California Prune products make their mark at awards

A California Prune inspired chocolate developed by chocolatier Paul. A. Young has gained a Bronze accolade at the UK’s Academy of Chocolate Awards 2017. California Prune products make their mark at awards

A California Prune inspired chocolate developed by chocolatier Paul. A. Young has gained a Bronze accolade at the UK’s Academy of Chocolate Awards 2017.

The high-placing entry, which featured Madagascan Vanilla Caramel, also claimed the same honours in the event’s other caramel section.

Now in their ninth year, the awards have reportedly attracted entries from all over the world and recognise some of the industry’s finest chocolates.

The winning soft salted caramel features blended California Prune puree and Neilsen Massey Madagascan Vanilla, housed in a Guittard 65% Ecuadorian dark chocolate shell.

Paul, who is a brand ambassador for California Prunes, enthused about his successes.

He said: “I’m delighted with this accolade which I hope will encourage more food professionals to consider California Prunes as a super quality, versatile inclusion, capable of delivering wonderful flavour and an undisputed incredible taste sensation.”

California Prunes’ European Marketing Director, Esther Ritson-Elliott said: “We are thrilled at Paul’s well-deserved success. These awards celebrate only the most outstanding chocolates, so provenance and quality is of the utmost importance. Our communication to food professionals continues to focus on the unsurpassed consistency and premium positioning of California Prunes as an extraordinary inclusion, therefore Paul’s win really underpins this.”

London-based Paul also won a further six awards: Bronze for his Sea Buckthorn curd (Fruit, floral, spice or infusion ganache category); Silver for his Sea Salted caramel (Salted caramel category) Bronze for his Pistachio and Rose praline (nut based category) and three further Bronzes for his Bakewell Tart truffle and Berries Cherries and Kirsch chocolates (in the layered category) and his Rhubarb and Custard in the white chocolate category.

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