The International Chocolate Awards is pleased to announce the Winners of the 2015 Peru Competition, which was judged July 2-4, 2015, in Lima as part of the activities of the VI Salón del Cacao y Chocolate, Peru. This is the First Peruvian Chocolate Competition (Primer Concurso Nacional de Chocolate Peruano), an outreach project of the International Chocolate Awards.
We are proud that our first ever Cacao Country Support Competition was held in a cacao-growing country in Latin America, cacao’s ancestral home. The contest celebrates the emergence of a fine chocolate industry in Peru, a country whose growing cacao potential and genetic diversity promises to support the development of a strong chocolate industry based on fine origin chocolate
The competition was run in partnership with the Committee of the Salón del Chocolate y Cacao, a group formed by the Asociación Peruana de Productores de Cacao (APPCACAO), the country’s largest association of cacao growers, the United States Agency for International Develoment (USAID) and its operator and partner TECHNOSERVE (TNS), Agronomists and Veterinarians without Borders (AVSF), the Comisión Nacional para el Desarrollo y Vida sin Drogas (DEVIDA), the Comisión de Promoción del Perú para la Exportación y el Turismo (PROMPERU), and the Ministerio de Agricultura y Riego (MINAGRI).
Sponsored by the International Chocolate Awards, the competition was run using the International Chocolate Awards judging system and rules and was adjudicated by members of our Grand Jury. This Cacao Country Support Competition judges bars, filled chocolates, and chocolate beverages, and it is not part of our 2015 World Final qualifying series. Designed as a self-contained National Competition, it is a prototype for world-wide contests where we will help establish objective and transparent benchmarks that contribute to the self-evaluation of emerging fine chocolate industries in cacao-growing countries.
The judging panel included food writers, cacao and chocolate experts, journalists, bloggers, chefs and chocolate tasters from Europe, South America and the USA and members of our international Grand Jury panel. The panel also featured winners from our World Final series from Ecuador, the USA, Venezuela and Vietnam.
The competition judged entries from the following types of products: plain origin chocolate bars (dark, milk or white); flavoured bars (dark, milk or white), with infusions, inclusions, and filled; filled chocolates, and chocolate beverages.
Prizes were awarded by the VI Salón del Cacao y Chocolate, Peru 2015 during an official ceremony on July 4 at the Hotel Maria Angola.
(Prizes are shown in alphabetical order for each medal)
Plain/origin dark chocolate bars
Gold:(Peru) - Piura Select
Silver:(Peru) - Lakuna
Bronze:(Peru) - Amazonas
Bronze:(Peru) - San Martin
Bronze:(Peru) - Barras de chocolate de origen Chulucanas
Bronze:(Peru) - 60% Bitter
Bronze:(Peru) - 75% Bitter
Plain/origin milk chocolate bars
Gold:(Peru) - Piura Milk
Silver:(Peru) - Barra Milky La Ibérica
Bronze:(Peru) - Chocolate con leche
Plain/origin white chocolate bars
Gold:(Peru) - Chocolate con Majambo al 60% de cacao
Dark chocolate bars with an infusion or flavouring
Bronze:(Peru) - Hierba Luisa
Dark chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces
Gold:(Peru) - Chocolate Maras Salt (Sal de Maras) 70% Cacao
Silver:(Peru) - Piura Nibs
Bronze:(Peru) - Chocolate bitter de 60 % con Aguamanto
Bronze:(Peru) - Dark chocolate with cacao nibs
Dark chocolate bars with a filling
Gold:(Peru) - Camu Camu & Yacon
Milk chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces
Gold:(Peru) - Barra Milky Crocante
Silver:(Peru) - Quinoa
Bronze:(Peru) - Chocolate con leche y pecanas
Flavoured white chocolate bars
Gold:(Peru) - Capuccino
Ganaches, palets, ganache pralines and truffles
Unflavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles
Gold:(Peru) - 70/70
Flavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles
Gold:(Peru) - Piura / Amazonas
Silver:(Peru) - Moscatel
Flavoured white chocolate ganaches or truffles
Gold:(Peru) - Ranfañote
Flavoured ganaches or truffles with combination coating or filling
Gold:(Peru) - Ají Amarillo
Silver:(Peru) - Lúcuma / Pisco
Milk chocolate dragées, enrobed whole nuts
Bronze:(Peru) - Bombón Pecana
Spreads with dark chocolate (no milk powder)
Gold:(Peru) - Chocolate Jam with Maracumango
Silver:(Peru) - Chocolate Jam - Peanut
Drinks with dark chocolate
Dark drinking chocolate (made with milk)
Gold:(Peru) - Canela, clavo y jengibre
Gold:(Peru) - Chocolate Caliente
Silver:(Peru) - Cup Chocolate
Drinks with milk chocolate
Milk drinking chocolate (with milk chocolate/milk powder)
Silver:(Peru) - Licor de crema de café
Silver: Mishki Cacao (Peru) - Chocolate para Tasa 100 % Cacao
(*) Declared chocolate maker for private label bars.
(**) Winner has declared the product is made with their own bean-to-bar chocolate or couverture.