New Zealand Bean-to-Bar

The chocolate is made in maker’s own factory using a process which starts from whole cocoa beans. Definition of Bar: moulded tablet.

Dark Chocolate Bar – all dark bars
Milk Chocolate Bar – this includes Dark Milk
White Chocolate Bar
Bean to Bar Flavoured

Flavoured Chocolate Bar (with flavours/inclusions/spice)

  • Flavoured Dark Chocolate (Dark – minimum 55% cocoa solids)
  • Flavoured Milk Chocolate (Milk – minimum of 30% cocoa solids)
  • Flavoured White chocolate bar plain (White – minimum 25% cocoa solids)

Filled Chocolate

  • Simple truffle
  • Alcohol ganache
  • Fruit, Floral, Spice, Infusion Ganache
  • Caramel
  • Salted-Caramel
  • Layered Chocolate
  • Nut Based Chocolates

Chocolate Products including Bark or Brittle

  • Bark/Brittle
  • Dark
  • Milk
  • White
  • Dipped Fruit and/or Nuts

Chocolate Drink

Plain and flavoured chocolate drinks made in New Zealand from New Zealand or imported ingredients.

  • Water based Drinking Chocolate (Cacao shell, husk tea)
  • Milk-based Drinking Chocolate

Best NZ-Made Product Using Chocolate

For innovative products made using chocolate. Includes products where good quality chocolate is a key ingredient, may use locally made or imported chocolate. Examples include; spreads, sauces, ice cream and bakery items.

Special Awards

Awards made by the judging panel recognising excellence.

Best Packaging

  • Best Bar Wrappers
  • Best Boxed Chocolate (single line entries only considered)
  • Best Other Packaging (may include products for Christmas 2018 or other innovative presentation)

Best Children’s Chocolate Product

Awarded by a specialist panel of young palates.