Delicious Memories of the Salon du Chocolat

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Miguel Laureau
Making a Chocolate Sculpture
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The 16th annual Salon du Chocolat was held last weekend at the Porte de Versailles in Paris. We attended one of the early salons, some 15 years ago or so, and remember that samples of chocolate were distributed in abundance. Though few exhibitors were giving away samples this year, enough free product was handed out to satisfy all but the most demanding of chocolate lovers.

The salon attracts exhibitors from all over the world. It features not only chocolate makers from countries such as France, Switzerland, and Belgium, but also cocoa-bean-growing countries such as Mexico, Bolivia, Madagascar, and Saõ Tomé and Principé.

Chocolate was exhibited in all its forms, and it was amazing to see what creative minds can do with it! There were standard chocolate products, such as chocolate bars, chocolate ice cream and chocolate syrups, and standard chocolate shapes, such as domes, squares, rectangles, and disks. But there were also chocolate sculptures and chocolate dresses! The latter were displayed on mannequins and were worn by live models during a fashion show that took place at 5 p.m. each day. Chocolate is more than a delightful sweet, it is a way of life!

The following pictures give an idea of the vastness of the salon and the variety of chocolate-based products that were exhibited.

Mademoiselle Cocoa by Victoire Finaz and Olivia Louvet
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Three Chocolate Fountains
by Baron Cocoa
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Chocolate Hats by Choc' Chaud
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Pouring a Bailey's Frostie
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Chefs Confering at the Meilleur Ouvrier de France Contest
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Chocolat Cinagra at the Planetequitable Stand
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See you at the salon next year!

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