Lick the Spoon named Champion Chocolate at the Taste of the West Awards 2018

Taste of the West Awards Winners 2018

Lick the Spoon have been named Champion Chocolate at the Taste of the West awards 2018 in a ceremony held in the Great Hall at Exeter University. The awards ceremony is considered the ‘Oscars’ of the South-West food industry and each Champion will have undergone two separate rounds of judging by separate panels of judges.

Lick the Spoon were named overall category winner of Champion Chocolate for their Orangey Chocolate Sticks which the judges said were

A decadent combination of zesty, tangy orange wrapped up in a crisp, crunchy, delicious finger of divine dark chocolate. Dangerously moreish!

The Orangey Chocolate sticks are a new product for Lick the Spoon and as well as being Vegan friendly they feature fully compostable and biodegradeable plastic free packaging.

The Orangey Chocolate sticks are made with Raisetrade 75% cocoa dark chocolate in partnership with chocolate makers from Madagascar and Colombia.

The ‘Orangey’ part took months of trial and error to arrive at the perfect crumbly texture and zingy orange that Diana wanted to offset the intensity of our intense Madagascan chocolate.

Orangey Chocolate Sticks
Lick the Spoon collecting the Champion Chocolate Award

Lick the Spoon’s founder and Creative Director Diana Short said of the award…

We’re absolutely delighted to win Champion Chocolate. It’s the fourth year in a row we’ve won and the competition was extremely high this year. It’s the eighth time we’ve won since first entering and each win has been with a completely new chocolate!

Pauline, Diana, Matthew & Tina
Mitch, Nicolas, Diana and Matthew at Allington Farm Shop

The awards were perfect timing as the previous week Lick the Spoon had hosted Neil Kelsall founder of Raisetrade and Nicolas Randrianarimalala, export manager of Chocolat Madagscar who had travelled the 9000km from Madagscar. Nicolas and Neil were shown Allington farm shop and introduced to farm shop Manager Mitch and founder Jenny Reynolds who opened the farm shop 25 years ago. It was a return of the 2016 Lick the Spoon visit to Madagsar completing the journey from ‘seed to checkout’. 

Diana Short Champion Chocolate 2018

Lick the Spoon hand-make their chocolates in the historic town of Corsham, Wiltshire close to the city of Bath. Their chocolates are available from their own website, independent retailers throughout the UK and luxury stores such as Harvey Nichols and John Lewis, Oxford Street.

For more information please contact Matthew Short

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