This was at the entrance to the show. How impressive!
Yes, the dresses are made of chocolate. I like the flapper one.
The ones that knocked my socks off:
Co Co. Sala Chocolate Lounge & Boutique
9:30 Club), this restaurant with chocolate boutique spin-off seems very cute from its website. The chocolates look gorgeous and come in some interesting flavor combinations, including chocolate covered bacon. What was really the test, however, was trying some of it. They use high-end products like Valrhona to make their creations. One of these, the white chocolate with sea salt and pink pepper was amazing (pictured right)! It made me sneak back for seconds, after I spoke to the owner Bharet Malhotra and promised to stop in and see her when I in town again. Right now, outside of Washington, these products are only available online.
t reminded me of the Bourbon Vanilla Sea Salt Caramel ice cream that I had at the New Amsterdam Ice Cream Festival this summer. With three locations in New York City, it will be difficult not to find an excuse to stop by and visit them. And Håkan and his team have promised me that their coffee will rival what I used to get in Italy.
Other interesting finds:
Originally launched in the UK, this chocolate company is a Fair Trade pioneer. They work with a cooperative of cocoa farmers in Ghana and reinvest in the community from which they draw their business. We sampled their raspberry and mint flavors. Both had smooth, rich tones to them. This chocolate is available at several retailers including Whole Foods and online.
These folks brought with them samples of a treat that is part-brownie, part-truffle because who really likes to have to choose, right? Their Truffibites and Truffipops were enticing to the eye and the mouth. These would be a unique treat for your next social gathering. The other great thing about their products is that they carry a gluten-free line as well. These are available online.
Italy also has a tradition of artisan chocolates, so I was pleased to see a few representatives at the fair. If I'd been able to sample some of these truffles, I think that they would have gone into my top tier of tastes of the day. Unfortunately, they didn't have any that they could share with me. It's too bad because I had my eye on the white chocolate covered ones with gianduja, olive oil, sea salt, and hazelnut, which I was told were "ottimo." Right now, they are available at BuonItalia and are looking for other distributors.
One look at these lovely chocolates and you can see why they are an amazing gift or bridal/wedding shower idea. They are also kosher, which is ideal for the holiday season coming up soon. They will work with you on custom design ideas or you can choose from their art-worthy selection of Sweet Paper sheets. These were really almost too pretty to eat, but then it is chocolate after all! Contact them via email or telephone to find out how you can get your hands on these gorgeous items.
All the way from Florida, these chocolatiers came to show everyone their wares. We were able to try their Bananas Foster Truffles. Amazing bursts of rum and banana and chocolate hit my palate. These were definitely dinner party or special occasion chocolates, and they looked gorgeous to boot. A box of these would be a wonderful gift. They have a shop in Florida and sell online.Buon appetito!