2018 Chocolate Sweet Sixteen

UPDATED BRACKET

We're kicking off our fourth annual Chocolate Sweet Sixteen competition with the first round of blind voting on Saturday, October 6 during our weekly chocolate happy hour.

How the competition works
We've organized 16 single-origin and blend dark chocolate bars into brackets of 4. Each week during happy hour we'll conduct a blind tasting of a bracket of four competitors. The blind tasting will be available at our Saturday and Wednesday happy hours. Come to happy hour, taste the four chocolates and vote for your two favorite chocolates. The two chocolates with the most votes in each round of four move forward in the competition. This is a blind tasting, meaning that you won't know which chocolate is which. If you don't live in the Seattle area, you're welcome to participate in the fantasy brackets and follow the competition. We'll publish the results on the following Thursday each week.

Submit your fantasy bracket for prizes
If you'd like to compete for prizes, make sure to fill out your fantasy bracket and submit it either online or in person NO LATER THAN October 5, 2018 at 7pm PDT. This is a strict deadline. In order to be fair to everyone, brackets submitted after 7pm will not be accepted. If you email us your bracket, we will email you a confirmation that we've received your bracket. If you do not receive confirmation within 24 hours of sending your bracket, please call us at (206) 282-0776 or email us to make sure we received it.

Purchase the bundle of bars at a discount
We're offering the bundle of 16 bars for a 25% discount again this year. Order a bundle now and conduct your own tasting as you put your fantasy bracket together.

Prizes
At the end of the competition, the person with the most correct bracket, as determined by a panel of judges, will receive a gift certificate to Chocolopolis. Everyone who correctly guesses the winning bar will receive one of the winning bar for free. Please click here to read the contest rules.

The Competitors
 

Momotombo, Nuevo Segovia, Nicaragua 70%

Domori Chuao 70% (Venezuela)

Fruition Hispaniola 68% (Dominican Republic)

Fresco Guatemala 70% Medium Roast


Escazu Patanemo, Venezuela 80% 

Mission Chocolate Brazil 80%

Francois Pralus Ghana 75%

Smooth Chocolator Tanzania 75%


Patric Madagascar 67%

Michel Cluizel Mokaya, Mexico 66%

Cacao Hunters Arauca, Colombia 70%

Marou Tien Giang, Vietnam 70%


Amano Dos Rios 70% (Dominican Republic)

Soma Bejofo, Madagascar 70%

Askinosie Mababu, Tanzania 70%

Valrhona Araguani 72% (Venezuela)

 

The Results:

Round #1Domori Chuao 70% (Venezuela) & Fruition Hispaniola 68% (Dominican Republic)

Round #2Francois Pralus Ghana 75% & Smooth Chocolator Tanzania 75%

Round #3Michel Cluizel Mokaya, Mexico 66% & Patric Madagascar 67%

Round #4Amano Dos Rios 70% (Dominican Republic) & Soma Bejofo, Madagascar 70%

Round #5Fruition Hispaniola 68% (Dominican Republic) & Smooth Chocolator Tanzania 75%

Round #6Patric Madagascar 67% & Amano Dos Rios 70% (Dominican Republic)