Of the 12,777 products sent in from 106 different countries, Chocolat Madagascar, crafted by Chocolaterie Robert, was awarded the highest award of 3 stars, which means the product was described by judges as “extraordinarily tasty for its Domaine MAVA single plantation 75% cocoa dark chocolate”.
Only six chocolate bars won this highest award of 3 stars from the category.
The judges bestowed further praise on the Chocolat Madagascar bar, saying: “This exudes quality - it is a handsome glossy chocolate bar, with a stylish geometric pattern, and a satisfying snap. The aroma is rich and fruity, and the chocolate is well tempered. The taste is redolent of full flavoured, late summer fruit. The mouth-feel is thoroughly satisfying. The chocolate melts beautifully and slowly, and the finish is smooth and subtle, with complex deep notes that linger in the taste memory. This is one of those Great Taste products that we will want to look out for!”
As well as the MAVA cacao plantation near Ambanja, Chocolaterie Robert has invested and replanted cocoa in east coast Madagascar, Vohibinany ( Brickaville) – the birthplace region cacao in Madagascar.
Chocolat Madagascar Director Neil Kelsall said: “It is a great achievement for Madagascar to win even more recognition in the world, which will hopefully help develop more exports and investment and to contribute to developing a sustainable economy for Madagascar.”
Other ‘Great Taste’ wins include Chocolat Madagascar Domaine Vohibinany & 70% Organic dark chocolate as well as the winning overall “Great Taste Producer”.
Chocolatier & Technical Director Hery Andriamampianina said: “We are honoured to be also recognized as a Great Taste Producer (cocoa grower and chocolatemaker), It's a great encouragement for all of us and to go ahead on each possibility of improvement.”