Is Chocolate Recession-Proof?

Paris

Well, that's what the editors of Madame Figaro claim in an article this week to coincide with the opening of the 14th annual Paris edition of the Salon du Chocolat, which runs until November 2 in Paris. They did a survey about the chocolate habits of their readers, finding out that 50% of French chocoholics prefer dark chocolate (despite the myth that everyone here eats dark chocolate, there are plenty of people who go for American candy bars). And their favorite moment of the day to eat a square of chocolate? An astonishing 80% said their favorite moment to eat a square of dark chocolate was in front of the TV.

If you're in Paris and love chocolate, stop by the Porte de Versailles for chocolate tastings, workshops by star chefs and a daily 5 pm fashion show with models parading around in high-fashion chocolate dresses -- one of the high points of the fair.

Salon du Chocolat

- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from Paris. She can be reached at kristin @ apartmenttherapy . com

(Image: Emma Christensen)