Benelux Craft Chocolatier Competition, 2023
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Closing date: September 22, 2023
Judging dates: September 1, 2023 – October 1, 2023
Eligible countries: Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands
Belgian, Dutch and international judging, coordinated in Bucharest
The Benelux Craft Chocolatier Competition will be managed through our team in Romania, who will receive entrants’ products and send the blinded samples to judges to judge at home using our online evaluation 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.
The judging panel will include Belgian, Dutch and international expert judges and members of our Grand Jury.
All samples will be judged within three weeks of receiving in Bucharest, to ensure the best condition.
We are committed to supporting economically, socially and environmentally sustainable cacao farming where farmers are paid a reasonable price that reflects the work that goes into growing fine cacao. We also believe that the chocolate with the best flavor profiles comes from directly sourced fine cacao.
From 2021-22 onwards, we will ask every entrant for the origin of cacao used for the dark and milk chocolate in their entries, including chocolatiers. These details are given confidentially when entering. White chocolate and cocoa butter are currently excluded from these rules.
By ‘origin’ we mean a known region, area, district, or farm recognized as a source of fine cacao. We will also limit the number of sources that can be used for an origin to no more than three different cooperatives, commercial farmers, post-harvest centers, individual farmers, research stations or other single sources. Blends are acceptable if they use no more than three different named origins.
We won’t accept origins defined only as the name of the cacao growing country, except for smaller cacao countries producing less than 4000 tonnes of cacao per year.
These rules apply to all chocolate used in filled chocolate and spreads, including commercial couverture. Details of the origin must be obtained from the chocolate maker or supplier if you are not the chocolate maker.
If you do not make your own chocolate, you will also need to supply a 50g sample of the chocolate you are using for your products, in case there is a Grand Jury query about the origin.
We believe that these rules will help to promote the spirit and ideal of craft chocolate and to help the development of good chocolate and cacao.
Benelux Craft Chocolatier Competition
The Benelux Craft Chocolatier Competition celebrates the craft of chocolatiers and chocolate companies who create filled chocolates, truffles, ganaches, pralines, 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.
Bean-to-bar chocolate makers of plain/origin and flavored bars were already judged in the European Bean-to-Bar Competition, which took place in March 2023 in Italy.
PLEASE DO NOT WAIT FOR THE LAST MINUTE DEADLINE!
Send your samples early and they will be judged as soon and as fresh as possible. Due to the tight schedule before the World Final, we only have a short time period for accepting samples, please aim to ship your products so that they arrive in time for our team to send them to our judges.
Winners of the competition will pass through to the World Final, which will be held straight after this semi-final in October-November 2023 in Florence, Italy.
This competition judges flavoured and filled bars made from chocolate couverture (not bean-to-bar) and truffles, ganaches, pralines, caramels, fondants, enrobed fruits and nuts, and spreads made from chocolate couverture OR bean-to-bar chocolate.
The competition is open to all companies with their main base or head office in Belgium, Luxembourg or the Netherlands.
All chocolate used in all entries in this competition must be made from cacao with a declared and traceable source. Details of the source must be provided when entering each product and will remain confidential. For products made with couverture, details must be obtained from the chocolate maker.
Restaurants, hotels, and chefs may enter provided their products follow the normal rules of the International Chocolate Awards and are available to consumers as part of a hospitality service.
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: Italy.
The admission fee for this competition is EUR €55 and the fee for each entry is EUR €50. Prices will be converted into local currency by your credit card company, if required.
How to enterPlease log in or register to enter a competition.
Please read the Rules of the Awards before entering.
Address for samples
Strada Muzicutei nr. 2
EORI/VAT number for import: RO45243891
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 14, 2023
- Last day to receive samples:
– September 22, 2023
- Online closing date:
– September 22, 2023
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 total weight
- Filled/bonbons etc: 40 pieces
- Spreads: 300g
- Hot chocolate: