Judges in New Zealand’s first national chocolate awards have been asked to keep “their palates in peak shape” as they devour endless amounts of the sweet treat.

The event’s been titled “the Oscars of chocolate”, and with 120 samples to sniff, taste and rate, the awards is a glutenous┬ámarathon for the judges.

“The Oscars of chocolate, every New Zealand chocolate maker has put their heart and soul into having their chocolates assessed here today,” Chocolate Awards organiser Nicola McConnell told Seven Sharp’s Tim Wilson.

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