What makes Chocolate So Special?
Chocolate is so so so good!
It lives in many of my special memories…sharing chocolate and a glass of wine with a long-lost friend, enjoying chocolate cake with my husband after a romantic dinner, and baking chocolate chip cookies back home in Missouri with my grandma Rita.
In addition to being amazingly yummy, chocolate is known for its tremendous antioxidant potential. The higher the cocoa content, the more health benefits…like lowering cholesterol levels and reducing the risk of cardiovascular problems. I can get down with that!
But, to be honest, health benefits weren’t on our minds when we attended the Dallas Chocolate Festival this weekend.
Sampling the chocolate and learning all about it…now that was our M.O.!
Dallas Chocolate Festival
Friday, September 9th kicked off the festival with a screening of the documentary “Bean to Bar: A Film About Artisan Chocolate.” We couldn’t make it on Friday, but we were pumped to attend the main event on Saturday at the Addison Conference & Theatre Center.
The festival featured over 40 amazing chocolate makers and chocolatiers. We met the artisans, watched live demonstrations of the chocolate making process, sampled way too much chocolate, and of course….bought lots of things we didn’t need! 🙂
There were so many amazing vendors, but here are some of our favs:
Fun fact: We learned there there is a difference between a Chocolatier and a Chocolate Maker.
A Chocolatier is someone who makes chocolates…those cream-filled, fruit-filled, dipped, nutty confections that we are obsessed with. A chocolate maker is someone who roasts cocoa beans and actually grinds them into chocolate.
There is definitely an art and a science to all of it. Major props to both!
There were also classes in the Whole Foods classroom…one of our favorites was Creative Cookies with Paul Wackym of Wackym’s Kitchen.
With flavors like hatch chocolate chip and rosemary cornmeal shortbread…Paul put my cookie making to shame! But, I also left his class feeling inspired to get in the kitchen and bake…which never happens. #badwife
Not sure if it was our chocolate-wasted state, or our severe Texas allergies, but by the end of festival we were wiped out and ready for naps!
We had so much fun connecting with the chocolatiers, chocolate makers, and vendors. We can’t wait for next year!