Langley chocolate a hot commodity

  • Wednesday, December 2, 2009 12:01am
  • Life

Whidbey Island chocolatier George Brunjes — and his confection company, Chocolates by George of Langley — is having an award-winning fall.

In September, Brunjes, 66, took home three awards at Chile Pepper Magazine’s ZestFest in Fort Worth, Texas, including a second place in the candy division with his Great Balls of Fire truffles and a third place for his coffee and chili-flavored Caffiendish truffles.

Brunjes, who uses spicy ingredients from Zane and Zack’s World Famous Honey Co. of Renton, also won a second place at this year’s ZestFest in the chocolate dessert division with his hot coffee cake, a flourless chocolate cake featuring coffee and hot sauce flavors.

This isn’t the first time Brunjes has been recognized for his spicy creations. In 2008, his Great Balls of Fire won a first place award at ZestFest.

In October, Brunjes’ Great Balls of Fire truffles, also known as Incendiary Chocolates, won a first-place award in the international spicy foods competition sponsored by The Hot Pepper online forum.

See contest results at and

Learn more about Chocolates By George at www.chocolatesby or call 800-319-2181.

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