We had a lot of great contenders this year: DOVE, TCHO, Lindt, Chocolats du CaliBressan, Chocolate for the Spirit, Kane Candy, Cocoa Paper, The Best Chocolate in Town, Oliver Kita Chocolates, Captivating Confections, Cero's Candies, Cosmos Brownie Company, 240 Sweet, and indi chocolate.
We've also had a few unpleasant surprises that we won't even repeat the names of here as we look forward to a new year.
Some companies sent as so many samples that we have a good grasp of their range of creation while others sent us one specific example so we can't really gauge if that was their average or their best. Three of the above companies offered us products that aren't traditional candy, going beyond to support the full range of products as well as the cocoa farmers themselves in two cases. So do I choose a company with a high quality range of chocolate products or one that goes beyond what you the reader might expect us to name?
I'm going to toss out a few of the above names simply because we have yet to feature the full range of products they have sent us; those will be in the running for next year's title. Also I'll put a hold on companies whom we've only had one product from and if in the future they send other samples, we can weigh them more fully against their competition.
|TCHO Serious Milk Chocolate Bars|
Best Chocolate of the Year as Declared by The Chocolate Cult
2012 = TCHO
2011 = American Heritage Chocolate
2010 = Guittard
2009 = none named since we had not been around a full year
|TCHO Baking Drops|
|TCHO Mokaccino Bar|
|TCHO Drinking Chocolate|
A hot drink from TCHO:
|2012 Halloween boxes from TCHO|
A spooky box of darks from TCHO: