International Chocolate Awards gold for Pump St Bakery and Rococo
While producers from Peru and the USA took the top accolade, Britain’s chocolatiers were in the medals after a strong showing at this year’s International Chocolate Awards World Final.
London-based Rococo Chocolates won three medals, including Golds for both its Mandarin & Tonka Bean Caramels and its Cardamom Organic Dark Chocolate Artisan Bar.
Suffolk’s Pump Street Bakery Chocolate received four medals, including a Gold for its Madagascar Milk 58% bar, while London-based Åkesson’s also won Gold for its Madagascar 75% Trinitario Cocoa & “Wild” Voatsiperifery pepper bar.
The winners were announced during The Chocolate Show, at London’s Olympia, with the Grand Jury giving out 33 Bronzes, 85 Silvers and 36 Golds.
The Porcelana dark chocolate bar from the USA’s Rogue Chocolatier and a Piura milk bar from Peru’s Cacaosuyo were deemed to be jointly Best in Competition.
The World Final 2015 was the culmination of 12 national competitions held around the world over the past year. More than 300 chocolatiers and chocolate companies entered a combined total in excess of 1,200 chocolate products.
The World Final judging in London assessed 400 of the best products in the world for these highly coveted prizes.
Producers from Western Europe, Japan, North, Central and South America were all among the medal winners in London as were chocolatiers from Iceland, Israel, Vietnam and Canada.
The full list of UK winners (by category) is as follows:
Dark chocolate enrobed caramels
Gold: Rococo Chocolates – Mandarin and Tonka Bean Caramel
Bronze: Fifth Dimension chocolates – Mango & Passion fruit caramel
Bronze: The Chocolate Society – Liquid Salt Caramel
White chocolate ganaches or truffles
Silver: Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier (United Kingdom) – Passion Fruit & Mango Velvet Truffle
Milk chocolate ganaches or truffles
Silver: Ben Le Prevost Chocolatier – Peanut Butter On Toast
Bronze: Ben Le Prevost Chocolatier – Miso
Flavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles
Silver: Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier – Raspberry & Black Pepper Velvet Truffle
Silver: The Chocolate Society – Chilli & Cocoa Nib Bon Bon
Silver: The Chocolate Society – Raspberry & Kalamanzi Lime Bon Bon
Dark chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces
Gold: Åkesson’s – Madagascar 75% Trinitario Cocoa & “Wild” Voatsiperifery pepper
Gold: Rococo Chocolates – Cardamom Organic Dark Chocolate Artisan Bar
Silver: Åkesson’s – Madagascar 75% Trinitario Cocoa & Black pepper
Silver: Pump Street Bakery Chocolate – Chocolate Sourdough & Sea Salt 66%
Dark chocolate bars with an infusion or flavouring
Silver: Rococo Chocolates – Spice Island Organic Dark Chocolate Artisan Bar
Bronze: Choc Amor – Salt Liquorice
Micro-batch – Plain/origin milk chocolate bars
Gold: Pump Street Bakery Chocolate – Madagascar Milk 58%
Micro-batch – Plain/origin dark chocolate bars
Silver: Duffy’s – Honduras Indio Rojo
Silver: Pump Street Bakery Chocolate – Grenada 70%
Bronze: Pump Street Bakery Chocolate – Madagascar Criollo 74%