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Okanagan College alumni wins Vancouver Chocolate Challenge with 'Beer and Pretzels'

Jalayne Jones, left, and Danny Capadouca are pictured in this photo submitted by Okanagan College.
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June 05, 2019 - 3:00 PM

PENTICTON - Okanagan College Pastry Arts alumna Jalayne Jones won first place last month at the annual Chocolate Challenge in Vancouver.

Seven chocolate experts serve as judges, and they each elect a protégé to mentor leading up to the competition, according to an Okanagan College media release. The competitors craft chocolates and present them to all seven judges for evaluation.

Jones, a pastry chef at Hillside Winery Bistro in Penticton, was invited to compete by Okanagan College Pastry Arts instructor and event judge Danny Capadouca.

Jones’ winning chocolate was crafted using an original recipe inspired by local Okanagan ingredients. Her masterpiece bonbon, dubbed Beer and Pretzels, used Royal Decree English ale from Kelowna brewery Vice and Virtue Brewing Co., and locally made chocolate from Okanagan College.

The College is the first post-secondary institution outside of Europe to create original chocolate recipes. Jones used OC’s milk chocolate recipe, Kalamalka Karamel. The result: smooth beer caramel and almond pretzel praline seven chocolate experts couldn’t resist.

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