Press Release, August 30th, 2018
“Chocolat GRACE, Wins the Most Prominent International Chocolate BonBon Award”
Chocolat GRACE, an online chocolatier in Cary, was very thrilled to repeat its success at the Academy of Chocolate Awards 2018 Competition, where a record-breaking 1200 entries from 45 countries were judged in London, United Kingdom. Only a total of 11 Golds were given by the Academy for the Filled Chocolates Category and three were won by Chocolat GRACE. In addition to the Gold wins, five Silver and two Bronze awards were also won for all its entries into the competition this year, similar to last year when three Gold, two Silver and one Bronze awards were won for all of the entries.
At the glittering Academy of Chocolate Awards Party held at the legendary Claridges Hotel in London this July, where the very special awards were announced and presented, Chocolat GRACE was very honored to win the most prestigious and highly coveted “Golden BonBon Award” for its Maracaibo & Cranberry Caramel. Chocolat GRACE was celebrated as one of the world’s most innovative and exciting chocolatiers, following its 2017 International Rising Star win. This is only the second year that the “Golden BonBon Award” was given. It is the highest award a filled chocolate (bonbon) can receive on an international stage where top artisan chocolatiers from across the globe compete together. Last year, the inaugural “Golden BonBon Award” was won by the most prominent British artisan chocolatier with over thirty-five years of expertise in London and whose founder was a pioneer and leader in British fine chocolate world. It was a great honor for Chocolat GRACE from Cary, North Carolina, to receive such a prestigious award internationally.
Chocolat GRACE is an online chocolatier located in Cary, North Carolina, owned and run solely by master chocolatier, Grace Stocker. She makes all her chocolates in small batches, using top of the line Grand Cru (superior grade) chocolate couvertures (pure chocolate) from the best, award-winning, ethical Swiss fine chocolate maker, along with high quality natural ingredients from around the world and fresh products from local farmers. Because these chocolates are handmade only by the master chocolatier, they are limited in quantity, and because of the awards, they are sought after by chocolate connoisseurs all over the country and internationally.
Her award-winning chocolates are sold online at www.chocolatgrace.com and are shipped all across the country. The chocolates can also be picked up and delivered locally. A selection of her chocolates are available by the piece at Tin Roof Teas at Cameron Village and in boxes seasonally at Fallon’s Flowers on St. Mary St in Raleigh. In addition to the award-winning chocolates, Stocker designs and crafts custom chocolate pieces for special gifts or occasions.
Chocolat GRACE submitted ten new bonbon flavors for competition this year, and each of the ten received awards. Chocolat GRACE’s winning bonbons from the Academy of Chocolate Awards 2018 are listed below:
- Maracaibo & Cranberry Caramel (“The Golden BonBon Award Winner”)
- Assam Tea & Wildflower Caramel (A Bronze winner in 2017 turned into a Gold winner in 2018 after improvement.)
- Coffee & Almond Praliné
- The Mint
- Earl Grey Tea & Lemon
- Pumpkin Pie Caramel
- Caramelized Coconut, Lime & Hazelnut Praliné
- Fresh Roasted Almond Praliné
- Dark Salted Butter Caramel
- Tingling Orange
Chocolat GRACE is a small business founded by Stocker in 2016 with over $10,000 in sales in 2017. Stocker has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Civil engineering and her master’s research paper was published in Journal of Earthquake Engineering. After graduate school, she worked for Youth With A Mission Strategic Frontiers and Engineering Ministries International in Colorado in the area of missions and community development in central and south Asia and East Africa. After moving to North Carolina, she worked for a private engineering consulting firm in Raleigh doing transportation projects all over the state as a professional-licensed engineer, until the birth of her second child when she became a stay-at-home mom. A longtime avid baker and cook, she started taking online pastry and chocolate courses with support from her husband and children in pursuit of a new career to work with her hands and eventually trained professionally in various chocolate schools in France, Switzerland and Belgium. A world traveler since youth, she has visited over 60 countries in the world and enjoys applying her travel experiences in creating her chocolates. A cellist and pianist, she uses her artistic skills in decorating chocolates and creating special pieces. Her technical engineering background, world travel experiences and musical artistry helped her create innovative, exciting and great tasting chocolates appreciated and recognized by the world’s top chocolate critics.
The Academy of Chocolate Awards is the world’s most recognized and established competition for chocolate makers and chocolatiers, growing from 12 entries in 2005 from the UK to 1200 entries in 2018 from over 45 countries. It was founded in 2005 by five of Britain’s leading chocolate professionals. The Awards aim to recognize and showcase great-tasting chocolate and its producers. Entries were received from chocolate-making producers in the UK, Europe, Canada and the USA, as well as newer producers from countries such as Colombia, Croatia, and Korea. More information can be found on http://www.academyofchocolate.org.uk/diary/press/