Chocolate

Chocolate Criteria

To be eligible for the Good Food Awards, chocolate entries must meet the following standards:

Made by the entrant from bean to bar in the USA or US territories.
Free of artificial ingredients, including colors, flavors and preservatives.
Free of genetically modified ingredients.
• All ingredients are grown with minimal or no use of synthetic herbicides, pesticides, fungicides or fertilizers.
 Adherent to the FDA standards of identity for chocolate.
• Available for retail sale in the 2017 calendar year, prior to September.

Cacao must be sourced in compliance with the following standards:

• The origin of beans must be traceable, ordinarily to a particular growing region of a country and ideally to a processing facility, farm or cooperative.
• Bean sourcers must ensure that price premiums meet or exceed Fair Trade minimums relative to the world commodity price, either through direct trade or through publicly stated policies and in-place processes.
• Sourced with price transparency throughout the supply chain.
Wherever possible, sourced from farms or cooperatives where transparent, documented practices ensure fair and humane work standards for all laborers.
• Sourced from farms or cooperatives with a transparent, documented emphasis on sustainable farming practices including: water conservation and minimizing or eliminating use of synthetic inputs.

Other ingredients (cocoa butter, lecithin, vanilla, milk powder, flavorings, inclusions, etc.) must be sourced in compliance with the following standards:

Traceable.
 Wherever possible, sourced from farms or cooperatives where transparent, documented practices ensure fair and humane work standards for all laborers.
• All dairy and other animal-derived products should be sourced in compliance with the GAP and Animal Welfare Approved guidelines that define “good animal husbandry.”*
• Sugar must be organic.

Additionally, chocolate entries must fit within one of the following four subcategories of bars, containing no ingredients other than those listed:

• Dark chocolate bars (may not contain ingredients other than cacao, sugar, cocoa butter, lecithin, vanilla).
 Milk chocolate bars (may not contain ingredients other than cacao, sugar, cocoa butter, milk solids, milk fat, lecithin, vanilla).
• White chocolate bars (may not contain ingredients other than sugar, cocoa butter, milk solids, milk fat, lecithin, vanilla). Cocoa butter must be pressed in house.
• Flavored or inclusion bars** (containing at least one ingredient other than those permitted for dark, milk, or white bars).                                                                

* For ingredients that cannot be traced for animal welfare, such as milk powder, organic certification will be accepted.

**Bean-to-bar makers may enter flavored or inclusion bars in their choice of the Chocolate or Confections category.

Does this sound like you? Enter your chocolates in the 2018 Good Food Awards from now until July 31, 2017. (Please note that products will not be eligible for entry if they won a Good Food Award in 2017.)