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Americas Semi-final 2012 – winners

The International Chocolate Awards is pleased to reveal the winners of the Americas 2012 semi-final, which took place in New York, 9-14 September at Ultramarinos (Zafrakitchens.com) (Selection and Grand Jury rounds) and the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute (Main round), with logistical support from Chocolate Earth.  Over 200 entries were received for this round, with a fantastic array of origin bars, styles and flavours on offer.

The International Chocolate Awards is a new competition set up to recognise the best fine quality chocolate from around the world. The awards are designed to reflect international tastes and offer a level playing field for international entries. The judging panel is made up of experts, food journalists and pastry chefs from the host country, overseen by a Grand Jury who travel to each competition.

Prizes

The categories, which range from origin bars to filled chocolates to spreads, are designed to reflect the current chocolate industry. Prizes are separated according to category, with just one Gold awarded in each category and a number of Silver awards available.

For countries where there were 10 or more entries in a category we’ve also awarded a country Gold for the highest scoring product in that category, for products that made it to the Grand Jury round.

For the bar categories we have given awards for Directly Traded, Organic and Chocolate Maker. World finalists have also been indicated, these are products which have achieved a highly commended and will also be invited to enter the judging of the World Final in October 2012 in London, along with the medal winners.

The Winners and World Finalists of the 2012 Americas Semi Final round are:


Bars

Bars – Dark plain/origin bars

Overall winners

GOLD: Pacari Chocolate, Ecuador – 70% Piura-Quemazon

SILVER: Pacari Chocolate, Ecuador – 70% Nube

SILVER: Art Pollard / Amano Chocolate Company, United States – Cuyagua — 70% Dark Chocolate

SILVER: Pacari Chocolate, Ecuador – 70% Raw

SILVER: Franceschi Chocolate, Venezuela – Canoabo

SILVER: Fresco Chocolate, United States – 212 Dominican Republic: Light Roast, Subtle Conche

Special awards

GOLD – Chocolate Maker: Pacari Chocolate, Ecuador – 70% Piura-Quemazon

GOLD – Growing Country Chocolate: Pacari Chocolate, Ecuador – 70% Nube

GOLD – Directly Traded Cacao: Pacari Chocolate, Ecuador – 70% Piura-Quemazon

GOLD – Organic: Pacari Chocolate, Ecuador – 70% Piura-Quemazon

National awards

GOLD – USA: Art Pollard / Amano Chocolate Company, United States – Cuyagua — 70% Dark Chocolate

GOLD – ECUADOR:  Pacari Chocolate, Ecuador – 70% Nube

World Finalists

Art Pollard / Amano Chocolate Company, United States – Chuao 70% Dark Chocolate

Franceschi Chocolate, Venezuela – Franceschi Chocolate/ Sur Del Lago

Amma Chocolate, Brazil – Amma 60%

Art Pollard / Amano Chocolate Company, United States – Ocumare — 70% Dark Chocolate

Bars – Milk plain/origin bars

Overall winners

GOLD: Tcho Ventures, Inc., United States – Seriousmilk “Cacao”

SILVER: Amma Chocolate, Brazil – Amma 45%

SILVER: Tcho Ventures, Inc., United States – Seriousmilk “Classic”

Special awards

GOLD – Growing Country Chocolate: Amma Chocolate, Brazil – Amma 45%

Bars – White plain/origin bars

Overall winners

GOLD: Chocolates El Rey, C.A., Venezuela – Icoa White Chocolate

SILVER: Askinosie Chocolate, United States – Davao White Chocolate Bar

Special awards

GOLD – Growing Country Chocolate:  Chocolates El Rey, C.A., Venezuela – Icoa White Chocolate

Bars – Flavoured dark chocolate

Overall winners

GOLD: Pacari Chocolate, Ecuador – Pacari 60% With Lemongrass

SILVER: Pacari Chocolate, Ecuador – Raw 70% Chocolate Bar With Salt And Cacao Nibs

SILVER: Madre Chocolate, United States – Triple Cacao

National awards

GOLD – USA: Madre Chocolate, United States – Triple Cacao

World Finalists

Pacari Chocolate, Ecuador – Raw 70% Chocolate Bar With Maca

The Grenada Chocolate Company, Grenada – Nib-A-Licious

Bars – Flavoured milk chocolate

Overall winners

GOLD: Askinosie Chocolate, United States – Dark Milk Chocolate + Black Licorice Collabaration™ Bar

SILVER: Tcho Ventures, Inc., United States – Tchopairings Mokaccino

National awards

GOLD – USA:  Askinosie Chocolate, United States – Dark Milk Chocolate + Black Licorice Collabaration™ Bar


Filled chocolates – unflavoured dark

Unflavoured dark – Ganaches and truffles

No awards given

Nut based pralines

(No flavour other than nut)

No awards given


Filled chocolates – flavoured dark

Flavoured dark – Ganaches and truffles

Overall winners

SILVER: Fika Choklad, United States – Cinnamon/Tabasco

SILVER: Arcay Chocolates, Venezuela – Parchita (Passion Fruit)

SILVER: Luxx Chocolat, United States – Honey Pot

SILVER: Compania De Chocolates, Argentina – Yerba Mate Bombon

National awards

GOLD – USA: Fika Choklad, United States – Cinnamon/Tabasco

World Finalists

Arcay Chocolates, Venezuela – Limon (Lemon Or Lime)

Delysia Chocolatier, United States – Jalapeno Tequila

Flavoured dark – Nut based pralines and gianduja

No awards given

Flavoured dark – Caramels

World Finalists

Luxx Chocolat, United States – Oh Ginger

Fruit pastes, jellies/gelée, enrobed whole fruits

Overall winners

GOLD: Pacari Chocolate, Ecuador – Organic And Biodynamic Chocolate Convered Golden Berries


Filled chocolates – milk (flavoured or unflavoured)

Milk – Ganaches and truffles

No awards given

Milk – Nut based pralines and gianduja

Overall winners

GOLD: Fika Choklad, United States – Hazelnut Gianduja

Milk – Caramels

(Iincluding plain caramels)

GOLD: Fika Choklad, United States – Burnt Caramel

SILVER: Theo Chocolate, United States – Ghost Chile Caramel


Spreads

Spreads with dark chocolate

Overall winners

SILVER: Madison Chocolatiers West, United States – Not Your Grandma’S Caramel Sauce

Spreads with milk chocolate

World Finalists

Lillie Belle Farms, United States – Smokey Blue Truffle Spread


 


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