In a global recognition of Indian chocolate making expertise, Paul And Mike, India’s foremost homegrown premium chocolate brand, has clinched 2 spots amongst top 25 chocolates in the world at the International Chocolate Awards World Finals held on Nov 26, 2023 at Florence, Italy. Paul And Mike’s Gin and Ginger dark chocolate was adjudged as the 9th best chocolate by the jury, making it the first time an Indian brand has achieved a spot in top 10. Sichuan Pepper And Orange Peel dark chocolate of the brand secured the 23rd spot.
Other award-winning chocolates of Paul And Mike were Mango IPA Beer, Rum and Rummy Raisins, and 87% Dark Plain.
The scores achieved by the chocolates out of 100 were:
Gin and Ginger (92.1)
Sichuan Pepper and Orange Peel (91.1)
Mango IPA Beer (90.0)
Rum and Rummy Raisins (89.8)
87% Plain Dark (86.9)
Vikas Temani, Founder and CEO of Paul and Mike, expressed his elation, stating, “These awards are a validation of the systematic and focused work that was put in behind the scenes by our young and passionate team over the last 5 years.”
The notable aspect of this victory is not only the recognition at a global level but also that an Indian chocolate brand surpassed some of the most accomplished chocolate makers globally including Fu Wan (Taiwan), Friis Holm (Denmark), and Pacari (Ecuador). Temani credited this success to their rigorous, scientific approach to product development and never-ending quality improvement.
“Most new chocolate makers underestimate the complexity involved in making high-quality chocolates with high cocoa%, where sugar and milk cannot be used to mask the imperfections in cocoa. Our R&D team strives to be at the cutting-edge of cocoa and chocolate knowledge to be able to do this consistently” commented Temani.
Acknowledging the role of their customers and judges, Temani added, “We have always incorporated feedback from our customers and the judges of these awards, and it is this accumulation of numerous improvements over years which reflects in our quality today.”
As Paul And Mike basks in the glory of this triumph, Temani teased, “We have proven that world-class chocolates can be made right here in India. Stay tuned for many more updates from P&M as we are working behind the scenes on many exciting initiatives that would be unveiled soon.”
Paul And Mike’s outstanding performance at the International Chocolate Awards World Finals underscores their commitment to excellence, innovation, and the elevation of Indian chocolate at the global stage.
These award- winning chocolates can be bought at: www.paulandmike.co