Event Wrap: 11th New York Chocolate Show by the Numbers

60 chocolatiers, 20+ ornery models, and one very recognizable face

In case ingesting a lifetime's worth of cocoa bean in a scant few hours wasn't on your to-do list this past weekend, Eat me daily presents a by-the-numbers breakdown of the 11th Annual Chocolate Show, which wrapped yesterday. Our favorite stat: "Number of vendors selling chocolate with pop-rocks and cayenne: 1."

Meanwhile, the award for creepiest thing shaped into chocolate has to go to Barack Obama's face, molded thanks to a rubber mask we're willing to bet was recycled from one of the Brooklyn Industries storefronts.

Finally, we have to mention the opening-night catwalk extravaganza, for which fashion luminaries (like Narciso Rodriguez, he of the hotly-debated red-and-black dress worn by Michelle Obama last Tuesday night) created superhero-themed designs that were made almost exclusively of chocolate (the Daily Telegraph talks about one warrior princess getup that took 120 hours to fashion). All of which leaves us with two questions: 1) How do the designs not melt? and 2) Isn't it kind of cruel to make professional models wear chocolate?

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