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2018 Chocolate Madness

After a dramatic and intense final showdown, Chocolate Pretzels have become a TWO TIME BILLY’S CANDIES CHOCOLATE MADNESS CHAMPION! Despite winning the title in 2013, the Pretzels had lost a bit of confidence over the past few years, but an invigorated snappy offense and a dynamic crunchy defense led them to an overall epic tournament performance. Nonpareils, who were leading Pretzels 16-15 at one point, put up an extraordinary effort, but will have to wait until 2019 to get another opportunity to claim the chocolate crown.

Unofficial updated standings are posted below. The Chocolate Committee will strenuously verify all scores and votes before contacting any winners. THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED! You make the Billy’s Candies Chocolate Madness Tournament so entertaining and we greatly appreciate your enthusiasm! As always, good luck chocolates!

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The stakes can’t get any higher. The hype is real. It all comes down to this. The loser goes home the loser. The winner etches its name into the chocolate history books, to be forever distinguished as a champion. Can Pretzels climb the cocoa mountain for a second title or will the Nonpareil veterans finally raise their first trophy? Voting will last until Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 10:00 p.m. EST. Good Luck Chocolates!!!

2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness Championship

  • Chocolate Pretzels (55%, 26 Votes)
  • Nonpareils (45%, 21 Votes)

Total Voters: 47

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2 Peanut Butters, 1 Sprinkly Spry Veteran, and the 2013 Champion all remain as this year’s prestigious Chocolate Madness Final Four. Is the Peanut Butter Conference finally going to end its title drought? Can Nonpareils win one for the classics? Will a second title etch Pretzels into history as the greatest Chocolate of all time? Final Four voting starts now and continues until Saturday, March 31 at 10:00 p.m. EST. Good luck Chocolates!!!

2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness Final Four

  • (1) Chocolate Pretzels (68%, 13 Votes)
  • (3) Peanut Butter Balls (32%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 19

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2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness Final Four

  • (4) Nonpareils (68%, 13 Votes)
  • (2) Peanut Butter Melts (32%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 19

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With Sea Salt Caramels knocked out of the tournament, is this finally the year for a Peanut Butter champion? Can 11 seed Chocolate Unicorns become the Loyola of Chocolate Madness? The Elite Eight starts now and continues through Tuesday, March 27 at 10:00 p.m. EST. Good luck chocolates!

Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness Elite Eight

  • (3) Peanut Butter Balls (54%, 7 Votes)
  • (1) Cashew Patties (46%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 13

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Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness Elite Eight

  • (1) Chocolate Pretzels (92%, 12 Votes)
  • (11) Chocolate Unicorns (8%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 13

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Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness Elite Eight

  • (2) Peanut Butter Melts (54%, 7 Votes)
  • (1) Peanut Butter Eggs (46%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 13

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Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness Elite Eight

  • (4) Nonpareils (85%, 11 Votes)
  • (6) Peanut Butter Pretzel Cups (15%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 13

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The prestigious Sweet Sixteen is here! Our primetime matchup of the round is reigning champions Chocolate Dinosaurs fighting mystical rookies Chocolate Unicorns. The Battle of the Extincts tips off now and will continue until Saturday, March 24 at 10:00 p.m. EST. Updated standings are posted below. Good luck chocolates!

2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness Sweet Sixteen

  • (1) Cashew Patties (83%, 10 Votes)
  • (5) Vanilla Butter Creams (17%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 12

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2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness Sweet Sixteen

  • (3) Peanut Butter Balls (58%, 7 Votes)
  • (2) Sea Salt Caramels (42%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 12

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2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness Sweet Sixteen

  • (1) Chocolate Pretzels (83%, 10 Votes)
  • (4) Chocolate Strawberries (17%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 12

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2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness Sweet Sixteen

  • (11) Chocolate Unicorns (69%, 11 Votes)
  • (2) Chocolate Dinosaurs (31%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 16

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2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness Sweet Sixteen

  • (1) Peanut Butter Eggs (83%, 10 Votes)
  • (5) Vanilla Caramels (17%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 12

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2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness Sweet Sixteen

  • (2) Peanut Butter Melts (67%, 8 Votes)
  • (11) Wrapped Caramels (33%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 12

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2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness Sweet Sixteen

  • (4) Nonpareils (73%, 8 Votes)
  • (1) Chocolate Easter Bunnies (27%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 11

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2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness Sweet Sixteen

  • (6) Peanut Butter Pretzel Cups (67%, 8 Votes)
  • (10) Peanut Butter Straws (33%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 12

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2015 Champs Chocky Pop snuck out a 1 point victory over 15 seed Peanut Brittle, Chocolate Unicorns won in their tournament debut, and Molasses Chew have won a tournament game! Second Round Voting will continue until Wednesday March 21 at 10:00 p.m. EST, and updated standings will be posted after Round 2 is completed. Good luck Chocolates!

Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness Second Round - Crunchy Region

  • (1) Cashew Patties (87%, 13 Votes)
  • (8) Karamellows (13%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 15

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Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness Second Round - Crunchy Region

  • (5) Vanilla Butter Creams (62%, 8 Votes)
  • (4) Cookie Dough Eggs (38%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 13

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Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness Second Round - Crunchy Region

  • (3) Peanut Butter Balls (86%, 12 Votes)
  • (6) Peanut Clusters (14%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 14

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Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness Second Round - Crunchy Region

  • (2) Sea Salt Caramels (100%, 14 Votes)
  • (7) Peppermint Bark (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 14

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Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness Second Round - Salty Region

  • (1) Chocolate Pretzels (73%, 11 Votes)
  • (9) Peanut Butter Pillows (27%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 15

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Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness Second Round - Salty Region

  • (4) Chocolate Strawberries (71%, 10 Votes)
  • (5) Peanut Butter Crispy Melts (29%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 14

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Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness Second Round - Salty Region

  • (11) Chocolate Unicorns (53%, 8 Votes)
  • (3) Peanut Chews (47%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 15

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Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness Second Round - Salty Region

  • (2) Chocolate Dinosaurs (64%, 9 Votes)
  • (7) Peanut Rolls (36%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 14

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Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness Second Round - Creamy Region

  • (1) Peanut Butter Eggs (100%, 14 Votes)
  • (8) Coffee Creams (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 14

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Billy’s Candies Chocolate Madness Second Round - DOUBLE OVERTIME until 11:59 pm EST.

  • (5) Vanilla Caramels (53%, 9 Votes)
  • (4) Chocolate Butter Creams (47%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 17

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Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness Second Round - Creamy Region

  • (11) Wrapped Caramels (71%, 10 Votes)
  • (3) Cordial Cherries (29%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 14

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Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness Second Round - Creamy Region

  • (2) Peanut Butter Melts (100%, 15 Votes)
  • (7) Molasses Chew (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 15

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Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness Second Round - Sweet Region

  • (1) Chocolate Easter Bunnies (67%, 10 Votes)
  • (9) Snowballs (33%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 15

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Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness Second Round - Sweet Region

  • (4) Nonpareils (92%, 12 Votes)
  • (5) Cashew Butter Crunch (8%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 13

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Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness Second Round - Sweet Region

  • (6) Peanut Butter Pretzel Cups (64%, 9 Votes)
  • (3) Chocolate Caramels (36%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 14

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Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness Second Round - Sweet Region

  • (10) Peanut Butter Straws (53%, 8 Votes)
  • (2) Chocky Pop (47%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 15

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There’s nothing like that feeling of fresh belief at the start of Chocolate Madness. Hope springs eternal for 64 candies. Veterans like Sea Salt Caramels and Cashew Patties may have the championship experience, but their paths to glory are identical to the paths of Molasses Coconut or Maple Nut Creams or even Pineapple Wedge. Whether you’re a 16th seeded underdog or a ”nonpareilnial” favorite, 6 consecutive victories is all it takes to reach the pinnacle. 63 will melt under the pressure. Only 1 will climb to the top.

2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness First Round - Crunchy Region

  • (1) Cashew Patties (95%, 18 Votes)
  • (16) Maple Nut Creams (5%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 19

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2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness First Round - Crunchy Region (Tie 9-9 - Overtime NEXT VOTE WINS)

  • (8) Karamellows (55%, 11 Votes)
  • (9) Almond Crunch (45%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 20

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2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness First Round - Crunchy Region

  • (5) Vanilla Butter Creams (89%, 16 Votes)
  • (12) Molasses Coconut (11%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 18

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2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness First Round - Crunchy Region

  • (4) Cookie Dough Eggs (53%, 10 Votes)
  • (13) Chocolate Rice Krispie (47%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 19

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2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness First Round - Crunchy Region

  • (6) Peanut Clusters (94%, 17 Votes)
  • (11) Chocolate Potato Chips (6%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 18

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2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness First Round - Crunchy Region

  • (3) Peanut Butter Balls (100%, 19 Votes)
  • (14) Nougatine (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 19

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2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness First Round - Crunchy Region

  • (7) Peppermint Bark (68%, 13 Votes)
  • (10) Honeycomb (32%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 19

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2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness First Round - Crunchy Region

  • (2) Sea Salt Caramels (100%, 19 Votes)
  • (15) Orange Creams (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 19

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2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness First Round - Salty Region

  • (1) Chocolate Pretzels (100%, 19 Votes)
  • (16) Sugar Free Chocolate (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 19

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2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness First Round - Salty Region

  • (9) Peanut Butter Pillows (71%, 12 Votes)
  • (8) Carmellow Pops (29%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 17

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2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness First Round - Salty Region

  • (5) Peanut Butter Crispy Melts (68%, 13 Votes)
  • (12) Almond Bark (32%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 19

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2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness First Round - Salty Region

  • (4) Chocolate Strawberries (68%, 13 Votes)
  • (13) Chocolate Smores (32%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 19

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2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness First Round - Salty Region

  • (11) Chocolate Unicorns (58%, 11 Votes)
  • (6) Mint Creams (42%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 19

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2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness First Round - Salty Region

  • (3) Peanut Chews (89%, 17 Votes)
  • (14) Irish Potatoes (11%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 19

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2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness First Round - Salty Region

  • (7) Peanut Rolls (79%, 15 Votes)
  • (10) Marshmallow Eggs (21%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 19

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2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness First Round - Salty Region

  • (2) Chocolate Dinosaurs (84%, 16 Votes)
  • (15) Rock Candy (16%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 19

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2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness First Round - Creamy Region

  • (1) Peanut Butter Eggs (84%, 16 Votes)
  • (16) Chocolate Filberts (16%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 19

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2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness First Round - Creamy Region

  • (8) Coffee Creams (61%, 11 Votes)
  • (9) Raisin Clusters (39%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 18

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2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness First Round - Creamy Region

  • (5) Vanilla Caramels (53%, 10 Votes)
  • (12) Sea Salt Candy Bars (47%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 19

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2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness First Round - Creamy Region

  • (4) Chocolate Butter Creams (79%, 15 Votes)
  • (13) Chocolate Gummy Bears (21%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 19

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2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness First Round - Creamy Region

  • (11) Wrapped Caramels (56%, 10 Votes)
  • (6) Raspberry Creams (44%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 18

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2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness First Round - Creamy Region

  • (3) Cordial Cherries (61%, 11 Votes)
  • (14) Chocolate Penguins (39%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 18

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2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness First Round - Creamy Region

  • (7) Molasses Chew (83%, 15 Votes)
  • (10) Sponge Candy (17%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 18

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2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness First Round - Creamy Region

  • (2) Peanut Butter Melts (100%, 19 Votes)
  • (15) Toasted Coconut Cups (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 19

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2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness First Round - Sweet Region

  • (1) Chocolate Easter Bunnies (100%, 19 Votes)
  • (16) Pineapple Wedge (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 19

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2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness First Round - Sweet Region

  • (9) Snowballs (61%, 11 Votes)
  • (8) Clear Toy Candy (39%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 18

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2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness First Round - Sweet Region

  • (5) Cashew Butter Crunch (89%, 17 Votes)
  • (12) Crandamia Bark (11%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 19

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2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness First Round - Sweet Region

  • (4) Nonpareils (74%, 14 Votes)
  • (13) Covered Oreos (26%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 19

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2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness First Round - Sweet Region

  • (6) Peanut Butter Pretzel Cups (89%, 16 Votes)
  • (11) Mint Melt-A-Ways (11%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 18

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2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness First Round - Sweet Region

  • (3) Chocolate Caramels (95%, 18 Votes)
  • (14) Figeros (5%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 19

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2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness First Round - Sweet Region

  • (10) Peanut Butter Straws (56%, 10 Votes)
  • (7) Pecan Patties (44%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 18

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2018 Billy's Candies Chocolate Madness First Round - Sweet Region

  • (2) Chocky Pop (53%, 10 Votes)
  • (15) Peanut Brittle (47%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 19

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After an intense and grueling meeting, the Chocolate Committee has made some monumentally tough decisions. Despite receiving a mandatory retirement ban by the Committee just one season ago, the 2014 AND 2016 Chocolate Madness Champions have been reinstated. Sea Salt Caramels are officially back!!! Their competition, however, is crunchier than ever.

The Peanut Butter Conference is poised to end the PBC title drought. The Butter Creams are focused on changing their soft reputation. And tournament rookies Rock Candy and Chocolate Unicorns seem destined to create some tournament magic just like previous champions Chocky Pop and Chocolate Dinosaurs.

Attached below are both an Excel Spreadsheet and a PDF version of the bracket. Please submit all entries to billyscandies@gmail.com no later than Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. EST. Voting will begin on Thursday. Good luck chocolates!!!

EXCEL – 2018 Billy’s Candies Chocolate Madness

PDF – 2018 Billy’s Candies Chocolate Madness