The Secret Chocolatier Wins Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals for Toffees in International Competition

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Judges award Gold in “Most Unique” category, Silver in “Best Ingredient Combination” and Bronze for “Top Toffee” in 2013 competition.

The Secret Chocolatier's Best Toffee Awards, International Chocolate Salon Toffee Winners

The Secret Chocolatier's Best Toffee Awards

Keeping our Chocolate Sea Salt Butter Toffee clean and simple, you can almost call it an ‘honest toffee’

The Secret Chocolatier is on an award-winning streak, winning three medals in the International Chocolate Salon 2013 awards for chocolate toffee:

1. Top Artisan Toffee Gold Award for Most Unique
2. Top Artisan Toffee Silver Award for Best Ingredient Combination
3. Top Artisan Toffee Bronze Award for ‘Top Toffee’

Submitting their two customer-tested and -approved toffees the Sea Salt Butter Toffee & the White Chocolate Honey Toffee, The Secret Chocolatier took home medals in half the categories at this year’s Toffee Awards.

“We developed our Sea Salt Butter Toffee and White Chocolate (Cloister) Honey Toffees after running them through the gauntlet of customer taste tests,” said Andy Ciordia, who takes the lead on community development on behalf of the Charlotte, NC company. “We love our customers’ palates, and vet nearly every new product with a focus group before putting it on the shelves.”

Ciordia thinks he knows why the Sea Salt Butter Toffee fared so well. “It’s difficult to get chocolate to stick to toffee, so some confectioners cram them with nuts to hide their mistakes. Keeping our Chocolate Sea Salt Butter Toffee clean and simple, you can almost call it an ‘honest toffee,’ said Ciordia.

Although the judges did not specify which toffee won each award, Ciordia is sure their won in the “Most Unique” category. Made with local Cloister Honey, the creamy white chocolate balances the honey-sweetness. The Secret Chocolatier includes locally sourced ingredients, like Cloister Honey, whenever possible to keep their connection with the local farmers markets where their business began.

The International Chocolate Salon 2013 awards for chocolate toffee come on the heels of a WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards® 2013 earlier this year.


About the International Chocolate Salon 2013 Awards
TCB CAFE Publishing & Media brings to global audiences TasteTV, which produces the International and Luxury Chocolate Salons and Chocolate Salon competitions, as well as various food & wine events and product reviews.

TasteTV reaches millions of households across the United States on over 100 television stations nationwide. Many broadcasts are also available on cable Video On Demand (VOD), available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.


About The Secret Chocolatier
The Secret Chocolatier began operations in 2008, selling hand-made confections at regional farmers markets, sourced from natural ingredients. Owned and operated by a multiple generation family, working side by side to create a self sustaining economy for themselves.

Opening its own retail shop in 2011, at the corner of Sharon Amity and Providence Road in Charlotte, NC, the company also wholesales its goodies to retailers.

The Secret Chocolatier, 2935 Providence Rd, Suite 104, Charlotte NC 28211 (704) 323-8178

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