Serious Enough for a Chocolate Show?

23 Feb

I’m contemplating spending some serious time and money to attend a chocolate show.

Not one of those shows that features a kiddie area, cooking demos and cake decorating contests. There’s nothing wrong with that kind of show (it’s usually referred to as a “chocolate festival”). But it’s not what I’m looking for. I want to attend a major international event in a major city, and in the U.S., there’s really only one: The New York Chocolate Show. It has pastry chefs, and cookbook author signings, and much like the local events, there is even a Kids’ Zone. But the NYC show also brings in specialty companies and individual chocolatiers from all over the world, hoping to tempt attendees with their newest creations.

It’s a pricey event, with adult tickets costing $30-$35 per day for each of the four days. Add to it the cost of getting to and from the city, and staying, eating and getting around. Is it worth it? I think it is. Many chocolatiers whose products are not readily available locally, including Payard, Pralus and Bernachon, were represented at last year’s show. It’s a chance to meet other people who are serious about the chocolate they eat (and are willing to pay the price of traveling) to meet the creators and try their products.

It’s a bit early to be looking, but I’ll be setting a reminder for myself to look for good airfare prices to New York in the fall. I think it’s time to get serious.

While I’m waiting for the show, a few more tastings of late:

  • Kallari 70% Single Source Organic (Ecuador): after I swore I’d give up on organic chocolate, I lied and tried this one. I should not have done that. While this one lacked the metallic tang of Green & Blacks, it’s too sweet, the snap is soggy and the appearance is dull.
  • Golden Alps Bittersweet 50%: a Swiss product, it’s a thick bar with a slight mint aftertaste. You would expect it to be very sweet at 50% but the sweetness is actually quite mild.
  • Madécasse 75% Madagascar Single Origin: a bar I found in the Reading (PA) Terminal Market. Nice shine, sharp snap, and very dense, pure cocoa flavor, with wood and earth notes. Sweetness is an afterthought, but that’s not a bad thing. I could eat this one on a regular basis.

The New York Chocolate Show does not yet have a set date, but it is expected to take place sometime this November. Check the website for more information, or to be added to their mailing list.

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Posted by on February 23, 2012 in Chocolate, chocolate tastings


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