martes, 27 de junio de 2017

AMERICAS Competition 2017 – WINNERS

The International Chocolate Awards is pleased to announce the Winners of the 2017 Americas Competition, which was judged in Hoboken, in the New York Metropolitan Region, 29 March-4 April.
The competition was judged alongside the 2017 Asia-Pacific competition, with a combined total of over 1,000 products registered for judging, a record for the 
International Chocolate Awards, including over 650 plain and flavoured bars. For the first time, 2017 sees Americas and Asia-Pacific announced as a separate competitions, recognising the increasing number of entries and quality in both regions.

International Judges

The judging panel included judges from USA, Europe, Japan, South America and the USA and members of our international Grand Jury panel.


The entry categories include dark and milk plain/origin bars along with micro-batch categories, filled chocolate and spreads and are based on consultation with the fine chocolate industry. All judging is anonymised, included at the Grand Jury final session, where Golds, Silver and Bronze prizes are awarded by private voting according to the Grand Jury rulesEntrant confidentiality is respected at all times and only the names of Winners and Grand Jury finalists are released.

Best in competition

Overall ‘best in competition’ single Golds were awarded for the best bar in the combined dark and combined milk chocolate categories, as voted for by the Grand Jury after all other scores have been compiled.
Additional Silver and Bronze prizes were given in several categories due to the high number of entries and excellent quality level.
Prizes are awarded only to entries that meet the required standard in each category.
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(Prizes are shown in alphabetical order for each medal)

‘Best in competition’ overall winners

Plain/origin dark bar categories

GoldShattell Chocolate  (Peru) – Chuncho 70%

Plain/origin milk bar categories

GoldFruition Chocolate  (United States) – Brown Butter Milk

Plain/origin bars

Plain/origin dark chocolate bars

GoldSirene  (Canada) – Tingo Maria
SilverAmano Chocolate Company  (United States) – Amano Dos Rios
SilverCacaosuyo  (Peru) – Cuzco 80
SilverDandelion Chocolate  (United States) – Maya Mountain, Belize 70%
SilverDandelion Chocolate  (United States) – San Francisco De Macorís, Dominican Republic – 70% (Japan production)
SilverDick Taylor Craft Chocolate  (United States) – Dick Taylor Chocolate 75% Brazil Bar
SilverFruition Chocolate  (United States) – Wild Bolivia Dark
SilverMaraná  (Peru) – San Martin 80% – Single Origin
SilverPacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Esmeraldas 60%
SilverPacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – LaCumbia 70%
SilverPacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Los Ríos 72%
SilverPacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Manabí 65%
SilverPacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Piura 70%
SilverPacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Tutu Iku 70%
SilverPotomac Chocolate  (United States) – Duarte, Dominican Republic 70% Dark
SilverSolstice Chocolate  (United States) – 70% Kilombero Tanzania
SilverSoma Chocolatemaker  (Canada) – Bachelor’s Hall
SilverSoma Chocolatemaker  (Canada) – Porcelana
SilverSoma Chocolatemaker  (Canada) – Vietnam Tien Giang
BronzeAmano Chocolate Company  (United States) – Amano Cuyagua
BronzeCacaosuyo  (Peru) – Chuncho – Cuzco
BronzeConexión Chocolate Ecuador  (Ecuador) – 70% Conexión Chocolate ( * Ecuatoriana de Chocolates (under our supervision with our recipes))
BronzeDandelion Chocolate  (United States) – Mantuano, Venezuela 70%
BronzeDick Taylor Craft Chocolate  (United States) – 72% Belize Dark Chocolate
BronzeGrocer’s Daughter Chocolate  (United States) – 70% Dark Chocolate Fortaleza Del Valle Bar ( * Conexion)
BronzeMaraná  (Peru) – Piura 80% – Single Origin
BronzePacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Raw 70%
BronzeWhite Label Chocolate  (United States) – Honduras, La Masica

Micro-batch – Plain/origin dark chocolate bars

GoldShattell Chocolate  (Peru) – Chuncho 70%
SilverAcalli Chocolate  (United States) – Barataria Blend 70% Dark Chocolate
SilverCastronovo Chocolate  (United States) – Signature Collection – Nicalizo, Nicaragua 70%
SilverCocama  (Peru) – Chocoazú 70% – Theobroma Grandiflorum
SilverDark Forest Chocolate  (United States) – Dark Bolivian 75%
SilverEast Van Roasters  (Canada) – Pangoa,Peru 70%
SilverFresco  (United States) – Dominican Republic Recipe 224
SilverHummingbird Chocolate Maker  (Canada) – Reserva Zorzal
SilverLetterPress Chocolate  (United States) – Ucayali, Peru
SilverPalette de Bine  (Canada) – Guatemala Polochic 70%
SilverPalette de Bine  (Canada) – Haïti Pisa
SilverPalette de Bine  (Canada) – Pérou Marañón 70%
SilverZak’s Chocolate  (United States) – 70% Dark Guatemala Lachua Cacao
BronzeCru Chocolate  (United States) – Dominican Republic, Zorzal
BronzeFresco  (United States) – Dominican Republic Recipe 212
BronzeFresh Coast Chocolate Co.  (United States) – Belize 70%
BronzeFresh Coast Chocolate Co.  (United States) – Madagascar 70%
BronzeHummingbird Chocolate Maker  (Canada) – Alta Verapaz
BronzeHummingbird Chocolate Maker  (Canada) – Cap Haitien
BronzeMolucca  (United States) – Molucca – 72% Morogoro, Tanzania
BronzeOhiyo Chocolate  (United States) – 75% Peru Maranon
BronzePalette de Bine  (Canada) – Vietnam Lam Dong 72%
BronzeStone Grindz Chocolate  (United States) – Ecuador 70%
BronzeStone Grindz Chocolate  (United States) – Wild Bolivia 70%
BronzeWolter  (Mexico) – Quetzalli Criollo Tabasco 70%

High % plain/origin dark chocolate bars (85% and over)

GoldPacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Raw 100%
SilverDandelion Chocolate  (United States) – Kokoa Kamili, Tanzania – 85% (Japan production)
SilverMamuschka  (Argentina) – 90% Criollo Peru
SilverPotomac Chocolate  (United States) – Upala, Costa Rica 85% Dark
BronzeBrasstown Chocolate  (United States) – Brasstown Blend 85%
BronzeNina Fine Chocolates  (Peru) – Nina 85%
BronzeTesoro Amazonico  (Peru) – Dark 88%

Rough ground/textured plain/origin dark chocolate bars

BronzeMindo Chocolate Makers  (United States) – 70% Pure Rustic Chocolate Bar

Plain/origin dark chocolate bars made with alternative natural sugar

GoldPalette de Bine  (Canada) – Bine à l’érable, wild Bolivia 70%
SilverLa Rifa Chocolatería  (Mexico) – Barra Blanco Marfil
BronzeLa Rifa Chocolatería  (Mexico) – Barra Uranga

Plain/origin milk chocolate bars

GoldFruition Chocolate  (United States) – Brown Butter Milk
SilverChocolates El Rey  (Venezuela) – Caoba Milk Chocolate 41% Cacao
SilverFrench Broad Chocolates  (United States) – Milk Chocolate
SilverRepública del Cacao  (Ecuador) – Milk Chocolate Ecuador 40%

Plain/origin ‘dark’ milk chocolate bars (50% and over)

GoldSirene  (Canada) – Lachua Dark Milk
GoldSoma Chocolatemaker  (Canada) – Fazenda Boa Vista
SilverCacaosuyo  (Peru) – Piura Milk
SilverCastronovo Chocolate  (United States) – Rare Cacao Collection – Sierra Nevada, Colombia Dark Milk 63%
SilverCastronovo Chocolate  (United States) – Tumaco, Colombia Dark Milk 60%
SilverChocotenango  (United States) – Happy Medium (**)
SilverDark Forest Chocolate  (United States) – Goat Milk 55%
SilverDark Forest Chocolate  (United States) – Milk Chocolate 50%
SilverFruition Chocolate  (United States) – Maranon Canyon Dark Milk (**)
SilverMaraná  (Peru) – Cusco 50% – Milk Chocolate
BronzeCastronovo Chocolate  (United States) – Dominican Republic Dark Milk 55%
BronzeMaraná  (Peru) – Piura 50% – Milk Chocolate
BronzeSirene  (Canada) – Ambanja Dark Milk
BronzeTCHO  (United States) – Cacao (**)

Micro-batch – Plain/origin milk chocolate bars

SilverTA.CHO taller de chocolate  (Mexico) – Ámbar 46% Finca “El Paraíso”.
BronzeMUCHO Chocolate  (Mexico) – Carmelo Mestizo

Rough ground/textured plain/origin milk chocolate bars

SilverSoma Chocolatemaker  (Canada) – Old School Milk

Plain/origin white chocolate bars

GoldChocolates El Rey  (Venezuela) – Icoa White Chocolate 34% Cacao
BronzeAngovi  (Ecuador) – Angovi Chocolate Blanco ( * Fundación Familia Salesiana)
BronzeMamuschka  (Argentina) – Blanco con Vainilla
BronzeRepública del Cacao  (Ecuador) – White Chocolate Ecuador 31%

Flavoured bars

Dark chocolate bars with an infusion or flavouring

GoldPacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Lemongrass
SilverAmano Chocolate Company  (United States) – Amano Mango Chili (**)
SilverAMMA  (Brazil) – Cupuaçu (**)
SilverCacao Hunters  (Colombia) – Cacao Hunters Cafe de Edi 61% (**)
SilverForte Chocolates  (United States) – Honey Bar
SilverForte Chocolates  (United States) – Orange Jazz
Silverherencia divina  (Venezuela) – Sabores de Doña Petra 65 % (**)
SilverMaverick Chocolate Company  (United States) – Espresso Dark Chocolate
SilverOhiyo Chocolate  (United States) – 70% Alto Beni Dark Chocolate with Coffee (**)
SilverPacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Andean Mint
SilverPacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Andean Rose
SilverPacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Guayusa
SilverPacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Lemon Verbena
SilverPacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Merken
SilverPacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Orange
SilverPacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Passion Fruit 60%
SilverPacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Sweet Pepper / Allspice
SilverTCHO  (United States) – Coconut Crisp
BronzeCocoa Republic  (Trinidad and Tobago) – 65% Dark Chocolate with Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee
BronzeCreo Chocolate  (United States) – Minty Dark (**)
BronzeHoja Verde  (Ecuador) – Hoja Verde Organic Orange 66%
BronzePacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Cardamom

Dark chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces

GoldAmano Chocolate Company  (United States) – Amano Raspberry Rose (**)
GoldCacaosuyo  (Peru) – Piura Nibs
SilverAmano Chocolate Company  (United States) – Amano Cardamom Black Pepper (**)
SilverCacaosuyo  (Peru) – Inka Berry
SilverDreams of Eva  (Peru) – Eucalipto & Frambuesa
SilverMadre Chocolate  (United States) – Triple Cacao (**)
SilverNina Fine Chocolates  (Peru) – Nina 70% with Nibs (**)
SilverNugali  (Brazil) – Dark chocolate (63% cocoa) With Cupuaçu Brittle (**)
SilverPacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Andean Blueberry 60%
SilverPacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Coffee
SilverPacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Goldenberry
SilverPotomac Chocolate  (United States) – 70% Dark + Coconut (**)
SilverTCHO  (United States) – Mint Chip Gelato (**)
SilverXocolatl de Davíd  (United States) – Almond & Pimentón
BronzeCacaosuyo  (Peru) – Cuzco Maras Salt
BronzeXocolatl de Davíd  (United States) – Peanut Butter Truffle Bar

Dark chocolate bars with a filling

GoldHudson Valley Naturals  (United States) – Dark Chocolate with Peanut Butter and Crispy Rice
SilverCacaosuyo  (Peru) – Camu Camu & Yacon
SilverLux Artisan Chocolates  (United States) – 64% dark chocolate, Peanut butter & sea salt bar
SilverMilla Chocolates  (United States) – Hazelnut Praliné Bar
SilverMilla Chocolates  (United States) – Hazelnut Praliné Bar with Turkish Coffee

Rough ground flavoured dark chocolate bars

GoldAskinosie Chocolate  (United States) – Dark Chocolate + Crunchy Sugar Crystals & Vanilla Bean CollaBARation™ Bar (**)
SilverWolter  (Mexico) – Quetzalli 70% with sea salt, chicatana and cardamon (**)
SilverWolter  (Mexico) – Quetzalli Mexican Memories 74% (**)

Milk chocolate bars with an infusion or flavouring

GoldCacaosuyo  (Peru) – Lucuma
GoldDreams of Eva  (Peru) – Vainilla & Ají Panca
SilverCastronovo Chocolate  (United States) – Tumaco, Colombia Mocha Milk 58% (**)
SilverFruition Chocolate  (United States) – Dark Milk with Flor de Sal (**)
SilverFruition Chocolate  (United States) – Hudson Valley Bourbon Dark Milk (**)
SilverMānoa Chocolate Hawaii  (United States) – 60% Dark Milk with Alii Kula Maui Lavender (**)
SilverMaverick Chocolate Company  (United States) – Prohibition Milk Chocolate
SilverTCHO  (United States) – Mokaccino (**)
BronzeCacaosuyo  (Peru) – Banana Maras salt
BronzeTCHO  (United States) – Earl Grey (**)

Milk chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces

GoldFruition Chocolate  (United States) – Milk Chocolate Quinoa Crunch (**)
SilverChuao Chocolatier  (United States) – Caramel Apple Crush
SilverChuao Chocolatier  (United States) – Potato Chip
SilverVivra Chocolate  (United States) – Curry Cashew
SilverVivra Chocolate  (United States) – PB & Pretzel
BronzeCacaosuyo  (Peru) – Quinoa Crunch
BronzeMaverick Chocolate Company  (United States) – 60% Dark Milk Chocolate with Nibs
BronzeTCHO  (United States) – Golden Milk: Ginger + Turmeric (**)
BronzeTCHO  (United States) – Snickerdoodle (**)

Milk chocolate bars with a filling

GoldSt. Croix Chocolate Company  (United States) – Peanut butter and wild grape jelly
SilverKOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates  (United States) – Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar

Flavoured white chocolate bars

GoldCastronovo Chocolate  (United States) – White Chocolate with Lemon & Lemon Salt (**)
GoldSolstice Chocolate  (United States) – Brown Butter White Chocolate (**)
SilverForte Chocolates  (United States) – Lemon Pepper Bar
SilverForte Chocolates  (United States) – Rosemary Sea Salt Bar
SilverFruition Chocolate  (United States) – Strawberries and Cream (**)
BronzeAskinosie Chocolate  (United States) – “Dirty” White Chocolate + Vintage Cocoa Gravel Bar (**)
BronzeLe Caméléon  (Mexico) – Abril en México tea in white chocolate

Ganaches, palets, ganache pralines and truffles

Unflavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles

GoldChocolopolis  (United States) – Dominican Republic House Blend Truffle
SilverCacao Art  (United States) – Amazonas
SilverChocolopolis  (United States) – Madagascar Craft Truffle
BronzeChocolaterie Tessa  (United States) – Costa Rica 85
BronzeChocolaterie Tessa  (United States) – Madagascar 100
BronzeChocolaterie Tessa  (United States) – Madagascar 70
BronzeTruffle Shots  (United States) – World Peace Truffle Shots

Flavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles

GoldXOCOLATL by Giovanna Maggiolo  (Peru) – Spices
SilverArcay Chocolates  (Venezuela) – Coco Rum
SilverChocolopolis  (United States) – Spicy Aztec Truffle
SilverDreams of Eva  (Peru) – Frambuesa, Asaí & Ají Panca
SilverDreams of Eva  (Peru) – Piña & Pimienta Negra
SilverTruffle Shots  (United States) – Lemon Basil Truffle Shots
SilverWolter  (Mexico) – Mezcal bonbon (**)
SilverXO Confections  (United States) – Modena Summer
SilverXOCOLATL by Giovanna Maggiolo  (Peru) – Cherries & Pisco
BronzeDreams of Eva  (Peru) – Granada IPA
BronzeFrench Broad Chocolates  (United States) – Strawberry Balsamic Truffle (vegan) (**)
BronzeRoots Chocolates  (United States) – Lapsong Souchong – Smoked Tea
BronzeSocola Chocolatier  (United States) – Jasmine tea truffles
BronzeTruffle Shots  (United States) – Bumbleberry Truffle Shots
BronzeTruffle Shots  (United States) – Rosemary Caramel Truffle Shots

Milk chocolate ganaches or truffles

GoldForte Chocolates  (United States) – Classic Milk
SilverChocotenango  (United States) – Yuzu & Ginger (**)
BronzeChocolat du Jour  (Brazil) – Coffee Truffle (**)

White chocolate ganaches or truffles

GoldChocolopolis  (United States) – Lemon Lavender Truffle
SilverChocolaterie Tessa  (United States) – Maracuya
SilverTruffle Shots  (United States) – Castelvetrano Olive Truffle Shots
BronzeChocolat du Jour  (Brazil) – Passion Fruit Truffle
BronzeCompania de Chocolates  (Argentina) – Pistache and Lime praline
BronzeLe Caméléon  (Mexico) – Hibiscus flower ganache in white chocolate
BronzeWolter  (Mexico) – Tequila Bonbon (**)
BronzeXO Confections  (United States) – Bananas Foster

Ganaches or truffles using mixed dark/milk/white for coating and fillings

GoldArcay Chocolates  (Venezuela) – Romero Salé
SilverArcay Chocolates  (Venezuela) – Lemon Basil
SilverMilla Chocolates  (United States) – Manhattan Bon Bon
SilverMilla Chocolates  (United States) – Raspberry Bon Bon
SilverSt. Croix Chocolate Company  (United States) – Coffee malt bon bon
SilverXOCOLATL by Giovanna Maggiolo  (Peru) – Almendras y limón
SilverXOCOLATL by Giovanna Maggiolo  (Peru) – Miel de picarón
BronzeCompania de Chocolates  (Argentina) – Cardamom ginger


Nut based pralines with dark chocolate

BronzeArcay Chocolates  (Venezuela) – Praliné D’Orange

Dark chocolate dragées, enrobed whole nuts

SilverTruffle Shots  (United States) – Pistache Orange Dragées

Nut based pralines with milk chocolate

SilverCaramela  (Mexico) – Salted Caramel pecan milk chocolate bombon
BronzeChocolaterie Tessa  (United States) – Carmel Almond Praline

Milk chocolate dragées, enrobed whole nuts

GoldTruffle Shots  (United States) – Malabar Cardamom Dragées
SilverFrench Broad Chocolates  (United States) – Hazelnut Dragee (**)

White chocolate dragées, enrobed whole nuts

GoldTruffle Shots  (United States) – Ginger Snap Dragées


Dark chocolate enrobed caramels

SilverChocolaterie Tessa  (United States) – Salted Butter Caramel, Dark
SilverChocotenango  (United States) – Coffee Caramel (**)
SilverFruition Chocolate  (United States) – Brown Butter Bourbon Caramels (**)

Milk chocolate enrobed caramels

GoldForte Chocolates  (United States) – Milk Sea Salt Caramel
SilverChocotenango  (United States) – Simply Lemon (**)
SilverFrench Broad Chocolates  (United States) – Lavender honey caramel (**)
SilverSiBö Chocolate Costa Rica  (Costa Rica) – Apple lime caramel (**)

Others – fruit/sugar/butter/cream

Dark chocolate enrobed fruit pastes, jellies/gelée

GoldLa Praline  (Venezuela) – Mora
SilverLa Praline  (Venezuela) – Mariposa
BronzeLa Goulue Chocolatier  (Argentina) – Dark Chocolate filled with Malbec Sweet red wine

Dark chocolate enrobed whole fruit

GoldPacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Dark Chocolate Covered Dehydrated Goldenberry
SilverPacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Dark Chocolate Covered Cacao Nibs
SilverPacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Dark Chocolate Covered Dehydrated Banana
BronzePacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Cocoa Cacao Beans Natural
BronzePacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Dark Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans

Dark chocolate enrobed manon/butter/cream

GoldChuao Chocolatier  (United States) – Mocha Bonbon

Milk chocolate enrobed whole fruit

SilverLe Caméléon  (Mexico) – Mexican banana coated in milk chocolate


Spreads with dark chocolate (no milk powder)

GoldTruffle Shots  (United States) – Fig + Chocolate Spread
SilverTruffle Shots  (United States) – Gingered Chocolate Spread

Spreads with milk chocolate

GoldArcay Chocolates  (Venezuela) – Passion Spread
SilverMamuschka  (Argentina) – Mamusch Cream
BronzeArcay Chocolates  (Venezuela) – Tamarind Spread

Special awards

Given for entries that qualify for the special category criteria

Plain/origin dark chocolate bars

Gold – Chocolate MakerSirene  (Canada) – Tingo Maria
Gold – Directly TradedSirene  (Canada) – Tingo Maria
Gold – Growing CountryPacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Manabí 65%
Gold – OrganicPacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Manabí 65%

Micro-batch – Plain/origin dark chocolate bars

Gold – Chocolate MakerShattell Chocolate  (Peru) – Chuncho 70%
Gold – Directly TradedShattell Chocolate  (Peru) – Chuncho 70%
Gold – Growing CountryShattell Chocolate  (Peru) – Chuncho 70%
Gold – OrganicShattell Chocolate  (Peru) – Chuncho 70%

National awards

Given to Grand Jury finalists when there are 10 or more entries from one country in a category

Plain/origin dark chocolate bars

Gold – USAAmano Chocolate Company  (United States) – Amano Dos Rios
Gold – USASolstice Chocolate  (United States) – 70% Kilombero Tanzania
Silver – USAAmano Chocolate Company  (United States) – Amano Cuyagua
Silver – USADandelion Chocolate  (United States) – Maya Mountain, Belize 70%
Silver – USADick Taylor Craft Chocolate  (United States) – 72% Belize Dark Chocolate
Silver – USADick Taylor Craft Chocolate  (United States) – Dick Taylor Chocolate 75% Brazil Bar
Silver – USAFruition Chocolate  (United States) – Wild Bolivia Dark
Silver – USAGrocer’s Daughter Chocolate  (United States) – 70% Dark Chocolate Fortaleza Del Valle Bar ( * Conexion)
Silver – USAPotomac Chocolate  (United States) – Duarte, Dominican Republic 70% Dark
Silver – USAWhite Label Chocolate  (United States) – Honduras, La Masica

Micro-batch – Plain/origin dark chocolate bars

Gold – USALetterPress Chocolate  (United States) – Ucayali, Peru
Silver – USAAcalli Chocolate  (United States) – Barataria Blend 70% Dark Chocolate
Silver – USACastronovo Chocolate  (United States) – Signature Collection – Nicalizo, Nicaragua 70%
Silver – USADark Forest Chocolate  (United States) – Dark Bolivian 75%
Silver – USAFresco  (United States) – Dominican Republic Recipe 224
Silver – USAZak’s Chocolate  (United States) – 70% Dark Guatemala Lachua Cacao

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