San Francisco International Chocolate Salon

24 Mar

This week is MIT’s spring break, so I’m home for a six days of stuffing my face. First up? The San Francisco International Chocolate Salon. Tons of chocolatiers from near and far came to offer samples and sell their wares. There were dark chocolates, milk chocolates, white chocolates, marshmallows, truffles, caramels, toffees, and everything in between. In other words, a dream come true.

Unfortunately, I’d left my camera in my dorm room back in Cambridge, so all of these pictures were taken by the lovely Anne.

The day started with a stop at the Socola booth. Socola, which means “chocolate” in Vietnamese, is run by two sisters in Oakland who hand-make all of their chocolates. I absolutely LOVED Hot Lava, the truffle with raspberry pate de fruit and champagne. The raspberry flavor dominates the truffle, and the champagne flavor is much more subdued. I bought a 12-pack with Hot Lava, Give it to me Guava (guava pate de fruit), Jasmine Tea (with err…jasmine tea), Shakesbeer Stout (Rogue Brewery Shakespeare Stout), and Vietnamese Ca Phe Sua (Vietnamese espresso with condensed milk).

Next up was arguably the best chocolate I ate all day. Kika’s Treats had a new product — a dark chocolate palm sugar caramel that was mindblowingly delicious. The caramels were chewy with a very deep flavor and, luckily for me, they weren’t too sweet. Apparently, everyone else at the salon thought so too, as their sample tray was almost always empty. They also had caramelized graham crackers, which were great as well. I really wanted to bring some home with me, but at $9 for a pack of 3 caramels, the price was too steep.

These passion fruit caramels from Amella Caramels came a close second as my favorite chocolates at the salon. Passion fruit is, in my mind, the world’s most wonderful fruit, so I might be a little biased. The flavor in these caramels was a bit too much, completely overpowering the taste of chocolate wrapped around them. Amella had a bunch of other fruit caramels as well, but we didn’t get a picture of their display. This is the caramel that I bought.

Cheese samples from Marin French Cheese was a welcome savory break. Their brie was especially good, and I discovered that goat cheese is most definitely Not My Thing.

These guys from Edible Love Chocolates came in full costume with a big velour tent as their display–intense. I tried their absinthe truffle, which was waayyy too strong for my tastes. I’m sure Bobby would’ve liked them, though.

I don’t particularly remember many of the other chocolates because after about an hour of tasting, my brain had just about melted from chocolate overload. Following are a few more pictures from the event.

Clee, Anne, and me with all of our loot and the glorious warehouse behind us. Even though we brought back so much chocolate, I don’t think I’ll be able to eat one for another month. Sad, but it’ll be helpful for cutting weight, I suppose…

2 Responses to “San Francisco International Chocolate Salon”

  1. phyllis March 24, 2010 at 4:28 pm #

    wahhh! I want to be there with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Ebs July 9, 2010 at 11:50 pm #

    Oh wow. This looks like heaven for a chocaholic like me. Just stumbled upon your blog… your title really grabbed my attention.

    Love it, will definitely be saving you into my fave foodie blogs!

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