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Saturday, November 04, 2006
A Chocolate Conundrum


Willy Wonka's in da' house! It's that time of year again... the fabulous, and now worldwide, Salon du Chocolat. Picture a convention center. Then picture a convention center filled with chocolate. There you have the Salon du Chocolat. On Monday, I trekked across town to the Paris Expo to taste chocolate from the global greats and the tiny artisanal chocolatiers from the far corners of France. Enjoy....

Jean-Paul Hevin - a man after my own heart.... I'll take these over a pair of ruby slippers any day!



obscene amounts of chocolate....











chocolate fashions...













chocolate beauty products... face lotion and scrub...





the obligatory chocolate fountain that we dipped chunks of fruit in and ate right there with juice running down our chin :)



chocolate covered marshmallow sticks - my personal favorite. guimauve is also my favorite French word. no idea why, it's just fun to say :)



rose macarons



mendiants which means vagabond in French







nuits d'amour ~ nights of love. hmmmmm... i'll take a case!



chocolate origami





and more obscene amounts of chocolate....













au revoir.... a la prochaine....



If you are not yet in a chocolate coma, here are some pictures from last year's Salon du Chocolat in Paris and New York....

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Chocolate Ooze Cakes

Ingredients for 6 servings:

6 oz. butter (plus some extra to butter molds)
6 oz. bittersweet chocolate
3 large eggs
3 egg yolks
1/3 cup granulated sugar (plus extra for molds)
3 teaspoons of flour

1. Preheat oven to 450F.

2. Melt the butter and chocolate together over a bain marie.

3. Whisk the eggs, yolks and sugar until light yellow in color. this is called "blanchir" in French.

4. Combine the chocolate/butter mixture into the egg/sugar slowly.

5. Add the flour and combine.

6. Pour the mixture into the molds.

7. Bake in a 450F oven for 7-8 minutes, unmold and serve immediately.

8. Test one ahead of time because every oven and cooking time is different.

Bon appetit!
 
 

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW WOW WOW!
what a delicious post! that shoe!
and those clothes, were they really wearable? it's like a dream - dress in chocolate...;)

11/05/2006 8:46 AM

 
Blogger cucina testa rossa said...

merci julia. yep, they were real! there is actually a live fashion show (i missed it) though it's beyond me how the chocolate doesn't melt on the models. you'll have to plan your next trip to paris around the salon du chocolate next year :)

11/05/2006 9:53 AM

 
Anonymous Gerry Lewis said...

What Chocolate Is Best For A Fountain
A chocolate fountain can be rented at any catering service, if one is not owned by the individual who is in need of one. Chocolate is heated in the basin, and then carried to the top of the fountain via a rotating internal cork screw. The grocery list for your chocolate fountain needs to definitely include some type of cocoa product if you're going make chocolate. Many chocolate fountain rental companies should follow all of the environmental health regulations, however it is still best to ask to see certificates of hygiene.

Check the link for more info...

11/07/2006 7:15 AM

 
Blogger Frederick said...

The clothes are real! Where can I get myself one? Wowowee! I love chocolates and chocolae fountains even more.

If you're looking for more enticing chocolate fountain ideas, tips and info, please visit www.chocolate-fountain-fl.info

11/19/2006 11:37 PM

 
Blogger Mark said...

Spectacular Dessert!

Chocolate fountains have become one of the most popular deserts of our modern times. We all like chocolate, but when you see melted chocolate flowing the fountain is spectacular. You don't get much better than a chocolate fountain for your next party. Having a chocolate fountain at your party, wedding is a great experience for all. There are now mini-chocolate-fountains for your smaller house party that are very popular. The best answer would be to look online or ask a person who has done used someone local beforeā€¦

Click here for more info

Amazing Chocolate Fountains!

11/29/2006 1:08 PM

 

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