Canadian National Competition 2016 – Grand Jury Finalists

The International Chocolate Awards is pleased to announce the Grand Jury Finalists of the Canadian National competition, which was held on 17 – 20 September 2016 in Toronto.

The judging panel was made up of chocolate experts, pastry chefs, journalists, restaurant reviewers, bloggers, culinary educators and chefs, as well as members of our Grand Jury.

The Grand Jury Finalists are the entries that made it through to the final Grand Jury round, following an initial technical Selection round and four days of Main round judging. The Finalists are the nominations from which the Grand Jury select the prize winners, through private voting. The Grand Jury follow strict rules, which you can read here (PDF).

While listing as a Grand Jury Finalist is an achievement in itself, it does not necessarily indicate that the entry will receive a prize.

The 2016 Canadian National competition Finalists are:

(In alphabetical order within each category)

Flavoured bars

Dark chocolate bars with an infusion or flavouring

ChocoSol Traders (Canada) - Jaguar Swirl
Hummingbird Chocolate Maker (Canada) - Fleur de Sel
Hummingbird Chocolate Maker (Canada) - PB & Joy
Palette de Bine (Canada) - "Sapin" Wild Harvest Bolivie 70%
Monarch Chocolates (Canada) - Orange and clove
Soma Chocolatemaker (Canada) - Stratus Bar

Dark chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces

The Violet Chocolate Company (Canada) - Pumpkin Spice Latte
The Violet Chocolate Company (Canada) - Coffee & Cocoa Nibs
The Violet Chocolate Company (Canada) - Tandoori Masala
The Violet Chocolate Company (Canada) - Raspberry Honey
Hummingbird Chocolate Maker (Canada) - Honey Lavender
Hummingbird Chocolate Maker (Canada) - Toffee & Nib
Cococo Chocolatiers (Canada) - Alaea Mint
Cococo Chocolatiers (Canada) - Chocolate Granola Bar
Palette de Bine (Canada) - "Éclats de miel" Marañòn Pérou 70%
Hof Chocolate (Canada) - Mixed Berry

Milk chocolate bars with an infusion or flavouring

The Violet Chocolate Company (Canada) - London Fog
The Violet Chocolate Company (Canada) - Moroccan Spice
The Violet Chocolate Company (Canada) - Honey Rosemary

Milk chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces

The Violet Chocolate Company (Canada) - Strawberry Basil
Soma Chocolatemaker (Canada) - Dukkah Bar
Hof Chocolate (Canada) - Aztec Golden Berry & Palm Sugar - Mexican Origin Milk Chocolate

Flavoured white chocolate bars

Shoko Chocolates (Canada) - Matcha Bar
ChocoSol Traders (Canada) - Jaguar Pure
The Violet Chocolate Company (Canada) - Gingersnap Cookie
The Violet Chocolate Company (Canada) - Pumpkin Chai
The Violet Chocolate Company (Canada) - Chamomile Mint
The Violet Chocolate Company (Canada) - The James
Cococo Chocolatiers (Canada) - Dill Fusion
Soma Chocolatemaker (Canada) - Raspberry Bar
Soma Chocolatemaker (Canada) - 5 Berry Pop
David H. Chow Chocolates & Confections (Canada) - Roasted white chocolate bar with honey toffee, fennel pollen & sea salt

Ganaches, palets, ganache pralines and truffles

Unflavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles

Sweet Lollapalooza Fine Chocolates (Canada) - Pure Nacional
BETA5 (Canada) - La Quemazon

Flavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles

The Chocolate Lab (Canada) - L.L. Dean
Gem Chocolates (Canada) - Lavender Love
Cococo Chocolatiers (Canada) - Bee Pollen Gianduja
Sweet Lollapalooza Fine Chocolates (Canada) - Bitter Orange
Sweet Lollapalooza Fine Chocolates (Canada) - Raspberry Noir
Sweet Lollapalooza Fine Chocolates (Canada) - Torque
BETA5 (Canada) - Earl Grey
Soma Chocolatemaker (Canada) - Ancho Apricot
Soma Chocolatemaker (Canada) - Peach Magnolia
Chocolates X Brandon Olsen (Canada) - Orange Blossom, Honey
Chocolates X Brandon Olsen (Canada) - Raspberry, Rose, Fennel

Flavoured milk chocolate ganaches or truffles

Cococo Chocolatiers (Canada) - Coconut
Sweet Lollapalooza Fine Chocolates (Canada) - Japanese Curry

Flavoured white chocolate ganaches or truffles

The Chocolate Lab (Canada) - Lemon Yuzu Passion
The Chocolate Lab (Canada) - Lychee Rosé
Cococo Chocolatiers (Canada) - Matcha Citrus

Flavoured ganaches or truffles with combination coating or filling

The Chocolate Lab (Canada) - Starry Night
Inspiration Chocolates (Canada) - Raspberry Swirl Sundae
Chocolatas (Canada) - Elderflower with a bite
Succulent Chocolates and Sweets (Canada) - Vanilla Bean Bonbon
Succulent Chocolates and Sweets (Canada) - Lemon Bonbon
BETA5 (Canada) - Thai Mango
BETA5 (Canada) - Floral Jasmine
BETA5 (Canada) - Root Beer Float
BETA5 (Canada) - Caipirinha
Soma Chocolatemaker (Canada) - Birch Blackstrap Truffle
Soma Chocolatemaker (Canada) - Roasted Twig Truffle
Soma Chocolatemaker (Canada) - Thai Stick
Chocolates X Brandon Olsen (Canada) - Lime, Ginger, Black Pepper


Nut based pralines with dark chocolate

BETA5 (Canada) - Sparkling Raspberry
BETA5 (Canada) - Tropical Crunch

Nut based pralines with milk chocolate

Sweet Lollapalooza Fine Chocolates (Canada) - Almond Coconut Praline

Milk chocolate gianduiotto or cremino

Soma Chocolatemaker (Canada) - Gianduja


Dark chocolate enrobed caramels

Gem Chocolates (Canada) - Rosie Salted Caramels
Temper Chocolate and Pastry (Canada) - Caramel Salty Ball
Sweet Lollapalooza Fine Chocolates (Canada) - Dark Salted Butter Caramel

Milk chocolate enrobed caramels

Cococo Chocolatiers (Canada) - Maple Buttertart

Others - fruit/sugar/butter/cream/misc

Dark chocolate enrobed manon/butter/cream

Inspiration Chocolates (Canada) - Maple Walnut Supreme


Spreads with milk chocolate

Soma Chocolatemaker (Canada) - Majoun - Hazelnut