The Academy of Chocolate Awards was held at Claridge’s Hotel for the 2017 event. This prestigious, and increasingly internationally recognised event, saw 900 entries this year, showing that the UK chocolate scene is growing in reputation and creativity.

Chantal Coady OBE. Founder of Rococo Chocolates was joined by Head Chocolatier Karen and the entire Rococo Kitchen team of Jordan, Mireille, Paul, Nick and Veronica, to collect all of the Awards, including two of the very few Golds awarded this year: for Citrus Rooibos and Yuzu & Sake, both ganaches from Rococo’s Couture range of Fresh chocolates, as well as a gold for Orange Blossom Neroli Bee Bar.

The surprise of the evening, came when Rococo were also awarded the inaugural Golden Bonbon Award, for the highest scoring chocolate of the year!

That was awarded for Citrus Rooibos – a dark chocolate dome, filled with a layer of sharp, blood orange jelly and a Valrhona ganache infused with rooibos tea. Both of the Gold winning ganaches were created for Rococo’s ‘Round the World’ seasonal range last year, when the chocolatiers worked to discover and share new flavours and ingredients from around the globe. Citrus Rooibos represented South Africa, and the mouth-tingling acidity of the Yuzu & Sake was for Japan.

The Orange Blossom Neroli bee bar, which won Gold in its category of flavoured milk bars, is a 50% dark milk, infused with organic Neroli essential oil for the evocative and delicate flavour of orange blossoms.

As well as the gold, Rococo also won four Silvers for Lychee & Thai Lime, Liquorice & Rhubarb, Sticky Toffee Pudding and our Macadamia Gianduja. Plus three Bronzes for the Cashew & Cocoa Nib Cluster, Popcorn Ganache, and panned Caramelised Macadamias & Hazelnuts.

All three Gold Award winning chocolates are available in all Rococo shops from Saturday.

The Journey Round the World ends with Rococo’s Winter Collection

Rococo ends its round the world voyage as it began, with ingredients from some far-away places: bringing inspiring flavours to put a bit of zest into the cold, dark days and nights of Winter. It is the season of citrus so the Chocolatiers have brought together zesty flavours, unusual fruits and spices and even the distinctively delicious taste of Rooibos Red Bush tea for you to enjoy.

Japan: Yuzu & Sake

A Ganache of 64% chocolate and fruit puree. Japan’s citrus fruit isn’t for the faint-hearted. Pucker up!

Grenada:  Banana and Nutmeg

Soft notes of banana blended to a firm ganache, with fruity Grenadian chocolate and warming nutmeg.

New Zealand: Feijoa (Pineapple Guava)

Mouth-watering, fruity jelly and chewy toffee, both made from the uniquely flavoured fruit that has the texture of quince and opens with the Winter chills.

South Africa: Citrus Rooibos

Winter brings a wonderful harvest of citrus. Rococo blended the sharpness of Blood Orange with a dark ganache infused with Waterloo Tea’s fantastic Citrus Rooibos.

The Winter Collection is available in boxes  of  4 chocolates £6.50 or 12 chocolates £17.95 or you can buy them  loose £13.50 for 100g.  In Rococo shops now.