Salon du Chocolat at the COEX

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Chocolate dogs, anyone?

When my friend Amelie mentioned that there was an “chocolate expo” at the COEX center in Seoul, my tummy told me I had to go. I’ve been to several baby fairs, as well as a coffee expo, at the COEX, but this Salon du Chocolat was a first for me. I pre-registered online (usually pre-registration at these events means free entry, and registration at the event costs a nominal fee), and went by myself (we finally found a reliable babysitter that Baby M likes) — oh sweet freedom!

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Shoes made of chocolate — available for purchase (~ 30,000 KRW)

I should have known right away that it was a small(er) event, because it was located in exhibition hall D (it took me a while to even find it). Since it was the first day that the expo was open to the public, a lot of the larger displays were still missing (fancy dresses made of chocolate, etc.). I saw shoes made of chocolate, and lots of animals made entirely of chocolate (dogs, for some reason, are really popular). There were a lot of “fair trade” booths, selling coffee beans in addition to chocolate. There were also cooking demonstrations and some sort of chocolate game show…

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All kinds of fancy chocolate, desserts, and cakes

Because chocolate is expensive (especially in Seoul), free samples were, understandably, scarce. But, I was still pretty bummed that all I got was a sample of dark hot chocolate (delicious!), chocolate covered peanuts, and 30 minutes of delectable-smelling air. I didn’t end up buying anything because we loaded up on chocolate while in the U.S. over the holidays… (And I made a new year’s resolution to go on a diet… but, that hasn’t worked out too well.)

If you’re interested in experiencing the Salon du Chocolat, it runs until Sunday, January 15th, 2017.

{ Salon du Chocolat }

Pre-register online:
http://www.salonduchocolat.kr/english/audience/audience2

Location:
Exhibition Hall D, Coex, Seoul (Hall D is on the THIRD floor)
Samseung subway station, follow signs to COEX

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