New Zealand’s best chocolates: You need to try the delicious chocolates from these five NZ chocolatiers

From bean-to-bar chocolate bars to creamy bonbons and truffles, these chocolatiers were judged some of New Zealand’s finest in the New Zealand Chocolate Awards 2020.

Foundry Fine Craft Chocolate

Using only two ingredients: single-origin cacao beans and organic sugar, Foundry Chocolate swept away the competition at the 2020 NZ Chocolate Awards. The tiny bean-to-bar maker was awarded the Supreme Winner title along with a record-breaking seven Gold and five Silver Medals. Foundry celebrate and accentuate the remarkable personalities of the world’s finest cacao by crafting and ageing micro-batches of bean-to-bar chocolate from scratch, all from their little foundry in Mahurangi.

be happy chocolate

The award-winning be happy chocolate is handmade in Martinborough with the best raw, unrefined ingredients combined in a way that preserves their natural goodness. Dairy-free, refined sugar-free, ethically-sourced, raw, organic and hand-wrapped in packaging that is gentle on our environment. Five per cent of all profits go to the Rainforest Foundation.

Devonport Chocolates

Devonport Chocolates is a family business nestled in the seaside village of Devonport, Auckland. We take pride in crafting delectable chocolates and truffles with a New Zealand theme. Our Feijoa Honey Bonbon was the Best Filled Chocolate category winner in the 2020 NZ Chocolate Awards. Sweet NZ bush honey and aromatic feijoa blend into a distinctive New Zealand chocolate.

Volcanic Chocolate

We are a boutique chocolate business located in the central North Island close to Lake Taupō and the Ruapehu ski fields where we create our colourful hand-crafted artisan chocolates in small batches using Callebaut Chocolate from Belgium. We combine the very best ingredients we can source to make our unique flavours. Photo: the Calamansi (Gold Medal), and Layered Coconut Bon Bons (Bronze Medal).

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Shirl + Moss

Credit where credit’s due. Shirl + Moss have generated a swathe of recognition after winning four medals (including two golds) with their first NZ Chocolate Awards entry in 2020. Their ethically considered approach honours the fundamentals of the bean-to-bar craft, while achieving enchantingly distinctive combinations of old and new world flavours. This beautifully presented chocolate makes for an uplifting and complete experience.

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