SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- TasteTV and the International Chocolate Salon are pleased to announce the winners of their annual national chocolate competitions for Top Toffee, Best Caramels, Best Chocolate Bar, and Best Bridal Chocolates.
In addition, from these competitions have been selected the Official Caramel Partners and Official Toffee Partners for the TASTE AWARDS. The TASTE AWARDS celebrate the year's best in Food, Fashion, and Lifestyle programs on Television, in Film, Online, and on Radio. (www.TheTasteAwards.com)
Finalists for the chocolate competitions were reviewed by expert panels of food & wine media, chefs, and retailers. The results are as follow:
TOFFEE COMPETITION: GOLD - Lambrecht Gourmet, Toffee Talk, Nottage Cottage. SILVER - Beijo de Chocolat. BRONZE - Chocolot, Chubby Chipmunk Hand-Dipped Chocolates, Roberts Confections, Toffee to Go.
Official Toffee Partners for the TASTE AWARDS are Toffee Talk, Nottage Cottage Hawaiian Macadamia Nut Toffee, and Lambrecht Gourmet.
Toffee Judges Panel: Jennifer Olvera (Food Lovers' Guide to Chicago, Serious Eats), Susannah Chen (YumSugar), Jack Epstein (Chocolate Covered), Anita Chu (Author, Dessert First), Michael McKenna (APA), Katreece Montgomery (The Chocolate Addict), Terry Boyd (Blue Kitchen), Jennifer Che (Tiny Urban Kitchen), Penny Pollack (Chicago Magazine), Janet Rudolph (Dyingforchocolate.com), Tamara Palmer (SF Weekly), Victoria Abbott Riccardi (Food Editor, Boston Common).
CARAMEL COMPETITION: GOLD - Gem Chocolates, Kika's Treats, Sixth Course Artisan Confections. SILVER - Amella, Chocolot, Forte Chocolates. BRONZE - Beijo de Chocolat, Chocolot, Dean'sSweets, Donna & Company, JJ's Sweets Cocomels, Lambrecht Gourmet, The Sweet P.
Official Caramel Partners for the TASTE AWARDS are Sixth Course Artisan Confections, Amella, and Chocolot.
Caramel Judges Panel: Lynn Wong (Viva Cocolat), Andrea Nadel (Gourmet Walks), Alexandria Christakos (Draegers Market), Seletta Luna Raven (Luna's Kitchen Magic), Chandra Ram (Plate), Bernard Pacyniak (Candy Industry magazine), Anneli Rufus (Huffington Post), Carole Bloom (Chocolate Author), Angela Lazear (East Bay Food Scene), James Norton (The Heavy Table).
CHOCOLATE BAR COMPETITION: GOLD - Chuao Chocolatier, Donna & Company, Forte Chocolates, Madecasse, Moonstruck Chocolate Co, The Chocolate Fetish, The TeaRoom Chocolate Company, Wild Sweets by Dominique & Cindy Duby. SILVER - Chocolot, Escazu Artisan Chocolates, Salazon Chocolate. BRONZE - Blue Tierra Chocolate, MDP Signature Chocolates, The Chocolate Fetish, The Oakland Chocolate Company.
Chocolate Bar Judges Panel: Robert Luce (Chicago Scene), David Lytle (Frommers.com), Jill Lewis (The Heavy Table), Emma Krasov (Art and Entertain Me, JetSet Extra), Jessica Blanco (Tyler Florence Shops), Bernard Pacyniak (Candy Industry magazine), Leslie Harlib (Marinscope Newspapers), Jack Epstein (Chocolate Covered), David and Edie Ichioka (Bunrab.com), Cindy Wong Chen (China Eastwind Fine Wine Merchants), Mary Vincent (Gratitude Gourmet), Erielle Bakkum (Fancy Toast).
BRIDAL CHOCOLATES COMPETITION (Best Chocolates for Brides and Weddings): GOLD - Chocolot, Ciel Chocolatier, Forte Chocolates, Guylian Artisanal Belgian Chocolate, Seattle Chocolate Company, Sixth Course Artisan Confections, Socola Chocolatier, Toffee Talk. SILVER - Beijo de Chocolat, Chubby Chipmunk Hand-Dipped Chocolates, CocoTutti, Delysia Chocolatier, DEUVO Gourmet Sweets.
Bridal Chocolate Judges Panel: Today's Bride Magazine, Destination Weddings and Honeymoons Magazine, Southern Weddings Magazine, California Brides Magazine, Manhattan Bride Magazine, Destination I Do Magazine, Rocky Mountain Bride Magazine, Bridal Guide Magazine, TheFlirtyGuide.com.
More information about these competitions can be found at www.InternationalChocolateSalon.com
Upcoming public chocolate tasting events include the Los Angeles Chocolate Salon (9/23/12), the Fall Chocolate Salon (11/11/12), and the Las Vegas Chocolate Salon (2/17/13).
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