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March 15, 2014


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FIRST PLACE
GOLD



SECOND PLACE
SILVER



THIRD PLACE
BRONZE

Best Dark Chocolate

Amano Artisan Chocolate CocoDelice
CocoTutti
Guittard Chocolate Company
Saratoga Chocolates
Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker
Taza Chocolate
CC Made
Charles Chocolates
Fera'wyn's Artisan Chocolates
flying noir
Marco Paolo Chocolates
Marti Chocolatt
Quail Point Chocolate
Best Milk Chocolate

Guittard Chocolate Company
Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker
Amano Artisan Chocolate
Charles Chocolates
Saratoga Chocolates
The TeaRoom Chocolate Company
Best Truffle

CocoTutti Quail Point Chocolate
Neo Cocoa
La Chatelaine Chocolat Co.
Smitten: Artisan Truffles
Marti Chocolatt
Amella Caramels
Kika's Treats
Socola Chocolatier
Top Artisan Chocolatier

La Chatelaine Chocolat Co. Marti Chocolatt
Marco Paolo Chocolates
flying noir
CocoTutti
Amano Artisan Chocolate
William Dean Chocolates
Most Delicious Ingredient Combinations

Marti Chocolatt Smitten: Artisan Truffles
Socola Chocolatier
La Chatelaine Chocolat Co.
CocoTutti
Jade Chocolates
Most Artistic Designs

William Dean Chocolates Fera'wyn's Artisan Chocolates flying noir
chocoMe US
Best Gift Set

William Dean Chocolates La Chatelaine Chocolat Co. Fera'wyn's Artisan Chocolates
CocoTutti
Marco Paolo Chocolates
Neo Cocoa
Most Luxurious Chocolate Experience

CocoTutti La Chatelaine Chocolat Co.
Quail Point Chocolate
Smitten: Artisan Truffles
Marco Paolo Chocolates
Marti Chocolatt
Neo Cocoa
Best Traditional Chocolates

Guittard Chocolate Company Amano Artisan Chocolate Quail Point Chocolate
Charles Chocolates
Best Flavored Chocolate

Charles Chocolates
La Chatelaine Chocolat Co.
flying noir
CocoTutti
Marti Chocolatt
Fera'wyn's Artisan Chocolates
NewTree
Socola Chocolatier
Quail Point Chocolate
Marco Paolo Chocolates
Clarine's Florentines
Saratoga Chocolates
Neo Cocoa
Jade Chocolates
Cowboy Toffee Company
Best Dark Chocolate Bar

Amano Artisan Chocolate Guittard Chocolate Company NewTree
Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker
Best Milk Chocolate Bar

Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker Jade Chocolates Charles Chocolates
Best Flavored Chocolate Bar

Charles Chocolates Jade Chocolates Neo Cocoa
Top Toffee in Salon Toffee Talk CocoTutti
Marco Paolo Chocolates
Clairesquares
Cowboy Toffee Company
Best Caramels Amella Caramels Kindred Cooks caramels Kika's Treats
Socola Chocolatier
Best in Salon CocoTutti William Dean Chocolates La Chatelaine Chocolat Co.
Amano Artisan Chocolate
Charles Chocolates
Fera'wyn's Artisan Chocolates
flying noir
Marich Premium Chocolates
Smitten: Artisan Truffles
Best Presentation & Packaging

William Dean Chocolates flying noir La Chatelaine Chocolat Co.
chocoMe US
Best Organic or Fair Trade Products

NewTree Amano Artisan Chocolate Mission Blue Confections
Amella Caramels
Sacred Chocolate
Taza Chocolate
Most Gifted Chocolatier / Chocolate Maker

CocoTutti Amano Artisan Chocolate
flying noir
La Chatelaine Chocolat Co.
Fera'wyn's Artisan Chocolates
Smitten: Artisan Truffles
Kika's Treats
Jade Chocolates
CocoDelice
William Dean Chocolates
Marco Paolo Chocolates
Marich Premium Chocolates
Marti Chocolatt
Socola Chocolatier
Best Comfort Chocolate or Snack Product

Toffee Talk Clairesquares Kika's Treats
NewTree
CC Made
Plumeria Flours
New Product Award flying noir
Kika's Treats
Smitten: Artisan Truffles
Amella Caramels
CC Made
CocoTutti
La Chatelaine Chocolat Co.
NewTree
Cacoco
chocoMe US
Clarine's Florentines
CocoDelice
Cowboy Toffee Company
Fera'wyn's Artisan Chocolates
Jade Chocolates
Marti Chocolatt
Mission Blue Confections
Neo Cocoa
Sacred Chocolate
Shokomonk
Socola Chocolatier
Toffee Talk
Best Beverage
(Alcoholic)
"Almanac Beer Co.""Biere de Chocolat""
Tequila Alquimia
Quady Winery
Raff Distillerie
Howell Mountain Vineyards
Spicy Vines
Vie Winery
Best Beverage
(Non-alcoholic)
DAVIDsTEA Tipsy Tea Spicy Vines* (pending review)
the Winery SF* (pending review)
Honorable Mention: Joia
Chocolate Gallery Award Chocolate Human Skull Chocolate Legos Chocolate High Heels by The Chocolate Fetish
Pastry Crochets by Twinkie Chan
Chocolate Zen Garden



Chocolate Salon Selected Judges' Comments

La Chatelaine's lingering flavor was very memorable. Judging was tough! I wish there were more categories to go around for all the worthy candidates. Lots of delicious treats this year! Smitten Artisan Truffles were miles above everything else. Second and third were Cowboy Toffee Company and Toffee Talk. Scharffen Berger is always solid.
The Marich booth walked me through a complete sensory tasting experience with a sampling of three chocolates: dark chocolate chipotle almond, white coconut thai curry and then a stunning dark chocolate caramel encased in a Robin's Egg Blue sugar shell. She explained all of the tasting notes for each chocolate and how each flavor was created. The passion for her craft really showed! The CocoMe bar with gold leaf was a stunning presentation. Cacoco's hot chocolate mixes were a revelation (particularly because they were only mixed with water. Shokomonk's chocolate bar with orange peel took that concept to the next level. Loved that Marco Paolo made coconut nectar toffee that had real subtlety and nuanced flavors. CC Made's caramel sauce with bay laurel was also beautifully nuanced. Amano still is the best at coaxing out distinctive chocolate notes. I wish I could bottle the passion of the guy from Raff Distillerie. It would be even better than his gin, I suspect! In the future, you might want to create a category for "functional chocolates" or raw products. Seems to be a whole new category of products focused on the health benefits of chocolate (or is it just a good excuse to eat more??). I love how deep and flavor driven many of the truffles are —less sweet and more about the components. This is a great trend; I hope it continues. The multi-layered effects such as they create at Marco Polo, or the tropical flavors of Marti, are special.
Ferawyn & NewTree Cocotutti's lavender infusions were out of this world; Le Chatelaine is a master of the craft; and Smitten's love and attention to flavor profile was rapturous. Smitten blew me away!
I found the creativity of La Chatelaine to be exciting. The flavors were refreshing and long lasting There are so many artistic people working with chocolate today. What a change from when the Salon first began. And this showcase has inspired many! La Chatelain's raspberry truffle was outstanding--fresh, perfect combination! Flying Noir continues to excite the tastebuds. Loved, loved the new Sevillla meteor ball. Also the Bourbon infused caramel and smoked sea salt from .. was exceptional!
I think the CC Made Rosemary popcorn and caramel sauce are both great. If there was a category for sweet & savory treat, that one would definitely be my vote. As evident by my votes, I'm particularly fond of Kika's Treats and Charles Chocolates--to me, these vendors represent what artisan San Francisco chocolate is all about--great quality, familiar flavors with innovative twists, and the products feel very personal and connected to their chocolatiers. Marti had some new and exciting ingredients that all worked well togther



Attendees Choice Awards



FIRST PLACE
GOLD



SECOND PLACE
SILVER



THIRD PLACE
BRONZE

Best Dark Chocolate

Guittard Chocolate Company Amano Artisan Chocolate
The TeaRoom Chocolate Company
Charles Chocolates
CocoTutti
NewTree
Sacred Chocolate
Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker
Taza Chocolate
William Dean Chocolates
Best Milk Chocolate

Guittard Chocolate Company The TeaRoom Chocolate Company
Charles Chocolates
CocoTutti
NewTree
Sacred Chocolate
William Dean Chocolates
Neo Cocoa
Shokomonk
--na
Best Truffle

CocoTutti
La Chatelaine Chocolat Co.
Socola Chocolatier
NewTree
William Dean Chocolates
Neo Cocoa
Marti Chocolatt
Smitten: Artisan Truffles
--na
Top Artisan Chocolatier

Socola Chocolatier
William Dean Chocolates
Marti Chocolatt

CocoTutti
NewTree
Neo Cocoa
Smitten: Artisan Truffles
The TeaRoom Chocolate Company
Sacred Chocolate
Shokomonk
Cacoco
Fera'wyn's Artisan Chocolates
flying noir
Jade Chocolates
Plumeria Flours

--na
Most Delicious Ingredient Combinations

Marti Chocolatt
CocoTutti
Socola Chocolatier
Plumeria Flours

NewTree
Neo Cocoa
Smitten: Artisan Truffles
The TeaRoom Chocolate Company
Sacred Chocolate
Shokomonk
Cacoco
flying noir
Jade Chocolates
La Chatelaine Chocolat Co.
Taza Chocolate
Amella Caramels
Clarine's Florentines
Cowboy Toffee Company

Most Artistic Designs

La Chatelaine Chocolat Co.
William Dean Chocolates
Marti Chocolatt
Neo Cocoa
Smitten: Artisan Truffles
The TeaRoom Chocolate Company
Sacred Chocolate
Taza Chocolate
Fera'wyn's Artisan Chocolates
--na
Best Gift Set

CocoTutti La Chatelaine Chocolat Co.
Neo Cocoa
William Dean Chocolates
Marti Chocolatt
Fera'wyn's Artisan Chocolates
NewTree
Guittard Chocolate Company
Amano Artisan Chocolate
Clairesquares
Most Luxurious Chocolate Experience

CocoTutti
flying noir
La Chatelaine Chocolat Co.
Smitten: Artisan Truffles
William Dean Chocolates
CocoDelice
Fera'wyn's Artisan Chocolates
Guittard Chocolate Company
Marti Chocolatt
Neo Cocoa
Sacred Chocolate
Socola Chocolatier
The TeaRoom Chocolate Company
--na
Best Traditional Chocolates

Guittard Chocolate Company William Dean Chocolates
The TeaRoom Chocolate Company
Amano Artisan Chocolate
Best Flavored Chocolate

Guittard Chocolate Company William Dean Chocolates
The TeaRoom Chocolate Company
Amano Artisan Chocolate
CocoTutti
La Chatelaine Chocolat Co.
Smitten: Artisan Truffles
Neo Cocoa
Sacred Chocolate
Cacoco
Charles Chocolates
Marich Premium Chocolates
NewTree
Shokomonk
--na
Best Dark Chocolate Bar

Guittard Chocolate Company Amano Artisan Chocolate The TeaRoom Chocolate Company
Best Milk Chocolate Bar

Guittard Chocolate Company William Dean Chocolates
Sacred Chocolate
Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker
CC Made
--na
Best Flavored Chocolate Bar

The TeaRoom Chocolate Company Guittard Chocolate Company
Shokomonk
William Dean Chocolates
Sacred Chocolate
Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker
Amano Artisan Chocolate
CocoTutti
NewTree
chocoMe US
Jade Chocolates
Top Toffee in Salon Toffee Talk Cowboy Toffee Company Amella Caramels
Best Caramels Amella Caramels CocoTutti
Smitten: Artisan Truffles
--na
Best in Salon Guittard Chocolate Company Amella Caramels
CocoTutti
Smitten: Artisan Truffles
Cowboy Toffee Company
Amano Artisan Chocolate
Cacoco
Fera'wyn's Artisan Chocolates
flying noir
La Chatelaine Chocolat Co.
Marti Chocolatt
Neo Cocoa
Shokomonk
The TeaRoom Chocolate Company
--na
Best Presentation & Packaging

The TeaRoom Chocolate Company
William Dean Chocolates
flying noir
La Chatelaine Chocolat Co.
Neo Cocoa
Shokomonk
chocoMe US
Clairesquares
NewTree
Sacred Chocolate
Socola Chocolatier
--na
Best Organic or Fair Trade Products

Amano Artisan Chocolate Sacred Chocolate The TeaRoom Chocolate Company
William Dean Chocolates
Shokomonk
NewTree
Guittard Chocolate Company
Jade Chocolates
Most Gifted Chocolatier / Chocolate Maker

William Dean Chocolates Amano Artisan Chocolate
Sacred Chocolate
The TeaRoom Chocolate Company
Shokomonk
NewTree
Guittard Chocolate Company
Jade Chocolates
La Chatelaine Chocolat Co.
Socola Chocolatier
CocoTutti
Smitten: Artisan Truffles
Marti Chocolatt
--na
Best Comfort Chocolate or Snack Product

Plumeria Flours CocoTutti
Neo Cocoa
William Dean Chocolates
Sacred Chocolate
The TeaRoom Chocolate Company
Shokomonk
NewTree
Cowboy Toffee Company
New Product Award CocoTutti
Socola Chocolatier
William Dean Chocolates Clairesquares
Clarine's Florentines
CocoDelice
Fera'wyn's Artisan Chocolates
flying noir
Guittard Chocolate Company
La Chatelaine Chocolat Co.
Marti Chocolatt
Neo Cocoa
NewTree
Plumeria Flours
Sacred Chocolate
Shokomonk
Smitten: Artisan Truffles
The TeaRoom Chocolate Company
Best Beverage
(Alcoholic)
Tequila Alquimia Howell Mountain Vineyards Quady Winery
Best Beverage
(Non-alcoholic)
DAVIDsTEA
Tipsy Tea
  Honorable Mention: Joia
Chocolate Gallery Award Chocolate Human Skull Red Riding Hood
Chocolate High Heels by The Chocolate Fetish
Chocolate Legos
Chocolate Zen Garden

 



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