culinary demos (featuring Dylan Lauren of Dylan's Candy Bar, Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar, and Brooks Headley of Del Posto making Eggplant Chocolate Crostata), book signings, and for some visual fun, a fashion show where 70% or 80% of the costume must be made of chocolate. This year's theme revolved around saving the ecosystem- check out the spins on sun/earth/ocean goddesses!

Let's get back to the eating part!

My favorite chocolatiers were on hand, as they are every year- sweetriot, which makes low calorie, dairy-free, and fair trade dark chocolate covered cacao nibs, and Japanese chocolatier Mary's, which has creative twists on traditional chocolates and only appears in the U.S. for the Chocolate Show. If those great companies weren't enough, I've also discovered 2 new loves- first up is Gnosis Chocolate, which is the only chocolate I know of that was created by a certified holistic health counselor! It's organic, raw, vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free, and just plain delish. I'll admit, I've never had raw chocolate before, but I loved the still creamy texture and the flavor that Gnosis was offering up that day: Himalayan pink sea salt. It was more than just salty and sweet, it was mineral-y... and it was nothing short of fantastic. They were $8 a bar at the show, but when you find something that manages to satisfy all your snack cravings and does minimal damage to your waistline, you just have to go with it.

I love good chocolate and I love a good gimmick, so I also found myself drawn to new company 2 Chicks With Chocolate, which was named one of the Top Ten Chocolatiers in America by Dessert Professional magazine. If the chicks from Sex and the City consumed things other than cosmos, it would be these chocolates. Their spread of ganaches (in flavors like blood orange, cranberry, pear caramel and cinnamon), chocolate bark (the almond toffee and pumpkin spice varieties were especially fab), and their dangerous chocolate martini mix would make delicious accompaniments to any girls' night! I'll be sure to report back on how those chocolate martinis come out...


Or am I too late? Okay, maybe these chocolate martinis would work for the SATC girls after all... they sure worked for me! Happy indulging everybody!

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