Tel Aviv chocolatier Ika Cohen posted “and it’s a gold” on her Facebook page upon word that her Za’atar Ganache had been chosen as best of the ‘flavored dark ganaches and truffles’ category at the International Chocolate World Final Awards. Cohen had won top prize at the 2014 European Semi-final and European Open competition in May of this year for the same chocolate.
At the International Chocolate World Final Awards, Cohen actually won one of two gold medals in her category – the other prize, in a rare tie, was given to a Wild Blueberry truffle made by svenninsen chocolatier of Denmark.
The Israeli marine biologist-turned-chocolatier is currently collaborating with renowned French chocolatier Gilles Marchal on a special pralines collection. The five flavors — bitter chocolate ganache, passion fruit and black pepper, salty caramel, pistachio marzipan and honey with praline waffle chips – were introduced to the Israeli public in limited edition over Rosh Hashana. They are now being sold exclusively at the Galeries Lafayette in Paris.
According to the Ika Chocolate website, the Tel Aviv-made chocolates are the only kosher pralines sold at Galeries Lafayette.
Ika Chocolate is one of ISRAEL21c’s 10 extraordinary tastes from Israel.