Castronovo Chocolate Celebrates Sweet Victory At International Chocolate Awards Semi-Finals
July 7, 2015 — Turns out some of the best chocolate in town is some of the best chocolate in the Americas.
Stuart’s own Castronovo Chocolate won three awards at the International Chocolate Awards Americas semi-finals round June 30.
The shop won the awards in the micro-batch plain/origin milk chocolate bars category. Entries had to be less than 100 pounds and could not contain sea salt or chili powder. The cacao beans also needed to come from a single farm.
Castronovo won gold for its Sierra Nevada Dark Milk and silver for its Dominican Republic Dark Milk. It also won gold for the micro-batch plain/origin chocolate maker special award.
The store competed against other entries from North America, Central America, South America and Asia/Pacific. There were 2,000 entries in the various categories at the Americas semi-finals.
Founder Denise Castronovo said the victory was exhilarating.
“These awards are the equivalent of winning an Oscar in the chocolate world,” she said.
Castronovo and her husband, Jim, named the chocolate for his grandparents, who were Italian immigrants and foodies.
“Sunday dinners took over three hours on a dining table with white tablecloths,” Castronovo said. “Dinner meant family, extended family, as much as food. That memory is worth honoring and we are happy to be doing that with our endeavors today."
The chocolate is now on its way to London for the world final. A blind jury will determine the winners who will be announced at a ceremony in October.
Castronovo Chocolate; 555 Colorado Ave., Stuart / 561.512.7236