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Kings County chocolate makers clinch two international awards

Thursday, August 22, 2019
By: Sam Macdonald

Gabrielle Breault and Peter Austin-Smith just wanted a bit of feedback when they submitted chocolate bars to the UK-based Academy of Chocolate Awards. The co-owners of Petite Patrie, a chocolate making business outside of Canning, wanted to know if they were on the right track.

It turned out they certainly were on the right track, earning two bronze medal awards for their Copán, Honduras 72 per cent dark chocolate, and single-origin Karkar Island, Papua New Guinea 80 per cent dark chocolate bars.

On top of those awards, Petite Patrie received commendations for their white chocolate and Mexican chocolate bars.

Those distinctions were not to be taken lightly, either. Competition was fierce, with a total of 1,600 entries.

“We were absolutely stunned,” Breault said. “Both of us are chocolate tasters, trained at the International Institute of Chocolate and Cacao Tasting in London, England. So basically, we’re sommeliers for chocolate. We knew there were some great flavours in our chocolate, and we got the customers’ feedback as well.”

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