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Salon du Chocolat Milano was ok…

La Torre Diamante
La Torre Diamonte / Diamond Tower

…but if there’s going to be another one next year, count me out.

Held for the very first time in Milan this past February 13-15, right next to Torre Diamante, it was an opportunity to taste and purchase top-quality international chocolates that we had never heard of. That’s a plus in my book. Still, for the 10€x2 entry fee (discounted early-bird when I purchased online), it was rather pricey for having such a limited amount of exhibitors (the majority being italian of course). A fashion show on the weekend and a number of events were held throughout the 3-day period, none of which we were all that interested in. If we ever do this again, it will have to be at the original Salon du Chocolat in Paris.

Salon du Chocolat stash and vegan chocolate bars
Top 2 rows from Salon du Chocolat. Akesson’s (Madagascar) and Marou (Vietnam) mini-bars.
Bottom row from supermarket – Lindt’s toasted sesame and vegan chocolate from Tuscany.
Below, photos from Salon du Chocolat Milano.

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Mark your calendar…for the Salon du Chocolat

Salon du Chocolat

February 2016Salon Du Chocolat is coming to town! Originally started in la Ville Lumière over 2 decades ago, this chocolate event of events is finally making a splash in Italy’s fashion capital. If you’re visiting Milan in mid-February, this might be something worth checking out. If you already live in Italy, online tickets (early bird discount for a limited time only) would make an ideal stocking stuffer. Santa do you hear me?!?

I can’t end this post without – what else – showing what an impulse buy looks like when I hit the chocolate aisle at the supermarket. After all, it is the holiday season, and several of these bars weren’t there the last time I checked. Am I pretty bad or am I not bad enough?

Christmas chocolate stash
Excited to try the Vanini bars!

Bruges: for the love of chocolate and speculoos

Breakfast at B&B Nieuwhof
Breakfast at B&B Niewhof

However charming and romantic Bruges is, it did not get our full attention. Why? Because whenever we stay at a B&B that we really like, we tend to dawdle on the day of departure. We idle over breakfast and dilly-dally up to the very last minute until check-out, even if it means cutting into our sightseeing time later on. Upon reaching Bruges it was about a 10-minute walk to the historical center to blend in with the rest of the tourists, and between Grote Markt and snapshots around the city, we managed to accomplish what we set out to do in the first place – check out the chocolate shops. And what shops they are! It’s impossible to stroll the city without getting whiplash from gawking at every single store, but the one that won us over was Dominique Persoone’s The Chocolate Line.

The Chocolate Line

With a myriad of exotic flavors, cool shapes, and eye-catching colors, TCL is chocolate gone hip. They were the most expensive of chocolates purchased (16.50€/250 grams), and I am still kickng myself for not having just sucked it up and splurged on a whole kilo.

The Chocolate Line chocolates

What’s more, inserted into the box was a booklet with descriptions of each of their creations – very helpful to remember what you bought and to mark those you liked best for the next visit. Well, I like all of them!

The Chocolate Line booklet

I also picked up a box of Dumon chocolates (9€/250 grams) which are very good, but nothing like TCL’s. Note: 250 grams equals to at least 20 pieces.

Dumon chocolates

What we missed out on points of interest was more than made up for by sweet shops, like this one selling a variety of cuberdons, a sort of gummy candy. I tried some of these (bought at a belgian supermarket) but they were too sweet for me.

Cuberdons

And then I spied this window for Juliette’s speculoos and stopped in my tracks. Nobody ever mentioned speculoos! The MotH suggested we buy some and boy am I ever grateful that I listened that he insisted.

Juliette's in Bruges

These are amazing – buttery, not too sweet, lightly spiced, crisp, crunchy – and an alternative to all that dumb chocolate hanging around.

Juliette's speculoos assortment

Auf Wiedersehen Bruges! Until we meet again!!

Bruges on the water