The 2016 Good Food Award winners are out.
Chocolate and confection companies made up 23 of the 176 winners, who were celebrated with a gathering in San Francisco attended by more than 800 people.
The Good Food Awards celebrate tasty, authentic and responsibly produced food. The winners come from 33 states, chosen from a pool of 1,937 entries in a blind tasting held in September with 203 judges. The highest scoring entries then underwent a rigorous vetting process to verify that they meet the sustainability and social responsibility criteria for winning the award.
The winners represent the forefront of American craft food, offering products that are delicious, respectful of the environment, and connected to communities and cultural traditions.
“Twenty years ago, it took travelling across the globe to encounter something so exquisite that it jolted me into seeing the world with new eyes," says Sarah Weiner, founder, Good Food Awards. "Now, you are giving people a taste of how good life can be right here on our own soil…changing America’s definition of Good Food.”
Below is a look at the confectionery companies named among the winners:
Brasstown Chocolate, Ecuador 75%, North Carolina
Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate, 70% Bolivia, Alto Beni, California
Escazu Artisan Chocolates, 70% Piura Blanco, Peru, North Carolina
Fruition Chocolate, Bolivian Wild Harvest 74%, New York
Just Good Chocolate, Madagascar 70%, Michigan
Lonohana Estate Chocolate, Kanahiku 70% Dark, Hawaii
Nathan Miller Chocolate, Gingerbread Bar, Pennsylvania
Patric Chocolate, Triple Ginger & Browned Butter Bar & Red Coconut Curry, Missouri
Ritual Chocolate, Mid Mountain Blend & Belize 75%, Utah
Rogue Chocolatier, Jamaica & Tranquilidad, Massachusetts
American Spoon, Chocolate Fudge Sauce, Michigan
Batch PDX, Batch Bar & Twicks Bar, Oregon
Bees & Beans, Honey Bar Reserve, Oregon
Bixby & Co., Nutty For You, Maine
Black Dinah Chocolatiers, Maine Mint Truffle, Maine
Fat Toad Farm, Fat Toad Farm Original Goat’s Milk Caramel Sauce, Vermont
JJ’s Sweets Cocomels, Palm Sugar Cocomel, Colorado
Little Apple Treats, Rose and Cocoa Nib Caramels, California
McCrea’s Candies, Black Lava Sea Salt Caramels, Massachusetts
Neo Cocoa, Toffee Nib Brittle, California
Nosh This, Lavender Crack, California
Sapore della Vita, Caramel Sauce & Torrone & Totally Fudged-Chocolate Fudge Sauce, Florida
Serendipity Confections, Chocolate Covered Butter Caramels with Fleur de Sel, Wyoming
The full list of winners can be found on the Good Food Award website.