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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Salon du Chocolate Show

If you have ever wondered what chocolate heaven might look like, it could just be the Salon du Chocolate show in London. This was the finale of Chocolate Week, which took place at the National Hall, Olympia. Exhibits from the UK's top chocolate companies and many international brands were on show, including Artisan du Chocolat, Paul a Young, Rococo, Hotel Chocolat, Paul Wayne Gregory, Marc Demarquette, Divine, Prestat, Lindt, Valrhona, Pralus and Bonnat. There were also interactive workshops from well-known chocolatiers and chefs, plus dreamy chocolate sculptures which would even make Willy Wonka do a double take.

The highlight of the 3-day event was the chocolate fashion show, with outfits made from and inspired by chocolate, designed by the country's top chocolatiers and some of the UK’s most exciting fashion designers.

Salon du Chocolate Invitation

It was great to discover so many new brands of chocolate and get to sample them, after all, each bar is quite different and you only know what you will like by trying it. Next year I'm going to take plenty of money with me, good chocolate isn't cheap and you can't buy some of the unique chocolate/sweets on show here at your local sweet shop!

Some of the flavour combinations I spotted included chocolate and... candied fennel seeds, orange & coarse black pepper, lassi, matcha, black olive & pink peppercorn, orange-chilli-cinnamon, passion fruit, and salt & pepper.

The fashion show was interesting and all of the dresses were beautiful in their own way - but I'm not giving up the jeans for one just yet!

Anyway, here are some photos to drool over, please wipe your screens after!

chocolate shoes from Désir du Chocolat IMG_9778
Yes, these shoes are made from CHOCOLATE, by Désir du Chocolat 

chocolate pyramid from Maison Pralus IMG_9782
Tropical pyramid from Maison Pralus

chocolates from the chocolatier IMG_9729
No cream, butter, eggs or gelatine - chocolates from The Chocolatier

chocoate spreads IMG_9736
Sparkling chocolate spread, caramel & more from Charles Chocolartisan

chocolate conkers IMG_9761
Chocolate conkers! From Choco France

cookies in a jar IMG_9756
Cookies in a jar, French style from Mon Kit Cookies

Chocolate Eiffel Tower IMG_9740
A little bit of Paris, from Chocolate Benoit

chocolate Eiffel Tower IMG_9746
Another Eiffel Tower, from Le Canele De Bordeaux Lemoine

chocolate guards IMG_9715
And some cute chocolate guards, also from Le Canele De Bordeaux Lemoine

Lindt cocoa pod IMG_9769
Cocoa pod from Lindt, also the biggest samples!

Bathing in chocolate IMG_9726
Fancy a chocolate bath??

And here are a few of the couture outfits.

macaron dress IMG_9796 R

chococolate dress IMG_9805 R

chocolate dressIMG_9794 R


chocolate dress IMG_9791
My favourite outfit!

Disclosure: I was invited to the Salon du Chocolate show as a guest. I was not asked to write this post and all views are my own.

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chow and chatter said...

thats so cool that you got to attend

Hazel - Chicken in a Cherry Sauce said...

Wow this looks absolutely fabulous! I adore trying new flavour combos, especially in chocolate. I went to the Specialty & Fine Foods Fair in September and sampled a lot of interesting chocolates, including some with Bombay mix!

grace said...

chocolate shoes! wow--those are intricate. love the fashion too. :)

Antonia said...

That really does look like chocolate heaven! The shoes and the final dress are quite something!!