Canadian National Competition 2013 – Winners

The International Chocolate Awards is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Canadian National Competition, which was judged in Vancouver, British Columbia, 22-25 September 2013 at Vancouver Community College—Baking & Pastry Arts ( and with the help of our other sponsors. With a record number of over 100 entries, the competition saw strong repeat performances from last year’s winners as well strong showings from some of Canada’s newer chocolate companies as well as improvements in quality, range and innovation in many categories.

The International Chocolate Awards aim 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.

Judging Panel

The judging panel is made up of experts, food journalists, sommeliers and pastry chefs from the host country and is overseen by members of our international Grand Jury, who travel to each competition.

You can read profiles on each of the 2013 Canadian Grand Jurors here. A list of the judges who attended this competition is published here.


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

The Grand Jury can also nominate outstanding products that didn’t quite make an award to go forward as World Finalists. These products qualify to go forward to the World Final in October 2013 in London, along with the Gold and Silver medal winners.


The Winners and World Finalists of the 2013 Canadian National Competition are:


Bars – Flavoured dark chocolate

NOMINATION: Wild Sweets® By Dominique & Cindy Duby – Fig Walnut Fennel – Certified Organic

Bars – Flavoured milk chocolate

GOLD: The Violet Chocolate Company – Honey Rosemary Bar

Bars – Flavoured white chocolate

GOLD: BETA5 – Black Olive Bar
NOMINATION: MoRoCo Chocolat – Blonde Bombshell


Filled chocolates – dark

Unflavoured dark – Ganaches and truffles

GOLD: Christophe Morel Chocolatier – Palet Or pure Chuao
SILVER: Sweet Lollapalooza Fine Chocolates & Confections – Pure Nacional

Flavoured dark – Ganaches and truffles

GOLD: BETA5 – Fisherman’s Friend
SILVER: BETA5 – The Whole Cherry
SILVER: Christophe Morel Chocolatier – Black Forest
NOMINATION: Sweet Lollapalooza Fine Chocolates & Confections – Raspberry Noir

Nut based pralines and gianduja, enrobed whole nuts

SILVER: Christophe Morel Chocolatier – Coriander and orange praline

Flavoured dark – Caramels

No awards given

Fruit pastes, jellies/gelée, enrobed whole fruits

No awards given


Filled chocolates – milk

Milk – Ganaches and truffles

GOLD: Chez Christophe Chocolaterie Patisserie – Mango Bonbon
NOMINATION: JACEK Chocolate Couture – The Black Diamond (Salted Burnt Caramel)
NOMINATION: Christophe Morel Chocolatier – Palet argent Kayambe

Milk – Nut based pralines and gianduja

GOLD: Christophe Morel Chocolatier – Pecan Pie
SILVER: Christophe Morel Chocolatier – Marcona Almond Praline

Fruit pastes, jellies/gelée, enrobed whole fruits

No awards given


Filled chocolates – mixed

GOLD: BETA5 – Bay Leaf
NOMINATION: MoRoCo Chocolat – Canadian Spring
NOMINATION: Christophe Morel Chocolatier – Black and White


Filled chocolates – white

GOLD: MoRoCo Chocolat – Sub’Lime’
NOMINATION: MoRoCo Chocolat – Fujian
NOMINATION: MoRoCo Chocolat – Caramel Crunch



Spreads with dark chocolate

No awards given

Spreads with milk chocolate

NOMINATION: Chocolaterie de la Nouvelle France – Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
NOMINATION: Inspiration Chocolates – French Ganache