Sweet taste of success for New Forest chocolatier

New Forest Marque

Published Thursday 30 April 2015

A chocolate maker in the New Forest has scooped a prestigious national award for producing treats of the highest quality.

Kerry Witt, owner of Chocolate by Miss Witt, triumphed at the Academy of Chocolate Awards, taking home a bronze award for her sea salt caramel chocolate. 

The Lymington based business is a member of the New Forest Marque, a quality assurance scheme supported by the New Forest National Park Authority that promotes authentic New Forest fare of the highest quality, while encouraging people to shop locally.

Miss Witt faced stiff competition at the awards, which received over 500 entries, a record number. The judging panel was chaired by globally respected wine expert Charles Metcalfe, and judges included chocolate experts and buyers, pastry chefs, food professionals and food journalists. Prizes were presented at a glittering awards ceremony at Fortnum and Mason in London.

All of the Miss Witt products use a unique ganache, made from specialist chocolate and Hildon water. This technique allows the taste of the different cacao beans to come through, producing a light and flavoursome chocolate.

Kerry said: ‘I was so pleased to receive this award after my hard work to develop the recipe, which took several months to perfect!

‘When I started the chocolate company in 2012 I couldn't walk as I was waiting for a hip replacement at the age of 32. I feel so proud of my hard work and the progress in the industry I have made, which has resulted in being recognised in the chocolate industry at the highest level. I’m particularly grateful to the New Forest Marque for their support throughout the early months and years of the business, which has been invaluable’

Chocolate by Miss Witt products can be bought every Saturday at Lymington Market and at several New Forest shops, see www.chocolatebymisswitt.com

For information about the benefits of joining the New Forest Marque, visit www.newforestmarque.co.uk

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Notes to Photo Editor:


Kerry Witt, owner of Chocolate by Miss Witt.

Notes to Editor:


The Academy of Chocolate was created in 2005 by five of Britain’s leading chocolate professionals, united in the belief that chocolate is one of life’s great pleasures. Membership has since grown but the aim remains the same, to campaign for better chocolate and promote a greater awareness of the journey from bean to bar differentiating between fine chocolate and mass-produced chocolate confectionery.

Visit www.academyofchocolate.org.uk for more.

For information about the benefits of joining the New Forest Marque, visit www.newforestmarque.co.uk

About the New Forest Marque® – a sign of quality

Managed by the New Forest National Park Authority the award scheme was created by New Forest Produce Limited to:

  • give businesses a distinctive 'New Forest' banner under which to sell their goods and services and help customers identify quality New Forest produce
  • encourage people to ‘buy local’ and reduce the environmental impact of transporting food long distances
  • help sustain the New Forest’s local economy by supporting local businesses and employment.

For more information on the New Forest Marque and its members visit www.newforestmarque.co.uk.


About the New Forest National Park Authority


Protect - Enjoy - Prosper


The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect 
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

Visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk to find out more.

Media Contact:


Matt Stroud, Communications Assistant, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650
Email: matt.stroud@newforestnpa.gov.uk


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