Filipino chocolate, nut, ice cream products win UK’s Great Taste Awards

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Filipino cuisine captivated tastebuds at the ‘Oscars’ of the food world.

Philippine-made chocolate products have won the prestigious Great Taste Awards, the world’s largest fine food and drink competition held by the United Kingdom (UK) Guild of Fine Food experts.

Three premium dark chocolate makers who source their products from Davao the Cacao Capital of the Philippines were recognized by the Guild of Fine Food critics who judged 12,777 food products from 106 countries. The award-giving body announced the winners on September 22, 2020.

Auro Chocolate

World-famous Auro Chocolate shared about their seven new international awards on September 27, 2020.

The Davao-based company that sustainably sources cacao beans from local farming communities clinched one-star and two-star ratings for seven dark chocolate products, namely:

– 85% Mana Dark
– 42% Milk
– 55% Dark
– 55% Dark w/ Arabica
– 77% Dark
– 85% Regalo Dark
– Peanut Hot Chocolate

In 2019, the Auro chocolate connoisseurs previously took home four World Awards from the International Chocolate Awards (ICA) held in Guatemala and Gold Prizes at the London Academy of Chocolates Awards.

Auro Chocolate also made a historic first Philippine export to European markets earlier this year.

Rosario’s Delicacies

Davao-based Rosario’s Delicacies earned a one-star rating for their pure ‘tableya’. The food critics lauded the “unique cocoa liquor tablets” for their “deep rich mahogany color” which made for a “very smooth, velvety drink.”

“An authentic chocolate product that has a genuine raw chocolate flavor and smooth texture. When lightly sweetened, the chocolate flavor is mellow and lasting with gentle liquorice notes,” the international body remarked.

Aside from cacao, the family-owned business produces and sells durian, mangosteen, and other fruit products.

Theo & Philo Artisan Chocolates

Theo & Philo Artisan Chocolates was also recognized for four chocolate products.

The chocolate company based in Metro Manila and using cacao from Davao and sugar from Bacolod was recognized for four dark chocolate products:

  • Dark Hot Chocolate
  • 70% Dark Chocolate
  • 90% Dark Chocolate
  • 60% Dark Chocolate with Ginger and Mint

Mount Mayon

Mount Mayon by Subic Superfood Incorporated won the maximum three-star ranking for two Pili nut products:

  • Himalayan Pink Salt
  • Natural Nut Butter

Mount Mayon’s Premium Pili Nuts are a gourmet snack from the lush rainforests of the Philippines.

The judges called the Himalayan Pink Salted Pili nuts “irresistible” and the “most amazing moreish snack.”

The Pili nut butter was exalted for its “delightful” texture.

“This nut butter ticks all the boxes…it is dense and rich and could be eaten straight from the jar by the spoonful,” raved the food experts.

Mount Mayon Pili Nuts received praise for other locally made nut products: Ecuadorian Cacao and Chiang Mai Chilli Lime.

Superfood Grocer

The Superfood Grocer, which offers high-quality natural foods from all over the world to Filipinos, was cited for their vegan ice cream series:

  • Super Scoops Dairy-Free in Coffee Cashew Crumble
  • Choco Brownie Madness

International companies CoccoMio, Swiss-based SAGANÀ Association, who source coconuts and natural products from the Philippines also earned stars in the Great Taste Awards.

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