Chocolate Festival Delights Locals

04/23/2018 – SAN MATEO  (San Jose Mercury News) — In a scene straight out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory — endless trays of decadent chocolates filled the San Mateo Event Center Saturday for the inaugural International Chocolate Festival, much to the delight of elated chocolate lovers.

The artisan chocolates — from salted caramel to passion fruit, chili and mint — were crafted using ingredients from all over the world, proving that the art of chocolate goes far beyond candy racks at grocery stores, theme parks or movie theaters.

Martin van Almsick, general manager of Al Nassma chocolate, of Dubai, surprised guests — and raised a few eyebrows … read more

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