Calgary Chocolate Company Cococo Chocolatiers Wins lnternational Chocolate Award
ROSEMARY FUSlON Silver Award Winning Milk Chocolate bar flavoured with Rosemary, Thyme and Habanero Sea Salt
"It's something new, we're inviting people to experience chocolate as a food together with flavours they probably won't expect," says Derrick Tu Tan Pho, Maitre Chocolatier for Cococo Chocolatiers - the Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut Company. The tablette chocolate won a Silver Medal in the Flavoured Milk Chocolate Bar category at the 2012 International Chocolate Awards in London. "It is a real honour for Cococo to be recognized from among more than 600 entries," adds the chocolatier.
Resolving to experience Rosemary Fusion for the New Year is a bit daring but a great way to ring in 2013. "We know that people will probably love it or hate it because it's bold, and that's okay," predicts Kristen Halpen, Marketing Manager for Cococo. "Chocolate is like wine. Different palettes like different tastes, and part of the fun is searching for combinations that work," adds Halpen. Rosemary Fusion combines world famous Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut milk chocolate with the herbal tastes of rosemary and thyme, and is hand-finished with Habanero sea salt. At 100 grams, each tablette is just the right size for sharing and it's perfect for pairing with your favourite wine - especially sparkling wines. More usually, Rosemary Fusion also pairs well with charcuterie items like cured meats, mild cream cheeses, nuts, and ground gourmet breads and crackers.
Shelley Boettcher, Executive Editor of Wine Access magazine, Wine Columnist and author of Uncorked: The Definitive Guide to Alberta's Best Wines $25 and Under, has previewed the unique product and offered enthusiastic recommendations about pairings. Boettcher says that "Semi-dry Rieslings are a natural with hot chilis, because of their acidity and the fact they are somewhat sweet. Try with a bite of dried apricot, a bite of Brie and a bite of the chocolate. Mmm..."
Or you can even enjoy the chocolate with a fruity beer. "Those sparkly, sweet notes go well with the chocolate's spicy zing," adds Boettcher.
Rosemary Fusion will be sampled at participating Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut stores across Canada next week and will go on sale December 26 - just in time for the New Year... and the making of bold resolutions.
About the lnternational Chocolate Awards
The lnternational Chocolate Awards is a new competition set up 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. The judging panel is made up of experts, food journalists and pastry chefs from the host country, overseen by a Grand Jury who travels to each competition.