By Emma Krasov, photography by Yuri KrasovSoft truffles infused with lavender or chili, hard and dark blocks with cocoa or coffee nibs, and hard chocolate confections with gooey soft centers of exquisite taste filled the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason last Sunday, when the most distinguished chocolatiers of the Bay Area and the world came to celebrate the 5th Annual San Francisco International Chocolate Salon.
New and improved chocolate milk, called Adult Chocolate Milk, was presented by Adult Bevarage Co. At 40 proof it’s a winner, and should be delivered to every door every morning, if you ask me.Ever creative Socola now has a gazillion new tastes, among them Dangerous Durian. A very special Southeast Asian fruit with a smell of rotten garbage that some find irresistible, is equally loved and hated by the local population, deeply divided on the issue, but to me it tastes heavenly in chocolate – as is always the case with Socola.Momotombo, Fabrica de Chocolate from Nicaragua, presented the best ever dark milk chocolate, as well as its dark-dark chocolate new creations which never fail to amaze.A newcomer Neo Cocoa, pretty in pastel colors, came up with many tender flavors of The Hearts of Bittersweet Truffles.Cuisine Noir magazine employed Chef Pannell to cook the most complex chocolate sauce on premises, equally finger-licking-good for bread pudding, fresh strawberries, and marshmallows.Lulu’s Chocolate showed off its red-hot display of cocoa beans, hearty chocolate bars, hot dudes, and red roses with a motto, The Love Affair Begins…
Old favorites, like Choclatique, Amano Artisan Chocolate, Saratoga Chocolates, Gateau et Ganache, etc. etc., were nicely complemented by the new arrivals of Salt Side Down Chocolates, Dolce Bella Chocolate and Café, Kika’s Treats, and many others.VAD vodka made an appearance, claiming to be infused with a spectrum of vitamins, and be good for your health – and who would argue with that? I don’t know if VAD had any problems with its motto, Thrive, which eerily resembles fishy TV commercials of a gigantic health insurance company, but it surely is better to thrive on vodka and chocolate than on any other medicine.More information at: www.SFChocolateSalon.com