Few tasks are as challenging as covering the NYC Chocolate Show – and this year I was thrilled to be invited by the show and NibMor chocolates to share some insights on chocolate as a “health” food.
So is chocolate a health food? Well,spend two days with the world’s finest chocolatiers and you can come at the question from two ways. First, does a treat need to be “healthy”? I would say no, but it shouldn’t be unhealthy – and what I saw at many booths was at best a nod to best quality ingredients (yay) and at worst,health claims that could not be supported (grrr). Second, if a chocolate (drink,bar,nib etc) is “healthy” will it taste good? Well, the gals from NibMor and from Gnosis chocolates challenged everyone at the show by delivering great taste and health / healthIER products.
Didn’t make it to the show, here’s what I thought got honorable mentions you should check out (some pictures attached):
1)NibMor raw truffle recipe (grab it from the NYC Chocolate Show website or NibMor FB page) and enjoy nutrient balanced, delicious chocolate …as well as their Daily Dose- how much do we love someone who does the portion control for us
2) Gnosis chocolates – If I lived in a dream world all of our dietary supplements would be in the form of organic chocolate…well,hello, welcome all to my dream world…new to me this show was the amazing EnWhitenment
3) Single origin: the big hit seemed to be Trinidad and from Valrhona to smaller chocolatiers Trinidad chocolate wowed with a rich flavor
4) Best gift package(s): bot the French Pop chocolates (looks like a tray of popsicles) and the company selling their chocolate bars with a mallet to crack your chocolate into pieces (I mean is this the perfect PMS kit or what
5) Flavors to Savor: savory chocolates created around the idea of chocolate as a main course or unique amuse bouche. One company, The Madison Chocolatiers West, even created a meal in the box!