Last year we were fortunate to make history as the first chocolate maker to sweep the Dark Chocolate category at the Specialty Food Association’s annual Sofi Awards. This year we not only repeated the feat, winning Gold, Silver and Bronze, but took home Best New Product as well!
The Sofi awards, which Bloomberg dubbed the “Oscars of Artisanal Foods,” celebrates the best specialty food products from around the world. Past winners in the Dark Chocolate category include such notable names as Thomas Keller.
Our winning chocolate bars this year are different than our winning bars from last year, meaning we have seven Sofi winning bars! This year’s winners are:
GOLD: Esmeraldas 70% – The deep, rich berry jam flavors and creamy texture of this bar are a dark chocolate lovers dream. Congratulations to Freddy Salazar and everyone at Costa Esmeraldas cacao in Ecuador, who provide us with the incredible beans we use to make this bar.
SILVER: Boyaca, 73% – Our newest origin! We’re very proud of the farmers of San Pablo de Borbur in the Boyaca region of Colombia for producing such excellent cacao beans during their very first year of production. This has quickly become a fan favorite, with delightful graham cracker and toasted marshmallow flavor notes.
BRONZE: El Carmen, 77% – While Boyaca is our newest origin El Carmen is our very first! When we first discovered these exceptionally well fermented and dried cacao beans from Giff Laube just outside Matagalpa, Nicaragua, we fell in love and never looked back. This has been one of our favorite beans from day one. Flavor notes of caramel, raisin and fig.
BEST NEW PRODUCT: Boyaca, 73% – The judges loved this bar so much they awarded it Best New Product as well!
For a complete list of the awards our bars have won please visit our Award Winners page. To learn more about how we personally source our cacao beans, including pictures from our origin trips, visit our About Our Chocolate page. And to try our intensely flavorful and exceptionally smooth chocolate for yourself visit our Online Store!
For a complete list of all the incredible 2020 Sofi Award winning products in every category visit the Specialty Food Association’s Sofi Winners page.