If tasting chocolate sounds like the best way to spend an afternoon, then the Chocolate Salon is for you! The 6th Annual Seattle Luxury Chocolate Salon is where you can discover, taste and savor the finest premium chocolates and confections. At the Bell Harbor Convention Center on Seattle’s waterfront, you’ll find a room filled with sweet treats and more flavor combinations than you could ever imagine.
Featured brands included:
- Taza – 87% bar – The darkest chocolate they make. Nutty, floral, and incredibly intense, this is the only American chocolate crafted from cacao grown by the Bolivian cooperative CIAAB (Central Integral Agroecologica de Alto Beni). A singular, profound cacao experience. 100% USDA certified organic.
- CocoTutti -Tea infusions: Assam, Rooibos and Yunnan – richly flavored, colorful chocolates featuring teas from India, South Africa and China. These recipes were developed over a 3 month period for launch in Seattle.Blood Orange and, separately, Strawberry – Two bon bons that each contain their housemade marmalades and jams.
- The Chocolate Shop – Sparkling Chocolate Wine – Chocolate Shop wine made in a delicious champagne style
- Forte Chocolates – Caramel with Rosemary and Orange and Chipotle Caramel with Orange
- Gusto Chocolates – All new product line – All of the Gusto bars are new to the salon. Gusto is a new division of Forte Chocolates focusing on the savory side of chocolate. Bars offered include: Lemon Pepper, Rosemary Sea Salt, Balsamic Vinegar, Bacon, Milk Sea Salt, and Honey.
- The Tea Room Chocolate Company – Lapsang Souchong w/ Himilayan Salt Chocolate Bar – organic dark chocolate bar of 60% cacao infused w/ organic Lapsang Suchong tea & Himilayan Salt. Lapsang Souchong is a smoky tea that has the savory flavor of smoked pine, as the tea is dried over this.
I had to pace myself at this much anticipated experience, and drink plenty of water so that I could distinguish the flavor of each individual chocolate. From fruit and spice infused bars to filled truffles and caramels, there was something for every sweet tooth. Wine World & Spirits had brought some wines that they suggest for chocolate pairing ideas. The Avive peach flavored wine went very well with the spicy chili chocolates. (I didn’t know how fabulous a wine/chocolate pairing could be, but I’ll make a night of this in the future!)
I tend to gravitate towards chocolate that has 70% cacao or higher, and I love to try new interesting flavors. Summer fresh basil ganache chocolate? Yes! And it was indeed delicious, made by Intrigue Chocolates in Seattle. Wild Sweets had a nice chewy caramel with coconut and blueberry. Gusto had a couple of interesting white chocolate bars worth noting: the unusual balsamic vinegar and lemon & pepper bars were deliciously smooth.
Award categories include: Caramels, Truffle Design, Chocolate Bar, Toffee, bridal chocolate, white chocolate, chocolate beverage, and chef’s roundtable. Crave Local’s Jessica Tupper acted as part of the official judging panel-a job enviable to all present.
Next time this year, mark your calendar, and be sure to get your tickets to this Northwest can’t miss dessert event!
Photo credit: Seattle Chocolate Salon