RESULTS

Americas Competition 2017 Winners

June 27, 2017 5:20 am by International Chocolate Awards in News, Results, Winners

Americas Winners New York

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.

Prizes

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 rules. Entrant 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.

** Bean-to-bar chocolatier products – recognising the growing trend of flavoured bars and filled chocolate made by chocolate makers, winning products made with an entrant’s own chocolate are marked with (**).

(Prizes are shown in alphabetical order for each medal)


‘Best in competition’ overall winners

Plain/origin dark bar categories

Gold: Shattell Chocolate  (Peru) – Chuncho 70%

Plain/origin milk bar categories

Gold: Fruition Chocolate  (United States) – Brown Butter Milk


Plain/origin bars

Plain/origin dark chocolate bars

Gold: Sirene  (Canada) – Tingo Maria
Silver: Amano Chocolate Company  (United States) – Amano Dos Rios
Silver: Cacaosuyo  (Peru) – Cuzco 80
Silver: Dandelion Chocolate  (United States) – Maya Mountain, Belize 70%
Silver: Dandelion Chocolate  (United States) – San Francisco De Macorís, Dominican Republic – 70% (Japan production)
Silver: Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate  (United States) – Dick Taylor Chocolate 75% Brazil Bar
Silver: Fruition Chocolate  (United States) – Wild Bolivia Dark
Silver: Maraná  (Peru) – San Martin 80% – Single Origin
Silver: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Esmeraldas 60%
Silver: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – LaCumbia 70%
Silver: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Los Ríos 72%
Silver: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Manabí 65%
Silver: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Piura 70%
Silver: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Tutu Iku 70%
Silver: Potomac Chocolate  (United States) – Duarte, Dominican Republic 70% Dark
Silver: Solstice Chocolate  (United States) – 70% Kilombero Tanzania
Silver: Soma Chocolatemaker  (Canada) – Bachelor’s Hall
Silver: Soma Chocolatemaker  (Canada) – Porcelana
Silver: Soma Chocolatemaker  (Canada) – Vietnam Tien Giang
Bronze: Amano Chocolate Company  (United States) – Amano Cuyagua
Bronze: Cacaosuyo  (Peru) – Chuncho – Cuzco
Bronze: Conexión Chocolate Ecuador  (Ecuador) – 70% Conexión Chocolate ( * Ecuatoriana de Chocolates (under our supervision with our recipes))
Bronze: Dandelion Chocolate  (United States) – Mantuano, Venezuela 70%
Bronze: Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate  (United States) – 72% Belize Dark Chocolate
Bronze: Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate  (United States) – 70% Dark Chocolate Fortaleza Del Valle Bar ( * Conexion)
Bronze: Maraná  (Peru) – Piura 80% – Single Origin
Bronze: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Raw 70%
Bronze: White Label Chocolate  (United States) – Honduras, La Masica

Micro-batch – Plain/origin dark chocolate bars

Gold: Shattell Chocolate  (Peru) – Chuncho 70%
Silver: Acalli Chocolate  (United States) – Barataria Blend 70% Dark Chocolate
Silver: Castronovo Chocolate  (United States) – Signature Collection – Nicalizo, Nicaragua 70%
Silver: Cocama  (Peru) – Chocoazú 70% – Theobroma Grandiflorum
Silver: Dark Forest Chocolate  (United States) – Dark Bolivian 75%
Silver: East Van Roasters  (Canada) – Pangoa,Peru 70%
Silver: Fresco  (United States) – Dominican Republic Recipe 224
Silver: Hummingbird Chocolate Maker  (Canada) – Reserva Zorzal
Silver: LetterPress Chocolate  (United States) – Ucayali, Peru
Silver: Palette de Bine  (Canada) – Guatemala Polochic 70%
Silver: Palette de Bine  (Canada) – Haïti Pisa
Silver: Palette de Bine  (Canada) – Pérou Marañón 70%
Silver: Zak’s Chocolate  (United States) – 70% Dark Guatemala Lachua Cacao
Bronze: Cru Chocolate  (United States) – Dominican Republic, Zorzal
Bronze: Fresco  (United States) – Dominican Republic Recipe 212
Bronze: Fresh Coast Chocolate Co.  (United States) – Belize 70%
Bronze: Fresh Coast Chocolate Co.  (United States) – Madagascar 70%
Bronze: Hummingbird Chocolate Maker  (Canada) – Alta Verapaz
Bronze: Hummingbird Chocolate Maker  (Canada) – Cap Haitien
Bronze: Molucca  (United States) – Molucca – 72% Morogoro, Tanzania
Bronze: Ohiyo Chocolate  (United States) – 75% Peru Maranon
Bronze: Palette de Bine  (Canada) – Vietnam Lam Dong 72%
Bronze: Stone Grindz Chocolate  (United States) – Ecuador 70%
Bronze: Stone Grindz Chocolate  (United States) – Wild Bolivia 70%
Bronze: Wolter  (Mexico) – Quetzalli Criollo Tabasco 70%

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

Gold: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Raw 100%
Silver: Dandelion Chocolate  (United States) – Kokoa Kamili, Tanzania – 85% (Japan production)
Silver: Mamuschka  (Argentina) – 90% Criollo Peru
Silver: Potomac Chocolate  (United States) – Upala, Costa Rica 85% Dark
Bronze: Brasstown Chocolate  (United States) – Brasstown Blend 85%
Bronze: Nina Fine Chocolates  (Peru) – Nina 85%
Bronze: Tesoro Amazonico  (Peru) – Dark 88%

Rough ground/textured plain/origin dark chocolate bars

Bronze: Mindo Chocolate Makers  (United States) – 70% Pure Rustic Chocolate Bar

Plain/origin dark chocolate bars made with alternative natural sugar

Gold: Palette de Bine  (Canada) – Bine à l’érable, wild Bolivia 70%
Silver: La Rifa Chocolatería  (Mexico) – Barra Blanco Marfil
Bronze: La Rifa Chocolatería  (Mexico) – Barra Uranga

Plain/origin milk chocolate bars

Gold: Fruition Chocolate  (United States) – Brown Butter Milk
Silver: Chocolates El Rey  (Venezuela) – Caoba Milk Chocolate 41% Cacao
Silver: French Broad Chocolates  (United States) – Milk Chocolate
Silver: República del Cacao  (Ecuador) – Milk Chocolate Ecuador 40%

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

Gold: Sirene  (Canada) – Lachua Dark Milk
Gold: Soma Chocolatemaker  (Canada) – Fazenda Boa Vista
Silver: Cacaosuyo  (Peru) – Piura Milk
Silver: Castronovo Chocolate  (United States) – Rare Cacao Collection – Sierra Nevada, Colombia Dark Milk 63%
Silver: Castronovo Chocolate  (United States) – Tumaco, Colombia Dark Milk 60%
Silver: Chocotenango  (United States) – Happy Medium (**)
Silver: Dark Forest Chocolate  (United States) – Goat Milk 55%
Silver: Dark Forest Chocolate  (United States) – Milk Chocolate 50%
Silver: Fruition Chocolate  (United States) – Maranon Canyon Dark Milk (**)
Silver: Maraná  (Peru) – Cusco 50% – Milk Chocolate
Bronze: Castronovo Chocolate  (United States) – Dominican Republic Dark Milk 55%
Bronze: Maraná  (Peru) – Piura 50% – Milk Chocolate
Bronze: Sirene  (Canada) – Ambanja Dark Milk
Bronze: TCHO  (United States) – Cacao (**)

Micro-batch – Plain/origin milk chocolate bars

Silver: TA.CHO taller de chocolate  (Mexico) – Ámbar 46% Finca “El Paraíso”.
Bronze: MUCHO Chocolate  (Mexico) – Carmelo Mestizo

Rough ground/textured plain/origin milk chocolate bars

Silver: Soma Chocolatemaker  (Canada) – Old School Milk

Plain/origin white chocolate bars

Gold: Chocolates El Rey  (Venezuela) – Icoa White Chocolate 34% Cacao
Bronze: Angovi  (Ecuador) – Angovi Chocolate Blanco ( * Fundación Familia Salesiana)
Bronze: Mamuschka  (Argentina) – Blanco con Vainilla
Bronze: República del Cacao  (Ecuador) – White Chocolate Ecuador 31%


Flavoured bars

Dark chocolate bars with an infusion or flavouring

Gold: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Lemongrass
Silver: Amano Chocolate Company  (United States) – Amano Mango Chili (**)
Silver: AMMA  (Brazil) – Cupuaçu (**)
Silver: Cacao Hunters  (Colombia) – Cacao Hunters Cafe de Edi 61% (**)
Silver: Forte Chocolates  (United States) – Honey Bar
Silver: Forte Chocolates  (United States) – Orange Jazz
Silver: herencia divina  (Venezuela) – Sabores de Doña Petra 65 % (**)
Silver: Maverick Chocolate Company  (United States) – Espresso Dark Chocolate
Silver: Ohiyo Chocolate  (United States) – 70% Alto Beni Dark Chocolate with Coffee (**)
Silver: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Andean Mint
Silver: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Andean Rose
Silver: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Guayusa
Silver: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Lemon Verbena
Silver: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Merken
Silver: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Orange
Silver: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Passion Fruit 60%
Silver: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Sweet Pepper / Allspice
Silver: TCHO  (United States) – Coconut Crisp
Bronze: Cocoa Republic  (Trinidad and Tobago) – 65% Dark Chocolate with Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee
Bronze: Creo Chocolate  (United States) – Minty Dark (**)
Bronze: Hoja Verde  (Ecuador) – Hoja Verde Organic Orange 66%
Bronze: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Cardamom

Dark chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces

Gold: Amano Chocolate Company  (United States) – Amano Raspberry Rose (**)
Gold: Cacaosuyo  (Peru) – Piura Nibs
Silver: Amano Chocolate Company  (United States) – Amano Cardamom Black Pepper (**)
Silver: Cacaosuyo  (Peru) – Inka Berry
Silver: Dreams of Eva  (Peru) – Eucalipto & Frambuesa
Silver: Madre Chocolate  (United States) – Triple Cacao (**)
Silver: Nina Fine Chocolates  (Peru) – Nina 70% with Nibs (**)
Silver: Nugali  (Brazil) – Dark chocolate (63% cocoa) With Cupuaçu Brittle (**)
Silver: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Andean Blueberry 60%
Silver: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Coffee
Silver: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Goldenberry
Silver: Potomac Chocolate  (United States) – 70% Dark + Coconut (**)
Silver: TCHO  (United States) – Mint Chip Gelato (**)
Silver: Xocolatl de Davíd  (United States) – Almond & Pimentón
Bronze: Cacaosuyo  (Peru) – Cuzco Maras Salt
Bronze: Xocolatl de Davíd  (United States) – Peanut Butter Truffle Bar

Dark chocolate bars with a filling

Gold: Hudson Valley Naturals  (United States) – Dark Chocolate with Peanut Butter and Crispy Rice
Silver: Cacaosuyo  (Peru) – Camu Camu & Yacon
Silver: Lux Artisan Chocolates  (United States) – 64% dark chocolate, Peanut butter & sea salt bar
Silver: Milla Chocolates  (United States) – Hazelnut Praliné Bar
Silver: Milla Chocolates  (United States) – Hazelnut Praliné Bar with Turkish Coffee

Rough ground flavoured dark chocolate bars

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

Milk chocolate bars with an infusion or flavouring

Gold: Cacaosuyo  (Peru) – Lucuma
Gold: Dreams of Eva  (Peru) – Vainilla & Ají Panca
Silver: Castronovo Chocolate  (United States) – Tumaco, Colombia Mocha Milk 58% (**)
Silver: Fruition Chocolate  (United States) – Dark Milk with Flor de Sal (**)
Silver: Fruition Chocolate  (United States) – Hudson Valley Bourbon Dark Milk (**)
Silver: Mānoa Chocolate Hawaii  (United States) – 60% Dark Milk with Alii Kula Maui Lavender (**)
Silver: Maverick Chocolate Company  (United States) – Prohibition Milk Chocolate
Silver: TCHO  (United States) – Mokaccino (**)
Bronze: Cacaosuyo  (Peru) – Banana Maras salt
Bronze: TCHO  (United States) – Earl Grey (**)

Milk chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces

Gold: Fruition Chocolate  (United States) – Milk Chocolate Quinoa Crunch (**)
Silver: Chuao Chocolatier  (United States) – Caramel Apple Crush
Silver: Chuao Chocolatier  (United States) – Potato Chip
Silver: Vivra Chocolate  (United States) – Curry Cashew
Silver: Vivra Chocolate  (United States) – PB & Pretzel
Bronze: Cacaosuyo  (Peru) – Quinoa Crunch
Bronze: Maverick Chocolate Company  (United States) – 60% Dark Milk Chocolate with Nibs
Bronze: TCHO  (United States) – Golden Milk: Ginger + Turmeric (**)
Bronze: TCHO  (United States) – Snickerdoodle (**)

Milk chocolate bars with a filling

Gold: St. Croix Chocolate Company  (United States) – Peanut butter and wild grape jelly
Silver: KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates  (United States) – Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar

Flavoured white chocolate bars

Gold: Castronovo Chocolate  (United States) – White Chocolate with Lemon & Lemon Salt (**)
Gold: Solstice Chocolate  (United States) – Brown Butter White Chocolate (**)
Silver: Forte Chocolates  (United States) – Lemon Pepper Bar
Silver: Forte Chocolates  (United States) – Rosemary Sea Salt Bar
Silver: Fruition Chocolate  (United States) – Strawberries and Cream (**)
Bronze: Askinosie Chocolate  (United States) – “Dirty” White Chocolate + Vintage Cocoa Gravel Bar (**)
Bronze: Le Caméléon  (Mexico) – Abril en México tea in white chocolate


Ganaches, palets, ganache pralines and truffles

Unflavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles

Gold: Chocolopolis  (United States) – Dominican Republic House Blend Truffle
Silver: Cacao Art  (United States) – Amazonas
Silver: Chocolopolis  (United States) – Madagascar Craft Truffle
Bronze: Chocolaterie Tessa  (United States) – Costa Rica 85
Bronze: Chocolaterie Tessa  (United States) – Madagascar 100
Bronze: Chocolaterie Tessa  (United States) – Madagascar 70
Bronze: Truffle Shots  (United States) – World Peace Truffle Shots

Flavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles

Gold: Xocolatl by Giovanna Maggiolo  (Peru) – Spices
Silver: Arcay Chocolates  (Venezuela) – Coco Rum
Silver: Chocolopolis  (United States) – Spicy Aztec Truffle
Silver: Dreams of Eva  (Peru) – Frambuesa, Asaí & Ají Panca
Silver: Dreams of Eva  (Peru) – Piña & Pimienta Negra
Silver: Truffle Shots  (United States) – Lemon Basil Truffle Shots
Silver: Wolter  (Mexico) – Mezcal bonbon (**)
Silver: XO Confections  (United States) – Modena Summer
Silver: Xocolatl by Giovanna Maggiolo  (Peru) – Cherries & Pisco
Bronze: Dreams of Eva  (Peru) – Granada IPA
Bronze: French Broad Chocolates  (United States) – Strawberry Balsamic Truffle (vegan) (**)
Bronze: Roots Chocolates  (United States) – Lapsong Souchong – Smoked Tea
Bronze: Socola Chocolatier  (United States) – Jasmine tea truffles
Bronze: Truffle Shots  (United States) – Bumbleberry Truffle Shots
Bronze: Truffle Shots  (United States) – Rosemary Caramel Truffle Shots

Milk chocolate ganaches or truffles

Gold: Forte Chocolates  (United States) – Classic Milk
Silver: Chocotenango  (United States) – Yuzu & Ginger (**)
Bronze: Chocolat du Jour  (Brazil) – Coffee Truffle (**)

White chocolate ganaches or truffles

Gold: Chocolopolis  (United States) – Lemon Lavender Truffle
Silver: Chocolaterie Tessa  (United States) – Maracuya
Silver: Truffle Shots  (United States) – Castelvetrano Olive Truffle Shots
Bronze: Chocolat du Jour  (Brazil) – Passion Fruit Truffle
Bronze: Compania de Chocolates  (Argentina) – Pistache and Lime praline
Bronze: Le Caméléon  (Mexico) – Hibiscus flower ganache in white chocolate
Bronze: Wolter  (Mexico) – Tequila Bonbon (**)
Bronze: XO Confections  (United States) – Bananas Foster

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

Gold: Arcay Chocolates  (Venezuela) – Romero Salé
Silver: Arcay Chocolates  (Venezuela) – Lemon Basil
Silver: Milla Chocolates  (United States) – Manhattan Bon Bon
Silver: Milla Chocolates  (United States) – Raspberry Bon Bon
Silver: St. Croix Chocolate Company  (United States) – Coffee malt bon bon
Silver: Xocolatl by Giovanna Maggiolo  (Peru) – Almendras y limón
Silver: Xocolatl by Giovanna Maggiolo  (Peru) – Miel de picarón
Bronze: Compania de Chocolates  (Argentina) – Cardamom ginger


Nuts

Nut based pralines with dark chocolate

Bronze: Arcay Chocolates  (Venezuela) – Praliné D’Orange

Dark chocolate dragées, enrobed whole nuts

Silver: Truffle Shots  (United States) – Pistache Orange Dragées

Nut based pralines with milk chocolate

Silver: Caramela  (Mexico) – Salted Caramel pecan milk chocolate bombon
Bronze: Chocolaterie Tessa  (United States) – Carmel Almond Praline

Milk chocolate dragées, enrobed whole nuts

Gold: Truffle Shots  (United States) – Malabar Cardamom Dragées
Silver: French Broad Chocolates  (United States) – Hazelnut Dragee (**)

White chocolate dragées, enrobed whole nuts

Gold: Truffle Shots  (United States) – Ginger Snap Dragées


Caramels

Dark chocolate enrobed caramels

Silver: Chocolaterie Tessa  (United States) – Salted Butter Caramel, Dark
Silver: Chocotenango  (United States) – Coffee Caramel (**)
Silver: Fruition Chocolate  (United States) – Brown Butter Bourbon Caramels (**)

Milk chocolate enrobed caramels

Gold: Forte Chocolates  (United States) – Milk Sea Salt Caramel
Silver: Chocotenango  (United States) – Simply Lemon (**)
Silver: French Broad Chocolates  (United States) – Lavender honey caramel (**)
Silver: SiBö Chocolate Costa Rica  (Costa Rica) – Apple lime caramel (**)


Others – fruit/sugar/butter/cream

Dark chocolate enrobed fruit pastes, jellies/gelée

Gold: La Praline  (Venezuela) – Mora
Silver: La Praline  (Venezuela) – Mariposa
Bronze: La Goulue Chocolatier  (Argentina) – Dark Chocolate filled with Malbec Sweet red wine

Dark chocolate enrobed whole fruit

Gold: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Dark Chocolate Covered Dehydrated Goldenberry
Silver: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Dark Chocolate Covered Cacao Nibs
Silver: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Dark Chocolate Covered Dehydrated Banana
Bronze: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Cocoa Cacao Beans Natural
Bronze: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Dark Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans

Dark chocolate enrobed manon/butter/cream

Gold: Chuao Chocolatier  (United States) – Mocha Bonbon

Milk chocolate enrobed whole fruit

Silver: Le Caméléon  (Mexico) – Mexican banana coated in milk chocolate


Spreads

Spreads with dark chocolate (no milk powder)

Gold: Truffle Shots  (United States) – Fig + Chocolate Spread
Silver: Truffle Shots  (United States) – Gingered Chocolate Spread

Spreads with milk chocolate

Gold: Arcay Chocolates  (Venezuela) – Passion Spread
Silver: Mamuschka  (Argentina) – Mamusch Cream
Bronze: Arcay Chocolates  (Venezuela) – Tamarind Spread


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 – USA: Amano Chocolate Company  (United States) – Amano Dos Rios
Gold – USA: Solstice Chocolate  (United States) – 70% Kilombero Tanzania
Silver – USA: Amano Chocolate Company  (United States) – Amano Cuyagua
Silver – USA: Dandelion Chocolate  (United States) – Maya Mountain, Belize 70%
Silver – USA: Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate  (United States) – 72% Belize Dark Chocolate
Silver – USA: Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate  (United States) – Dick Taylor Chocolate 75% Brazil Bar
Silver – USA: Fruition Chocolate  (United States) – Wild Bolivia Dark
Silver – USA: Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate  (United States) – 70% Dark Chocolate Fortaleza Del Valle Bar ( * Conexion)
Silver – USA: Potomac Chocolate  (United States) – Duarte, Dominican Republic 70% Dark
Silver – USA: White Label Chocolate  (United States) – Honduras, La Masica

Micro-batch – Plain/origin dark chocolate bars

Gold – USA: LetterPress Chocolate  (United States) – Ucayali, Peru
Silver – USA: Acalli Chocolate  (United States) – Barataria Blend 70% Dark Chocolate
Silver – USA: Castronovo Chocolate  (United States) – Signature Collection – Nicalizo, Nicaragua 70%
Silver – USA: Dark Forest Chocolate  (United States) – Dark Bolivian 75%
Silver – USA: Fresco  (United States) – Dominican Republic Recipe 224
Silver – USA: Zak’s Chocolate  (United States) – 70% Dark Guatemala Lachua Cacao


Special awards

Given for entries that qualify for the special category criteria

Plain/origin dark chocolate bars

Gold – Chocolate Maker: Sirene  (Canada) – Tingo Maria
Gold – Directly Traded: Sirene  (Canada) – Tingo Maria
Gold – Growing Country: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Manabí 65%
Gold – Organic: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Manabí 65%
Gold – Growing Country: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Tutu Iku 70%

Micro-batch – Plain/origin dark chocolate bars

Gold – Chocolate Maker: Shattell Chocolate  (Peru) – Chuncho 70%
Gold – Directly Traded: Shattell Chocolate  (Peru) – Chuncho 70%
Gold – Growing Country: Shattell Chocolate  (Peru) – Chuncho 70%
Gold – Organic: Shattell Chocolate  (Peru) – Chuncho 70%

Triple MMM Special Award

A new prize given by our founding partners, Maricel Presilla, Martin Christy and Monica Meschini. The Triple MMM (or Mmm…) prize represents products chosen by the founders because of a personal appreciation of a product tasted during judging. This prize reflects personal enjoyment of the product awarded and is not based on the competition scores.

2017 Americas MMM: LetterPress Chocolate (United States) – Ucayali, Peru

Bean-to-bar Chocolatier Award

Recognising the dedication of chocolatiers who also make their own chocolate and couverture and use this for their chocolatier products. This year’s Award goes to:

2017 Americas Bean-to-bar Chocolatier: French Broad Chocolates (United States)

Biome-to-bar Recognition Award

Our new Special Award for ‘Biome-to-bar’ celebrates the special relationship between cacao and other sources of food in a particular biome – distinct biological communities that share a regional climate and vegetation, adapted to the local environment.

The Award recognizes excellence and expertise in the pairing of cacao with natural flavorings sourced from flora or fauna sharing the same ecological niche.

This year’s Award goes to Peruvian chocolate maker Ivan Murrugarra of Magia Piura, for his work in the biome of Northern Peru, matching local fruits with cacao from the same region.

2017 Americas Biome-to-bar Recognition: Ivan Murrugarra Magia Piura (Peru)