Round up : Salon du Chocolat 2009

My friends (two whom are also fellow Metbloggers here) and I were at the Salon du Chocolat last week for a few hours of choco-loving. This was something that we did for the last couple of years together, and this year was no exception. Meanwhile, I resolved to not overspend this time round that I even limit the amount of cash I brought with me. What can I say? I lack self-discipline in face of delicious stuff…

Chocolate places that are normally easily found in Paris were a bit less on the priority as we paid more attention to exhibitors from outside of Paris and from abroad. Of course, it’s not all about chocolate. Other delights include macarons, praline, cupcakes, nougat, ice cream, fudge etc.

Chocolates of Malarchocolaterie and macarons from Christophe Roussel

Mälarchocolaterie and macarons of Christophe Roussel

Eiffel Tower chocolates and fudge selections

Eiffel Tower chocolates and fudge selections

Chocolate cupcakes and Mode du Chocolat

Chocolate cupcakes and Mode du Chocolat

Crunchy chocolate bites and Giant Chocorat

Crunchy chocolate bites and Giant Chocorat

One of our favourite stands in previous years was Madame Setsuko, and last year, we also learnt that on the last day of the chocolate festival (i.e. Sunday), there might not be any of the ganache left. Therefore, upon entry, we decided to seek Madame Setsuko before checking out everything else.

Weird, in place where the stand for Madame Setsuko had been previously, was Tokyo Chocolate instead. Recognising the logo on the packaging as that of the mother company that owns Madame Setsuko, it dawned on us there must had been a swap, or perhaps a corporate merger sometime between last year and this year. We probably should have asked… Nonetheless I was excited to get a few boxes of the last of green tea ganache, as I’ve planned to give them as gifts to a few friends.

Arriving home, I took a peek into one of the boxes and my reaction was “uh oh”. It seemed like not only Madame Setsuko had changed into something else, the packaging and attention to details had altered too. The ganache were no longer packed in vacuum sealed opaque bag, but looked like hastily assembled and filled plastic bag, selotaped over. I was dismayed to see that in the lack of proper seal and moist absorbing sachet, the ganache were looking “wet” with dark patches. There was no information label anywhere either that I wouldn’t even know when the ganache would expire.

How am I supposed to present any of these as gifts, looking relatively battered and without any expiry date, particularly when I had planned to post a couple of the boxes away? :(

Tokyo Chocolate green tea ganache

Tokyo Chocolate green tea ganache

Ganache straight from the boxes and rescued pieces

Ganache straight from the boxes and rescued pieces

I attempted a rescue mission, by tossing some of them in matcha green tea powder that I have at home. Alas, the variety/grade must have been different, as the taste became slightly altered and the colour somehat different.

Oh well, what a shame. I guess I’m going to send my friends some other chocolates that I’ve bought instead and eat the ganache myself. And while I eat, I am typing this. They still taste good despite appearances… ;-)

Ps: my favourite bounty from the salon was milk chocolate with sea salt from Mälarchocolaterie. I’ve been told they have an excellent tearoom in Stockholm too. Perhaps it’s time to look into accepting a visiting invitation from my ex-housemate!

2 Comments so far

  1. Bij (bijoe) on October 27th, 2009 @ 9:17 am

    my own green tea ganache were just in the same state…
    which is odd since the other chocolates i got from them were properly wrapped and came with a moist absorbing sachet…
    maybe they had already gone out of stock on the ganaches and had to prepare some in a hurry for the last day? dunno really but still it was a disappointment…

    +1 for Mälarchocolaterie though :)


  2. Lil (lilianl) on October 29th, 2009 @ 8:46 pm

    Perhaps, but one would think that maintaining the product integrity is important. Particularly if it’s hastily assembled, then surely the information on expiry is even more important than ever?



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