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Despite the smiling children and sweet smells, there was little that was Willy Wonka-like about the chocolatiers coursing through Manhattan’s Metropolitan Pavilion at the 14th annual New York Chocolate Show. The 52 chocolate makers represented had come to do business.

With everything from Italian gelato and traditional Middle Eastern sweets to a chocolate-based fashion show on the programme, the trade fair – which drew 15,000 attendees in total – offered an expansive definition of chocolate. At its core, however, was the cocoa-based sweet stuff…



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