2018 New Jersey Chocolate Expo

In this day and age many people are fixated on the latest weight-loss routine or health program to slim down their body. We decided to sweeten  things up by exploring the indulgences of chocolates and desserts, what better place to do this is at the 2018 New Jersey Chocolate Expo.

On sun March 11 Raritan Center was engulfed in the many aromas of chocolates that invaded the air around the thousands of people who came out to the event. The show was filled with a large variety of exhibitors, though most dessert related there where also those who specialized in Sauces and other delectable foods.

When it comes to Chocolate we talked to Top Ten Chocolatier Oliver Kita from Rhinebeck, NY. Being in business for over 20 years and studying the fine art of artisan chocolates in two continents his treats are nothing short of the best. Offering Organic, vegan, and seasonal chocolate varieties it is hard not to find something for everyone. Oliver uses traditional French methods combined with the finest ingredients such as heavy satin cream and his award-winning sweet butter. Each chocolate is also complimented with a timeless elegant motif by Kita himself to add to your experience. We recommend checking out his collections on his website https://www.oliverkita.com/ 

Though say you are still looking for a healthy side of chocolate, we met up with Aurora Gourmet who welcomed everyone with a warm family greeting. Founder Aurora Kapunan is an expert in the field of Chocolate fountains and was influential in their popularity on the East coast. She showcased a skill of using the freshest fruit with her delicious chocolate to create a refreshing tasty treat. http://www.aurora-gourmet.net/

Moving to some yummy  old fashioned home-made treats Dutch Desserts takes the cake. After going out to eat and wanting a piece of apple tart, Marjan Beebe was compelled to create her own. Using an old fashioned recipe and baked with love her exquisite tarts are perfection. We would give these goodies an 12 out of 10 rating for being so good but don’t just take our word for it check out their Facebook page where many have experienced these excellent desserts.  https://www.facebook.com/DutchDesserts

We truly save one of the best for last as Executive Chef Lawrence Rosenberg owner and creator of the famous “Bacon Bites” has combined the two best treats together chocolate and bacon for a symphony of perfection in your taste-buds. Being sweet, salty, smokey, chocolatey, and bacony these bites will satisfy everyone. They are also peanut butter and milk chocolate flavors. Lawrence has also made many guest appearances on the Food Network, The Dr. Oz Show and also has been featured in Martha Stewart Cake Cook Book alongside multiple other outlets. We recommend exploring the ‘King of Bacon”‘s website where you find different retailers of “Bacon Bites”, The numerous cookbooks published by him, and where he will be showing up next with his trusted companion “smokey”.  http://www.baconbites.com/index.html

Be sure to also check out our 360 video below of Lawrence Rosenberg’s demonstration of bacon and kielbasa, with some great cooking tips!

In all, the New Jersey Chocolate expo left us in chocolate shock. This was a great family fun day for all. We cant wait to see what the NJ Chocolate expo brings next year to our taste-buds.


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