Delysia Chocolatier Headed to London


Delysia Chocolatier Wins World Finalist spot in the 2012 International Chocolate Awards & spot at London’s Chocolate Week

Delysia Chocolatier is the chocolatier for all of life’s occasions and Delysia Chocolatier proved that once again with a stellar “World Finalist” win at the International Chocolate Awards Americas Semi-Finals for their sumptuous hand-made Parisian style chocolate truffles.


The International Chocolate Awards, sponsored by Seventy%, is a competition set up to recognize the top quali
ty chocolate from the cream of the crop of world class chocolatiers. The awards are designed to reflect international tastes and offer a level playing field for international entries. The judging panel is made up of experts, food journalists and pastry chefs from the host country, overseen by a Grand Jury who travel to each competition.

The International Chocolate Awards Americas competition received over 200 entries. Products categories included bars and filled chocolates (bonbons, pralines, ganaches, chocolate spreads and typical national chocolate products) judged in national and regional rounds, with a Grand Final to determine the best of the best. The first year included rounds in Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States, with the first year’s Grand Final being held in the United Kingdom in October 2012, coinciding with London’s Chocolate Week.

Delysia Chocolatier won in the following category:
• Filled Chocolates (Dark) -Ganaches & Truffles for Delysia’s Jalapeno Tequila Truffle

Owner and Chocolatier Nicole Patel describes the Jalapeno Tequila Truffle as a “powerful warmth and a sweet spice from local jalapenos, followed by a hint of tequila.”

The 2012 International Chocolate Awards judging was based on a rigorous platform and was organized and managed by Judging Director Martin Christy. The judging system identified key areas in the assessment of a chocolate sample and assigned marks on a scale of 1 to 5 for each of the categories below:
• Execution
• Formulation
• Interpretation
• Taste

Each chocolate sample received marks in each category, with a weighting towards the 100% total. All judging forms were made available to those who entered, as well as to the general public for transparency.

Winner’s in the Americas Semi-Final’s will go on to compete in the World Grand Finals as part of London’s Chocolate Week in October (8th-14th).

Nicole Patel

Nicole Patel is the proprietor of and chocolatier for Delysia Chocolatier. In 2006 while pregnant with her first son, Nicole made a batch of chocolate truffles as holiday gifts. To the delight of friends and family, she continued to create chocolates as a way to relieve stress from her corporate engineering job. In 2008, a chance trip to Becker Vineyards led to Nicole being the first in Texas to make truffles using local wines. Within five years, what started as a hobby turned Delysia into one of the Top Ten Chocolatiers in the Americas, as selected by the International Chocolate Salon.