This is it, guys. The final part of the annual NYC Chocolate Show four-part recap. Are you amazed that we have made it this far? Me, too. Are you amazed by the amount of chocolate we managed to eat in one day? Maybe don't be so amazed by that. It is our greatest skill.
JEAN LUC PELE
The booth staff was French and very lovely. When we first walked over they gave us spoons full of chocolate ganache to try. I think the ganache ultimately wound up in their hot chocolate, but we just sucked it down straight, and it was marvelous.
This bar cost $18. I guess because it has Anthony Bourdain's name on it. We tried a sample and it was definitely delicious, but I don't know that any chocolate can possibly be $18 worth of delicious. I just wish they would take Anthony Bourdain's name off of it, so I could buy a few bars without mortgaging Marvin Gardens.
Eclat bars included some odd flavors that I was not down with, like one that included toasted corn and one with pink peppercorn. David, ordinarily a purist, had the exact opposite reaction, in fact buying a bar of the toasted corn. In fact, he was overheard loudly complaining about his life's troubles, because he was unable to decide which of the many delicious options to purchase. Overall, despite my anxiety over the stranger flavors, the quality of the Eclat chocolates was so high that I was really impressed. I'll eat it again; I'm just going to steer clear of the wasabi pea bars. Personal preference.
Tache is new! And they're in the Lower East Side, which means we can both walk there. And their booth staff was super-nice. And they offer chocolate classes. All this means that we are basically going to live there.
I didn't eat anything here. David just shoved a few of those roasted cocoa beans into his mouth without asking permission. He assures me that he has no regrets.
That's all for this year's Chocolate Show. Stay tuned as we give individual reviews to all the goods we purchased there. It's more than a handful.