Canadian National Competition 2015 – Grand Jury Finalists

The International Chocolate Awards is pleased to announce the Grand Jury Finalists of the Canadian National competition which was held on 25 – 27 September in Toronto.

The judging panel was made up of pastry chefs, journalists, restaurant reviewers, bloggers, culinary educators and chefs, as well as members of our Grand Jury.

The Grand Jury Finalists are the entries that made it through to the final Grand Jury round, following an initial technical Selection round and two days of Main round judging. The Finalists are the nominations from which the Grand Jury select the prize winners, through private voting. The Grand Jury follow strict rules, which you can read here (PDF).

While listing as a Grand Jury Finalist is an achievement in itself, it does not necessarily indicate that the entry will receive a prize.

The 2015 Canadian National competition Finalists are:

(In alphabetical order within each category)

Flavoured bars

Dark chocolate bars with an infusion or flavouring

Hummingbird Chocolate Maker (Canada) - Fleur de Sel 70%
Hummingbird Chocolate Maker (Canada) - PB & Joy
The Violet Chocolate Company (Canada) - Rose Mint
Hof Chocolate (Canada) - Rose & Lemon

Dark chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces

Hummingbird Chocolate Maker (Canada) - Honey Lavender
Inspiration Chocolates (Canada) - Orange 'n the Coconut
The Violet Chocolate Company (Canada) - Tandoori Masala
The Violet Chocolate Company (Canada) - Taco
The Violet Chocolate Company (Canada) - Coffee & Cocoa Nibs
The Violet Chocolate Company (Canada) - Spicy Hibiscus
Cococo Chocolatiers (Canada) - Oregano Fusion Tablette
BLINK chocolate (Canada) - Sour Cherry & Cocoa Nib bark
BLINK chocolate (Canada) - Azteca bark
Palette de Bine (Canada) - Vietnam 72% "La batch boucane avec piments et sel de mer"
organicfair (Canada) - Little Italy organic dark chocolate bar

Milk chocolate bars with an infusion or flavouring

The Violet Chocolate Company (Canada) - Herbes de Provence
The Violet Chocolate Company (Canada) - Honey Rosemary
The Violet Chocolate Company (Canada) - Moroccan Spice

Milk chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces

The Violet Chocolate Company (Canada) - Birthday Cake
BETA5 (Canada) - Milk Chocolate - Nibs - Sea Salt

Flavoured white chocolate bars

The Violet Chocolate Company (Canada) - Lemon Dill
The Violet Chocolate Company (Canada) - Pumpkin Chai

Ganaches, palets, ganache pralines and truffles

Flavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles

Gem Chocolates (Canada) - Gold Rush
Knitted Goods Chocolates (Canada) - Toasted Western Cedar
BETA5 (Canada) - Porcini
Chocolate by Wickerhead (Canada) - Currant Rose Cardamon
BETA5 (Canada) - Absinthe
Soma Chocolatemaker (Canada) - Fig Balsamic Truffle
Soma Chocolatemaker (Canada) - Peach Magnolia

Flavoured milk chocolate ganaches or truffles

BETA5 (Canada) - Sage
Inspiration Chocolates (Canada) - Monkey's Lunch - PBB
Soma Chocolatemaker (Canada) - Garam Masala Truffle
Cococo Chocolatiers (Canada) - Earl Grey Tea

Flavoured ganaches or truffles with combination coating or filling

Gem Chocolates (Canada) - Cézanne Pear
BETA5 (Canada) - Cucumber - Mint
BETA5 (Canada) - Celery - Peanut
Soma Chocolatemaker (Canada) - Thai Stick
Soma Chocolatemaker (Canada) - Vietnamese Coffee
Cococo Chocolatiers (Canada) - Mango Peppercorn
Cococo Chocolatiers (Canada) - Mint
Cococo Chocolatiers (Canada) - Sambucca
Old Firehall Confectionery (Canada) - Cherry Pistachio Truffle
Old Firehall Confectionery (Canada) - Passion Fruit Lavender Truffle
Succulent Chocolates and Sweets (Canada) - Raspberry Bonbon
Succulent Chocolates and Sweets (Canada) - Pumpkin Spice Bonbon
Succulent Chocolates and Sweets (Canada) - Earl Grey Tea Bonbon
Succulent Chocolates and Sweets (Canada) - The Crunchy Apple Bonbon


Nut based pralines with dark chocolate

BETA5 (Canada) - Roasted Beet - Ginger
BETA5 (Canada) - Raspberry - Rose

Nut based pralines with milk chocolate

BETA5 (Canada) - Pumpkin
Cococo Chocolatiers (Canada) - Salted Peanut Butter Cup
BETA5 (Canada) - Sesame - Sriracha
BETA5 (Canada) - Hibiscus - Pistachio


Dark chocolate enrobed caramels

Gem Chocolates (Canada) - Lime Chili Caramel
Cococo Chocolatiers (Canada) - Chocolate Caramel with Thai Ginger


Spreads with milk chocolate

Inspiration Chocolates (Canada) - French Ganache
Inspiration Chocolates (Canada) - Aztec Spice