With Halloween right around the corner, there were lots of zombies, witches, and skulls at the show.
These chocolate truffles from Bahama were easily the most beautiful at the show. The entire display was amazing.
Some of the exhibitors showed off how you can decorate with candies, cakes, and chocolate.
Bacon makes lots of things better. These were some of the more interesting items I saw. Chile pepper turtles with bacon. Whoa. Out of control.
Somehow the Babycakes food truck was able to roll its way into the festival hall. Pancakes!
Even gummy bears weren't safe from chocolate.
If you need your cake to be swag, Oak Mill Bakery will custom design a Louis Vuitton cake for you. That's how I roll.
Yes, you're seeing that correctly. These are chocolate covered jalapeños. Who knew?
You know, I'd consider buying a pair of these for myself. Cinderella, eat your heart out. Or just eat this chocolate shoe.
There were a lot of impressive chocolate statues at the show. Some of them were cordoned off to prevent people like me from knocking them over. Which I almost actually did. Don't tell anyone.
The detail put into each one of these masterpieces was nothing short of stunning. They're absolutely amazing, even up close.
This product is like a cross between coffee and cocoa. It's cocoa, but it's brewed like coffee.
Monster Under the Bed
This is a kid's dream and nightmare. On one hand, you've got a monster under your bed, but on the other hand, it's made of cake!
Chef Mark Lie
If you guys watch Food Network, Mark Lie makes frequent appearances on the cake decorating shows.
Tea and Chocolate
Tea and chocolate make a complex pairing.
Piece of Cake - Custom Cakes by Mark
This is the cake Mark created. Chefs and cake decorators came together in support of a charity organization called Icing Smiles, which provides unique custom celebration cakes to ill children and their siblings.
Firecakes is a hometown doughnut shop. They were reppin' their style within the throngs of chocolate heaven.
Along with chocolate covered jalapeños, they even had entire pears covered in the precious brown stuff! Wow.
These wine products were all produced with chocolate. One of them was a dry wine with strong notes of chocolate, another was a very sweet table wine with even stronger chocolate notes, and finally, there was a dessert wine drink which was very chocolatey.
Sixteen's Drinking Chocolate
Patrick Fahy from Sixteen brought out a really fun drinking chocolate. It started out with an excellent liquid chocolate base, but then he topped it with chunks of vanilla ice cream that had been steeping in liquid nitrogen. If you're going to use liquid nitrogen, might as well do it at Halloween!
These freeze-dried raspberries were dusted in chocolate. They had that dehydrated astronaut-food sponginess to them, but with the full flavor of fresh raspberry. The chocolate made the flavor that much more complex.
Michelle has also been on the Food Network for various cake and baking competitions. Her decorating skills are impressive; I was able to watch her do them in person, and I was in awe. I can barely draw a stick figure.
These little birdies were comprised all of a special flat sugar product that you could manipulate into shapes. The results were really cool to look at.
BOO! I'll eat your face!
Transfer Sheets for Truffles
If you have been curious about how they put those beautiful designs on flat truffles, it's because they use these transfer sheets. The plastic sheeting is painted with food-safe designs that stick to the chocolate once it's applied. Think of it as edible temporary tattoos for chocolate.
The transfer sheets from the last slide go onto truffles like this.
Another Sugar Sculpture
Some of the best sugar sculpture looks like that of Chihuly's glass work. It's really amazing.