By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Dec 20, 2023 at 12:01 PM

Milwaukee’s own Melt Chocolates Ltd., 2018 S. 1st St., was honored with both gold and silver medals at the 2023 Academy of Chocolate Awards, an event that aims to identify, recognize and showcase the world’s most talented chocolate producers and finest chocolates.

Melt’s Calypso Truffle was among six submissions to win a Gold Medal in the category of “Ganache Flavoured With Alcohol Fruit Spices or Inclusions”. The truffle blends mango, habanero pepper and Jamaican Rum into milk chocolate ganache producing a truffle that begins with a burst of fruity mango and finishes with warmth from the habanero pepper.

Meanwhile, their Kashmir Truffle, which blends blueberry, cinnamon and cardamom into a velvety dark ganache, brought home a Silver Medal in the same category. The flavor of the vegan truffle begins with bold blueberry and warm cinnamon and finishes with complex citrus notes thanks to the cardamom.

"This is a big deal! We are incredibly proud of our team's dedication to crafting exceptional chocolate experiences," noted Bjorn Rogness, President and Chocolatier at Melt Chocolates Ltd. in a release. "These awards from the Academy of Chocolate in London, UK, are a testament to our commitment to quality and innovation in the world of chocolate."

Rogness notes that the 2023 honors demonstrate Melt’s commitment to creating chocolates that not only delight the palate but also push the boundaries of chocolate craftsmanship.

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Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.