Mignon, Marti, Amano, and Amella receive THE CHOCOLATIERS AWARD

The International Chocolate Salon has announced that it is presenting Mignon Chocolate, Marti Chocolatt, Amano Artisan Chocolate, and Amella Caramels with THE CHOCOLATIERS AWARD.


THE CHOCOLATIERS AWARD recipients are selected based on either having received numerous chocolate salon awards over the years, or having made a significant impact in the world of taste and chocolate, particularly in the Los Angeles area.

Mignon Chocolate, Marti Chocolatt, and Amella Caramels are based in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area. Amano Artisan Chocolate is based in Utah.


Great Chocolates for Brides and Weddings

If you are looking for great chocolates for weddings, brides, receptions, or as gifts, the Bridal Chocolate Salon — part of the International Chocolate Salon — has recently announced several of its top picks for the year. The selections are part of the annual BRIDAL CHOCOLATE SALON AWARDS Competition.

This year’s top picks were rated and ranked by Stars, and are based on features such as Taste, Texture, Packaging, and of course, whether it makes a great bridal chocolate.

Here they are:

  • 1) SELEUSS Floral Collection: 5 STARS
  • 2) DELYSIA CHOCOLATIER Hibiscus, Almond and Rose Tea: 4.5 STARS
  • 3) THE SECRET CHOCOLATIER: Brownie Pops: 4.5 STARS
  • 5) EHCHOCOLATIER Lavender, Vanilla and Los Ancones: 4 STARS
  • 7) DELYSIA CHOCOLATIER Pistachio rose and Smoked Cigar Caramels: 4 STARS

The Winners are also eligible to join and distribute their chocolates on The Chocolate Registry site, www.BridalChocolate.com

The Best Chocolatiers & Confectioners in America

TasteTV and the International Chocolate Salon are pleased to announce the 2017 award winners for the title BEST CHOCOLATIERS AND CONFECTIONERS IN AMERICA

Luxury Artisan Chocolate Art Gallery

The cool and tasty Chocolate Art Gallery at the annual San Francisco International Chocolate Salon event (www.SFChocolateSalon.com) features chocolate skulls, diamonds, dresses, statues, zen gardens, cakes, and even Legos in Scharffen Berger Chocolate.

The Chocolate diamonds come from Chocolatines outside of Chicago, and the zen garden and legos were created by the International Chocolate Salon.


Video Recipe for Caramelized Dark Chocolate Hazelnuts

A delicious recipe for Caramelized Dark Chocolate Hazelnuts.

Created by Saratoga Chocolates, and filmed for the TASTEABLE CALIFORNIA television series.

Why we love Guittard’s EPIQUE 70% Chocolate Bar

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One of our favorite new dark chocolate bars is not from a young upstart artisan bean-to-bar maker, but from a traditional and historic bar maker with a new product line.

Guittard Epique chocolate-1Guittard’s new 70% cacao EPIQUE Blend No. 49 bar is squarely in our “can’t stop eating” list. With chic packaging and color schemes, as well as an included description that this bittersweet chocolate bar has “dried red fruit notes and anise end notes,” the EPIQUE sounds almost like a wine varietal. This particular chocolate varietal includes Forastero, Trinitario, Criollo.

As such an esteemed vintage, it is also a bit more expensive than its E. Guittard predecessors, but well worth it.

Weighing in at 70% cacao, EPIQUE lacks the slightly bitter notes that one could expect in a dark bar over 68%. In addition, a creamy and delicious texture places this product in the “addictive even to non-dark chocolate lovers” category.

Guittard Epique chocolateIt is not an inexpensive snack, but at a $5-$6 price point this still comes in at the lower end of the premium artisan bar scale as far as cost, especially when considering so many artisan bars are now on the shelves at $10-$15.

We have long been fans of the Guittard product line and family, and even included their history in our bestselling book, FRENCH CHOCOLATE (also known as Chocolate FRENCH).

It could be argued that with EPIQUE, Guittard is using this product to appeal to a more costly market while not alienating its current customers. If that is true, then bravo on a job well done! Either way, we love the end result.