2017 AoC Awards
The ninth Academy of Chocolate Awards is now closed for entry. Judging of the numerous categories has begun. The volume of entries, particularly in the Bean to Bar categories, has been exceptionally high, and judging will continue into May 2017.
The Awards attract entries from producers all over the world and recognise some of the world's finest chocolates. They are judged by the Academy of Chocolate and by a panel of international journalists, chefs, pastry chefs and experts in chocolate and food. The judges pay particular attention to the appearance, depth of aroma, flavour, length and complexity of the chocolate.
The winners of Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards in various categories will be announced shortly after judging of particular categories is completed. A Golden Bean may be awarded to the best bean to bar chocolate within the Bean to Bar Categories. If a winning chocolate is made in partnership, e.g., between a grower and a manufacturer, each will be awarded a Golden Bean. A Golden Bonbon may also be awarded to a Filled Chocolate attracting exceptionally high marks. Golden Bean and Bonbon winners and any Special Awards will be announced at the Awards Party later in the year.