Chocolate Hangover

Last weekend marked the 17th annual Salon du Chocolat, and the first annual chocolate hangover for me. Held in a huge pavilion in the Porte de Versailles, it is a chocolate trade show dedicated to the cocoa bean: its growers, chocolatiers, and consumers. I had been warned that there would not be a lot of free samples to try. Let me be the first to tell you that this is most certainly not the case. With so many booths to choose from, getting a small toothful from the majority is more than enough. Because of this, I was able to try some exceptional new flavors. I discovered chocolates I really liked and some I really did not. Some of my favorites, in descending order, included a chocolate made with olive oil from l’Esperantine de Marseille, which, incidentally, won first prize at the Cordon Bleu Paris. Such a smooth blending of flavors. Second, a praliné feuilleté made with caramel beurre salé (salted caramel butter) from Comptoir du Cacao. Creamy, salty, delicious. The stand for this company was so large that we may or may not have gone back multiple times for more samples.

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