(SPOT.ph) While we love all kinds of chocolate, we can safely say that our local artisans are producing some of the best chocolate the world over. Don't just take our word for it—on September 14, Malagos Chocolate and Theo & Philo garnered awards at the International Chocolate Awards - 2018 Asia Pacific Competition. This is the first time that the International Chocolate Awards opened a separate category for Asia (previously, Asian chocolatiers competed in the Americas category).
Theo & Philo, who pride themselves on being one of the country's first bean-to-bar chocolate producers, won Bronze for their "three favorite bars:" 65% Dark Chocolate with Black Sesame, Cashew and Pili Nuts, 65% Dark Chocolate with Calamansi, and Milk Chocolate Adobo with soy-sauce toffee.
Meanwhile, proudly Davao-born Malagos Chocolate won a whopping six awards: Bronze for Malagos 65% Dark Chocolate, and Malagos Salted Caramel; Silver for their 85% Dark Chocolate, Malagos Rhum (a new-flavored chocolate bar), and Malagos 72% Dark Chocolate Ganache; and Gold for their 65% Dark Chocolate. In an Instagram post, Malagos Chocolate shares that "Our [international] awards received to date is now 24," an amazing feat for any brand.
Founded in 2012, the International Chocolate Awards is run by a group of independent international partners based in the U.K., Italy and the U.S.A. Judges include a wide range of experts, tasters, pastry chefs, food journalists, bloggers, sommeliers, chefs, and a permanent Grand Jury.
This isn't the first time this year that Malagos Chocolate and Theo & Philo won awards. Just last July, they received several recognitions at the 2018 Academy of Chocolate awards in the U.K., together with Auro Chocolate, which also uses Davao cacao beans to create single-origin, bean-to-bar chocolate. Now excuse us as we celebrate with a bar!
See a full list of International Chocolate Awards - Asia Pacific Competition winners.
See a list of Theo & Philo merchants.