FCIA Fine Chocolate Glossary


A form of recognition given for the achievement of displaying certain desirable qualities.

This is usually based on the decision of a group of judges via a pre-defined process. The recognition could be in the form of a certificate, a trophy, a prize, or some form of public acknowledgement.

Two of the most established chocolate awards in the world are the Academy of Chocolate Awards and the International Chocolate Awards. Their judging systems and processes are described on their respective websites (see references below).

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Golden Bean Award, image courtesy of Academy of Chocolate

Entry added: November 28, 2022
Verified on: September 14, 2023

Authored by

Albert Chau, General Manager, Fifth Dimension Chocolates Ltd

Sarah Jane Evans, Co-Chair at Decanter World Wine Awards, Board Member of Academy of Chocolate
Journalist, Chocolate & Wine Consultant

Silvija Davidson, Awards Coordinator, Academy of Chocolate
Food Writer, Taste Analyst, Events Organizer


Award,” Collins Dictionary (accessed December 9, 2022)

Award,” Cambridge Dictionary (accessed December 9, 2022)

About the Awards,” Academy of Chocolate (accessed December 9, 2022)

Judging system and forms,” International Chocolate Awards (accessed December 9, 2022)

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