CASTRONOVO CHOCOLATE WINS AT THE  INTERNATIONAL CHOCOLATE AWARDS WORLD FINALS

Signature Collection Nicalizo, Nicaragua 70% Dark Chocolate Takes Home Bronze

Castronovo Chocolate’s Signature Collection Nicalizo, Nicaragua 70% has won a bronze award in the Micro-batch – Plain/Origin Dark Chocolate Bars category at the World Finals from the International Chocolate Awards.  The winners, who were selected from more than 800 entries, were announced October 14th in London.  This is the third award for the Nicalizo bar.  Earlier this year, the bar was awarded Silver in the International Chocolate Award Americas & Asia Pacific Semifinals (single-origin micro batch dark chocolate), and Silver the Academy of Chocolate Awards (London) Dark Bean to Bar under 80% category.  It is the 44th award overall for Castronovo Chocolate, who launched its business in 2013.

The Nicalizo bar was introduced to Castronovo’s Signature Collection – a thoughtfully curated assortment of the company’s finest chocolate - this year.  For its Signature Collection, Castronovo searches the world over for cocoa beans with extraordinary flavor.  Recent discoveries have found Criollo varieties of cacao with origins in Nicaragua, a country that is quickly becoming a hotbed for the world’s finest-flavored cacao.  Castronovo chose the Nicalizo heirloom cacao, which is certified heirloom by the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Fund (HCP) for their chocolate because of the complex flavor of plum and cherry fruits along with rich buttery notes of toasted toffee with a little pink peppercorn spice and a long-lasting finish of roasted walnut.

The Nicalizo, Nicaragua 70% bar ($14) is available online at www.castronovochocolate.com, and at select chocolate boutiques throughout the US.

Castronovo Chocolate makes exquisite bean-to-bar chocolate using heirloom beans from remote locations throughout the world.  However, the company’s mission extends far beyond organic, award-winning chocolate.  Castronovo Chocolate is passionate about protecting heirloom varieties of cacao, enabling rainforest conservation, promoting peace in post-conflict regions and allowing cocoa to provide a commercial venture for indigenous people in remote villages.  Each chocolate bar has its own unique story that positively reflects its area of origin, impacts biodiversity and protects the culture of indigenous people.

Castronovo Chocolate is in relentless pursuit of discovering the absolute depths of the chocolate experience knowing full well they may never get there.  However, along the way, Castronovo Chocolate takes solace in knowing that they are providing a delicious chocolate product for all to enjoy.

Daryl Zeis