Canadian National Competition 2017 – Grand Jury Finalists

September 26, 2017 5:12 pm by International Chocolate Awards in Finalists

The International Chocolate Awards is pleased to announce the Grand Jury Finalists of the Canadian National Competition which was held on 22 – 25 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 four 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 2017 Canadian Finalists are:

(In alphabetical order within each category)

Flavoured bars

Dark chocolate bars with an infusion or flavouring

DesBarres Chocolate (Canada) – Black Pepper Cardamom
The Violet Chocolate Company (Canada) – Fire Salt
Hummingbird Chocolate Maker (Canada) – Fleur de Sel
Hummingbird Chocolate Maker (Canada) – Orange Cardamom
Qantu (Canada) – Érable & Fleur sel de Maras
Cacao 70 (Canada) – Cacao 70 – Jack Bean 70%

Dark chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces

Palette de Bine (Canada) – Pérou Marañón 70% “Orange d’Hiver”
East Van Roasters (Canada) – Aloha Crunch
East Van Roasters (Canada) – The Queen
The Violet Chocolate Company (Canada) – Cranberry Pine
Hummingbird Chocolate Maker (Canada) – Toffee Nib
Hummingbird Chocolate Maker (Canada) – Honey Lavender
Hummingbird Chocolate Maker (Canada) – PB & Joy
BETA5 (Canada) – Verdant Force
BETA5 (Canada) – Mandarin Crunch
Qantu (Canada) – Peppers’ Dance!
Ambrosia Pastry Co (Canada) – Chuno Blackberry and Pecan
CXBO (Canada) – Kensington Bar
CXBO (Canada) – Raspberry Rose Fennel

Rough ground flavoured dark chocolate bars

ChocoSol Traders (Canada) – Jaguar Swirl

Milk chocolate bars with an infusion or flavouring

Hailed Chocolate (Canada) – Hailed Milk Chocolate
The Violet Chocolate Company (Canada) – Honey Rosemary
Cacao 70 (Canada) – Cacao 70 – Chai 45%
Cacao 70 (Canada) – Cacao 70 – Earl Grey 45%

Milk chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces

Hailed Chocolate (Canada) – Hailed Milk Chocolate Almonds
cōchu chocolatier (Canada) – Hazelnut
BETA5 (Canada) – Raspberry + Licorice
cōchu chocolatier (Canada) – ‘racha peanut

Flavoured white chocolate bars

Hailed Chocolate (Canada) – Hailed White Chocolate
Hailed Chocolate (Canada) – Hailed White Chocolate Almonds
cōchu chocolatier (Canada) – Gingerbread Bar
Soma Chocolatemaker (Canada) – Raspberry Bar
Soma Chocolatemaker (Canada) – Mango Thai Chili bar
The Violet Chocolate Company (Canada) – Lemon Espresso
The Violet Chocolate Company (Canada) – Pomegranate & Turmeric
Karat Chocolate (Canada) – High tea bar

Ganaches, palets, ganache pralines and truffles

Unflavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles

The Chocolate Lab (Canada) – Tall, Dark, and Handsome
Sweet Lollapalooza Fine Chocolates (Canada) – Pure Nacional

Flavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles

The Chocolate Lab (Canada) – Matinee at the Bijou
The Chocolate Lab (Canada) – Dark Passion
BETA5 (Canada) – Douglas Fir
cōchu chocolatier (Canada) – Passionfruit
cōchu chocolatier (Canada) – P & S Espresso
Sweet Lollapalooza Fine Chocolates (Canada) – Raspberry Noir
Sweet Lollapalooza Fine Chocolates (Canada) – Herbsaint ganache
Sweet Lollapalooza Fine Chocolates (Canada) – Lime bonbon

Flavoured milk chocolate ganaches or truffles

Gem Chocolates (Canada) – Fika
Gem Chocolates (Canada) – Lakrids Hallon
cōchu chocolatier (Canada) – Caramel Knot
Sweet Lollapalooza Fine Chocolates (Canada) – Passionfruit and St. Germaine Caramel
Sweet Lollapalooza Fine Chocolates (Canada) – Cassis milk chocolate caramel
Moroco Chocolat (Canada) – Miso Brown Sugar Truffle

Flavoured white chocolate ganaches or truffles

The Chocolate Lab (Canada) – Orange Dreamsicle
cōchu chocolatier (Canada) – P & S Latte

Flavoured ganaches or truffles with combination coating or filling

Cococo Chocolatiers (Canada) – Olive Bon Bon
The Chocolate Lab (Canada) – Cuppa Joe
BETA5 (Canada) – Double Double
BETA5 (Canada) – Whisky – Hazelnut
BETA5 (Canada) – Thai Mango
The Chocolate Lab (Canada) – Harry’s Day-o
Inspiration Chocolates (Canada) – Ube Coconut Extraordinaire
Inspiration Chocolates (Canada) – Raspberry Swirl
Soma Chocolatemaker (Canada) – Yuzu Sake Kazu
Soma Chocolatemaker (Canada) – Strawberry Rhubarb Truffle
cōchu chocolatier (Canada) – Gin & Tonic
cōchu chocolatier (Canada) – Screwdriver
Seed Confections (Canada) – Minted Pine Nut
Seed Confections (Canada) – Rose
Seed Confections (Canada) – Pumpkin Spice latte
Seed Confections (Canada) – Red Wine Cherry
BETA5 (Canada) – Yuzu – Matcha
Sweet Lollapalooza Fine Chocolates (Canada) – Matcha green tea bonbon
Sweet Lollapalooza Fine Chocolates (Canada) – Teaism


Nut based pralines with dark chocolate

BETA5 (Canada) – Pecan Pie

Nut based pralines with milk chocolate

BETA5 (Canada) – Sparkling Praline
Sweet Lollapalooza Fine Chocolates (Canada) – Almond coconut praline

Milk chocolate gianduiotto or cremino

Soma Chocolatemaker (Canada) – Soma Milk Gianduja


Dark chocolate enrobed caramels

Gem Chocolates (Canada) – Toasted Black Sesame Seed Caramel
cōchu chocolatier (Canada) – Blood Orange Caramel
Sweet Lollapalooza Fine Chocolates (Canada) – Salted Butter Caramel
Moroco Chocolat (Canada) – Lime Caramel Bon Bon

Milk chocolate enrobed caramels

cōchu chocolatier (Canada) – Ginger Caramel

Others – fruit/sugar/butter/cream/misc

Dark chocolate enrobed fruit pastes, jellies/gelée

Sweet Lollapalooza Fine Chocolates (Canada) – The Orange Grove


Spreads with dark chocolate (no milk powder)

Allo Simonne (Canada) – Allo, Simonne?
Allo Simonne (Canada) – Allo, Simonne!
East Van Roasters (Canada) – Chocolate Nut Butter

Spreads with milk chocolate

Allo Simonne (Canada) – Allo, Simonne?