A South African chocolate studio has won big after being the first to participate in a Global Chocolate Awards Competition.
The Jack Rabbit Chocolate Studio based in Pretoria, was the first South African company allowed to compete in the International Chocolate Awards.
The first round took place in Europe where Jack Rabbit won Gold for their Milk Tart Chocolate Bonbon, a delicious twist on a South African classic.
The European win then led them to the finals in London where they showcased their incredibly tasty chocolate treat which went on to win them a Silver in the finals!
“We were the first South Africans to be allowed to enter into the International Chocolate Awards. We were allowed to enter in the Eastern European section, and won a gold with the South African milk tart bonbon, subsequently qualifying for the world finals held in London. At the world finals, we were awarded a Silver for the milk tart bonbon.”
The studio creates small masterpieces, most of which look like pieces of art. Stephanie Ceronio walked away from her job as a Director of an Engineering firm to follow her dreams and become a chocolatier. Over the last two years, she has been persistent and “begged” the competition organisers to allow her to enter as there was nothing in South Africa that she could compete in.
Not only did her refusal to give up pay off, but so did her drive to succeed. The first round took place in Budapest and Stephanie shipped off 40 sample chocolates. It was then that Stephanie was informed that she couldn’t be listed as the Eastern Europe winner online but that she had, in fact, won the gold.
Each chocolate is painted by hand and can be ordered online from Jack Rabbit Studio. The Milk Tart Bonbon is filled with white chocolate cinnamon ganache and shortcrust pastry for the Milk Tart elements and a candied naartjie peel for texture and a fruity feature.