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SAN FRANCISCO
INTERNATIONAL CHOCOLATE SALON 2011

A) Best of Salon Awards
B) Attendees Choice Awards



Best of Salon Awards

 

 



FIRST PLACE
GOLD



SECOND PLACE
SILVER



THIRD PLACE
BRONZE
Best Dark Chocolate

Amano Artisan Chocolate Madecasse Alter Eco Fair Trade Chocolate
Fabrica de Chocolate Momotombo

Best Milk Chocolate

New Tree Madecasse
Jade Chocolates

Guittard Chocolate Company
Saratoga Chocolates
Vice Chocolates
The Tea Room chocolate

Best Truffle

Gateau et Ganache
Seattle Chocolate Company

CocoTutti
Neo Cocoa

Vice Chocolates
Salt Side Down Chocolates
Top Artisan Chocolatier

Amano Artisan Chocolate Gateau et Ganache Vice Chocolates
Dolce Bella Chocolates and Cafe
Choclatique
William Dean Chocolates

Most Delicious Ingredient Combinations

Vice Chocolates Dolce Bella Chocolates and Cafe
Socola Chocolatier
Marti Chocolatt
Salt Side Down Chocolates
Snake & Butterfly

Amano Artisan Chocolate
William Dean Chocolates
CocoTutti
Neo Cocoa
Clarine's Florentines
Jade Chocolates
The Tea Room chocolate
Divine Chocolate
Nicole Lee Fine Chocolates
Lulu's Chocolate

Most Artistic Designs

William Dean Chocolates Choclatique Sterling Confections
Best Gift Set

William Dean Chocolates
Choclatique

Sterling Confections
Socola Chocolatier
Jade Chocolates

Amano Artisan Chocolate
Vice Chocolates
Neo Cocoa
Saratoga Chocolates
Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Co.
Dolce Bella Chocolates and Cafe

Most Luxurious Chocolate Experience

Amano Artisan Chocolate
Neo Cocoa
Vice Chocolates
Fabrica de Chocolate Momotombo
CocoTutti
Marti Chocolatt
Dolce Bella Chocolates and Cafe
Gateau et Ganache
Seattle Chocolate Company

New Tree
Clarine's Florentines
Choclatique
Garden Creamery sorbet
Best Traditional Chocolates

Valrhona Chocolates Guittard Chocolate Company Amano Artisan Chocolate
Fabrica de Chocolate Momotombo
Dolce Bella Chocolates and Cafe
Gateau et Ganache

Best Flavored Chocolate

Fabrica de Chocolate Momotombo
The Tea Room chocolate

Socola Chocolatier Valrhona Chocolates
Guittard Chocolate Company
Dolce Bella Chocolates and Cafe
Neo Cocoa
CocoTutti
Marti Chocolatt
New Tree
Jade Chocolates
Landru Chocolates
Her Coconess Confections
William Dean Chocolates
Kika's Treats
Best Dark Chocolate Bar

Amano Artisan Chocolate Madecasse Fabrica de Chocolate Momotombo
New Tree
Best Milk Chocolate Bar

New Tree Madecasse
Guittard Chocolate Company
Jade Chocolates
The Tea Room chocolate
Alter Eco Fair Trade Chocolate
Amano Artisan Chocolate
Fabrica de Chocolate Momotombo
Divine Chocolate
Taza Chocolate
Goat Milk Candy Company
Permano
Best Flavored Chocolate Bar

The Tea Room chocolate New Tree Jade Chocolates
Divine Chocolate
Vice Chocolates
Top Toffee in Salon CJ's Toffee and Toppings / Toffee Talk Permano Dolce Bella Chocolates and Cafe
Best Caramels Kika's Treats
Snake & Butterfly
Landru Chocolates
Saratoga Chocolates
Vice Chocolates
CocoTutti
Permano
Dolce Bella Chocolates and Cafe
Neo Cocoa
Plumeria Flours
William Dean Chocolates
Best in Salon Gateau et Ganache
Fabrica de Chocolate Momotombo
Dolce Bella Chocolates and Cafe
Amano Artisan Chocolate
Marti Chocolatt
Snake & Butterfly
Vice Chocolates
CocoTutti
William Dean Chocolates
Salt Side Down Chocolates
Socola Chocolatier
Divine Chocolate
Choclatique
Seattle Chocolate Company
Best Presentation & Packaging

Socola Chocolatier William Dean Chocolates
Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Co.
Vice Chocolates
Best Organic or Fair Trade Products

Divine Chocolate
Alter Eco Fair Trade Chocolate
Madecasse
Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Co.
New Tree
Fabrica de Chocolate Momotombo
Snake & Butterfly
The Tea Room chocolate
Guittard Chocolate Company
Pure Dark
Taza Chocolate
Most Gifted Chocolatier / Chocolate Maker

Gateau et Ganache Vice Chocolates Dolce Bella Chocolates and Cafe
Neo Cocoa
Amano Artisan Chocolate
Best Comfort Chocolate or Snack Product

Kika's Treats Plumeria Flours Clarine's Florentines
Her Coconess Confections
New Product Award Fabrica de Chocolate Momotombo Snake & Butterfly
Gateau et Ganache
Socola Chocolatier
Seattle Chocolate Company
New Tree
Plumeria Flours
Saratoga Chocolates
Choclatique
Goat Milk Candy Company
Clarine's Florentines
Salt Side Down Chocolates
Neo Cocoa
Marti Chocolatt
Nicole Lee Fine Chocolates
Vice Chocolates
William Dean Chocolates
Kika's Treats
CJ's Toffee and Toppings / Toffee Talk
Madecasse
Garden Creamery sorbet



Chocolate Salon Selected Judges' Comments


Jtruffles.com Rum Raisin

It was a tie between Momotombo's banana-whisky bonbons and Salt Side Down's fungus truffle.

Jade Chocolate's Genmaicha Chocolate Bar, with matcha green tea and roasted rice.

 


Overall, Marti Chocolatt showed amazing innovation with flavor, everything I tried was better than the taste before. I found her work outstanding!

"I was blown away by the products of Gateau et Ganache; I loved the creativity and passion of Socola (perhaps a ""Most Creative"" award next year?); Motombo's chocolate coated, hand-peeled whole cocoa beans were wonderful; and I adored the kid salespeople at NewTree!"


So hard to choose :-) Dolce Bella Irish Coffee or Landru's Berries truffle.. Everyone stepped outside the box. Loved most of the new flavors.

Sour cherry caramel truffle from Gateau et Ganache was surprising and luxurious.

 


My personal favorites were...Cocoa Atlanta Chocolates discussing the coaca bean roasting and tasting the different chocolates, and Carlos from Fabrica de Momotombo discussing the volcanic soil in which the cocoa beans are grown in Nicaragua....and tasting them of course!!!!

Personal Fav is Amano. There were so many good contenders, but Amano was perfect. Madecasse was also top notch.


Socola's Sriracha, Snake & Butterfly's Jalapeno dulce de leche; Salt Side Down's Umami/Sweet Fungus Amongus; Vice's Violent Heart Chipotle Caramel; New Tree's Pink Peppercorn. Just amazing creativity in flavor this year! So hard to pick one!!


Coco Tutti Orange Confit Caramels Toffee Talk Toffee

The lime with tequila truffle by Gateau et Ganache.


J. Truffles Art Decadent




Attendees Choice Awards




FIRST PLACE
GOLD



SECOND PLACE
SILVER



THIRD PLACE
BRONZE
Best Wine in Salon SLO Down Wines Quady Winery Sol Rouge / Winery Collective / The Winery SF
Punk Dog Wines

Best Wine with Chocolate SLO Down Wines
Quady Winery
R&B Cellars

Punk Dog Wines
Best Wine with Food SLO Down Wines Quady Winery
Punk Dog Wines

Greater Purpose wine
Best Beverage (alcoholic) VAD Vodka Adult Chocolate Milk SLO Down Wines
Best Beverage (non-alcoholic) na na na
Best New Find (Beverage) Adult Chocolate Milk
SLO Down Wines
VAD Vodka
Greater Purpose wine
Quady Winery
Punk Dog Wines
Sol Rouge / Winery Collective / The Winery SF
Respite Wines
       
Best for Gifts Choclatique
Socola Chocolatier
William Dean Chocolates Gateau et Ganache
Vice Chocolates
Neo Cocoa
Best Confection Gateau et Ganache Choclatique
Vice Chocolates
Nicole Lee Fine Chocolates
Neo Cocoa
Best Presentation William Dean Chocolates Vice Chocolates Neo Cocoa
Best New Find Marti Chocolatt Neo Cocoa William Dean Chocolates
Socola Chocolatier
Snake & Butterfly
Most Luxurious Experience Amano Artisan Chocolate Neo Cocoa Nicole Lee Fine Chocolates
Most Exciting Experience

Marti Chocolatt Choclatique
Socola Chocolatier
Vice Chocolates
Neo Cocoa
The Tea Room chocolate
Most Inventive Vice Chocolates Marti Chocolatt Socola Chocolatier
Most Likely Addiction Neo Cocoa Vice Chocolates
Marti Chocolatt
Nicole Lee Fine Chocolates
Clarine's Florentines
CJ's Toffee and Toppings / Toffee Talk

 


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