Photo Tour: Taste TV's Los Angeles Chocolate Salon
I swung by Taste TV's Chocolate Salon in Pasadena, California this afternoon. I wrote about this annual event last year but didn't attend so I figured it was time to check it out. While the $25 (at the door) fee was a bit exorbitant, there was at least plenty of chocolate samples to tempt the appetite. After the jump, a few of the most delicious.
Choclatique boasted some of the most intriguing flavors including Root Beer Float, Boo Berry, and chocolate caramel from their Q-91line of super-dark, bittersweet premium chocolate high in cacao mass.
Moonstruck Chocolatier was showing off their single origin chocolate bars including a Dominican dark chocolate bar with 72 percent cacao and rich dark fruit notes. The Venezuelan dark chocolate with 74 percent cacao content is even more intense with warm spicy taste. Milder but still delicious was the Venezuelan milk chocolate with 39 percent cacao and a slightly citrus flavor.
Amella a maker of cocoa butter caramels was offering tastes of their three products in carrot cake, passion fruit and black forest with real Amarelle cherries, 70% dark chocolate and Tahitian vanilla with buttery caramel.
The adorably named Chubby Chipmunk specializes in massive handmade truffles. The average weight is 1-1/2 ounces each. The New York Cheesecake and Moose Toffee Truffles were particularly divine.
Ococoa sells beautifully decorated Butter Cups using organic peanut butter and other flavors including pistachio date, sesame fig, hazelnut chocolate and sunflower honey.
Christopher Michel chocolates attracted a crowd with a new delicious offering: bacon toffee.