New Trends in Chocolates and Caramels-Single Origin, Sustainable Sourcing, Chunky Fruits + Nuts, Exotic Pairings- Spicy Peppers/Aromatic Herbs/Sea Salts, What's Popular With Consumers, and Retro-Style Treats
|French flair in couture fashion-oui, oui-includes this completely made of chocolate-frock...courtesy of the Salon Mondial Du Chocolat et De Cacao Fancy Foods Show 2015|
At the Fancy Food Show 2015 and other events recently attended -we noticed the aforementioned trends for that most desired sweet...and other gourmand finishes for close cousin, caramels.
|entire tower of chocolate...by Thierry Atlan of Sugar Plumm-a NYC based bistro-macaron-chocolatier.|
Zoë's Chocolate Company is clearly a three generation owned, Pennsylvania based full fledged chocolate PARADISE-crafting richly tasty single flavored Mediterranean inspired selections, mouth watering bars, and a delectable caramel centered collection-with exotic flavors enlightening milk and dark cacao-PLUS overall holiday themed fabulousness.
Available coast to coast.
|...only wish this was a trick or treat option Petro's Pumpkin dark chocolate+chewy sea salt caramel|
|grown up s'mores...|
|beautifully boxed-good for wedding/party favors...pictured dark, bittersweet and milk chocolates---encasing- Fleur de Sel Caramel, Pinot Noir Caramel, Dark Chewy Sea Salt Caramel, Milk Chewy Sea Salt Caramel|
|wonderfully dense...with sea salt balanced by chewy sweet caramel...|
|one of six flavors|
|love-bittersweet chocolate filled with semisweet crispy crushed crepes and generously covered with darkly roasted hazelnuts.|
|texture+taste Raw Bar-extra dark intense chocolate topped with a sprinkling of roasted cocoa nabs straight from the heart of the cacao tree|
|flowers are bringing up all over foods as seasonings...the Blossom Bar is delish bittersweet chocolate adorned with totally edible organic dried and crystallized pansies...sweet-crunchy sugar crystals with velvety smooth chocolate|
|-Zoë's Chocolate Bars are substantial -easily broken up for sharing|
|from Asher's....old fashioned treats, deeply dark chocolate and milk chocolate enhancing classic pretzels, marshmallows, graham crackers, crispy rice cereal, nuts and Nonpareils - that begged for sampling! Family owned+operated since 1892|
|Dagoba=Sanskrit for Temple|
|Superberry -rich dark chocolate with bits of blueberries, cranberries, raspberries and açai|
|Lemonberry Zest dark chocolate, lemon essence, blueberries, crystallized ginger 68% cacao... and Orange dark chocolate, orange essence + bits of organic orange- 59%cacao|
From Dagoba-the rich chocolate bars...ranging from bittersweet, semi sweet to fruit and nut flavors...37%-87% cacao content.
|Dagoba Organic Chocolate XOCOLATL-rich dark chocolate, chiles and nibs-74% cacao inspired by the Aztecs...spicy but not overwhelmingly so...|
|Eco Bonus Points: Sustainably sourced exhibit!!!! Now part of the Hershey's chocolate family. All chocolates are certified her, USDA organic|
|SCHARFFEN BERGER CHOCOLATE was another we saw 2x company. YAY...pairs well with wine...in 3 bar choices with that distinctive packaging.|
|We had two opportunities to taste their debut new flavor, 72% Cacao Dark Chocolate with Raspberries and Sea Salted Almonds...a delectable fruit nut combo that uses 100% certified Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms. In 3 ounce+1 ounce bar.|
|easy to break off sections...|
|Scharffen Berger 72% smooth intense Dark Chocolate with tangy Sea Salted chopped Pistachios-crunchy bits and mouth melting chocolate=nice|
|Rich deep chocolate with zesty orange...|
|AMIRA is maybe- a tad under the radar -but this NYSE publicly listed company is acclaimed for it exotic Basmati rices AND...now has organic chocolates.|
|Mrs. Weinstein's Toffee has fans past (like Julia Child) and present-like us! Part of the Sweet Shop USA company...(like Price's-pictured below)....made in Texas 9 flavors of squares|
|Price's Fine Chocolates Famous Brags Milk Chocolate Pecans|
|Anette's Chocolates from Napa Valley-a sibling owned entity....has many admirers of this ingredient inventive treat containing actual crispy organic white and yellow tortilla chips, roasted pumpkin seeds, chili de arbol- and natural lime- with a splash of tequila in a brittle---we were looking around for a Corona to pair with it. |
Hand crafted and cooked in small batches -all selections have a bit of kick...and would make a nice topping on ice cream as well as straight out of the bag, eating.
Our sample went fast. No wonder it was a 2011 SOFI Gold Winner- Outstanding Snack Food. Also available---Triple Nut Kentucky Bourbon Brittle, Chardonnay Brittle, Micro Brew Beer Brittle, and Micro Brew Fiery Beer Brittle. Fantastic! The company also makes thoroughly indulgent truffles, chocolate bars (Tart Cherry Cabernet Truffle Bar-is one)...and bottled Dessert Toppings-Chocolate Wine and Liqueur Sauces that contain 4.5% alcohol for insta=glam ice cream-or use as a dip for cookies.