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.
|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.
|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 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!
|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 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!)
|Best Every Day Chocolate
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…)
|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”.
|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.
|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!
|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.