Fine Print

1. All products entered must include chocolate as an ingredient. The chocolate used must meet the following definitions of fine chocolate:

a. Only real/natural vanilla as pods or extract are allowed.

b. Lecithin is allowed, either soy or other sources such as sunflower.

c. Chocolate entered into 1.a and 1.b may contain only natural sugars such as refined or unrefined cane or beet sugar. In all other categories including 1.c. ‘alternate natural’ sugars are also allowed.

d.  Cocoa butter and emulsifiers are allowed in plain bars as these are added for texture, not flavor. Vanilla is not allowed in plain bars as it’s a flavour ingredient.

e. Dark chocolate must contain a minimum of 60% cocoa solids when used in a bar or coating. When used in a filling mixed with other ingredients 55% is permissible.

f. Milk chocolate must contain a minimum of 30% cocoa solids.

g. White chocolate must contain a minimum of 25% cocoa butter.

2. The quality of chocolate used for filled chocolates/bonbons/pralines will be a consideration when judging.

3. It is required to state the chocolate used for each entry. This will be kept confidential and is not shown to the judges except at the final stage and only if there is a technical or judging issue.

4. All products should contain only natural ingredients.

a. Solidified vegetable fat or non-dairy animal fats are not allowed in any product.

b. Unprocessed oils, butter, cream etc are permitted in filled chocolate and flavoured bars.

c. No fat other than cocoa butter is allowed for unflavoured dark bar categories.

d. Real/natural vanilla as pods or extract are allowed.

e. Natural vanilla flavor is allowed if it is made with real vanilla.

f. Natural sugars such as cane or beet sugar, glucose or fructose and alternative natural sugars are permitted.

g. Artifical food colouring is not allowed when used as part of the recipe for the inside of a product. It is however permissible for decoration.

5.   Each entry must consist of only one single product e.g single flavour or filled chocolate or a single bar origin. Collections of bonbons or entries deemed to contain more than one type of product can not be judged.

6. You may enter multiple flavours/variants of the same product. Each flavour or variant requires a separate entry.

7. All entries are judged blind. All entries will be removed from their packaging for judging.

8. Entries will be judged according to the criteria set out:

  • Appearance/Form 20%
  • Aroma 10%
  • Flavour 40%
  • Texture 30%

9. Feedback will be available to entrants in the form of standard feedback but scores will not be given out.

10. Entrants must provide information in accordance with the NZ Chocolate Awards official entry form.

11.  Entrants must state intention to enter, specify the category entered, product name and provide payment by the requested date.

12.  All entries must be submitted online by 5 pm Friday 25 August 2017.

13. All entries to arrive in Auckland no later than 5pm on Tuesday 5 September to the address provided.

14. An entry fee of $75 + GST ($86.25) is applicable per entry. A discount of 20% per entry of the total entry fee is available for entries of five or more. Fees are non-refundable.

15. Supporting materials may be included with your entry if desired (this material will not be returned).

16. Awards organisers, Intermedia NZ and Marvellous Marketing will not accept any liability for lost, delayed or misdirected entries.

17. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

18. No alternative prizes are available.

19. It is the sole responsibility of all entrants to provide relevant information to support entries and all completed entries will become the property of Awards organisers, Intermedia NZ and Marvellous Marketing.

20. All entrants to the NZ Chocolate Awards must agree to take part in reasonable publicity and promotions.

21. If a product wins a major category these winning entrants may be asked to provide up to 20 packets/boxes of product at no charge for use in publicity and promotions. (Note this is optional and the PR opportunity will be discussed with each winner). Additional product should also be available at trade pricing to Awards organisers Intermedia and Marvellous Marketing for extended marketing activities to support the NZ Chocolate Awards.

22. Entry to the competition and acceptance of the prize constitutes permission to use any winner’s name, image and any competition entry (excluding contact details or financial information), for promotional and/or editorial purposes without additional consultation.

23. Personal information provided in your entry form will not be passed to any third parties, other than for the purpose of judging the competition or for use as outlined above.

24. By completing an entry for the NZ Chocolate Awards you agree to be by the above terms and conditions.

25. On receipt of your entry we will send additional information on product sample requirements for judging (3 bars/packets or 6 filled chocolates or single items (i.e. chocolate fish). For drinking chocolate, 2 packets. For products made in NZ using premium chocolate 3 jars/containers)

26. Drinking Chocolate: Cup will be 250 ml, milk will be steamed Full Fat Anchor (unless otherwise instructed the steam will be made to the same consistency as the steamed milk used to make a flat white). Will be judged on appearance, aroma, taste and flavour.


Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for entry into the NZ Chocolate Awards, entries must meet the following requirements:

1. The NZ Chocolate Awards are open to chocolate companies, chocolate makers, chocolatiers, companies producing collaborative products with a premium New Zealand chocolate brand and New Zealand importers/distributors of chocolate.

2. To be eligible for an NZ Chocolate Award the product must be submitted by the Producer or Manufacturer of the product.

3. Products MUST be sold via retail in New Zealand at the time of judging e.g. retail stores, farmers’ market/s, online sales.

4.  Both the product and packaging entered must meet the requirements of FSNZA and The Fair Trading Act.

5. All entries should be as per normal production run.

6. Note: whilst every effort is made to ensure product eligibility is correct the head judge retains the right to transfer product to a more suitable category or to withdraw product if it is deemed unsuitable or entry at any time.