International Chocolate Awards
Update- Our Capistrano bar made with Madagascar Cacao won Silver for USA dark plain bars.
Tejas Chocolate was recently honored to be named as a finalist for dark and milk chocolate bars at the International Chocolate Awards 2013 Americas competition in New York. Truth is, this caught us off guard. We’ve been making chocolate for a little over two years and the ICA 2013 was the first time we entered any kind of competition.
Announcing the finalists was done at the Fine Chocolate Industry Association’s summer meeting in New York. We were not able to attend the event due to scheduling conflicts. However, twitter follower Professor Romi Burks who was at the event sent us a fun tweet to receive.
Feels good to receive this recognition we have to admit. There were 400 entries into several categories. A group of nearly 100 judges with serious food expertise passed us through to the Grand Jury which is made up of many esteemed chocolate and food gurus. To think that our chocolate was perceived to be worthy as a finalist is down right humbling and gratifying at the same time.
Alison Cook of The Houston Chronicle did some bragging for us in this story.
Lesser Brenner of Dallas Morning news also gave us a shout out while mentioning Dallas area chocolatier Dude, Sweet Chocolate.
For more insights about ICA, read Judge and noted blogger John Sconzo’s post about his judging experience at ICA.
Our goals however remain the same. To be your neighborhood chocolate maker is our passion. The fact that chocolate aficionados selected our chocolate for this recognition gives us a little international chocolate street cred. It’s something everyone who knows us should enjoy as well. It is your support and encouragement that drives us to constantly get better at making chocolate, so thanks go to our family, friends, customers, farmers, and supporters.
The International Chocolate Awards will name winners and those moving on to the world finals sometime in September. Who knows. Maybe we’ll discover some more surprises this fall.