The Secret Chocolatier Shines with National Silver Award

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Community inspired cardamom chocolate truffle helps win The Secret Chocolatier US Award.

We're honored to have placed at the International Chocolate Awards with a United States Silver for our Cardamom truffle.

The Secret Chocolatier has received a Silver Award from the International Chocolate Awards 2013 Americas Semi-final for its Cardamom Chocolate Truffle. The truffle will be next judged at the World Finals in London.

“We're honored to have placed at the International Chocolate Awards with a United States Silver for our Cardamom truffle,” said Any Ciordia, co-owner of The Secret Chocolatier. “This truffle was inspired by our friend Giri [Anantharaman] and we thank him for pushing us in that direction. We love working with our fans ideas and it shows that it takes us to great places. It’s an exciting first year of competitions for us!”

This flavor of truffle was started because Anantharaman gave The Secret Chocolatier green cardamom pods and explained how his families comfort desserts were made with this spice. Since then the Anantharaman moved to California but he still keeps in touch and buys the Cardamom truffles seasonally as gifts.

The 2013 Americas Semi-final was judged at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York. The International Chocolate Awards aim to recognize the best fine quality chocolate from around the world. The awards are designed to reflect international tastes and offer a level playing field for international entries. For a list of the winners, visit

About The Secret Chocolatier
The Secret Chocolatier began operations in 2008, selling hand-made confections at regional farmers markets, sourced from natural ingredients. The family-owned company opened its retail shop in 2011, at the corner of Sharon Amity and Providence Road in Charlotte, while continuing its presence at Yorkmont Farmers Markets. The Secret Chocolatier offers wholesale programs, which allows shoppers to get their chocolate fix at area Harris-Teeter and other specialty grocery stores, wine and coffee shops, gift shops and boutiques. For more information, visit or read their blog at

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