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Our focus is on celebrating confections – whether chocolate covered bon bons or gloriously simple caramels – produced using locally grown, natural, minimally processed ingredients that celebrate regional culture and tradition, highlight American terroir and exemplify excellence in the candy making craft.


The Good Food Awards rely on the expertise of the confections community to create the tasting, determine judges and set standards for the category. Read on to learn who has been integral to building the category, as well as what the confections standard are and who will be judging this year.



Leah Hammerman

Culinary Liaison at Dandelion Chocolate – San Francisco, CA

Leah Hammerman is the Culinary Liaison at Dandelion Chocolate, where she shares her enthusiasm about single-origin chocolate with all types of food & beverage professionals. Prior to discovering the dynamic world of chocolate, Leah lived in New York, where she was on the marketing team at StarChefs and was a restaurant manager with AvroKO Hospitality Group. Leah’s deep love for all things food began at a young age, when she cooked weekly Shabbat dinners alongside her mom. She now pines for a non-SF or NY kitchen to keep up the tradition.

Christina Skonberg

Snr Sustainability Analyst at Annie’s Organic – Berkeley, CA

Christina is a Senior Sustainability Analyst at General Mills, where she leads the sustainable ingredient sourcing strategy for the Annie’s brand. Focusing on metrics related to soil health, biodiversity, and farmer economic resilience, Christina leverages quantitative analysis and research to drive continuous improvement in agricultural outcomes. Prior to joining General Mills, Christina worked with the Good Food Foundation and SCS Global Services, where she coordinated the Starbucks responsible coffee sourcing verification program in Spanish, Portuguese, and English.

Committee Members

Carly Grob, Senior Planner, San Francisco Planning Department
Brittany Howlett, Director of Menu Logistics & Implementation, Sun Basket
Nancy Kajiyama, Pastry Chef, Miette Cakes
Ryan Rodrigues, Assistant Store Manager, The Market on Market
Alix Wall, Founder and Food Writer, Illuminoshi Group


In order to be eligible for a Good Food Award, confections entries must meet the following standards:

  • Made in the USA or US territories.
  • Free of artificial ingredients, including colors, flavors and preservatives.
  • Free of genetically modified ingredients.
  • Free of high fructose corn syrup.
  • If made with chocolate, it must be premium couverture and may not be made with substitute fats as alternatives to cocoa butter. Additionally this chocolate cannot be made with GM sugar, GM lecithin or alternatives to real vanilla (ie flavoring).
  • If made with dairy and other animal-derived ingredients, these are locally sourced and/or certified organic; free range; hormone-free; and from animals raised using good animal husbandry.*
  • If made with inclusions and flavorings that are grown domestically, they are locally sourced wherever possible; traceable; and grown without the use of synthetic herbicides, pesticides, fungicides or fertilizers.**
  • If made with inclusions and flavorings that are not grown domestically on a commercial scale, they are farm-direct, certified organic or Fair Trade certified.**
  • Made by a crafter that is an upstanding member of the good food community, oriented toward growing their business in harmony with a better food system.

*The Good Food Foundation will refer to GAP Level 5 guidelines to define “good animal husbandry” should there be any questions as to eligibility based on this criterion.

** If less than 2% of ingredients in the product do not meet this stipulation, the entry will not be disqualified.


Additionally, confections entries must fit within one of the following subcategories:

  • Marshmallows, Nougats, Torrones
  • Caramels, wrapped
  • Caramels, chocolate covered
  • Brittles & Toffees
  • Chocolates: Truffles, Creams, Bon-bons, Pralines
  • Fruit: Pate De Fruit, Candied Fruit and Peel, Fruit Gelee
  • Sweet Snacks: Dragees
  • Candy Bars
  • Flavored & Inclusion Bars*
  • Sauces & Spreads

*Bean-to-bar makers may enter flavored or inclusion bars in their choice of the Chocolate or Confections category.



Note that we encourage but do not require that Confections entrants use domestically produced craft chocolate that is made with beans from a traceable source, purchased at a price above Fair Trade standard pricing, with focus on sustainable farming.

Past Judges

Annie Callan

Pastry Chef, Zuni Cafe

Omar Mammoon

, Cookie Guy, Writer

Bilal Mannaa

Owner, Foodhall

Karen Cogan

Flavor Manager, Dandelion Chocolate

Regine Desrochees

Senior Food Program Manager , Airbnb

Josh Gaulin

Executive Pastry Chef, Michael Mina Restaurant

Tyler Malek

CIO, Salt & Straw

Antonio Massimo

Founder/Chief Taster, Coletta Gelato

Alice Medrich

Cookbook Author and Pastry Chef

Nick Muncy

Writer/ Pastry Chef, Toothache Magazine

Christian Sullberg

Chef and Co-Owner, Moustache Baked Goods

Angela Pinkerton

Chef & Partner, Theorita

Holly McDell

Owner, The Epicurean Trader

Melissa Santos

Owner/Chocolatier, Cadence Chocolates

Gloria Tai

Sourcing Manager - Food Development, Williams-Sonoma

Alexander Terrazas

Pastry Chef, Jane the Bakery

Michelle Ticknor

Sales, Heath Ceramics