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By now, much has been blogged about last weekend’s Chocolate Show, but I wanted to weigh in with my thoughts on this annual ritual.  The event was held at a new venue – Pier 94.  The new space offered pros (namely more space) and cons (far-flung location and less “energy”), and I would be pleased to see the Chocolate Show return to the Metropolitan Pavilion next year.  There were a host of new chocolatiers at this year’s event – many more new faces than in past years.  We sorely missed the cheery ladies of SweetBliss – please come back next year! 

We were happy to see some old friends who have impressed us in the past and did so again this year:

  • Berkshire Bark – it’s been great to watch this company’s product line expand; we picked up a few bars on our recent trip to the Berkshires (favorites include Jumpin’ Java and Mocha Buzz).
  • Chocolove – they were back with new $1 mini bars.  This is not haute chocolate (hee-hee), but the bars are cute as can be and tasty to boot (I recommend the Rich Dark 65% Cocoa and the Toffee & Almonds in 33% Milk Chocolate…I don’t normally like milk chocolate, but this bar is addictive).
  • Pralus – Pralus consistently offers one of the best products at the show; their single-origin chocolates are high quality and it’s interesting to compare the chocolates from different origins.  If you are looking for a holiday gift for a chocolate lover, consider the Pralus Pyramid or the mini version as a stocking stuffer.

And here are our top three chocolatiers from this year’s show: (more…)

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I wanted to highlight the impending arrival of my favorite culinary event of the year, the Chocolate Show.  I look forward to the Chocolate Show with giddy anticipation all year and this year’s event is almost upon us.  The 11th Annual New York Chocolate Show will be held November 7-9.  For the price of your entry to the show (tickets are $28 this year), you can sample chocolate to your heart’s (if not your stomach’s) delight.  We are not talking about Hershey’s chocolate, but 50+ boutique chocolatiers from around the country and, in some cases, around the world.  The event can get crowded so I recommend trying to go at off hours.  Bring an empty stomach and some spending money – you won’t be able to resist bringing home some of the divine treats that you try.  I will come back with a full report after my visit on November 7 (approximately 215 hours from now).

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