Chocolate melts judges hearts at national awards



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A Beverley chocolatier is celebrating after some of its tasty truffles were Great Taste Gold Award Winners.

White Rabbit Chocolate’s Single Origin Dark Truffle and the Salted Caramel Truffle were awarded one gold star while the Blackcurrant with Juniper Dark Truffle was awarded the highest accolade of three gold stars.

The truffles were blind-tested by more than 400 of the most demanding palates belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, and a host of food writers and journalists with only 153 of 10,000 products receiving any gold stars.

Sally Hawkes, founder, owner and head chocolatier at White Rabbit Chocolate is thrilled to win a three gold star award this year.

She said: “I am delighted that all my hard work has paid off. This is my twelfth Great Taste Award since 2009, and it is the first time I have entered my truffles.”

One gold star is classed as ‘simply delicious’, two stars ‘outstanding’ and the top prize of three stars means ‘Exquisite. Wow! Taste that’.

The judges commented on the 3 Gold Star-winning Blackcurrant Truffle was ‘a stunning chocolate’ and was ‘certainly a wow product’.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “These awards are brilliant news for White Rabbit Chocolate and Sally. The team should be extremely proud of the judges’ comments.”

“It’s also more evidence that we have some of the best of the nation’s food producers right here in Yorkshire.”

The business, on Dyer Lane, was founded by Sally and has since become a success with it’s wide range of chocolate including slabs, bars, truffles and indulgent confections.

The Great Taste logo is acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and specifically food producers since 1994.

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