Monday, November 22, 2010

Chocolate Curling in Italy?

Ingredients for making Chocolate Truffles
Ski in Chocolate? Sounds like fun ...
     but I learned to make chocolate truffles in Florida.

Italy’s Cortina d’Ampezzo announced it will stage a ski race with a chocolate theme during the Eurochocolate Festival held in the famous Italian ski town from December 16-19th.

It is the very first time that the International Chocolate Festival, Eurochocolate, takes place at altitude and the race is just the tip of a chocolatey iceberg. Eurochocolate Ski will offer chocolate experiences directly on the slopes or skiers can warm up with an invigorating cup of thick hot chocolate in one of the traditional mountain chalets.

Those who prefer can indulge their desires at a downtown Chocolate Slalom. The Audi Palace, a village of tents, will host a ChocoMarket with sweet exhibitions, an educational chocolate experience for children, chocolate-tasting classes for adults, a chocolate spa and beauty treatments. And since virtually every winter sport is practiced in Cortina, there will be Chocolate Curling. Now, that I'd like to see

Tempered Chocolate is messy.
Unfortunately, I won't be making it to Cortina, but recently attended a local chocolate festival of sorts. Peterbrooke Chocolate of Jacksonville gave a hands-on demonstration at the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association workshop.  Phyllis Geiger, Peterbrooke's owner, taught the group how to make truffles, even allowing attendees the opportunity to get down and dirty in the tempered liquid. My fingers never tasted so good.  Peterbrooke is famous for introducing chocolate popcorn to the South. I watched a batch being prepared but,of course, the best part was nibbling the finished product. 
IFWTWA nenbers get a hands on demonstration

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