New York Chocolate Show: Chocolate, Chocolate Everywhere and Many a Bite to Eat

Chocolate lingerie. Photo by Kelly Schott.

Chocolate lingerie. Photo by Kelly Schott.

Chocoholics got a special dollop of confectionary goodness at New York’s 14th annual Chocolate Show in early November.

Aisles packed with delectable sweets from 65 national and international chocolate companies lined the Metropolitan Pavilion, and hundreds of chocoholics perused booths offering samples of chocolates, bubbling chocolate fountains and fondues, chocolate-laced drinks and even chocolate crafts, like edible couture.

Mini hot pots of fondue at Aux Anysetiers du Roy. Photo by Kelly Schott.

Mini hot pots of fondue at Aux Anysetiers du Roy. Photo by Kelly Schott.

Hailing from a quaint corner of Paris, Aux Anysetiers du Roy set up mini hot pots of luscious fondue dripping with flavors like praline, pistachio and dark chocolate with salt flower.

Colonial-era chocolate-making techniques at American Heritage Chocolate. Photo by Kelly Schott.

Colonial-era chocolate-making techniques at American Heritage Chocolate. Photo by Kelly Schott.

American Heritage Chocolate literally brought the treat to life. The chocolate maker, which uses an authentic Colonial-era recipe, demonstrated how early New World chocolates—like chocolate sticks and finely grated chocolate drinks—were produced.

A chocolate fountain at Davis Chocolate. Photo by Kelly Schott.

A chocolate fountain at Davis Chocolate. Photo by Kelly Schott.

Meanwhile, the Swedish master chocolatiers at Fika were busy sculpting famous figurines and designs in chocolate, while nearby chocolate fountains for dipping strawberries, pineapples, marshmallows and pastries flowed freely.

Combining European style and a South American pastoral essence, Ecuador-based Pacari Chocolate exhibited gigantic, yellowish cacao beans. The company, which takes its name from the word for “nature” in Ecuador’s Quechua language, sources the beans for its raw chocolate line from small growers in the Andes.

Moroccan-inspired pastries drizzled with chocolate at La Gazelle D'or. Photo by Kelly Schott.

Moroccan-inspired pastries drizzled with chocolate at La Gazelle D'or. Photo by Kelly Schott.

But it wasn’t only about the dark stuff. Paris-based La Gazelle D’or served up Moroccan-inspired honey-drenched pastries drizzled with chocolate and stuffed with crunchy pistachios and almonds. Across the way, Spices and Tease displayed huge bowls filled with their signature blends of spices and teas, including a few spiked with chocolate.

If you missed the Manhattan event, don’t despair. The Chocolate World Expo will be held on Dec. 4 at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, New Jersey.

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