After taking a break last year, I was back as one of the “people’s” judges at the San Francisco International Chocolate Salon at Fort Mason.
The annual chocolate trade show brings together some of the more noted artisan chocolatiers, such as annual show favorite Amano Artisan Chocolate and Bay Area favorites like Charles Chocolates. But I was glad to see some newcomers, including European gourmet importer chocoMe US, Fera’wyn’s, and flyin’ noir.
It seems, too, that there are more and more non-chocolate items. There’s always the widely available CC Made caramel popcorn, and fancy cookies from Clarine’s Florentines. But I noticed a lot more toffee, which is a good thing since I’m always a fan of the buttery, nutty, candy creation.
Along with my all-time favorite Toffee Talk, there was also interesting creation from Cowboy Toffee Co. from Oakdale near Yosemite.
It does seem that a lot of vendors are holding back on the generous samplings, which might make the $30 admission fee a bit steep for those hoping to gorge on all-you-can-eat chocolate samples. But if you’re a chocolate lover looking for a one-stop place to shop for artisan chocolates, then make sure you check out the Chocolate Salon’s fall edition.
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