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We are so pleased to share we were voted Best Chocolatier in Portland two years in a row, for 2022 and 2023!
And our team loves to create new confections! A few years ago, we started to invite the scrutiny of chocolate professionals by entering a few competitions. To date, we have been recognized in the following events:
In December 2023, we won six medals from the top global competition in the world, the Academy of Chocolate, London, UK. This is our third year entering this competition, and the first where we received a Gold medal, for our Yuzu Nougat (Chocolatier's Choice collection). We received four Silver medals, for Blueberry Corn (Chocolatier's Choice collection), Passion Fruit Vanilla, Prickly Pear Mango and Peppermint Crunch. And a Bronze medal for Lime Habanero Cashew (Chocolatier's Choice collection). A total of six US-based chocolatiers won 16 medals this round.
To understand why this is the top competition, and how it is judged, it is useful to read our 2022 blog entry, but here is a quick summary: this is not like the Olympics, where there is one gold, one silver, one bronze. We have to supply 30 chocolates for each entry: each is judged by 15 judges, who use a complex point system that assesses the chocolates within 7 main and secondary judging categories. It makes for brutal, but very fair, evaluations!
In January 2023, we won five medals in the 2022 Academy of Chocolate competition. Two Silver medals for Miso Sesame (Chocolatier's Choice collection) and for Pistachio Rapsberry. And three Bronze medals for Almond Calamansi (Chocolatier's Choice collection), Pineapple Black Pepper, and Coffee Toffee (Mini Mendiant). To put these awards in perspective, only four US-based chocolatiers (including us) won a total of 10 medals.
In November 2022, our Pistachio Raspberry chocolate received a Gold medal at the largest US-based competition, the NW Chocolate Alliance Global Awards.
In November 2021, we were honored to receive three Bronze medals (out of 4 chocolates submitted) on our first foray competing at the Academy of Chocolate, London . The winning chocolates were Turkish Coffee, Yuzu Honey and Bananas Foster. Including us, only 6 US-based chocolatiers received a total of 11 medals in this global event.
In late 2020, we won a Silver medal for our Pecan Pralines mendiant with chipotle (NW Chocolate Alliance Global Awards). Earlier in 2020, we were a finalist in the Good Food Awards for our Vegan Hazelnut Crème.
In 2019, we received a Silver for our Pistachio Raspberry chocolate; and a Bronze for our Almond Citrus chocolate (both in the International Chocolate Awards/Americas competition). And a Bronze for our Lime Habanero chocolate (in the International Chocolate Salon/Spicy chocolate competition).
And locally, in the 2018 Chocolate Lovers Fling, we received Best Specialty and the People's Choice awards for our Salted Caramel Crunchy Planet.
But we always want to keep these accolades in perspective! As we write in one of our blog entries: "ultimately, we know it is you, our customers, who decide on the excellence of our confections, but it isn't bad to know we also belong in that bigger world."