There has been some international success for handmade Croatian chocolate producers Taman. Taman Artisan Chocolates has picked up 9 awards at the 2018 Academy of Chocolate Awards in London.
A record-breaking 1,200 entries were judged at awards this year from chocolate producers in 45 countries with the Croatian brand winning one silver medal and five bronze medals.
Taman Artisan Chocolates won silver for its Whiskey and Coffee filled chocolate pralina, whilst it was awarded bronze for its Rum, Mint and Lime, Lavender and Carob truffle, Lemon and Thyme, Mango and Coriander, and Strawberry and Mint truffle flavours.
They also picked up bronze medals for their Dark 62% chocolate with orange, pepper and thyme, Dark 60% chocolate with coffee and cardomom, and Milk 41% chocolate with with roasted sesame and curry.
“For us as a small producer, this is a big thing. The quality of chocolate products is growing day by day as awarness of chocolate increases. There are more and more producers in the world, especially small ones who are raising the criteria on a daily basis. Confirmation from renowned experts that we can compete in such comapny is an immense pleasure and motivation,” Stiv Kahlina from Taman Artisan Chocolates said.
Launched in 2005, the awards aim to recognise and showcase great-tasting chocolate and its producers with entries received from traditional chocolate-making producers in the UK, Europe, Canada and the USA, as well as newer producers from countries such as Colombia, and Korea. Leading chocolatiers from across the industry come together to judge the awards.
(Photos: Taman Artisan Chocolates)