Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Festival of Chocolate

Mr. Baking Pixie and I got to go the Festival of Chocolate in Tampa this weekend.  We spent way too much money and ate way too much chocolate.

We got to see some beautiful cakes done by Cakes Plus.

I think we were already eating chocolate covered marshmallows on a stick by this point.  Shortly after that, we stopped for mocha gelato at another booth and grabbed a bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream from Pure Magic Ice Cream out of Kissimmee.  They make your ice cream right in front of you using liquid nitrogen.  

Our next stop was a demonstration on chocolate center pieces performed by the uber hilarious and world famous pastry chef, Ewald Notter.

Here is his finished piece.  He made the textured piece on the side of the heart by spreading chocolate over the plastic cover of a light fixture.  

After the demonstration, we toured the booths again and purchased goodies to bring home.  After we made the 2 mile trek back to our car (at least it seemed that far) we rewarded ourselves by eating a peanut butter cookie cup filled with chocolate buttercream from Kookie Krums.

We also got an espresso brownie from Mikey's Cafe and Bakery.

And to finish off the trip we purchased chocolate bark, hazelnut and Oreo crunch, from the Notter School of Pastry Arts in Orlando.

For the first time in my life I can say.... I am sick of chocolate.   

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