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Competition info – Canadian Chocolatier Competition 2020

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Canadian Chocolatier Competition, 2020

Location: Toronto, Canada
Judging dates: October 10, 2020 – October 19, 2020
Eligible countries: Canada


Fall is here and it’s time for the chocolate season to get into full swing so we’re pleased to announce our 2020 Canadian Chocolatier Competition.

With consumers focusing more on buying local in these unusual COVID times, the Canadian Chocolatier competition is a great chance to promote chocolate as the ‘affordable luxury’. The market for speciality food is increasing as shoppers change their spending habits and the Canadian competition is a great chance for recognition and promoting your products through prize wins and to raise awareness of the fine chocolate sector with consumers.

The Canadian Chocolatier Competition celebrates the craft of chocolatiers and chocolate companies who create filled chocolates, truffles, ganaches, caramels, fondants, enrobed fruits and nuts and spreads made from chocolate couverture or from their own bean-to-bar chocolate. The competition also includes flavoured chocolate bars made from chocolate couverture.

Remote judging for all products

The products for this competition will be received in our Toronto base and will then be repacked as blinded samples and sent to our panel of Canadian judges and members of our international Grand Jury to judge at home using our online judging system. Reference sets of each submission will be held at the receiving venue in case of any issue with the samples sent to judges and products will be blinded as usual.

Judging will commence once all the samples have been packed, after the deadline to receive samples of 9 October 2020. Judging will take place during October and we hope to announce the winners by the end of October.

Winners of this competition will pass through to the World Final, which will be held later in the year, with the timing depending on the ongoing situation.


This competition is open to all companies with their main base or head office in Canada, for all filled chocolates, enrobed nuts and fruits and spreads made from couverture or bean-to-bar chocolate, and for flavoured bars made from couverture. All bean-to-bar dark, milk, white plain/origin and flavoured bars will be judged for 2020 at the Americas Bean-to-Bar and Chocolatier Competition held in New York in October.

This is a Chocolatier competition for all categories EXCEPT for Plain/origin and Flavoured dark, milk and white bars made by Bean-to-Bar chocolate makers. These products are judged at the regional Bean-to-Bar competition, held in: United States.

The admission fee for this competition is CAD $85 and the fee for each entry is CAD $65. Prices will be converted into local currency by your credit card company, if required.

Competition status

This competition is not currently open for entries or has passed. Please check back for future competitions.


Address for samples

International Chocolate Awards
c/o Mary Luz Mejia
3314 Havenwood Drive
Mississauga, ON
L4X 2M3

Ph. (for courier use and deliveries only): 416.992.2644


To ensure your samples are in the best condition for the competition, please do not send for delivery before the samples opening date. For fresh products such as ganaches, you are advised to send in the last week before the closing date.

  • Open to receive samples:
    – September 28, 2020
  • Last day to receive samples:
    – October 9, 2020
  • Online closing date:
    – October 9, 2020
Sample quantities

To ensure that we have enough products go through our Selection, Main and Grand Jury judging rounds, please send the following quantities of EACH product you enter:

  • Bars: 400g (14 ounces) total weight
  • Filled/bonbons etc: 40 pieces
  • Spreads: 1 jar (min 300 grams/10 ounces)
  • Hot chocolate: