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Friday, March 26, 2010

San Francisco International Chocolate Salon

Last weekend Nate and I attended the San Francisco International Chocolate Salon. It was a LOT of fun. We went without the kids, the weather was spectacular, and we stuffed ourselves silly with chocolate.

sf chocolate salon marti chocolatt top webPictured: Chocolates from Marti Chocolatt

The Chocolate Salon is an open-to-the-public event where oodles of chocolatiers and confectioners come show off all their chocolatey goodness in a hugemongous room at the Ft. Mason Center.

sf chocolate salon space web

We tried some very “interesting” chocolates (chocolate bacon, anyone?) and some really great stuff. I have to share some of that goodness with you!

There are so many companies I could write about, but I’m going to focus on our favorite. Marti Chocolatt is based in Los Angeles and is the one company we actually purchased something from. Marti does a fantastic job integrating chocolate with very unique and sometimes unexpected ingredients. Our favorite Marti chocolate was the ube flavor, purple yams in dark chocolate.

sf chocolate salon marti chocolatt purple web

The umeshu flavor, Japanese plum wine in white chocolate, was also quite amazing. And the jasmine citron? The only word I can think to describe this chocolate is intriguing. I am normally not a fan of flower-infused foods, but this jasmine chocolate was very appealing. When you eat it, it’s more like you’re smelling flowers than tasting them. It’s hard to describe. Marti Chocolatt took first prize in our book.

Of course there were many other amazing companies, and I just can’t write about all of them.  Here is a small sampling!

As an artist, I absolutely adored these truffle bars from Sterling Confections. The truffles do in fact taste great, but I love the visual concept more than anything.

SF Chocolate Salon Sterling Confections web

Plumeria Flours makes these beautiful chocolate covered Oreos. I’m not a big fan of Oreos, but I actually did like these. Plus, they’re so cute!

SF Chocolate Salon Plumeria Flours web

I couldn’t help but snap a shot of these pretty (and tasty!) white chocolates with flowers from Robyn’s Chocolates and Confections.

sf chocolate salon robyn's chocolates web

I have to tell you about one more chocolate we tried. By far the CRAZIEST chocolate we tasted was from Vice Chocolates. It was called “Vixen” – a passion fruit truffle with Thai chili, jalapeno, and cayenne, decorated with white chocolate and a caramelized red pepper on top. I’m pretty sure she said it had all the different taste flavors – Sour, Sweet, Salt, Bitter, and Spicy. And BOY was it spicy. I have a pretty high tolerance, but that one got me for sure. I’m glad we tried it!

We were completely chocolated out 2 hours into our venture. I don’t think that has ever happened to me! I am so happy that the event was at the Ft. Mason center…beautiful views of the Golden Gate bridge, Alcatraz, downtown and the Bay Bridge. Such a lovely spot and a morning to be remembered!

SF Chocolate Salon The View web


  1. 1

    Sounds fabulous! Wish I was with you….

  2. Yummy, and how beautiful and colorful. Found out a friend of a friend 🙂 had a little chocolate business that won a handful of awards at that event. Had you heard of – she’s in Palo Alto.

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    Jane Maynard

    I’ll have to be sure we try their stuff – so exciting they won awards! there were so many wonderful booths, I just can’t keep them all straight.

    we met another local business there – Kahe Sparkling Nectar – based in Menlo Park. Loved their drinks – so good!

    It was fun interacting with local companies…I admire anyone willing to start a business like that and go for their dream. very fun!

  4. 4

    My mouth is watering.A chocolate ‘convention’…. It sounds like a mini-vacation for me!

  5. Those pictures looks so yummy;)

  6. 6

    Looks like my kind of “date”!

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