Lick the Spoon win Great Taste Awards 2019

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve won three Great Taste Awards for 2019!

We’ve won a 2 Star Gold for our Original Chocolate Salami with Brandy and Rum and a 1 star Gold for our Vegan Caramel Delight Easter Egg and Our Dark Deco Orange Easter Egg.

Dark Deco Orange Easter EggVegan Salted Caramel Easter Egg

Great Taste, the world’s most coveted food and drink awards, has announced its stars of 2019. Out of 12,772 products sent in from over 100 different countries, Lick the Spoon was awarded a two 1-star Great Taste awards, which means judges dubbed it a food that delivers fantastic flavour  and a 2-star Great Taste award, which means judges dubbed it above and beyond delicious.

The Judges said of our Chocolate Salami…

Great complexity of flavours and lovely hit of brandy. This would make a wonderful gift.

A deeply chocolatey looking ‘salami’ with well distributed pieces of nut. There is a flavour of Christmas here, spices, nuts, fruit and chocolate all well balanced. Delivers on its promise – a rich soft confection with bags of flavour.

A rich and smooth chocolatey paste with hints of orange and honey from the brandy. Creamy, warm and satisfying. Crunchy hazelnuts add interest and texture in the mouth feel.

Judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, buyers, retailers and producers, as well as a whole host of food writers and journalists, Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers. As well as a badge of honour, the unmistakeable black and gold Great Taste label is a signpost to a wonderful tasting product, which has been discovered through hours and hours of blind tasting by hundreds of judges.

 

Lick the Spoon Director Matthew Short said…

We’re delighted to have won an 2019 award for our Chocolate Salami – The judges comments are wonderful to hear.

There were 12,772 entries into Great Taste this year and of those products 1,326 received a 2-star and 3,409 were awarded a 1-star accolade. The panel of judges this year included; cook, writer and champion of sustainable food, Melissa Hemsley, Kenny Tutt, MasterChef 2018 champion, author, Olia Hercules, chef and food writer, Gill Meller, Kavi Thakar from Dishoom, food writer and stylist, Georgina Hayden and author and chef, Zoe Adjonyoh, as well as food buyers from Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Sourced Market and Partridges. 

For more information: Matthew Short 01225 811125

Great Taste Press Enquiries:
Amy Brice at Freshly Ground PR; email amy@freshlygroundpr.co.uk or call +44 (0) 7717 893123.

Notes for editors:
What is Great Taste?
Great Taste is the largest and most trusted accreditation scheme for fine food and drink. Established in 1994, it encourages and mentors artisan food producers, offering a unique benchmarking and product evaluation service leading to an independent accreditation that enables small food and drink businesses to compete against supermarket premium own label brands.

Since 1994 over 146,000 products have been assessed. This year 12,772 products were blind tasted by panels of specialists: top chefs, food writers, influencers, food critics, restaurateurs and fine food retailers.

Great Taste ratings
3-star: Extraordinarily tasty foods – less than 3% of products are awarded a 3-star each year – don’t
leave the shop without buying it!
2-star:  Above and beyond delicious – less than 10% of entries will achieve this rating
1-star: A food that delivers fantastic flavour. Approximately 25% of entries will achieve this rating each year.

What are Great Taste judges looking for?
They’re looking for great texture and appearance. They judge the quality of ingredients and how well the maker has put the food or drink together. But above all, they are looking for truly great taste.

How do they work?
Each team of three to four judges blind tastes around 25 products per session, discussing each product as a coordinating food writer transcribes their comments directly onto the Great Taste website, which producers access after judging is completed. Over the years, numerous food businesses, start-ups and well-established producers have been advised how to modify their foods and have subsequently gone on to achieve Great Taste stars. Any product that is deemed worthy of a 1-, 2- or 3-star Great Taste award is moved around multiple judging tables by a team of arbitrators before the final award is given. If judges feel that a product needs some adjustment, and is therefore not likely to receive an award, the food or drink gets a second chance on a referral table, where another team blind tastes and deliberates. For a Great Taste 3-star award, the vast majority in the room – which can be as many as 30-40 experts – must agree that the food or drink delivers that indescribable ‘wow’ factor.

What should consumers look for?
The logo. The Great Taste symbol is their guarantee a product has been through a rigorous and independent judging process. It’s not about smart packaging or clever marketing – it’s all about taste.