Best French chocolatiers for 2016

Winners of the Awards du Chocolat for 2016 were announced at the Salon du Chocolat, which wrapped up in Paris on Tuesday, November 1, 2016. Organised by Club des Croqueurs de Chocolat (CCC) and Salon du Chocolat, these annual French chocolate awards recognize excellence among French and international chocolatiers.

The winners this year are:  La Chocolaterie de Pont-Aven (Pont-Aven), Award du Coup de Coeur; La Chocolaterie du Blason (Clermont l’Hérault), Award de l’Harmonie des Saveurs; Chocolaterie Duceau (Angoulême), Award de l’Equilibre des Saveurs; La Chocolaterie Henner Frères (Strasbourg), Award de l’Audace Créative; Chocolaterie Olivier Vidal (Auxerre), Award de l’Excellence; Chocolat T. (Sérignan du Comtat), Award du Chocolatier Itinérant; Edwart Chocolatier (Paris), Award de l’Originalité; Hasnaa Chocolats Grands Crus (Bordeaux), Award de la Chocolatière; Marc Verdant (Avanne Avenay, Grand Besançon), Award du Nouvel Entrant; Pâtisserie Chocolaterie Eugène (Paris), Award du Chocolat Pour Tous.

International winners in 2016 are Oberweis (Luxembourg),  Award de l’Excellence; and Tokyo Chocolate (Japan),  Award du Coup de Coeur.

The CCC also paid tribute to what the Club considers the “Incontournables du Chocolat Français 2016” (The Essential of French Chocolate). These chocolatiers are Arnaud Larher, Fabrice Gillotte, Franck Fresson, Gilles Cresno, Henri Le Roux, Hubert Masse – Le Cacaotier, Jean-Paul Hévin, Laurent Duchêne, Nicolas Cloiseau – La Maison du Chocolat, Pascal Le Gac, Pierre Hermé, Pierre Marcolini, Richard Sève and Sadaharu Aoki.

For the second time, two special chocolate awards recognizing excellence among bean-to-bar chocolate makers were handed out as well: The winners were Chocolaterie Laia, for Diego Vaz Amelonado (Award de la Tablette Noire) and Domori for Java Grey (Award de la Tablette au Lait). The “Essentials” in this category were named as Stéphane Bonnat and Patrice Chapon.

Founded in 1981, the Paris-based Club des Croqueurs de Chocolat (CCC) is an independent group of 150 serious chocolate enthusiasts who meet regularly for chocolate tastings and other chocolate-themed events. The Club also publishes an annual guide to the best chocolate shops in France.

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