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AWARD CATEGORIES

 

 

 

BAKED GOOD

WHAT’S INCLUDEDBread/Biscuits, Pastries, Cakes, Desserts, Cookie Dough; can be ready-to-eat or frozen/refrigerated

BAKING MIX, BAKING INGREDIENT

WHAT’S INCLUDED Baking Mixes, Cocoa/Baking Chocolate, Flour, Extracts, Sugars, Meals, Cake Decorations (e.g., cinnamon sticks, etc.)

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDEDReady-to-eat products

BARBEQUE SAUCE

 

CHEESE - COW MILK

WHAT’S INCLUDEDOnly cheese made from 100% cow milk

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDEDOther dairy or dairy-alternative products (e.g., yogurt, butter, cream, etc.); Cheese made from/ including goat, milk, or other non-cow milk

CHEESE - NON-COW MILK, MIXED MILK

WHAT’S INCLUDEDCheese made from non-cow milk (e.g. goat, sheep, buffalo mozzarella, etc.) or mixed with non-cow milk

CHOCOLATE - DARK

WHAT’S INCLUDED 60% Cacao or over (questions? email sofiawards@specialtyfood.com or call 646-878-0307)

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDEDChocolate Sauce or Syrup compete in Dessert Sauce, Topping, Syrup category; Baking chocolate competes in Baking Mix, Baking Ingredient category; Drinking chocolate competes in Hot Beverage category.

CHOCOLATE - MILK AND WHITE

WHAT’S INCLUDEDUnder 60% Cacao

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDEDChocolate Sauce or Syrup compete in Dessert Sauce, Topping, Syrup category; Baking chocolate competes in Baking Mix, Baking Ingredient category; Drinking chocolate competes in Hot Beverage category.

CHOCOLATE CANDY

WHAT’S INCLUDEDFilled Chocolates: Bonbons, Pralines, Truffles; Chocolate-Covered Confections/ Caramels, Chocolate-Flavored Caramels, Ganaches, Truffles, Fudge, Chocolate Bars with more Candy/ Toppings than Chocolate

COLD BEVERAGE - DRINK AND COCKTAIL MIX

WHAT’S INCLUDED Cold Drink Mix, Cocktail Mix, Concentrate (e.g. infusers, flavor essences, sour mixes, mists, sprays etc.)

COLD BEVERAGE - READY TO DRINK

WHAT’S INCLUDEDReady-to-drink Packaged Beverage (must be in a prepared form, ready for consumption)

CONDIMENT

WHAT’S INCLUDED Chutney/Relish, Mayo/Ketchup, Mustard, Hot Sauce, Tapenade, Dipping Sauces, Topping Sauces

CONFECTION

WHAT’S INCLUDED Non-Chocolate Confection (e.g., caramels, chewing gums, gummies, hard candy, mints, lollipops, etc.)

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDEDAny Confection/Candy/Caramel that contains Chocolate competes in Chocolate Candy category

COOKIE

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDEDBaking Mixes compete in Baking Mix, Baking Ingredient category

COOKING SAUCE, MARINADE

WHAT’S INCLUDEDSeasoning Sauce, Marinade, Grilling/Simmering Sauce

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED Pasta Sauce competes in Pasta Sauce category, Ready-to-eat sauces (e.g. tapenade, chutney, etc.)

CRACKER

 

DAIRY OR DAIRY ALTERNATIVE

WHAT’S INCLUDED Cow’s milk, Goat's Milk, and their Alternatives (e.g., camel milk, butter, sour cream, yogurt, etc.)

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDEDCheeses compete in the Cheese categories

DESSERT SAUCE OR TOPPING, SYRUP

WHAT’S INCLUDED Dessert Toppings, Chocolate Sauce, Flavoring Sauce/Syrup

GLUTEN-FREE PRODUCT

WHAT’S INCLUDEDGluten Free products must be alternatives to foods and beverages that traditionally contain gluten (e.g., bread, baked goods, pasta, grains, etc.), Packaging must indicate "Gluten Free" product

GRANOLA, CEREAL

WHAT’S INCLUDEDBreakfast Cereals, Granola/Grains, Oats/Meals; can be ready-to-eat or frozen/ refrigerated

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDEDGranola Bars compete in Sweet Snack category

HONEY

WHAT’S INCLUDED Flavored honey, Non-bee Honey

HOT BEVERAGE

WHAT’S INCLUDEDTea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate

ICE CREAM, GELATO, FROZEN TREAT

WHAT’S INCLUDED Frozen Dairy, Dairy-Alternative, or Fruit Desserts and Treats

JAM, PRESERVE

WHAT’S INCLUDEDJams, Jellies, Preserves, Marmalades, Compotes

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED Chutneys compete in Condiment Category

MEAT, POULTRY, CHARCUTERIE

WHAT’S INCLUDED Any Ready-To-Eat, Heat-and-Serve, or Uncooked Meat

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED Jerky competes in Savory Snack category

NUT BUTTER, SEED BUTTER

 

OLIVE OIL

WHAT’S INCLUDED Flavored Olive Oils

OIL - NUT AND OTHER OIL

WHAT’S INCLUDED Nut Oils, Any Other Oils (e.g., citrus, nut, flavored other oil, etc.)

PASTA, RICE, GRAIN

WHAT’S INCLUDED Pasta Products, Noodles, Rice & Rice Mixes, Quinoa, Polenta; can be dry, fresh, microwaveable, or frozen

PASTA SAUCE

 

PICKLE, PRESERVED VEGETABLE

WHAT’S INCLUDED Canned/Preserved/Pickled Vegetables; Mushrooms/Truffles, Olives, Sun Dried Tomatoes/Vegetables

SALAD DRESSING

 

SALSA, DIP

WHAT’S INCLUDED Salsa, Dip, Hummus, Guacamole; can be ready-to-eat or mix

SAVORY APPETIZER, SOUP, STEW

WHAT’S INCLUDED Hors d'Oeuvres; Frozen Entrees; Canned, jarred, fresh or frozen soup, stew, bean, chili products as well as mixes, bases and broth

SAVORY SNACK

WHAT’S INCLUDED Any savory snack (e.g., chips, nuts, popcorn, pretzels, etc.) and meat jerky

SEAFOOD

WHAT’S INCLUDED Any ready-to-eat, heat-and-serve, or uncooked seafood/fish

SEASONING, SPICE

WHAT’S INCLUDED Salt, Herbs, Rubs

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED Ready-to-eat products

SWEET SNACK

WHAT’S INCLUDED Any sweet snacks (e.g., nuts, popcorn, pretzels, trail mix, dried fruit snacks, etc.)

VEGAN PRODUCT

WHAT’S INCLUDED Vegan products must be alternatives to foods and beverages traditionally made with animal-based ingredients (e.g., eggs, dairy, meat, etc.), Packing must indicate Vegan product

VINEGAR

WHAT’S INCLUDED Any kind of vinegars (e.g., balsamic, sherry, apple, sipping etc.)