Madre Chocolate's Triple Cacao bar wins a Good Food award
That Madre Chocolate Triple Cacao bar is such an award hog. Over the weekend, it picked up a Good Food award in San Francisco, adding to its trophy case of awards, which includes a World Silver medal in the International Chocolate Awards. The Good Food Awards, now in its third year, honor food that's good both in taste and in production: respectful of the environment and connected to communities and cultural traditions. They're awarded in categories including beer, charcuterie, cheese, coffee and pickles, and the chocolate judges included Alice Medrich, baker and cookbook author credited with introducing chocolate truffles to the US, and John Scharffenberger, co-founder of Scharffen Berger Chocolate. Alice Waters introduced the awards on Saturday; awardees included Intelligentsia Coffee from Chicago and La Quercia from Iowa.
Madre Chocolate's Triple Cacao bar is unique, blending cacao in multiple forms: cacao pulp (the tangy, lychee-like fruit around the bean), cacao nibs (crunchy, slightly bitter), all set in smooth dark chocolate. Its texture and tang keeps it interesting from start to finish.
Madre Chocolate, 20A Kainehe St., Kailua, 377-6440, madrechocolate.com