The success of the country’s growing artisan chocolate makers will be celebrated at the inaugural New Zealand Chocolate Awards.

Announcing the awards organisers, Intermedia and Marvellous Marketing, said they want to shine a spotlight on the burgeoning chocolate industry, rewarding and recognising high quality producers and chocolatiers. As well as awarding accolades to the finest chocolates the Awards will serve as a quality mark for consumers, helping guide them on the country’s best.

The awards have 11 categories, 9 of which will be judged by an esteemed collection of food and flavour experts. Kiwi chocolate lovers are being called upon to judge the final two categories by popular vote; New Zealand’s Favourite Chocolate brand and the café serving the country’s favourite hot chocolate.

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