A chocolate bar made in Vancouver has won the title of ‘Top Chocolate Bar’ at the 2014 International Chocolate Salon in San Francisco, California.
The bar, called Mermaid’s Choice made by Mink Chocolates, beat out entries from across Canada, the U.S. and around the world. It did tie for first place with New South Wales’s Zokoko – Tranquilidad Bolivia 72%.
However, Mermaid’s Choice also earned awards in other categories, winning gold in the Best Ingredient Combinations and Best Texture. It earned silver for Best Mixed Chocolate Bar and Best Taste and bronze for Most Unique.
“This is a big deal,” said Marc Lieberman, president and founder of Mink Chocolates. “It’s a validation that you can stand up with all of the big players, all of the creative people, and there are lots of them out there, and really make something that speaks to the quality, to a wide range of taste profiles, and people’s opinions that sort of thing.”
“But really it’s a big deal, it’s the biggest thing that I had an opportunity to participate in.”
There were fourteen judges in total whose job it was to rank the chocolate bars.
Mermaid’s Choice is a blend of burnt caramel, fleur de sel and a hint of rosemary. It is 70 per cent cacao and is about the size of an iPod. It retails for $6.25 and contains 200 calories.
Mink Chocolates is located at 863 West Hastings and also in South Surrey at Morgan Crossing, 15775 Croydon Drive.