You're not dreaming, the chocolate extravaganza is here!


"What people really come to the event for are the chocolate samples," says Shoma Hokanson, founder/owner of the Twin Cities Chocolate Extravaganza. The event will take place in the Minneapolis Convention Center Sat., Nov. 15-Sun., Nov. 16. And it's true -- once you purchase your ticket ($20 for adults and $10 for children), you enter a world of unlimited chocolate, wine, and even chocolate martini samples.

For chocolate lovers, the extravaganza is a dream come true.

Your tickets gets you access to live chef demos, where you can learn how to make chocolate sauces, chocolate pies, and even pair your chocolates with coffee or with wine. You can see how to wear chocolate in the chocolate fashion show, which pairs local design students with culinary students to create chocolate-themed fashion.

Hokanson has been running the show for five years. She says the extravaganza tends to draw a lot of women who make an outing of it with their friends. She says that many look at the event as a way to get a head start on their holiday shopping. The extravaganza makes shopping more convenient because it houses together wines and chocolates from a variety of small and specialty shops all under one roof.

Hokanson admits looking forward to a few particular chocolate favorites every year. This time, they include a rich, sipping chocolate from Legacy Chocolates (made to be sipped rather than to drink all at once), Knoke's dark chocolate cayenne bark, (She just loves the kick from the cayenne), and chocolatier B.T. McElrath's peanut butter pave, which is a dark chocolate truffle with a creamy peanut butter and white chocolate center. Hokanson says that she loves the smoothness of the peanut butter in the middle. "It's like a gourmet Reeses peanut butter cup, " she says.

Mouth watering yet? Tickets to the extravaganza are available by calling 1.888.695.0888 or by purchasing them at select Kowalski's Markets and Panera Bread stores.