Monday, March 22, 2010

ChocolateBet: March 22, 2010

Chocolate(s) of the Day:
1 piece
Ococoa Fine Chocolates
Almond Cherry
Very Good - Very Good +
Weight: .5 oz. (14.1 g.) (estimate)
Calories: 75 calories (estimate)
Cost: N/A
Purchased from: N/A - Courtesy of Ococoa Chocolates, at the Chocolate Salon event, held in San Francisco, CA

I'm finally coming down from the chocolate and sugar high from the Chocolate Salon -- a one-day celebration of chocolates, organized by TasteTV, held Saturday, March 20, at Fort Mason, in San Francisco. (There are also Chocolate Salons held in other cities.)

It was a pleasure to talk with chocolatiers and small chocolate business owners in person. Yes, there were many who hailed from the San Francisco area, but also other from other cities. Two companies from the Los Angeles area I enjoyed meeting were: Ococoa Fine Chocolates and Choclatique. Also, Posh Chocolat, from Missoula, Montana, is proof that talented people can create chocolates anywhere they wish. More about these companies this week...

With so many trees in blossom now, today I was inspired to try Ococoa's Almond Cherry chocolate, which had a cherry blossom swirl design on top. I enjoyed the layering of ingredients inside a slightly deeper cup shape, with almond butter on top and flavorful, authentic cherry on the bottom. Very nice.
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