The long weekend in NYC was one of those long-overdue girlfriend reunions, which conveniently coincided with The Big Chocolate Show. My friends opted out, so I Uber-ed solo, passing New York ComicCon on the way. The Big Chocolate Show - not so big. But aspirational.
On display was everything from Scharffen Berger (a pioneer in American bean-to-bar now owned by The Hershey Company) to Elements Truffles "Ayurveda Inspired Artisanal Chocolate" bars with cloth labels stitched onto their boxes. There were multiple offerings from Ecuador, including Tolita. And I confess, I bought the Tolita gift box because of the Ginger 70% organic dark chocolate, but also because of the founder's story, and the award-winning packaging (sadly, the gift box is not on their website).
I watched part of a grinder demo, part of Jacques Torres's centerpiece demo, and bought a copy of On the Chocolate Trail (because who doesn't want an autographed book by a Rabbi about the intersection of chocolate and religion?).
Once I secured the chocolate eyeballs for my friends, my Big Chocolate fix in the Big Apple was satisfied.