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Just in time for Valentine’s Day… America’s sweetest event to feature

more than 50 vendors, family-friendly activities and stars from classic movies

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”


PARAMUS, NJ, JANUARY 2019 –- It’s all about chocolate, food and fun at The Chocolate Expo, America’s largest chocolate festival, on Sunday, January 27, 2019, at the Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, NJ, where guests can enjoy delectable indulgences from 10am until 7pm.

Local, regional and international vendors will be offering tastings & sales of gourmet chocolates, baked goods, specialty foods, cheeses, wines and much more in a fun and exciting atmosphere. The Chocolate Expo offers perfect opportunity to shop for unique Valentine’s gifts for loved ones, friends and favorite teachers, while enjoying nostalgic celebrity appearances and family-friendly fun.


Chocolate fountains from Aurora Gourmet will be flowing with white, dark and milk chocolate as guests as they enter The Chocolate Expo. Participating chocolatiers include Caramella Moo, Chocolates U, Chocolate Works, Chocolate Moonshine, Lily’s Chocolate Paradise, Raw Chocolate Love, Teacher’s Recipe Fudge, The Pretzel Princess and VillaKuyaya Organic Ecuadorian Chocolate, among others.


Unusual items include chocolate-covered bacon, bacon-topped Oreo’s, bacon-bottom Twinkies and slab bacon from fan-favorite Bacon Bites of New Jersey, while Schokolat will be offering handcrafted chocolate figurines and gadgets made in the U.K.


Wines and chocolates make for the perfect pairing, so it’s not surprising that several popular New Jersey wineries will be participating at The Chocolate Expo including DiMatteo Winery, Laurita Winery (which will be featuring their delicious “Chocolate Therapy” wine), Valenzano Winery and Villari Vineyards. 


Stars from two of Hollywood’s most beloved movie classics will be making appearances at The Chocolate Expo including Paris Themmen, who played Golden Ticket winner “Mike TeeVee” in the original Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, and Adrian Hall, who played “Jeremy Potts” in the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang movie.


The Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Car, which was featured at the NY International Auto Show in 2016 and recently driven and autographed by actor Dick Van Dyke, will be on display in celebration of the 50thanniversary of the film. This handcrafted car had also been the subject of a major article in The New York Times and on the cover of Hemmings Motor News, a classic car publication.


The Chocolate Expo’s “Kidz Zone,” which is always a family favorite for creating lifetime memories, will offer free face painting, children’s activities and photo opportunities with costumed characters including princesses. 


“Everyone loves chocolate,” said Marvin Baum, Creator and Producer of The Chocolate Expo, “so expect to see lots of smiling faces at this event.”


Admission to The Chocolate Expo is only $15/adult and $10/child (ages 5-11), when purchased online from, and $20/adult and $15/child (ages 5-11) at the door.  Children under 5 years of age are free at this location.  Attendees can choose their arrival time at when purchasing tickets and stay for as long as they like.


A limited number of special VIP tickets are available for $30 each. The VIP ticket allows entry at any time during the day, plus includes a deluxe insulated Chocolate Expo tote bag (a $10 value).


Also available are the “5PM Special” tickets that offer reduced adult admission for arrival after 5pm. These tickets sell online for $10 each (all ages, 5 and up) and $15/person at the door.


For more information about The Chocolate Expo, visit




The Chocolate Expo is a Baum Image Group Event. It operates under a mission to provide “Chocolate, Food & Fun!(TM)” to its guests and an opportunity for small businesses to directly reach consumers. The Chocolate Expo has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, on PBS and in many other media outlets, plus has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for its charitable not-for-profit partners.


Prior creations of Baum Image Group include the official Woodstock 35th Anniversary Celebration (under license from Woodstock Ventures) and the New York Chocolate Expo.