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2023 - Season 2

Cacao beans from 21 regional cacao farms spanning 14 different countries of origin.​

43 Chocolate Bars accepted from 4 continents, 8 countries,  10 States.​

11 judges from various backgrounds​

Dark Chocolate Category - 16 entries​

Milk Chocolate Category - 9 entries​

White Chocolate Category - 8 entries

Inclusions Category - 10 entries

2023 Winners

Top Overall - Gold

sweets ESCALIER

70% Dark Chocolate

Maya Mountain - Belize

Top Overall - Silver

Blue Spruce Chocolates

White Caramel Chocolate with Roasted Hazelnuts

Top Overall - Bronze

KESSHŌ

56% Dark Milk with Yuzu

Kokoa Kamili - Tanzania

Best Dark - Gold

sweets ESCALIER

70% Dark Chocolate

Maya Mountain - Belize

Best Dark - Silver

Fjorden Sjokolade

70% Dark Chocolate

Mana - Phillipines

Best Dark - Bronze

Moku Chocolate

70% Dark Chocolate

O'Tuma - Nicaragua

Best Milk - Gold

KESSHŌ

56% Dark Milk with Yuzu

Kokoa Kamili - Tanzania

Best Milk - Silver

Gansett Craft Chocolate

50% Milk Chocolate

Chuncho - Peru

Best Milk - Bronze

Encore Coffee Company

50% Milk Chocolate

Kokoa Kamili - Tanzania

Best White - Gold

Gansett Craft Chocolate

Rhode Island Coffee Milk

Best White - Silver

Embers

Dreaming of Thailand

Best White - Bronze

Mausi

French Au Latte Bar

Best Inclusion - Gold

Blue Spruce Chocolates

White Caramel Chocolate with Roasted Hazelnuts

Best Inclusion - Silver

KESSHŌ

70% Dark Chocolate

Mulled Wine

Best Inclusion - Bronze

Moku Chocolate

70% Dark Chocolate with Orange Zest

Bejofo Estate - Madagascar

Marble Surface

2023 Judging Panel

Judge 1 Profile

Chocolate Maker/Chocolatier

Preferred Cuisine: Italian

Preferred Chocolate: Milk Chocolate

Preferred Beverages: Red Wine, Vodka w/ Red Bull, Not a beer drinker

 

Judge 2 Profile

Chocolate Maker/Pastry Chef

Preferred Cuisine: Japanese

Preferred Chocolate: Dark Milk Chocolate

Preferred Beverages: Tea

 

Judge 3 Profile*

Chocolate Revewier

Preferred Cuisine: I've traveled and eaten great cuisine all over the world, and I love it all

Preferred Chocolate: Usually dark, but I am all in on any well-made chocolate

Preferred Beverages:  Yerba mate or flavored sparkling water

 

Judge 4 Profile

Chocolate Journalist

Preferred Cuisine: Thai

Preferred Chocolate: dark milk with sea salt.

Preferred Beverages: any full-bodied red wine

 

Judge 5 Profile

Chocolate Maker/Chocolatier

Preferred Cuisine: Cajun

Preferred Chocolate: Peru Ucayali 70% Dark

Preferred Beverages: Booze forward Cocktails, Italian Reds

 

Judge 6 Profile

Chocolate Reviewer

Preferred Cuisine: Indian

Preferred Chocolate: Dark (in the 70% range) with sea salt

Preferred Beverages: Hot Chocolate, of course!

 

Judge 7 Profile

Graphic Designer

Preferred Cuisine:  I love them all!

Preferred Chocolate: Dark Chocolate around 70% cacao

Preferred Beverages:

Beer - Dark (porters and stouts)

Spirits - High Proof/Barrel Proof Bourbons

 

Judge 8 Profile

Chocolate Lover

Preferred Cuisine: American

Preferred Chocolate: Dark

Preferred Beverages: Orange Juice/Water

 

Judge 9 Profile

Chocolate Journalist & Experienced Chocolate Judge 

Preferred Cuisine: Comida tipica y criolla (typical local wherever I am)

Preferred Chocolate: Unusual Flavorings and Inclusions

Preferred Beverages: Coffee & Fermented

 

Judge 10 Profile

Chocolate Lover/Customer

Preferred Cuisine: Mexican/Indian

Preferred Chocolate: Milk Chocolate with Peanut Butter

Preferred Beverages: Dr. Pepper/Light Coffee

 

Judge 11 Profile

Chocolate Lover/Chef

Preferred Cuisine: Mediterranean

Preferred Chocolate: Dark with Coconut

Preferred Beverages: Mexican Fruit Water/Tea

* Certified Chocolate Taster

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