Five for Friday Pt. 52-Chocolate Edition

Remember when I went to SF and ate a lot of chocolates? Yeah, that was nice... for me. Now it's going to be nice for you! Here are my five favorites from the sea of 50+ vendors of chocolate wonder. Thank me now for sharing my wisdom and thank me later when you ingest the deliciousness.

Side Note: As I wrote this post and visited the web-sites of each chocolatier I realized that I probably ate about $100 worth of chocolate at the salon. DEAL! The chocolate salons are held all over the country. I suggest googling to see if there is one coming to your town.

1. Umami Truffle at Salt Side Down Chocolates: This CHANGED my life. Salted Caramels and salted chocolate type things were a huge trend at the show (duh) but this was hands down the best. It was an umami/chocolate explosion in my life.

2.Toasted Coconut at NeoCocoa: This was like a blanket for my tongue: sounds weird, tastes awesome. This particular place was a favorite all my whole posse. The pretty much serve exclusively truffles and the quality is insane.

3.Sriracha Chocolate from Socola Chocolatiers: I asked the owner if the Sriracha truffle would burn my face off and she said "Yes, it will burn your face off" with a very serious smile. That's when I knew I had found some like-minded chocolatiers. It's not so much that I need people to make super-spicy food, but I need them to get my weird sense of humor. The sisters from Socola chocolatiers scored on both counts.

These chocolates were weird and delicious. Side note: Please imagine me saying "delicious" with Sofia Vergara's accent.

4. Ginger Elizabeth: Okay, well Ginger wasn't there but she is still the standard against which I hold all chocolatiers. If you had ever been there you'd know why. Try them. I command you!

5. Greater Purpose Wine: Okay, admittedly I confess that this is also not chocolate but I loved this company so much. They donate 55% of ALL of their profits to help children around the world. As the lady standing next to me said "That's no crap donation! That is serious." Indeed.

Posted on May 5, 2011 and filed under Bossy Pants Recommends, Five for Friday.