Academy of Chocolate

Marou Wins Big at The Academy of Chocolate Awards for 2013
March 2013

Now in its 6th year and recognised as one of the leading awards in the world of fine chocolate making, the London-based Academy of Chocolate rewarded MAROU Chocolate’s first entry in such a competition with 3 Awards in 2 categories!

From the AoC press release:

“There was a significant increase in the number of entries in the bean-to-bar category, indicating that more chocolate makers are entering the Awards.

Entries from outside the UK equalled the number of UK entries, demonstrating the international recognition of the Awards. Entries were received from the USA, Canada, Australia, Vietnam [that's us!], Madagascar and Europe, including Italy, France, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden and Norway.

To allow enough time to do justice to the many entries, the judging this year took place over 5 days, and involved a record number of judges – a minimum of 25 on each day. Judges included chocolate experts and buyers, pastry chefs, food professionals and food journalists including:  Bill Buckley, Charles Campion, Claire Clark MBE, Josceline Dimbleby, Chloe Doutre-Roussel, Jennifer Earle, Sarah Jane Evans MW, Mark Hix, Jenny Linford, Marianne Lumb, Charles Metcalfe MW, Marie-Pierre Moine, Amelia Rope, Yolande Stanley, Craig Sams, Emma Sturgess, Janie Suthering and Will Torrent … and many more.

- The Academy of Chocolate’s Best Packaging Awards are announced with GOLD going to newcomers, the Franco-Vietnamese producers Marou:  “beautiful enough to frame” [for the Tien Giang 80% Special Edition]

- Best Dark Chocolate Bean-to-Bar: MAROU Faiseurs de Chocolat Tien Giang 70% – SILVER

- Best Dark Chocolate Bean-to-Bar: MAROU Faiseurs de Chocolat Ben Tre 78% – BRONZE

The Academy of Chocolate Awards for 2013 will be presented at a party at  Fortnum & Mason (also a MAROU point of sale in London!) on Tuesday 23rd April when 5 special awards will also be announced.”


Chocolate Week, Marou Chocolate Mousse Recipe, by Arnaud Normand
January 2013

Marou Chocolate Bar Unwrapped
“A delicious recipe by Arnaud Normand, the chocolate chef involved in research and development at Marou in Vietnam.” View the recipe online.





BuzzFeed, 34 Coolest Food Packaging Designs Of 2012
January 1, 2013



Marou gets cool web-cred with spot 15 on! View the coolest list.








2012 Pentawards, Marou wins Bronze
December 2012



Hats off to Rice Creative for designing and winning the Bronze Pentaward for Marou’s packaging!  The handprinted silk screen design did the trick! View the 2012 Pentaward winners.











Marou Vietnamese Chocolate Comes to UK, by Emma Eversham
December 3, 2012



“Two French entrepreneurs have combined Vietnamese agriculture with French chocolate-making skills to create a new chocolate called Marou, which includes a variant specially created for use by chefs.” Read the article.








Chocolate and Creative Diasporas, by Francis Pisani
November 26, 2012

“I saw one of the best examples of how the entrepreneurial spirit drives them in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Vincent Mourou and Samuel Maruta, two French entrepreneurs based in the Vietnamese city for several years, don’t make mobile phones or disruptive apps. They make chocolate.Continue reading.









November 3, 2012



Marou Chocolate is featured in the Paris Chocolate Show! Read the L’Express article.









Origin Chocolate Amsterdam, Marou’s 1st World Chocolate Presentation
October 16 & 17, 2012



Marou’s founders, Vinnie & Sam, were invited to speak at the Origin Chocolate Event in Amsterdam. Not bad for being your first year in the chocolate business! Find more info at










Wallpaper* chocolate, by Marou and Rice Creative
July 23, 2012

“Vietnamese Chocolate company Marou created an exceptional 80 per cent cocoa chocolate bar using organic Trinitario beans from the Tien Giang province of southern Vietnam for Wallpaper* Handmade.”  View the article that accompanies this beautiful short film., Hi Vietnam and Marou…Faiseurs de Chocolat.
July 12, 2012

Vuon Cacao sign with V&S

The Belgian chocolatier journals his first experiences with Marou and reviews the flavor the Marou Chocolate bars. View his insightful blog entry about Marou Faiseurs de Chocolat.





Marou at Salon du Chocolat, Paris
July 2, 2012

Exciting teaser for Le Salon du Chocolat. Marou Faiseurs de Chocolat will be there! Visit Le Salon du Chocolat online., Marou Faiseurs de Chocolat
April 13, 2012

“These chocolate bars are the first single origin gourmet bean-to-bar chocolate to come out of Vietnam. Chocolate makers working directly at the source of the cacao farms are still very few and far between. Marou Faiseurs de Chocolat, based in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is one such company who have created the first single origin gourmet bean-to-bar chocolate to come out of Vietnam.” Continue reading.






Mr Duc, WeDoThatStuff
April 2012

How it all started from Mr. Duc’s farm in Ba Ria.




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