Last week in Toronto, our chocolate artisans from across Canada won BIG at the International Chocolate Awards Canadian Chocolatier Competition.

Today we're sending a huge congratulations to the amazing artisans we worked with / have worked with that have been recognized last week on the international stage. Read on to see the winners.

Centre and Main Chocolate, Warkworth, ON

Centre and Main is a small artisan chocolate company based in Warkworth, Ontario. Owner, Angela Roest, hand crafts creations in small batches, blending the finest couverture chocolate with delicious, natural foods and flavours. Her passion for blending chocolate with products grown or produced locally offers unique, signature flavours you won’t find anywhere else.

This year’s awards include:

  • Sesame Za’atar Bar, Bronze
  • Turkish Coffee Bar with milk chocolate, Gold
  • Toffee & Potato Chip Bar with milk chocolate, Bronze
  • Saffron Bar with white chocolate, Gold
  • Gin & Tonic Bar with white chocolate, Gold
  • Tea & Toast Bar with white chocolate, Gold

You can find Centre & Main Salted Maple Sponge toffee in our Toronto gift baskets.

Pictured: Centre and Main Salted Maple Sponge Toffee dipped in milk chocolate

 

CXBO, Toronto, ON

Chocolates by Brandon Olsen, or CXBO, is an award-winning Toronto-based confectionary created in 2015 by chef Brandon Olsen and artist Sarah Keenlyside. Their jewel-like bonbons, colourful Disco Eggs, hand-painted bars and packaging are products of Brandon’s passion for innovative flavours and Sarah’s bold visual ideas.

This year’s awards include:

  • La Banane Bar, Silver
  • Butter pecan truffle, Bronze

You can find CXBO bars in our Toronto gift baskets.

Pictured: CXBO white chocolate bar with cherry, vanilla & pink peppercorns

 

 

ChocolaTas, Abbotsford, BC

ChocolaTas has been crafting fine chocolate out of their shop in Abbotsford for nearly 20 years. Their goal has, and always will be, to make people happy by creating delicious chocolate. Wim Tas is a graduate of Maison Wittamer - Belgium’s most respected chocolate house, and exclusive suppliers to Belgian royalty-  and has won multiple awards at the international stage. To learn more about ChocolaTas, check out our blog article.

This year’s awards include:

  • Earl grey tea truffle, Bronze

You can find ChocolaTas in our Vancouver gift baskets.

Pictured: ChocolaTas milk chocolate salted caramel medallions

 

East Van Roasters, Vancouver, BC

East Van Roasters is a cafe and social enterprise benefitting women living in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. EVR handcrafts organic bean to bar chocolate and coffee that is roasted and prepared on site. They also work to encourage women re-entering the workforce through mentor-based programming and on-the-job training. Click here to learn more about East Van Roasters.

This year's awards include:

  • Cardi C dark chocolate truffle, Silver
  • Cranberry spruce dark chocolate truffle, Silver
  • Hazelnut caramel dark chocolate praline, Gold
  • Pepita dark chocolate praline, Silver
  • Chocolate Covered Giant Inca Corn, Bronze

You can find East Van Roasters in our Vancouver gift baskets.

Pictured: East Van Roasters bean-to-bar chocolate