Saturday, 18 October 2014

The Chocolate Show, London's Olympia

Yesterday, I had the total pleasure of attending The Chocolate Show at the Olympia in London, with no preconceived ideas of what to expect as I had intentionally avoided all photos and accounts of the show online beforehand.  The public event that claims to be 'perfect for any chocoholic' is still in place at the Olympia West for one more day after being put in motion yesterday (17th - 19th October).  The show offers access to some of the UK's most loved brands as they showcase their indulgent treats at one of the many stalls there, along with various other forms of entertainment including the fashion show featuring couture outfits designed by chocolatiers/designers made out of - you guessed it - chocolate!

Chocolates brought home, Goufrais


My first impression upon arrival was that this was clearly a place for chocolate fanatics and therefore, I was well and truly at home.  Walking through Olympia West, enthusiastic conversations about 'bean to bar' chocolate and regional specialties could be heard at every turn, along with appreciative 'mmm's as ticket holders would place chocolate samples in their mouths.  Opening times on the first day of the show were from 10am until 7pm, meaning that our early arrival allowed for room to breathe, although by the time we left during the early hours of the afternoon, that had changed considerably.  I could never have anticipated how popular The Chocolate Show would be, however it doesn't at all come as a surprise considering the show boasts names such as Hotel Chocolat, Rococo and Lindt.
















Along with household names that are known both by chocolate enthusiasts and complete novices, we stumbled across various brands that weren't as well-known.  Just as when blogging about other areas such as unearthing new beauty products or clothing labels, discovering a brand unknown to me before at The Chocolate Show proved to be thrilling at times.  An example of this was Bad Brownie, a brand that speaks to the side of us that craves something devilishly indulgent at half past one in the morning - never have I wanted to live in London so badly before!





Out of their extensive selection of jaw-dropping creations available at their food markets around London (see their website for more details on locations), ten million points go to the Peanut Caramel Balls, as also seen on my Instagram.  The presentation of their sweet treats was impeccable and if I didn't have so many irritating allergies, I would have needed a dozen burly guys to help me carry my brownie haul back home with me!  I hadn't realised it was possible, but the brand seem to have made brownies borderline edgy and before you think I've gone mad, check out the company's developing website for a background on their brownie revolution.  As a side note, Bad Brownie welcome ideas for new brownie flavours and so if you fancy yourself a brownie connoisseur, head over to their Twitter account to share your genius!

Anybody else envious of his dazzling white teeth?!





Once I'd managed to get over my newfound brand love, I continued on in the search of chocolatey goodness and soon found myself listening to an endlessly fascinating talk at the Chocolate Theatre by Maricel Presilla, author of The New Taste of Chocolate, on Latin American cacao and chocolat.  The informed talk packed full with information by Presilla drew in a considerable crowd and especially so when delicious samples of chocolate were passed around, with tips on how to recognise certain traits that distinguished one type of cacao from another.

My experience of The Chocolate Show introduced me to other interesting brands including Demarquette, a company founded by master chocolatier Marc Demarquette, a man who prides himself on creating 'timeless recipes and entire collections that inspire'.  Most certainly, inspiration is the first thing that springs to mind when being introduced to Demarquette's collections, including The Great British Orchard and The English Garden, a beautifully fragrant collection featuring hand painted chocolate flowers that conceal caramel within.  Another brand I familiarised myself with yesterday was The Brownie Bar, a company based in Newcastle upon Tyne and one of the brands I purchased from.  If there's one thing to know about me, it's that I adore salted caramel and so when the opportunity arose to indulge in a deliciously gooey salted caramel chocolate brownie, I welcomed it with open arms!    


As I mentioned earlier on, some very well known and loved brands were showcasing some of their latest additions at Olympia West, Hotel Chocolat included.  There are few things as wonderful as chocolate, besides Christmas.. and so combine the two and you've got an incredibly excitable blogger on your hands.  Hotel Chocolat's 2014 Christmas selection was on display from decorative wreaths to oversized crackers and I even managed to pick up a couple of sweet stocking fillers whilst admiring their festive collection!

Hotel Chocolat's Gingerbread Truffles
A highlight of The Chocolate Show is undoubtedly the fashion show as mentioned at the beginning of this post, however in a bid to make our journey home that little less hectic, we left before the show took place.  Thankfully, the awe-inspiring creations were on display for all to see throughout the day, allowing me to capture the most magnificent design to share with you here!  Surprisingly, Harvey Nichols also made an appearance at the event directly next to the Chocolate Theatre and were on hand to provide a fabulous selection of cookbooks as well as the opportunity to have your copy of Maricel Presilla's book signed by the lady herself!  After a Christmas-themed cookbook featuring a recipe for Speculoos spread had been purchased and gift wrapped, one last lap of the show was walked before stumbling across a low-key stand that was both modest and unobtrusive.  The stand belonged to the German brand 'Goufrais' and after sampling one of the chocolate treats on  offer, I was immediately hooked and proceeded to purchase a golden bag of Goufrais goodies of my very own to enjoy back at home!  For me, Goufrais ranks right up there with my appreciation of Green & Black's chocolate!     

Looking a little dishevelled by now!

Just seconds before leaving, I spotted a display of photos and bunting promoting the musical production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Needless to say, I've added the flamboyant musical to my theatrical wish list and will hopefully be blogging about it at some point in the near future!



I am so pleased to have attended The Chocolate Show at London's Olympia, as from beginning to end it was constantly enjoyable and informative.  The standout brands for me were the luxurious Goufrais and the self-confessed 'deliciously bad' Bad Brownie.  With regard to entertainment, I'm thrilled to have been reminded of booking my seat to see the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical and it was an absolute pleasure to have the opportunity to listen to Maricel Presilla.  Considering the event has just one day remaining, the short notice may not be ideal for you to check it out tomorrow.. however it's one date that I would recommend placing firmly on your 2015 calendar!

With love,

Gabrielle x



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  1. Ohmygoodness I am so jealous! That looks fabulous!

    Looks like you had a great time c:

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    1. It was far better than I was anticipating, that's for certain!

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  2. It all looks so delicious!

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    1. The Goufrais chocolate truffles in particular were so tasty!!

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  3. I'm so jealous - these all look absolutely delicious.

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    1. Mmm.. looking back over the photos makes me wish I had brought home more with me haha!

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  4. This post has made me very hungry. All of those chocolate treats look incredible!

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    1. Haha sorry about that! It was undoubtedly a slice of heaven there for chocoholics!

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  5. oh my my, a chocoalte show is my kind of show!

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    1. That makes two of us! You can never go wrong with chocolate..

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  6. Beautiful Gabrielle, what an amazing experience! And.... did you say couture outfits made out of chocolate???? OMG, amazing!!! So glad you to taste, hear, learn all about exquisite chocolate brands and that your were also able to interact with such talented chocolate crafters. Hope you got to see the musical and if you did or will, I can't wait to hear about it:-) XOXO, Jeannette

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    1. I couldn't agree with you more, Jeannette - it was a great experience! I'm with you on appreciating clothing made out of chocolate.. it's always nice to be surprised by something new and unusual! I hope I make it to see the musical sometime soon as well and get to share the experience! Thanks for your lovely comment and continue support, have a great week! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  7. Wow a chocolate show sounds amazing right now! I have this pretty serious addiction to dark chocolate lol specially when the weather starts cooling down (like now!) so I would have loved to go there too! thanks for sharing so much about your amazing experience and the fact that there are clothes made of chocolate make me giggle :)
    XOXO

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    1. The question is when DOESN'T chocolate show sound amazing? haha ;) Oh your addition sounds similar to mine with Green & Black's milk chocolate! You're more than welcome and I agree that the chocolate clothing concept is pretty unusual!!

      Gabrielle x

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  8. Awww!! Lucky you!! I’m so jealous, it looks so good! <3

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    1. Oh don't be jealous, I should have brought home FAR more chocolate than I did - I'm kicking myself for that mistake!!

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  9. Hi Gabrielle! I'm envious to you.....so beautiful and tasty experience! You are lucky! I have a new “pin coat outfit” on my blog. Do you want to tell me what do you think? Kisses (and thank you for your nice comment on my blog),
    Eni

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    1. Hey Eni, I want to be back there and surrounded by chocolate once more! I'll take a look at your new post now!

      Gabrielle x

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  10. Mm..ahhh.. talk to me chocolate!:P My kinda show!:-) Cakes are my thing, have just baked a raspberry almond cheesecake last night!:P All these choco treats looks awesome!

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    1. It sounds as though you're a girl after my own heart! ;) Your raspberry almond cheesecake sounds delicious!

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    1. Apologies for the agony I'm putting you through, Paty! haha ;)

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  12. Everything looks so tasty!
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    1. It all tasted even better than it looks, as well! What I'd do for a brownie right now..

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  13. Gosh! So this is the Chocolate Show you were telling me about. I'm drooling now, dear! xoxo
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    1. I'm glad you've enjoyed the mass of chocolate, Shirley! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  14. Goodness, I would have done a lot of damage there, looks so wonderful :) I love the brownies :)) Am happy you went and enjoyed yourself, looks really fun!! Happy Sunday darling girl! xx

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    1. Some people were purchasing masses of chocolate, so you wouldn't have been alone! Oh thanks girl, I had a fabulous time :) Hope you're having a lovely week so far!

      Gabrielle x

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  15. chocolate is such a weakness of mine! yum yum yum!!

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    1. That makes two of us.. it's a weakness I give into on a daily basis! ;)

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  16. This looks amazing! My mouth is watering looking at these photos! xx
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    1. Quick! Grab yourself some chocolate!

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  17. amazing blog post


    you have a great blog here :)

    would love to see you over on my blog http://myroutinesjade.blogspot.co.uk/


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    1. Thanks very much Jade, that's kind of you to say! I'll pop over to your blog now..

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    1. I'm so glad you think so, The Chocolate Show is certainly worth a visit!

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  19. I bet this was so amazing! Those treats look delicious. I'm glad you had fun! I want a bad brownie!

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    1. It was far better than I had thought it would be - and I had reasonably high hopes in the first place! Oh, believe me.. I want a Bad Brownie right now as well!!

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  20. Oh god, so much chocolate! I'm a little bit jealous right now , hope you had fun!
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    1. I had a wonderful time, thank you for your comment!

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  21. Love this… beautiful expo
    Have a rocking new week!
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    1. I love attending any type of show/convention - they're always so much fun! Thanks, have a great week!

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  22. The chocolate show looks INCREDIBLE!!! WOWOWWOWO!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE chocolate. I'm drooling right now as I type this! Those brownies!
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    1. Haha I love your enthusiasm, you're clearly a chocolate-fanatic! ;) The brownies were particularly gooey and delicious!

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  23. This place is a paradise.... I love chocolate!!!!!!!
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    1. You're telling me - I was in heaven! ;)

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  24. looks like my dream!! great photos. thanks for leaving such a lovely comment on my blog xx
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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed this post Alice and you're more than welcome, have a great week!

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  25. Literally drooling! Great snaps

    Jennifer Jayne xx
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    1. Thanks for stopping by Jennifer!

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  26. Such a nice post, I love it!!
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  27. Wow this post has really made me want some chocolate, even though I'm not a huge chocolate fan/eater! Looks like an amazing event! xx
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    1. You're not alone - looking back over these photos makes me want chocolate too haha!! :)

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  28. Oh, this sounds heavenly! I adore chocolate--to no end! :) T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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    1. That makes two of us; very few things are better than chocolate after all!

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  29. Oh man... everything looks so good! I would have to run for hours after eating any of this but I'm sure it'd be totally worth it.

    - Sarah :)
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    1. Haha oh yeah, I added a further half an hour to my workout the night after returning from the show! ;)

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  30. Oh! This looks like so much fun! I would have gone nuts there! I hope it was a great time. Those brownies look great! And you looked so lovely, even though it looked so busy.

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    1. I definitely did my best at controlling myself from charging at the mass of chocolate! I had a lovely time thank you and that's so sweet of you to say Denise - thanks! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  31. OH MY SWEET BABY JESUS!

    That looks like heaven *__* I would've bought the whole entire table!
    I wish they had something like this in New York besides the typical hershey store in time square.

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    1. That was my exact reaction when hearing about The Chocolate Show! I hope that New York introduces something similar to this so that you can attend and buy a heap of chocolate! ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  32. This is so cool! I love chocolate! :)
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    1. Ah, we all love chocolate! Hope you're having a lovely week!

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  33. Wow!! That looks so so yummy!!! That`s cruel hahahaha :)

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    1. Apologies for the chocolate torture, Reichel! Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. What I tasted was as good as it looked, as well!!

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  35. Yummy chocolates....oh myyy!! Someone is trying to lose weight here..Lol!! Great post and thanks for visiting my blog. Good day :)

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    1. Ah, this probably isn't the best post to read when you're attempting to lose weight! ;) You're more than welcome, have a great week!

      Gabrielle x

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  36. Haha that's awesome, I didn't know such a thing existed :) Lucky you !!

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    1. Neither did I until I attended for the first time this year! I certainly felt lucky when I stumbled across the brownie stands!

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  37. Oh my god!!!!!! I'm not talking to you anymore….hahahaha! Kidding ;)

    Everything looks so delicious - why didn't I know about this…I would have gone along - it looks SO nice…….yum!!!! :)

    Layla xx

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    1. No! I need all of the friends I can get! hahah ;) Ah, I'm kicking myself for not having told you about it sooner now - never mind, you could always attend next year!

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  38. Oh My!!! chocolate heaven O_O

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    1. I couldn't agree with you more, Shalay!!

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  39. look delicious! yummy pics
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    1. I'm glad you've enjoyed the decadent photos! ;)

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    1. It really was very interesting, especially when listening to Maricel Presilla's talk!

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  41. Those Goufrais chocs look delicious and I also like the look of the Bad Brownies!

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    1. I'm glad you noticed the Goufrais chocolate truffles as they were a highlight of the event for me! :)

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  42. That looks amazing!!! Gosh, I love and hate you now because I want all of it. LOL!

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    1. Choose love, choose love! It was a fabulous experience for sure, thanks for stopping by Shireen!

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  43. Lovely pictures! Looks yummy

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  44. That looks like heaven on earth! I'm so jealous of you! :)

    I've also nominated you for the one lovely blogger award! You can find more details at http://mylionheartlife.blogspot.com/2014/10/one-lovely-blogger-award.html

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    1. The smell was at times overwhelmingly delicious! Oh thank you that's really sweet of you, I'm actually going to be skipping the One Lovely Blogger award, but I can't tell you how much I appreciate the nomination! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  45. Yummy yummy!!!!! I would like to try!!!!

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    1. Oh, I wish I could feed you chocolate through the screen Pilar haha!

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  46. I love chocolate, and I'd have absolutely visited the show, the first pic is soooo delish!!!

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    1. There's always next year to visit The Chocolate Show! The first picture is also my favourite haha, Goufrais chocolates are so yummy!

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  47. You had me at Chocolate Show! I'm so impressed with all the creativity displayed here and how artful some of these creations look. The fashion show would undoubtedly be a highlight for me as well. Looks like you enjoyed a lovely day there. Thanks for sharing it with us Gabrielle!

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    1. I'm with you there Rowena, the amount of talent and creativity present at this show was incredible! I'm disappointed to have missed the chocolate fashion show, but there's always next year! You're more than welcome, hope you're having a wonderful week so far :)

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  48. This looks so delicious!
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    1. What can be seen here tasted delicious as well!

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  49. Ahh Gabrielle!! This looks like a wonderful event to have attended. I mean, chocolate??!! I LOVE chocolate! The brownies looks so delicious!

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    1. I'm so pleased to hear you're also a chocoholic - there's no better kind of person! ;) The brownies were really tasty, I wish you could have tasted them!

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  50. Hmmmh Yummy!!! I just love it
    Nice outfit, cool biker jacket!

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  51. Wow, wow, wow!!!
    Want it all :)))

    xoxo
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    1. I wish I could be back there and buy more, more and more chocolate haha!

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  52. Omgosh everything looks so yummy! I love everything chocolate so I'm definitely jealous you got to try all of these delicious-looking treats!

    Tina
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    1. I'm the very same, anything chocolate-related is good in my books, so it's nice to hear you're the same!

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  53. Omg, I'd never leave that place!
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    1. This made me laugh Edita, it was pretty hard leaving the show, that's for certain!

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  54. Wow this is crazy! Too much deliciousness to handle... Oh those brownies.....

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    1. I agree, I hadn't known before that this chocolate show took place each year!

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  55. I think that it had to be amazing chocolate show and I'd like that something similar takes place in my country as well, because I'm huge fan of chocolate (I see that you too;) ). Take care, Gabrielle (btw, I'm so in love with your long hair, dears :) )

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    1. I hope that a similar thing takes place in your country soon then so that you can experience the event as well! :) You're so sweet, thank you so much!!

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  56. The "Rosy balls" had me laughing. Also, I've been to a chocolate expo in my home state and it was nothing compared to the one you went to! They should take a cue from whoever ran the event you went to. Everything looked AMAZING, and a salted caramel lover!? You are a girl after my own heart!
    I feel bad for being so behind in all your posts but I'm working to catch up!
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    1. Grow up, Amanda! ;) I'm glad someone else has visited a chocolate show so that you can have an idea of what this was like - I'm glad you like the look of this show! Yay, I'm so pleased you love salted caramel too, it's definitely an acquired taste! Don't worry about being behind in my posts, it's just lovely to hear from you again! :)

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  58. O. my. goodness. The Chocolate show looks like paradise. I wish I could have gone to that event. Happy Thursday, Gabrielle :)
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    1. There's always next year! Thanks heaps for stopping by!

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  59. I haven't eaten breakfast yet but I feel like I need chocolate right now!
    We should make a blog about chocolate, I bet that'd be really successful :D

    XX

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    1. I always feel that way after seeing food posts before breakfast! Haha that's so true - everyone loves chocolate! ;)

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    1. Does such a thing exist?! Have a great weekend!

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  61. heaven. everything looks good:P

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    1. I'm glad you think so too.. I'm sat here wishing I could eat those chocolate truffles all over again haha! :)

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