New Zealand artisan chocolate makers are waiting nervously as the judging commences for the inaugural New Zealand Chocolate Awards in Auckland.

A lucky judging panel of 18 chocolatiers, food writers and celebrity guests will taste their way through 120 New Zealand-made and international chocolate products from 36 different producers.

The judges are spoilt for choice this year, with some creative entries including the following flavour combos: Pohutakawa honey and rosemary, ginger and sesame, rose and vanilla tea, quince and gingerbread, and roasted almonds with Peruvian quinoa.

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