My love for sweets developed at an early age. I blame it all on my dad and his Sunday afternoon family outings to either the Peterson ice cream factory or the Hershey chocolate factory. We were lucky enough to live about 25 minutes away from both factories. Those trips meant a gallon of ice cream in the freezer and a special chocolate ‘drawer’ that is still brimming over to this day.
With my father in mind last month, I attended the 9th annual Taipei International Bakery Show at Taipei’s World Trade Center.
Over the course of three days, more than 107,000 sweet treat lovers attended the show. Visitors paid a NT$200 entrance fee that allowed them to watch bakery cook-offs and shop for kitchen and restaurant supplies. Let’s face it though. Everyone goes for the free samples.
I’m sure my dad will be pleased to read that I held the Marshall torch high for him. I spent a very happy afternoon sampling delicious breads, homemade yogurt and gelato, cookies, chocolates, and pies. I fell in love with these white chocolate Mahjong sets. I mean, they look entirely too good to eat, don’t they?