The Chocsters 2009

Posted by in Misc on February 22 2009 | Leave A Comment

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Chocster Awards. Ignore all other award ceremonies you may see today, because this is the one that counts!

The only criteria needed to qualify for an award is that a chocolate must have been reviewed on Chocablog in the last 12 months.

In 2007 and 2008, The Chocsters caused a bit of a stir in the chocolate community (no, really! they did!). We expect this year to be no different, so without further ado, let’s get on with it…

cote-dor-86 Best Dark Chocolate
Cote D’Or Experiences 86%
We’ve reviewed many great dark chocolates this year, but in our recent taste test, this is the one that came out top. Also worth a special mention was the Grenada Chocolate Company’s 71% bar.
Milka Cream Best Milk Chocolate
Milka Alpine Cream
Again, we’ve reviewed many, many milk chocolates this year, and picking a winner was incredibly hard. A controversial choice, the Milka bar is very sweet, but it’s also incredibly creamy and smooth, which is what won it this award.
lindt-dark-3 Best Range
Lindt Creation 70%
Lindt produce a vast range of stunningly good chocolate, but this 70% Creation bars are consistently of such a high standard that nobody else comes close in our opinion!
Pralus Le 100% Criollo Best Speciality Chocolate
Pralus Le 100% Criollo
We’ve only reviewed two 100% bars so far, and this bar from Pralus was the best. We described it as “not to the faint-hearted”, but everyone should live on the edge sometimes…
Plush Chocolates Best Newcomer
Plush Fabulous Fairtrade
This was a wonderful assortment of fair trade, organic chocolates from Plush that could have won in several categories (if we’d had a “Best Assortment” and “Best Fair Trade” categories.. but we don’t, so just the one award this year!)
Galaxy Amicelli Best Every Day Chocolate
Galaxy Amicelli
A late entry, but already a firm favourite! These little bars of yumminess are great value and come in a box of 16 that might even last you a whole week. (Ours didn’t last a day, but you never know…)
Skelligs Baby Fig & Rum Chocolates Best Handmade Chocolate
Skelligs Baby Fig & Rum
Skelligs are another company producing consistently great products, but these wonderful baby fig and dark rum milk chocolates were our pick from “the most westerly chocolate company in Europe”.
Cadbury Cherry Ripe Doubled Dipped 70% Best Antipodean Chocolate
Cadbury Cherry Ripe Double Dipped
Our special award for chocolate from Down Under. The double dipped Cherry Ripe just pipped Cadbury’s revamped Old Gold range for this year’s award.
Hotel Chocolat Heart Strings Weird & Wonderful Award
Hotel Chocolat Heart Strings
Fighting off competition from Cadbury’s Creme Egg Twisted, Rustika’s Cedar Bar and Theo Bread & Chocolate, this giant heart proves Hotel Chocolat still have what it takes!
Duc d'O Truffles Chocolate Raspberry Award
Duc d’O Truffles
The ‘Chocolate Razzie’ award for the worst chocolate we’ve tasted – and in this case seen – this year goes to these rather questionable truffles. Duc d’O fought off close competition from Nestlé Chocolate Log, Black Magic and Venchi Absinthum to win this coveted award!

Once again, we’re a little sad to report that none of this year’s winners could be here in person to receive their awards. On the bright side, at least you don’t have to sit through the acceptance speeches.

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  1. I couldn’t agree with you more about the results – especially Milka!!! :-)

  2. Jim

    I haven’t tried some of these! I am going to have to review them myself now they have some prestigious Chocsters :D

  3. Milka is definitely one of the best milk chocolates I’ve ever tried – but I think Camaya’s creations are a tad better. They’re not pure milk choc – they come with added value (mango, raspberry, coconut – you name it), but they’re simply divine.

  4. I’ll have one of everything, except the truffles at the end. :)

  5. sarah

    ooh im so buying some milka from sainsburys is on offer at the moment too

  6. Maggie

    Sarah -> try the caramel one and the Happy Cows – both are simply wonderful!

  7. Rosse

    Hah, the Cote D’or is sold as Marabou in Sweden ( http://www.kraftfoodsnordic.com/kraft/page?siteid=kraft-prd&locale=sesv1&PagecRef=2599&Mid=2599 ), but they’re both owned by Kraft Foods so I’m guessing it’s the same chocolate? Their 86% is my favourite dark chocolate though, I keep it at home at all times! :D