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Cacao & Cardamom Recognized Among Best Chocolatiers with Seven International Chocolate Americas Awards

Houston-based chocolatier takes home the most awards in global Americas competition, receiving three gold and four silver awards for their unique chocolate bon-bons.

HOUSTON, Texas, (Sept. 25, 2018) -- Cacao & Cardamom, a gourmet chocolate boutique inspired by ingredients and spices from around the world to bring a new twist to chocolate, topped this year’s International Chocolate Americas competition earning seven awards for their hand-made, hand-painted, chocolate bon-bons.

The Houston-native chocolatier was awarded three gold and four silver awards for their signature ganaches and caramels, including:

  • Mango Caramel - Milk chocolate enrobed caramels, Gold
  • Passionfruit - White chocolate ganaches or truffles, Gold
  • Oregano Caramel - Dark chocolate enrobed caramels, Gold
  • Black Sesame Ginger - Flavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles, Silver
  • Cardamom Rose - Ganaches or truffles using mixed dark/milk/white for coating and fillings, Silver
  • Raspberry Pistachio - Ganaches or truffles using mixed dark/milk/white for coating and fillings, Silver
  • Five Spice Praline - Nut based pralines with milk chocolate, Silver

The International Chocolate Awards recognizes the hard work and craft that goes into creating fine chocolate products and is established as a coveted honor for chocolatiers, seeing a record number of participants with over 800 entries from 16 different countries from North and Latin America. Cacao & Cardamom will move on to the World Final competition to take place in Florence, Italy at the end of October.

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“It’s pretty unbelievable that just by following our heart and passion, we were recognized at this level,” said Annie Rupani, founder and head chocolatier at Cacao & Cardamom. “We work hard to create unique chocolate experiences made with only the finest ingredients and are incredibly honored to see it placed alongside some of the best chocolatiers in the world.”

Cacao & Cardamom was founded in 2014 as a self-taught chocolatier running out of a home kitchen to celebrating the grand opening of their second store this Saturday, September 29, in Houston, Texas with a boutique farmer’s market. The first-ever Cacao & Friends Farmer’s Market highlights the local businesses used in the chocolatier’s newest chocolate flavors, the HOUSTON collection, as well as provides guests a first look at the 5-foot, golden-plated, chocolate fountain, pouring dark and caramelized white chocolate. To learn more about the event, visit Cacao and Cardamom on Facebook (

Locally, Cacao & Cardamom has long been a Houston favorite among notable chefs, restaurateurs and chocolate connoisseurs including 51fifteen at Saks Fifth. Images of the award-winning chocolate are available to download here. To sample the winning chocolate, contact Sanah Sadaruddin at Creative Grammar (

**Update November 18: Cacao & Cardamom's Passionfruit and Five Spice Praline placed Silver in the 2018 World Final which was judged in Florence Italy October 26-November 2, 2018.

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About Cacao and Cardamom

Cacao & Cardamom is a chocolate boutique dedicated to creating one-of-a-kind handmade, hand-painted premium chocolate using the finest ingredients, exotic spices, nuts, flowers, roots, herbs and liqueurs. Founded by chocolatier Annie Rupani in 2014, the menu features over 40 varieties of sweet and savory signature chocolate bon-bons, as well as popular chocolate handbags and glitter pumps, custom mandients made with matcha and pop rocks and signature frozen drinking chocolate among other chocolate varieties. Guests can order chocolates in-store at the two Houston locations, online or by phone. Custom chocolates are available for social functions, corporate events, weddings and more. To learn more about Cacao & Cardamom, visit or follow on social media (@CacaoandCardamom).