The 2017 contest will recognise companies that produce chocolate from tree to bar, paying attention to the appearance, depth of aroma, flavour, length and complexity of chocolate submitted.
Entries close 19 March, with products to be sent between 28 March and 3 April. Entry requirements for each category are on the Academy of Chocolate website.
Available categories are bars, filled chocolates, drinking chocolates, chocolate spreads and packaging, with sub-categories such as milk, white, dark, and flavoured.
Winners will be announced at Westminster Kingsway College in London on the week beginning 3 April. As well as the Gold, Silver and Bronze awards, there will be a Golden Bean prize for the best bean to bar chocolate, to be announced later in the year. Any chocolate that reaches the required standards can receive Gold, Silver or Bronze.
The 2016 Golden Bean was awarded to Hummingbird Chocolate for its Hispaniola 70% bar.
The Academy of Chocolate was founded in 2005 by a group of chocolate professionals, who sought to improve UK chocolate standards, encourage transparent and socially fair cocoa bean sourcing and production, and promote a greater awareness of the difference between fine chocolate, and mass-produced confectionery.