Each year the Good Food Foundation hosts the Good Food Awards, which recognize exceptional food and drink crafters who push the envelope in craftsmanship and sustainability.
“We aim to set criteria for entry that are realistic and inclusive of food and drink producers who have demonstrated a commitment to be part of building a tasty, authentic and responsible food system, going far above and beyond the status quo for their industry, while not making them so strict that eligible participants are limited to a small handful of products,” the award website reads.
Winners of the 2018 Good Food Awards, chosen from more than 2,000 entries, were announced at an award ceremony Jan. 18. In addition to the chocolate and confections categories, artisans who produce beer, charcuterie, cheese, cider, coffee, elixirs, fish, honey, oils, pickles, preserves, spirits, and syrups and sauces are also recognized.
Each category is judged by a panel of other artisans, chefs, food writers, and restaurant and bar owners. Below are the winners in the chocolate and confections categories.
Castronovo Chocolate, Signature Collection Tumaco Dark Milk 60%
Charm School Chocolate, Coconut Milk Mocha
Chokola Bean To Bar, Guatemala, Verapaz 70% & Maya Mountain, Belize 70%
Creo Chocolate, Brown Butter Bar
Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate, 73% Northerner Blend
Fresh Coast Chocolate Co., Tanzania 70%
Fruition Chocolate, Milk Chocolate Quinoa Crunch, Brown Butter Milk 43%, and Wild Bolivia 74%
Goodnow Farms Chocolate, Esmeraldas 70%
Maverick Chocolate Co., Big Island
Patric Chocolate, 70% Signature Blend, The Salty Cow and 67% Madagascar
Ritual Chocolate, Vanilla Bar 70%
Stone Grindz Chocolate, Coffee and Coconut Milk 55%
Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate, Peru 70%
Alma Chocolate, Matcha Mint Bar
Baci Artisan Chocolatier, French Silk
Batch PDX, Earl Grey & Almond Crisp
Chocolatay Confections, Sunflower Crunch Cup
Eat Chic Chocolates, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup with Maldon Sea Salt
Escazu Artisan Chocolates, Earl Grey Dark Chocolate Ganache
Fat Toad Farm, Original Goat’s Milk Caramel Sauce
Fran’s Chocolates, Dark Chocolate Sauce & Caramel Sauce
Good King, Harmony Gourmet Snacking Cacao
Halvah Heaven, Silk Road Halvah
Mayana Chocolate, Coconut Dream Bar and Mayan Spice Bar
Michael’s Chocolates, Lemon Burst
Nuubia SF, Dark Chocolate Espresso Krispies
Patric Chocolate, Browned Butter Bar
Red Kite Candy, Salted Maple Pecan Caramel
Sapore Della Vita, Cardamom Rose Caramel Sauce