Delysia Chocolatier Places in International Chocolate Awards Grand Jury Finals

Our contender: sweet tea vodka and orange peel truffle.

We’re up for another award! Delysia Chocolatier qualified for the Grand Jury finals at the International Chocolate Awards in the filled chocolates division. Delysia’s Sweet Tea Vodka and Orange Peel Truffle competed against 400 other entrants in North and South America. This exclusive truffle flavor, featuring Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka blended with orange peel-infused cream and coated in rich dark chocolate, will compete in September for a coveted Finals medal.

“I’m so honored to once again be recognized by the International Chocolate Awards,” said Delysia’s proprietor and chocolatier, Nicole Patel. “We were fortunate enough to receive a World Finalist Award last year for our jalapeno tequila truffle. It’s very exciting to be awarded a Finalist position two years in a row!”

The Grand Jury finalists are the entries that made it to a final Grand Jury round after a two-day selection process and two-day main round judging with one hundred judges. The Gold and Silver winning products in each category and World Finalist Nominations will be announced at the Awards Ceremony in New York in September 2013. These winners will continue on to compete against chocolatiers from around the world at the London Chocolate Festival in October.

Delysia Chocolatier’s award-winning chocolate truffles continue to gain notoriety worldwide, including being named one of the Best Chocolatiers and Confectioners of America by the International Chocolate Salon. Delysia has been featured in Wine Spectator, The Bridal Guide and Daily Candy. Early last year, Circuit of the Americas – North America’s only Formula One racetrack – chose Delysia to be their exclusive chocolatier.

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.