Pandemic business wins gold in Blas na hÉireann food awards

by Rachel Cunningham
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Rachel Cunningham

A small Clondalkin food business that emerged out of the pandemic has had a Gold Medal win at this year’s Blas na hÉireann food awards, the same year as the launch of the brand.

The brand, Spoond, had its ‘Malted Milk Choc’ flavour, which is a milk chocolate base with some maltiness and a hint of salt, named as a finalist in the prestigious Irish food competition. However, it took home gold for its ‘Dark Milk Choc’, which offers slightly darker dessert that is not too sweet and contains the same hint of salt.  

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Emi Takakura, Spoond founder and creator, stated: “I began Spoond early this year, out of a personal desire and need for more indulgent hot chocolates. Most available hot chocolates are American style; the consistency is thin and they’re usually very sweet. Spoond is based on the European and South American style of hot chocolates that are thick, creamy, indulgent and super chocolatey. We’re the only Irish brand doing this style of hot chocolate.

“I started selling Spoond in March, and entered the awards in May. I heard back that both products were finalists in August and was told on Saturday that the Malted Milk Choc product had won gold. It’s super exciting for such a small brand to gain a bit of recognition.”

Spoond products can be found in local independent stores around Dublin.

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