Last Saturday was the third annual SF Chocolate Salon, and proof positive that yes, eating too much chocolate can make you feel slightly unwell. Or maybe it was the sugar. Anyway, too much of a good thing is still a good thing, if it's chocolate.
The vast majority of chocolatiers were veterans of last year's Chocolate Salon, and my favorites remained consistent:
Amano-- semi-sweet chocolate bars (Jembrana is my favorite appelation of theirs)
Vice--semi-sweet chocolate bar with dried figs and anise (like Melanie)
Jade--all her bars are masterfully flavored, but my favorite this year is her new Terracotta (my friends bought a lot of her Genmai tea and toasted rice bars)
Marti--tropical fruit truffles (or bonbons, if you prefer to call her flavored ganaches in molded chocolate shells that) : buko-pandan, ube, senorita banana, and durian. I am still amazed at how she manages to capture the subtleties of those flavors. I wish she'd find an outlet in the Bay Area.
Coco Delice--my favorite cognac truffles, and really good peanut butter ones, too.
William Dean--while I'd prefer a bit less food coloring on my chocolates, his presentation was gorgeous, and the candy was pretty good, too.
New to the show, and already mentioned in the SF Chocolatiers thread: Clarine's Florentines. One product in her line, but brilliantly executed!
I had been looking forward to loading up on XOX's cognac or champagne truffles, but none were available, and their new tequila-chili truffle wasn't my cup of tea.
I'm sure there were other hounds there--what did you think?