Last night at the opening of the Salon du Chocolat 2012 we were greeted by Poilane tartines slathered with Bordier butter and sprinkled on top with grated chocolate. The perfect amuse-gueule/bite-sized hors d'œuvre to begin the evening of tasting/degustation.
Quite a crowd was assembled...
And why not when this is waiting for you?
Slabs and slabs of so many chocolate combinations.
Why did I leave my Flavor Thesaurus at home? How to choose.
Beautiful chocolates from Sadaharu Aoki
And from Frederic Cassel of Fountainebleau
Jean-Paul Hevin always shows up with new gourmandises/sweet treats
Temptation was everywhere and I resisted many sirens but not these mini caramel tarts of Henri La Roux. I have no regrets! I don't trust myself with a whole jar of his caramel tartiner...
Pierre Marcolini was there in person.
As was the French squirrel!
I fell hard for these mini Chocisson filled with pralinee.
More temptation from Sebastien Bouillet of Lyon.
These chocolate lipsticks were Bouillet's too.
I'm a big fan of these mini, faux chocolate macarons from Arnaud Larher.
And I love Boissier's packaging as well as what's inside.
Well the show is over...
But really it's just beginning for 5 days straight through Sunday.
Don't miss it!
If you're not in Paris at the moment visit le Musee Chocolat instead.
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It's a favorite of mine - they have fabulous old vintage chocolate everything - dolls, china, graphics. Really fun. And they have CHOCOLATE of course!