The International Chocolate Awards is pleased to announce the Winners of the 2021-22 Canadian Craft Chocolatier Competition, which was judged by our panel of Canadian judges and Grand Jury working with remote judging due to COVID restrictions.
The Competition celebrates the craft of chocolatiers and chocolate companies who create filled chocolates, truffles, ganaches, caramels, fondants, enrobed fruits and nuts, and spreads made from chocolate couverture or from their own bean-to-bar chocolate and includes flavoured chocolate bars made from purchased chocolate couverture.
Craft Chocolatier Competitions
For the 2021-22 season, we’re relaunching our filled chocolate competitions as “Craft Chocolatier Competitions”, with an increasing focus on cacao sourcing and traceability. Starting with the 2021-22 season, all our chocolatier competitions will now be solely dedicated to chocolate products made with cacao with an identifiable and traceable source. (White chocolate and cocoa butter are currently exempted from this rule). This new approach reflects not only current trends in craft chocolate, but also our own founding philosophy and focus on fine cacao.
The judging panel included regular Canadian judges, including pastry chefs, journalists, specialists and members of our international judging panel and Grand Jury.
The entry categories included flavoured chocolate bars, filled chocolates and spreads and are based on yearly feedback from our entrants and in consultation with the fine chocolate industry. All judging is anonymised, including at the Grand Jury final session, where scores are reviewed for consistency.
Prizes are awarded according to standard benchmark scores for each medal. More details and scores for all Grand Jury Finalist products can be viewed in the Finalists list. Awards are given only to entries that meet the required standard for each prize. Winners of the competition go forward to to the World Final.(Prizes are shown in alphabetical order for each medal)
Dark chocolate bars with an infusion or flavouring
Bronze:(Canada) - Dark Milk Gesha
Milk chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces
Gold:(Canada) - Nougatine amande & Citron
White chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces
Gold:(Canada) - Oatmeal Cookie Bar
+ Special: Classic
Ganaches, palets, ganache pralines and truffles
Flavoured white chocolate ganaches or truffles
Gold:(Canada) - Apple Pie
+ Special: Local ingredients
Flavoured ganaches or truffles with combination coating or filling
Bronze:(Canada) - Graceland
Bronze:(Canada) - Strawberry, Lemon, Basil
Nut based pralines with dark chocolate
Gold:(Canada) - Barre a croquer - 02
Bronze:(Canada) - Barre a croquer - 03
Dark chocolate enrobed caramels
Silver:(Canada) - Vodkow Caramels (**)
+ Special: Local ingredients
Spreads with dark chocolate (no milk powder)
Gold:(Canada) - Hazelnut & Jaguar Chocolate
+ Special: Alternate theobromas
Silver:(Canada) - Hazelnut & Dark Chocolate
Silver:(Canada) - Hazelnut, Dark Chocolate and Buckweat
Spreads with milk chocolate
Bronze:(Canada) - Hazelnut & Milk Chocolate
(*) Declared chocolate maker for private label bars. (**) Winner has declared the product is made with their own bean-to-bar chocolate or couverture.