The New York Chocolate Show recently pulled off another stellar weekend of presenting the world’s finest chocolates, and proved that after 15 years they are still going strong.
The annual tradeshow features artisans from all of the best chocolate purveyors – Francois Payard, Agnès de Boissieu, Vincent Guerlais, and Les Cinq Amandes are just a few of the big names we looked forward to seeing. But never fear… they weren’t all French confectioners!
There were some impressive additions to this year’s lineup that we discovered onsite as well. Everyone was talking about Salt of the Earth Bakery’s amazing chocolate chip cookies and we couldn’t agree more. This was the booth to beat in popularity. Their chewy and rich cookie had the perfect balance of sugar and just a hint of salt to make them a standout.
Founder Alexandra Rabbani has a great story behind her brand. After being laid off from AOL, she approached her nearest Whole Foods (on a dare) and offered them samples of her delicious treats. Within hours she had received her first order for inventory, and had to quickly scramble to get her hobby-turned-business up and running. Things have been booming ever since.
Another special chocolate experience was from Oliver Kita and the team behind Les Amis du Chocolat. Their textured chocolate bar was heaven, and their box of sweets looks more like art than bon bons. And who can forget about the caramel chocolate truffles from Sugar & Plumm? That was one of the best things we tasted all day, and then to find out about their restaurant on the Upper West Side was icing on the cake. We cannot wait to try this place out for the decadent brunch on Sundays. Even Jerry Seinfeld and Tina Fey are fans!
As with each year’s New York Chocolate Show there were book signings at the Barnes & Noble bookstore onsite, live demos, a kids zone and chocolate art on display. We also loved seeing the new collection of candy and chocolate inspired jewelry that had girls lining up to admire. Anything from a macaron charm bracelet to cupcake earrings were for sale.
If you haven’t been to the New York Chocolate Show before, you are missing out! This is one of the events we look forward to most each year, and the cost of a ticket is worth its weight in chocolate! Extra thanks go to generous attendees who donated winter gear for the coat drive this year, which was added to the event to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
The New York Chocolate Show is an institution and we can’t wait for 2013… only 355 days and counting!