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Taste Tons of Sweets and Chocolate Liquor at 92Y Chocolate Fest

By Shaye Weaver | February 29, 2016 6:00pm

UPPER EAST SIDE — Chocoholics will have the chance to sink their sweet tooth into a bounty of treats at this year's Chocolate Fest at the 92nd Street Y.

Rows of shiny and colorful bon bons, squares of seemingly painted chocolate in a wide range of flavors and a cacao-based liquor for the tasting at 92Y's Buttenwieser Hall at Lexington Avenue and 92nd Street on April 10.

Those who sign up will get a chance to taste sweets from several local and regional chocolatiers, and cheese company Lucy's Whey will show chocolate-lovers how to pair their sweets with cheeses while Gotham Wines and Liquors will do wine pairings, according to organizers.

In attendance will be Red Hook company Raaka Chocolate, which creates its sweets with "virgin" chocolate or cacao beans that have not been roasted, Nolita's Stick With Me Sweets company, which creates shiny, delicate bon bons, Chelsea's Chocolate Moderne, which features dark French chocolate with a number of ingredients from pistachios, fruits, oils, teas and spices, among others.

For those feeling adventurous, samples of Solbeso, the world's first spirit distilled from cacao pulp, will be available. Solbeso is made from cacao fruit that was harvested in Ecuador, Peru and the Dominican Republic and its liquid juice is fermented with a blend of yeasts, according to its website.

Colder treats won't be hard to find. Penny Whistle Ice Cream will have an old-fashioned ice cream cart with tiny cones of blond chocolate praline, milk chocolate and mini fudge pops, organizers say.

Journalist Simran Sethi, who wrote "Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love," will speak about changes in how food is created and how to eat more consciously and purposefully.

Here's a look at what to expect:


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Tickets to the April 10 event, which starts at 7:30 p.m., are $35 each and can be bought on the 92nd Street Y's website.