Mexican chocolate makers shared the three top spots with their counterparts from Costa Rica and Nicaragua in a competition organized by the International Chocolate Awards.
Chocolatiers from Costa Rica were the undisputed victors in the first Central American Support Competition, winning a total of 23 medals. Producers from Mexico and Nicaragua earned 17 medals, respectively.
Tabasco-based Chocolates Wolter Hacienda La Luz was the top Mexican participant, taking home 10 medals, two of which were gold.
Wolter’s winning products were its Quetzalli Habanero 47% and café bonbon products.
Another winner was Kakaw Museo of Chiapas, which uses cacao beans from producers in southeastern Mexico. It won six medals, one of them gold for its Xocolate Chiapas Soconusco bar.
The San Cristóbal de las Casas firm was awarded three silver medals for three Xocolate Chiapas bars.
The third Mexican winner was Tapachula-based Matka Chocolate, which won six silver medals.
The general manager of Kakaw Museo told the newspaper El Universal that Mesoamerican chocolates come from “good genes, history and cultural legacy,” as was demonstrated by the prizes earned in the first regional competition.
The winners, said Herbert Castellanos Ramírez, earned greater visibility and international prestige through the event.
The competition was organized by the International Chocolate Awards in coordination with Lutheran World Relief and the Regional Cacao Móvil project, funded by the Cooperación Suiza en América Central and held in partnership with CUNAKakaw, a brand of chocolate created by a cooperative of 16 Central American and Mexican chocolate companies.
The event was held in Nicaragua and was created to recognize the tradition and culture of chocolate and cacao over thousands of years in the historical Mesoamerica region.
Source: El Universal (sp)