As I write, I'm still basking in the warmth of a scrumptious hot chocolate. It was the perfect remedy for a chilly morning stroll around the Cioccoshow stalls lining Piazza Maggiore, the heart of Bologna. As I wandered around, I noticed that Cioccoshow had certainly upped its game this year. Alongside the traditional blocks of chocolate and delicate truffles, there were also chocolate kebabs, chocolate i-pads (to scale), huge chocolate pizzas and even full nativity sets.
A fully rotating chocolate kebab!
The creamy chocolate shavings were then served on a slab of chocolate bread.
A Typical Italian Breakfast immortalized in Chocolate:
Cappuccino Cream & Chocolate Brioche (Italian: cornetto) on a White Chocolate Saucer
The Cutest Penguin ever! It was all on its lonesome and I was so
tempted to give it a home (except that would have meant eating it...)
Yogurt Truffles and the delicious Ricotta and Pear combination
(which is also incredibly refreshing as a gelato flavour during the summer)
Choose between Cinnamon (cannella) or Chilli (peperoncino)
Dense & Creamy Cremino Chocolate Blocks
Have a Complete Chocolate Picnic: Salami, Bread Rolls & Cheese
Italian Cheeses: Ricotta, Grana Padana & Parmeggiano
not forgetting the chocolate grater!
Betty Boop, Asterix, Kung Fu Panda and Snoopy!
Delicious Marrón Glacés (Glazed Chestnuts)
Some of the unusual flavours on offer: Parma Violets, Basil & Chilli
A nut cracker and a selection of nuts
A full make-up set including lipstick, eyeshadow, and mascara!
Traditional Parma Violets from the Emilia-Romagna Region
And of course, Elegant Italian Shoes & Handbags
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The Cioccoshow will be in Bologna from the 14th - 18th November. If you get the opportunity, do come and have a gander. Check out @cioccoshow for more info regarding the festival and events such as chocolate tasting, chocolate making and events for children throughout the next few days.
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If this has whet your appetite, you might also fancy a peep at Last Year's Chocolate Festival