2018 NZ Chocolate Awards Winners


After intense tasting, New Zealand’s top chocolates have been named.  Many of the award-winning chocolates share the theme of being unique to New Zealand, using local ingredients such as Manuka honey or incorporating Kiwi favourites such as hokey pokey or Central Otago Pinot Noir.

The Supreme Winner of the 2018 NZ Chocolate Awards is Hogarth Chocolate, Buttered Toast & Sea Salt.

Judges described this chocolate as irresistible, exceptional, unique and flawless. They were unanimous in their decision to award this chocolate the title of Supreme Winner.

Hogarth Chocolate, Buttered Toast & Sea Salt was one of two winners celebrating the theme of chocolate and toast. The new Hazelnut Spread by Hogarth Chocolate was awarded a gold medal and won Best in Class in the NZ Made Product Using Chocolate category.

The judging panel comprised 15 of the country’s top food experts led by Head Judge, Elle Coco (Crocker) who assessed 135 New Zealand made chocolates. The 48 medal winners consist of 15 Gold Medals, 17 Silver Medals and 16 Bronze Medals.

NZ CHOCOLATE AWARDS 2018 WINNERS

Supreme Winner

Hogarth Chocolate, Buttered Toast & Sea Salt

Best in Class

FLAVOURED CHOCOLATE BARS BEST IN CLASS     

Honest Chocolat, Manuka Honey Chocolate Tablet

FILLED CHOCOLATE BEST IN CLASS     

The Chocolate Workshop, Passionfruit Bonbon

CHOCOLATE PRODUCTS INCLUDING BARK OR BRITTLE/DIPPED FRUIT & NUTS BEST IN CLASS     

She Universe, Decadent Date

DRINKING CHOCOLATE BEST IN CLASS     

Weta Coffee Limited, Weta Hot Chocolate

NZ MADE PRODUCT USING CHOCOLATE BEST IN CLASS     

Hogarth Chocolate, Hazelnut Spread

CHILDREN’S CHOCOLATE BEST IN CLASS     

Apero Cambridge, Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

Packaging Awards

BEST BAR WRAPPER

Trade Aid, Organic Fair Trade Chocolate Bar Range

BEST BOXED CHOCOLATES

Vaniyé Patisserie

BEST OTHER PACKAGING

Devonport Chocolates, Flavours of New Zealand Collection

 

2018 MEDALS

Bean to Bar

Bean-to-bar Flavoured 

GOLD MEDAL
  • Hogarth Chocolate, Buttered Toast & Sea Salt
  • Hogarth Chocolate, Manuka Honey & Cocoa Nib
  • Hogarth Chocolate, Sarsaparilla & Candied Orange
SILVER MEDAL
  • Wellington Chocolate Factory, Coconut Milk Chocolate
BRONZE MEDAL
  • Wellington Chocolate Factory, ANZAC Bar 

Bean-to-bar Chocolate Bars, Dark

GOLD MEDAL
  • OCHO Limited, 100% Cacao Solomons, Bean-to-bar Chocolate Bars, Dark Chocolate Bar
  • OCHO Limited, 75% Cacao Fiji, Bean-to-bar Chocolate Bars, Dark Chocolate Bar
SILVER MEDAL
  • Hogarth Chocolate, Peru

Bean-to-bar Chocolate Bars, Milk 

SILVER MEDAL
  • Chocolatier Mirams, 49% Samoan dark milk chocolate tablet

Flavoured Chocolate Bars

GOLD MEDAL
  • Honest Chocolat, Manuka Honey Chocolate Tablet
  • House of Chocolate, Banana & Hokey Pokey organic Dark Chocolate Bar
SILVER MEDAL
  • The Remarkable Chocolate Co, 70% Dark Chocolate, Ginger and Salted Caramel
BRONZE MEDAL
  • Bennetts of Mangawahi, Plum Crumble
  • La Petite Chocolat, 56% Dark with Orange and Sesame
  • She Universe, Awaken Me, 58% Cacao, Caramelised Hazelnut, Cacao and Vanilla
  • Schoc Chocolates, NOEL
  • Trade Aid, SALT TOFFEE CRISP 70% Cocoa Dark Organic Chocolate

Filled Chocolate

GOLD MEDAL
  • Choco Loco, A Currant Affair
  • Devonport Chocolates, Hauraki Salted Caramel Chocolate
  • House of Chocolate, Caramelised Hazelnut Gianduja Bonbon
  • Schoc Chocolates, Blackberry and Vanilla
  • Sublime Chocolates, Akarua Pinot Noir Bon Bon
  • The Chocolate Workshop, Passionfruit Bonbon
SILVER MEDAL
  • Bennetts of Mangawhai, Sesame Caramel in Dark Chocolate
  • Bennetts of Mangawhai, Hazelnut Praline
  • Honest Chocolat, Espresso Martini Bonbon
  • Honest Chocolat and Batch 10, Honey Bourbon
  • Honest Chocolat, Raspberry and Pink Peppercorn Caramel
  • House of Chocolate, Bourbon Butterscotch Caramel Bonbon
  • House of Chocolate, Banoffee Bonbon 
BRONZE MEDAL
  • Aroha Chocolate, Raspberry Truffle
  • Bennetts of Mangawhai, Vanilla Truffle
  • She Universe, Open Sesame
  • Vaniyé Patisserie, Praline Bar

Chocolate Products Including Bark or Brittle / Dipped Fruit & Nuts

Bark or Brittle

SILVER MEDAL
  • The Remarkable Chocolate Company, Organic Dark Chocolate Bark with Roasted Almonds and Crispy Quinoa
  • The Remarkable Chocolate Company, Organic Dark Chocolate Bark with Marshmallow, Toasted Coconut and Raspberries 

Dipped Fruit & Nuts

GOLD MEDAL      
  • She Universe, Decadent Date
SILVER MEDAL
  • House of Chocolate, Caramelised Nut Dragées
BRONZE MEDAL
  • She Universe, Chocolate Rolled Cacao Bean

Drinking Chocolate

SILVER MEDAL
  • Weta Coffee Limited, Weta Hot Chocolate
BRONZE MEDAL
  • West Coast Cocoa, Peppermint Hot Chocolate
  • Trade Aid, Organic Drinking Chocolate
  • Vaniyé Patisserie, Caramelised Dark Hot Chocolate

Best NZ Made Product Using Chocolate 

GOLD MEDAL
  • Hogarth Chocolate, Hazelnut Spread
SILVER MEDAL
  • She Universe, Chocolate Brownie of Chocolate Brownies
  • Apero Cambridge, Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
BRONZE MEDAL
  • Sweetie Pie, Chocolate Cake
  • Forty Thieves, Hazelnut Crunch with Organic Cocoa

 

Head Judge Elle Coco and the 2018 judging panel

Head Judge Elle Coco and the 2018 judging panel
Judging the 2018 NZ Chocolate Awards