White chocolate and bars with higher cocoa content surprise judges at AoC awards

White chocolate and bars with higher cocoa content surprise judges at AoC awards

White chocolate bars and varieties with higher cocoa content have been the unexpected winners in this year’s Academy of Chocolate Awards. Almost a thousand bars from across the world were submitted for judging, with both plain and flavoured white chocolate bars scoring highly. White chocolate bars picked up more than 12 silvers and 7 golds …

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Record number of entries sees more vegan friendly chocolates, and products from South-East Asia, Russia and Brazil

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Record number of entries sees more vegan friendly chocolates, and products from South-East Asia, Russia and Brazil

Record number of entries sees more vegan friendly chocolates, and products from South-East Asia, Russia and Brazil This years Academy of Chocolate awards entries have seen a sharp rise in vegan-friendly chocolates and those from Russian, Brazilian and south-east Asian chocolate producers. Marking a significant shift in global chocolate making, the awards have also seen …

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We inform you of the passing of our founder and president, Sara Jayne Stanes OBE

We inform you of the passing of our founder and president, Sara Jayne Stanes OBE

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our founder and president, Sara Jayne Stanes OBE on Saturday morning (24 July 2021). Sara has been a true friend and colleague to so many of us. Her drive and dedication has had a huge impact on the global chocolate industry, and …

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Top producers honoured at Academy of Chocolate special awards

Top producers honoured at Academy of Chocolate special awards

Two artisanal producers have been named as winners of the coveted Golden Bean trophy at the prestigious Academy of Chocolate Awards this year. Chocolat Madagascar, which became the first tree-to-bar producer to win the Golden Bean award in 2017, has again been successful with its single-farm ‘Ottange’ bar, made from 100% cacao. Meanwhile, Qantu, which …

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World’s most established fine chocolate awards are open for entries

World’s most established fine chocolate awards are open for entries

The Academy of Chocolate has announced the launch of its 2021 annual awards, seeking to recognise and profile the world’s most incredible chocolates and their producers. As in previous years, chocolatiers and chocolate makers will be able to enter their products in 32 key categories. As the world’s most established chocolate awards, organisers will work …

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The Academy of Chocolate announces new board appointments

The Academy of Chocolate announces new board appointments

The Academy of Chocolate, an independent not-for-profit membership body that promotes real chocolate, has announced a series of new appointments within its board. Former chair and founder, Sara Jayne Stanes OBE, has been appointed president of the Academy, while Chantal Coady OBE and Clive Martyr have been appointed co-chairs. As part of the move, Coady …

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Record number of gold awards for chocolate makers from across world

Record number of gold awards for chocolate makers from across world

The Academy of Chocolate has today announced the final results of its annual competition – awarding a record number of gold accreditations to chocolate makers from across the globe.   With Covid-19 enforced restrictions delaying the judging, virtual and in-person tastings have been conducted by leading names in the chocolate sector over the course of the last eight weeks.    The 47 ‘gold’ …

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Interview with Oba Dokum Thomson (His Royal Majesty the Oloni of Eti-Oni, State of Osun, Nigeria)

Interview with Oba Dokum Thomson (His Royal Majesty the Oloni of Eti-Oni, State of Osun, Nigeria)

A visionary and innovator, Oba DokumThomson (His Royal Majesty the Oloni of Eti-Oni, State of Osun, Nigeria), has a passion for Nigerian cacao farming. As well as advocating for better conditions for women in the cocoa industry, he is working hard to ensure it is a productive and highly-rewarding asset to local communities. We spoke …

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A guide to chocolate – the journey from pod to palate.

A guide to chocolate – the journey from pod to palate.

By Sara Jayne Stanes, Founder, The Academy of Chocolate Chocolate is unique. It is the only substance that melts in the mouth at body temperature, gently exploding into a warm, sensual liquid. This singularly hedonistic and deeply satisfying experience has earned chocolate a role in everything from seduction and the demise of slavery to a …

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INTERVIEW: Duffy Sheardown from Duffy’s Chocolate

INTERVIEW: Duffy Sheardown from Duffy’s Chocolate

After years 30 of making racing cars, Duffy knew what life was like in the fast lane. Since winning both a Golden Bean and the ‘Best Newcomer’ award in 2011, his UK-based business has gone on to pick up numerous accolades for a wide range of products. But despite all of this success in a …

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