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International Chocolate Awards


International Chocolate Awards

The International Chocolate Awards  highlights excellence in fine chocolate to consumers by awarding prizes for plain/origin bars, flavoured bars, filled chocolates (bonbons, pralines, ganaches) and spreads in national and regional rounds, culminating in our yearly World Final.

Competitions are held in an expanding range of countries and World regions, including Scandinavia, Italy, European Semi-final, Canada, Germany/Austria/Switzerland and in the USA for the Americas.

The Awards are overseen by our independent Grand Jury panel. Changes to our categories and rules are made through yearly consultation with our entrants and judges.

Location: Worldwide
Members: 85
Latest Activity: Nov 30

2014 Calendar

Americas Semi-final - New York, USA, Sept 20, 2014 – Sept 24, 2014

Samples reqd by: September 19, 2014

Canadian National Competition – Vancouver, Oct 5, 2014 – Oct 8, 2014
Samples reqd by: October 3, 2014

Hot Chocolate Competition – First trial edition - Hannover, Germany, Sept 12, 2014 – Sept 13, 2014
Samples reqd by: September 11, 2014

World Final – United Kingdom, Nov 4, 2014 – Nov 6, 2014
By invitation, winners only

A full list of our current competitions can be found on our Enter page -

Discussion Forum

Americas Semi-final 2014 open for the entries – World's largest bean to bar competition!

Started by Martin Christy. Last reply by Scott Oct 20. 1 Reply

Closing date: 17 September 2014Samples required by: 19 September 2014Entry fee: $65 + $42.50 per product (USD)Enter online at:…Continue

2013 Americas Semi-Final Round Semi-Official Results

Started by Clay Gordon. Last reply by Clay Gordon Oct 3, 2013. 11 Replies

I attended the awards presentation for the Americas round of the 2013 International Chocolate Awards last night. Held at ICE in NYC, this was the first "live" awards announcement, bringing together…Continue

2013 Americas Semi-Final Round Merit Award Recipients

Started by Clay Gordon Oct 2, 2013. 0 Replies

This year the ICA organizers have decided to offer Merit Awards to individuals and organizations who have been given back to the chocolate community.The 2013 Americas Round Merit Award Recipients…Continue

Awards updates

Started by Martin Christy. Last reply by Andy Ciordia Sep 8, 2013. 2 Replies

It's been a busy summer as we prepare for the final competitions of 2013 and begin to make plans for our third year, 2014. We have more countries in the pipeline for next year and will be making…Continue

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Comment by ricardo villanueva on January 23, 2012 at 12:42pm

Brad brings up excellent points. Chocolate means many things to many people. One awards pitfall might be the danger of snob appeal. As is, everybody "owns " chocolate.  Mention working with chocolate, and people smile.  Please reflect that in the awards. Hence Brad's concerns about varying regional tastes in chocolate are important. Also I think tastes might ( or might not) vary by age. I think it would be great to have one group of judges under 12 years old and from various cultures.

It would be interesting to  compare their preferences to that of adult judges.  This would make the contest far more newsworthy and friendly than a status centered piece. Secondly, I hope chocolate as a beverage and in cuisine is part of this. I hope the awards are a celebration of all things chocolate, not just candy.    


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