Americas 2018 Competition Winners

September 16, 2018 9:36 am by International Chocolate Awards in News, Results, Winners

Americas Winners New York

The International Chocolate Awards is pleased to announce the Winners of the 2018 Americas Competition, which was judged remotely by our international Grand Jury and in Hoboken, in the New York Metropolitan Region.

The 2018 Americas competition saw a record number of entries from North and Latin America and the Caribbean with over 800 products entered by 130 chocolate companies from 16 different countries. This year’s Asia-Pacific competition was held as a separate competition for the first time in Asia, hosted in Taiwan.

International Judges

The judging panel included judges from USA, Europe, Japan, South America and the USA and members of our international Grand Jury panel around the world.

All judging is anonymised, included at the Grand Jury final session, where Golds, Silver and Bronze prizes are awarded by private voting according to the Grand Jury rules.

All Gold, Silver and Bronze winners are eligible to enter the World Final, with the exception of winners of our Cacao Growing Country Support competitions in Peru and Central America.

Best in competition

Overall ‘best in competition’ single Golds were awarded for the best bar in the combined dark and combined milk chocolate categories, as voted for by the Grand Jury after all other scores have been compiled.

Prizes are awarded only to entries that meet the required standard in each category.

** Bean-to-bar chocolatier products – recognising the growing trend of flavoured bars and filled chocolate made by chocolate makers, winning products made with an entrant’s own chocolate are marked with (**).

(Prizes are shown in alphabetical order for each medal)


‘Best in competition’ overall winners

Plain/origin dark bar categories

Gold: Soma Chocolatemaker  (Canada) – Guasare

Plain/origin milk bar categories

Gold: Nugali  (Brazil) – Ao Leite 45% cocoa


Plain/origin bars

Plain/origin dark chocolate bars

Gold: Soma Chocolatemaker  (Canada) – Guasare
Silver: Amano Chocolate Company  (United States) – Amano Macoris
Silver: Bakáu  (Peru) – Cuzco Select 72%
Silver: Cacao 70  (Canada) – Lights Out 70%
Silver: Cacao Hunters  (Colombia) – Arauca 70%
Silver: Cacao Hunters  (Colombia) – Tumaco 70%
Silver: Cacaosuyo  (Peru) – Chuncho-Cuzco
Silver: Cocama  (Peru) – Chocoazú 70%
Silver: Franceschi Chocolate  (Venezuela) – Franceschi Chocolate Canoabo 70%
Silver: Franceschi Chocolate  (Venezuela) – Franceschi Chocolate Carenero 70%
Silver: Franceschi Chocolate  (Venezuela) – Franceschi Chocolate Choroni 70%
Silver: Franceschi Chocolate  (Venezuela) – Franceschi Chocolate Ocumare 70%
Silver: Franceschi Chocolate  (Venezuela) – Franceschi Chocolate Río Caribe 70%
Silver: Fruition Chocolate  (United States) – Wild Bolivia 74% Dark
Silver: Harper Macaw  (United States) – 70% Brazilian Rainforest Blend
Silver: Hummingbird Chocolate Maker  (Canada) – Copan
Silver: Hummingbird Chocolate Maker  (Canada) – Hispaniola 70%
Silver: Jacek Chocolate Couture  (Canada) – 70% Colombia
Silver: Jacek Chocolate Couture  (Canada) – 70% Costa Rica
Silver: Kahkow  (Dominican Republic) – Mata Larga Collection One
Silver: La Rifa Chocolatería  (Mexico) – Barra Blanco Jaguar
Silver: Mānoa Chocolate Hawaii  (United States) – Hawaii Chocolate
Silver: Maraná  (Peru) – Cusco 70% – Dark Chocolate
Silver: Maraná  (Peru) – Piura 70% – Dark Chocolate
Silver: Maraná  (Peru) – San Martin 70% – Dark Chocolate
Silver: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – La Cumbia 70%
Silver: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Manabí 65%
Silver: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Raw 70%
Silver: Soma Chocolatemaker  (Canada) – Hacienda Victoria
Silver: White Label Chocolate  (United States) – Wild Harvest, Bolivia
Bronze: Amano Chocolate Company  (United States) – Amano Cuyagua
Bronze: Amano Chocolate Company  (United States) – Amano Guayas River Basin
Bronze: Amano Chocolate Company  (United States) – Amano Ocumare
Bronze: Cacao Hunters  (Colombia) – Tumaco 82%
Bronze: Cacaosuyo  (Peru) – Cuzco 80
Bronze: Cocama  (Peru) – Piura 70%
Bronze: Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate  (United States) – 72% Belize, Toledo
Bronze: Franceschi Chocolate  (Venezuela) – Franceschi Chocolate Sur del Lago 70%
Bronze: French Broad Chocolates  (United States) – 73% Guatemala Dark Chocolate
Bronze: Hummingbird Chocolate Maker  (Canada) – Cap Haitien
Bronze: Innato  (Peru) – Innato Jaén 72%
Bronze: LetterPress Chocolate  (United States) – Ucayali, Peru 70% Dark – Limited Reserve
Bronze: Nina Fine Chocolates  (Peru) – Nina 70%
Bronze: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Los Ríos 72%
Bronze: Sirene  (Canada) – Lachua
Bronze: Sirene  (Canada) – Tingo Maria
Bronze: Soma Chocolatemaker  (Canada) – Esmeraldas
Bronze: Tinkiy  (Peru) – Paru

Micro-batch – Plain/origin dark chocolate bars

Gold: Kin+Pod  (Canada) – 70% Tumaco Colombia
Silver: Cacao 70  (Canada) – SE – Asochivite 70%
Silver: Chocotenango  (United States) – Honduras
Silver: Dandelion Chocolate  (United States) – Kokoa Kamili, Tanzania- 2014
Silver: Dandelion Chocolate  (United States) – Maya Mountain, Belize – 2015
Silver: Dandelion Chocolate  (United States) – Maya Mountain, Belize- 2016
Silver: Dandelion Chocolate  (United States) – Tumaco, Colombia – 2017
Silver: Dandelion Chocolate  (United States) – Zorzal Comunitario, Dominican Republic- 2016
Silver: Elemento Chocolates  (Peru) – Awajún Blend Tostado Intenso 70% ( * Rainforest SAC)
Silver: Fresco  (United States) – Polochic 70% Light Roast
Silver: Fresco  (United States) – Polochic 70% Medium Roast
Silver: Fresh Coast Chocolate Co.  (United States) – Belize 70%
Silver: Goodnow Farms Chocolate  (United States) – Ucayali, 70%
Silver: Qantu  (Canada) – Bagua 70%
Silver: Qantu  (Canada) – Chaska 70%
Silver: Qantu  (Canada) – Chuncho 70%
Silver: Qantu  (Canada) – Gran Blanco 70%
Silver: Stone Grindz Chocolate  (United States) – Ucayali River, Peru 70%
Silver: Stone Grindz Chocolate  (United States) – Wild Bolivia 70%
Silver: Wolter  (Mexico) – Quetzalli Agua Selva 2T 70%
Bronze: Avanaa  (Canada) – Zorzal
Bronze: BOHO Chocolate  (United States) – 70% Maya Mountain Dark Chocolate / Belize
Bronze: Brasstown Chocolate  (United States) – Bolivian Wild 70%
Bronze: Brasstown Chocolate  (United States) – Peru Ucayali 70%
Bronze: Cacao Hunters  (Colombia) – Arhuacos 72%
Bronze: Cacao Hunters  (Colombia) – Sierra Nevada 67%
Bronze: Chaleur B Chocolate  (Canada) – Tanzanie 79%
Bronze: Dandelion Chocolate  (United States) – Abmanja, Madagascar – 2016
Bronze: Dandelion Chocolate  (United States) – Costa Esmereldas, Ecuador- 2016
Bronze: Dandelion Chocolate  (United States) – Hacienda Azul, Costa Rica- 2016
Bronze: Fresco  (United States) – Polochic 70% Dark Roast
Bronze: Fresh Coast Chocolate Co.  (United States) – Tanzania 70%
Bronze: Goodnow Farms Chocolate  (United States) – Esmeraldas, 70%
Bronze: Millcreek Cacao Roasters  (United States) – Millcreek Cacao Roasters Pure 70% Arriba Nacional Bar
Bronze: Mission Chocolate  (Brazil) – Puerto Rico 72%
Bronze: Qantu  (Canada) – Morropon 70%
Bronze: TA.CHO taller de chocolate  (Mexico) – “Consuelo 73%” Finca “La Joya”
Bronze: Tinkiy  (Peru) – willka
Bronze: Xocolatisimo  (El Salvador) – San José Real de La Carrera 65%
Bronze: Xocolatisimo  (El Salvador) – San José Real de La Carrera 75%
Bronze: Zak’s Chocolate  (United States) – 70% Dark Peru San Martin

High % plain/origin dark chocolate bars (85% and over)

Gold: Cacaosuyo  (Peru) – Chawpi Tuta
Silver: Chocotenango  (United States) – Wild Bolivia
Silver: Dandelion Chocolate  (United States) – Maya Mountain, Belize- 2016
Silver: Franceschi Chocolate  (Venezuela) – Franceschi Chocolate Chuao 85%
Silver: Fresco  (United States) – Polochic 100%, Light Roast
Silver: Monarch Chocolates  (Canada) – Honduras 100%
Silver: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Raw 100%
Silver: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Raw 85% with Coconut Sugar
Silver: Stone Grindz Chocolate  (United States) – Hacienda Victoria 85%
Silver: Tinkiy  (Peru) – Qonopa
Silver: Xocolatisimo  (El Salvador) – San Jose Real de La Carrera 85%
Bronze: Brasstown Chocolate  (United States) – Blend 85%.
Bronze: Cacaoterra/Xiquipil  (El Salvador) – Cacaoterra EL Xiquipil Parras Lempa 85%
Bronze: Jacek Chocolate Couture  (Canada) – 90% Dominican Republic
Bronze: Kakaw Museo  (Mexico) – Tableta de Origen La Rioja- Xocolate Chiapas

Rough ground/textured plain/origin dark chocolate bars

Gold: Cacaosuyo  (Peru) – Piura Batan
Silver: Ultimately Chocolate  (Canada) – CacaoCookie(TM)
Bronze: Mindo Chocolate Makers  (United States) – Pure Rustic

Plain/origin dark chocolate bars made with alternative natural sugar

Gold: Palette de Bine  (Canada) – Palette de Bine “Bine à l’érable” Wild Bolivia 70%
Silver: Goodnow Farms Chocolate  (United States) – Asochivite with Maple Sugar, 70%
Silver: Juanchoconat  (Colombia) – 76% raw cacao with panela sugar ( * Juan choconat)
Bronze: ChocoSol Traders  (Canada) – Mexico Profundo Blend
Bronze: Hummingbird Chocolate Maker  (Canada) – Maple
Bronze: Le Caméléon  (Mexico) – Soconusco VIII
Bronze: Mademoiselle Miel  (United States) – Mademoiselle Miel / Maple Sweetened 70%

Plain/origin milk chocolate bars

Gold: Nugali  (Brazil) – Ao Leite 45% cocoa
Silver: Cacao 70  (Canada) – Smooth Operator 45%
Silver: Cacaosuyo  (Peru) – Lecherita
Silver: Fruition Chocolate  (United States) – Brown Butter Milk Chocolate
Silver: Mamuschka  (Argentina) – Chocolate Leche Mamuschka
Bronze: ME TO WE  (Canada) – Me To We Milk Chocolate 42% ( * Ecuatoriana de Chocolates)

Plain/origin ‘dark’ milk chocolate bars (50% and over)

Gold: Cacaosuyo  (Peru) – Intense Milk
Silver: Askinosie Chocolate  (United States) – Coconut Milk Chocolate Bar
Silver: Bakáu  (Peru) – Peru Select 60% (**)
Silver: Cacaosuyo  (Peru) – Piura Milk
Silver: Castronovo Chocolate  (United States) – Rare Cacao Collection: Sierra Nevada Dark Milk 63%
Silver: Castronovo Chocolate  (United States) – Signature Collection: Tumaco, Colombia Dark Milk 60%
Silver: Elemento Chocolates  (Peru) – Awajún Blend con Leche 52% ( * Rainforest SAC)
Silver: Harper Macaw  (United States) – 57% Brazilian Rainforest Blend
Silver: Hummingbird Chocolate Maker  (Canada) – Copan Dark Milk
Silver: Hummingbird Chocolate Maker  (Canada) – Dark Milk Nicaragua
Silver: Limited Chocolate  (United States) – Fiji Amelonado 2017 – 55% Milk Chocolate
Silver: Sirene  (Canada) – Lachua Dark Milk (**)
Bronze: Soma Chocolatemaker  (Canada) – Vanua Milk
Bronze: Tinkiy  (Peru) – Cholon (**)

Micro-batch – Plain/origin milk chocolate bars

Gold: Melangeria Dimaggio  (Brazil) – Milk Chocolate 49,5% BigMix
Silver: Belize Chocolate Company  (Belize) – Belize Chocolate Company Milk bar
Silver: Ultimately Chocolate  (Canada) – Buttermilk 48%
Bronze: Mamuschka  (Argentina) – Chocolate Leche Micro Batch

Rough ground/textured plain/origin milk chocolate bars

Bronze: Soma Chocolatemaker  (Canada) – Milk Old School

Plain/origin white chocolate bars

Gold: Elemento Chocolates  (Peru) – Chocolate Blanco ( * Rainforest SAC)
Silver: Cacaoterra/Xiquipil  (El Salvador) – Cacaoterra/Shaw’s White chocolate (Honduras)


Flavoured bars

Dark chocolate bars with an infusion or flavouring

Gold: Askinosie Chocolate  (United States) – Dark Chocolate + Red Raspberry CollaBARation™ Bar (**)
Silver: Bakáu  (Peru) – Chocolate & Café (65%) (**)
Silver: Brasstown Chocolate  (United States) – Chili 70% (**)
Silver: Cacao Hunters  (Colombia) – Café de Edi 61% (**)
Silver: Cacaosuyo  (Peru) – Cedroncillo
Silver: Cacaosuyo  (Peru) – Mango Buena (**)
Silver: DesBarres Chocolate  (Canada) – BlackPepper Cardamom (**)
Silver: Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate  (United States) – 68% Espresso Dark Chocolate (**)
Silver: Forte Chocolates  (United States) – Orange Jazz
Silver: Harper Macaw  (United States) – Bourbon Barrel Aged (**)
Silver: K+M Extravirgin Chocolate  (United States) – K+M Extravirgin 75% Dark Chocolate Nicaragua (**)
Silver: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Andean Mint
Silver: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Andean Rose
Silver: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Jasmine
Silver: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Lemon Verbena
Silver: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Lemongrass
Silver: Wolter  (Mexico) – Quetzalli Criollo Pasión 70% (**)
Silver: Xocolatl de Davíd  (United States) – Smoked Chile & Honey
Bronze: Amacao  (Ecuador) – Hot Peper, Lemon & Salt
Bronze: BOHO Chocolate  (United States) – 70% Dark Chocolate Maya Mountain Spicy Chai (**)
Bronze: Cultura Craft Chocolate  (United States) – 75% Gin + Juniper
Bronze: DesBarres Chocolate  (Canada) – Orange Spice (**)
Bronze: French Broad Chocolates  (United States) – Scorpion Dark Chocolate (**)
Bronze: Fruition Chocolate  (United States) – Irving Farm Coffee Chocolate 68% (**)
Bronze: Hummingbird Chocolate Maker  (Canada) – Orange Cardamom (**)
Bronze: K+M Extravirgin Chocolate  (United States) – K+M Extravirgin Dark Chocolate 75% Peru (**)
Bronze: Millcreek Cacao Roasters  (United States) – Millcreek Cacao Roasters Chuno 78% Whiskey Bar (**)
Bronze: MUCHO Chocolate  (Mexico) – Carmin (**)
Bronze: Nina Fine Chocolates  (Peru) – Nina 45% with Majambo & Coco (**)
Bronze: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Allspice / Sweet Pepper
Bronze: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Cardamom
Bronze: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Orange
Bronze: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Passion Fruit

Dark chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces

Gold: Mission Chocolate  (Brazil) – Three Theos: Theobroma Cacao+Bicolor+Cupuaçu (**)
Silver: Amano Chocolate Company  (United States) – Raspberry Rose (**)
Silver: Ambrosia Pastry Co  (Canada) – Seabuckthorn and Candied Ginger (**)
Silver: BOHO Chocolate  (United States) – 62% Dark Maya Mountain Nib Crunch (**)
Silver: Cacaosuyo  (Peru) – Piura Nibs
Silver: Chocolate San Jose  (Ecuador) – Hacienda San Jose 80% Dark Chocolate With Nibs
Silver: Dark Forest Chocolate  (United States) – Coffee and Dark Chocolate
Silver: Hummingbird Chocolate Maker  (Canada) – Honey Lavender
Silver: Hummingbird Chocolate Maker  (Canada) – Toffee & Nib (**)
Silver: Innato  (Peru) – Innato Jaén Passion Fruit 65%
Silver: Madre Chocolate  (United States) – Triple Cacao (**)
Silver: Milla Chocolates  (United States) – Blood Orange Bar
Silver: Mission Chocolate  (Brazil) – Brazil Biomes: Cupuaçu 72% (**)
Silver: Nina Fine Chocolates  (Peru) – Nina 70% with Nibs (**)
Silver: Nugali  (Brazil) – Pimenta Rosa 63% cocoa (**)
Silver: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Coffee
Silver: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Ginger & Chia Seeds
Silver: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Goldenberry
Silver: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Salt & Nibs
Silver: Q’uma Chocolate  (Peru) – Maras Salt 70% Cacao – Peru (**)
Silver: Shattell Chocolate  (Peru) – Dark Chocolate Bar 70% cacao Pucacaca Peru with Majambo (**)
Silver: TCHO  (United States) – Mint Chip Gelato (**)
Silver: TCHO  (United States) – Orange + Toffee (**)
Bronze: Angovi  (Ecuador) – Angovi Sal Ahumada 65% (**)
Bronze: Armando canelon chocolates  (Venezuela) – caramelo de sani (rio caribe 65%) (**)
Bronze: Cacaosuyo  (Peru) – Inka Berry (**)
Bronze: Conexión Chocolate Ecuador  (Ecuador) – Conexion Chocolate 70% Wasabi & Cacao Nibs (**)
Bronze: DesBarres Chocolate  (Canada) – Mzuzu Mocha
Bronze: Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate  (United States) – Brown Butter with Nibs & Sea Salt (**)
Bronze: Jacek Chocolate Couture  (Canada) – The Edmund (**)
Bronze: Mamuschka  (Argentina) – 63% con Pistachos Confitados (**)
Bronze: Mission Chocolate  (Brazil) – Brazil Biomes: Goiabada 72% (**)
Bronze: Nina Fine Chocolates  (Peru) – Nina 85% with Sweet & Salty Majambo Crumbs (**)
Bronze: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Raspberry
Bronze: Xocolatl de Davíd  (United States) – Hibiscus & Chile

Dark chocolate bars with a filling

Bronze: Mostly Chocolate  (United States) – Hazelnut & Poprocks Bar

Rough ground flavoured dark chocolate bars

Gold: Wolter  (Mexico) – Quetzalli 70% con Sal de Chicatana y Cardamomo (**)
Silver: ChocoSol Traders  (Canada) – Jaguar Swirl (**)

Milk chocolate bars with an infusion or flavouring

Gold: Mānoa Chocolate Hawaii  (United States) – Ghost Pepper
Silver: Cacaosuyo  (Peru) – Lucuma (**)
Silver: Fruition Chocolate  (United States) – Hudson Valley Bourbon Dark Milk
Silver: K+M Extravirgin Chocolate  (United States) – K+M Extravirgin Milk Chocolate Nicaragua (**)
Silver: K+M Extravirgin Chocolate  (United States) – K+M Extravirgin Milk Chocolate Winter Spice
Silver: TCHO  (United States) – Mokaccino (**)
Bronze: Chocotenango  (United States) – Zanzibar (**)

Milk chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces

Gold: Stone Grindz Chocolate  (United States) – Ginger & Coconut Milk 55% (**)
Silver: Art of Chocolate /Cacao Santa fe  (United States) – Prickly Pear, Hibiscus,Lime (**)
Silver: Cacaosuyo  (Peru) – Banana Maras Salt (**)
Silver: Cacaosuyo  (Peru) – Quinoa Crunch (**)
Silver: Forte Chocolates  (United States) – Marcona Almonds in Milk Chocolate
Silver: Fruition Chocolate  (United States) – Corazon de Dahlia Quinoa Crunch (**)
Silver: Harper Macaw  (United States) – Fall Spice (**)
Silver: Harper Macaw  (United States) – Raspberry Cheesecake (**)
Silver: Le Caméléon  (Mexico) – Mexicanismo No. 2 Chocolate de leche con Chapulines
Silver: Millcreek Cacao Roasters  (United States) – Millcreek Cacao Roasters 45% Arriba Milk Rum Raisin
Silver: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Coconut Cream Chocolate with Raspberry
Silver: Sirene  (Canada) – Old Friend (**)
Silver: TCHO  (United States) – Maker’s Series: Sesame Crisp (**)
Bronze: Cacaosuyo  (Peru) – Cortadito (**)
Bronze: Eclat Chocolate  (United States) – Coffee & Cardamom Bar
Bronze: Nugali  (Brazil) – Castanha do Pará 45% cocoa (**)
Bronze: TCHO  (United States) – Toffee + Sea Salt (**)

White chocolate bars with an infusion or flavouring

Gold: Soma Chocolatemaker  (Canada) – Raspberry Bar (**)
Silver: ChocoSol Traders  (Canada) – Jaguar Pure (**)
Silver: Melangeria Dimaggio  (Brazil) – Tanned White Chocolate 42% with “Cumaru” (**)
Silver: Only Child Chocolate Co  (United States) – Hedgehog in the Fog
Bronze: Mamuschka  (Argentina) – Patagonian Berries & Flowers

White chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces

Gold: Soma Chocolatemaker  (Canada) – Blackcurrant bar (**)
Silver: Beth’s Chocolate  (United States) – Lemon Pepper Squares
Silver: ChocoSol Traders  (Canada) – Jaguar Crunch (**)
Silver: Eclat Chocolate  (United States) – Green Tea & Roasted Rice Bar
Silver: Soma Chocolatemaker  (Canada) – Mango Chili Bar (**)
Bronze: Angovi  (Ecuador) – Angovi Chocolate Blanco con Nibs
Bronze: Forte Chocolates  (United States) – Rosemary Sea Salt
Bronze: Vivra Chocolate  (United States) – Hibiscus Bar


Ganaches, palets, ganache pralines and truffles

Unflavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles

Silver: Cacao Art  (United States) – Patanemo
Bronze: Chocolaterie Tessa  (United States) – 70% Madagascar
Bronze: Chocolaterie Tessa  (United States) – 72% Tanzania
Bronze: Eclat Chocolate  (United States) – Peruvian Truffles (**)

Flavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles

Gold: Beth’s Chocolate  (United States) – Pomegranate
Silver: Cacao & Cardamom Chocolatier  (United States) – Black Sesame Ginger
Silver: Cacao Art  (United States) – Florida Keys Sea Salt
Silver: Compania de Chocolates  (Argentina) – Ron & Tobacco Bombon (**)
Silver: Forte Chocolates  (United States) – Cherry Almond
Bronze: The Secret Chocolatier  (United States) – Plum Rooibos Truffle

Milk chocolate ganaches or truffles

Gold: Que Bo! Chocolatería Mexicana Evolutiva  (Mexico) – Bombón de Maracuya con Pimienta Rosa (**)
Silver: Beth’s Chocolate  (United States) – Maple Liqueur
Silver: Forte Chocolates  (United States) – Pumpkin Spice Truffle
Silver: Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate  (United States) – Forbidden Rice
Bronze: Beth’s Chocolate  (United States) – ¡Mexican Fiesta!

White chocolate ganaches or truffles

Gold: Cacao & Cardamom Chocolatier  (United States) – Passionfruit
Silver: Phiabella Chocolates  (United States) – Shalimar Garden
Bronze: Forte Chocolates  (United States) – Lemon Pepper in White Chocolate Truffle

Ganaches or truffles using mixed dark/milk/white for coating and fillings

Gold: Mostly Chocolate  (United States) – S’mores
Silver: Beth’s Chocolate  (United States) – Cappuccino
Silver: Cacao & Cardamom Chocolatier  (United States) – Cardamom Rose
Silver: Cacao & Cardamom Chocolatier  (United States) – Raspberry Pistachio
Silver: Mostly Chocolate  (United States) – Carrot Cake
Silver: SiBö Chocolate Costa Rica  (Costa Rica) – Lime & Basil Truffle (**)
Silver: Xocolatisimo  (El Salvador) – Bonbon Fruta de la Pasión (**)
Silver: Xocolatl by Giovanna Maggiolo  (Peru) – Malta & Jengibre
Bronze: Cacao Art  (United States) – Matcha
Bronze: Cacaoterra/Xiquipil  (El Salvador) – Cacaoterra/Shaw’s Rosa de Jamaica (Hibiscus) Truffle (**)
Bronze: Phiabella Chocolates  (United States) – Blue Jasper
Bronze: Wolter  (Mexico) – Bombón de café de olla (**)


Nuts

Nut based pralines with dark chocolate

Gold: Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate  (United States) – Pumpkin Sesame and Mole

Nut based pralines with milk chocolate

Gold: Chocolat du Jour  (Brazil) – Peanut Praliné Bonbon (**)
Silver: Cacao & Cardamom Chocolatier  (United States) – Five Spice Praline
Silver: Chocolaterie Tessa  (United States) – Almond Praline
Bronze: Milla Chocolates  (United States) – Hazelnut Bon Bon
Bronze: Mostly Chocolate  (United States) – Hazelnut & PopRocks

Milk chocolate dragées, enrobed whole nuts

Gold: Luphia  (United States) – Caramelized Almonds + Milk Chocolate
Silver: Chocolat du Jour  (Brazil) – Chocopop (**)
Bronze: Le Caméléon  (Mexico) – Nibs de cacao confitados con chocolate de leche

White chocolate dragées, enrobed whole nuts

Gold: Luphia  (United States) – Matcha Chocolate Almonds


Caramels

Dark chocolate enrobed caramels

Gold: Cacao & Cardamom Chocolatier  (United States) – Oregano Caramel
Silver: Cacao Art  (United States) – Orange Honey Caramel
Silver: Forte Chocolates  (United States) – Rosemary Orange Caramel
Silver: French Broad Chocolates  (United States) – Vanilla Bourbon Caramel (**)
Silver: Milla Chocolates  (United States) – Black Sesame Caramel Bon Bon
Bronze: Fruition Chocolate  (United States) – Brown Butter Bourbon Caramels (**)

Milk chocolate enrobed caramels

Gold: Cacao & Cardamom Chocolatier  (United States) – Mango Caramel
Silver: Chocotenango  (United States) – Tropical caramel (**)
Silver: Forte Chocolates  (United States) – Milk Sea Salt Caramel
Silver: SiBö Chocolate Costa Rica  (Costa Rica) – Sea Salt Vanilla bean Caramel (**)
Bronze: Chocolaterie Tessa  (United States) – Banana Caramel
Bronze: Chocolaterie Tessa  (United States) – Milk Chocolate Salted Butter Caramel


Others – fruit/sugar/butter/cream

Dark chocolate enrobed fruit pastes, jellies/gelée

Silver: Beth’s Chocolate  (United States) – Fig-in-a-Box

Dark chocolate enrobed whole fruit

Gold: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Dark Chocolate Covered Dehydrated Goldenberry
Silver: Fruition Chocolate  (United States) – Chocolate Tumbled Raspberries (**)
Silver: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Dark Chocolate Covered Dehydrated Banana
Bronze: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Cocoa Cacao Beans Ginger
Bronze: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Cocoa Cacao Beans Natural
Bronze: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Dark Chocolate Covered Cacao Nibs
Bronze: Perla Organic Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Piña Deshidratada cubierta de chocolate 70% Cacao (**)

Milk chocolate enrobed whole fruit

Bronze: Que Bo! Chocolatería Mexicana Evolutiva  (Mexico) – Mangos Enchilados con Chocolate de Leche al 50% Cacao (**)

Milk chocolate torrone/manon/butter/cream

Silver: The Secret Chocolatier  (United States) – Cinnamon Roll Bon Bon


Spreads

Spreads with dark chocolate (no milk powder)

Silver: Castronovo Chocolate  (United States) – Castronovo Chocolate Honey
Bronze: Kahkow  (Dominican Republic) – Chocodamia (**)

Spreads with milk chocolate

Gold: Arcay Chocolates  (United States) – Mango Passion Spread
Silver: Arcay Chocolates  (United States) – Pomegranate Balsamic Spread


National awards

Given to Grand Jury finalists when there are 10 or more entries from one country in a category

Plain/origin dark chocolate bars

Gold – Canadian: Soma Chocolatemaker  (Canada) – Guasare

Gold – Ecuador: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – La Cumbia 70%

Gold – Peru: Bakáu  (Peru) – Cuzco Select 72%

Gold – USA: Fruition Chocolate  (United States) – Wild Bolivia 74% Dark

Micro-batch – Plain/origin dark chocolate bars

Gold – Canadian: Kin+Pod  (Canada) – 70% Tumaco Colombia

Gold – Peru: Elemento Chocolates  (Peru) – Awajún Blend Tostado Intenso 70% ( * Rainforest SAC)

Gold – USA: Dandelion Chocolate  (United States) – Maya Mountain, Belize – 2015


Special awards

Given for entries that qualify for the special category criteria

Plain/origin dark chocolate bars

Gold – Chocolate Maker: Soma Chocolatemaker  (Canada) – Guasare
Gold – Directly Traded: Soma Chocolatemaker  (Canada) – Guasare
Gold – Growing Country: Bakáu  (Peru) – Cuzco Select 72%
Gold – Growing Country: Cacao Hunters  (Colombia) – Tumaco 70%
Gold – Growing Country: Franceschi Chocolate  (Venezuela) – Franceschi Chocolate Canoabo 70%
Gold – Organic: Maraná  (Peru) – Piura 70% – Dark Chocolate

Micro-batch – Plain/origin dark chocolate bars

Gold – Chocolate Maker: Kin+Pod  (Canada) – 70% Tumaco Colombia
Gold – Directly Traded: Dandelion Chocolate  (United States) – Maya Mountain, Belize – 2015
Gold – Growing Country: Elemento Chocolates  (Peru) – Awajún Blend Tostado Intenso 70% ( * Rainforest SAC)

Triple MMM Special Award

A special prize given by our founding partners, Maricel Presilla, Martin Christy and Monica Meschini. The Triple MMM (or Mmm…) prize represents products chosen by the founders because of a personal appreciation of a product tasted during judging. This prize reflects personal enjoyment of the product awarded and is not based on the competition scores.

2018 Americas MMM: Dandelion Chocolate  (United States) – Maya Mountain, Belize – 2015

2018 Americas MMM: Mission Chocolate  (Brazil) – Three Theos: Theobroma Cacao + Bicolor + Cupuaçu (**)