Belgian Competition Winners 2016

The International Chocolate Awards is pleased to announce the Winners of the second Belgian National Competition for chocolatier products, which was judged in Brussels at the Hilton Brussels Grand Place, 28 – 31 January 2016. The winners were announced at the Brussels Salon du Chocolat on 5 February 2016. Winners pass through to the World Final in London in October 2016.

The International Chocolate Awards is an independent competition recognising excellence in fine chocolate making and in the products made with fine chocolate.


The judges were drawn from local experts, food journalists and pastry chefs from Belgium and members of our permanent international Grand Jury and guest judges from Italy and France.


The categories judged included flavoured chocolate bars, filled chocolates and spreads, and are based on yearly feedback from our entrants and in consultation with the fine chocolate industry. All judging is anonymised, including at the Grand Jury final session, where Golds, Silver and Bronze prizes are awarded by private voting according to the Grand Jury rules.

Awards are awarded only to entries that meet the required standard for each prize.

(Prizes are shown in alphabetical order for each medal)

Flavoured bars

Dark chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces

Bronze: Contes de Fèves  (Belgium) - Casson noir au sésame grillé

Ganaches, palets, ganache pralines and truffles

Unflavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles

Gold: Galler  (Belgium) - Praline Madagascar

Bronze: Darcis Chocolatier  (Belgium) - Barahona

Flavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles

Gold: Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier  (Belgium) - Ganache Mangue Coriandre Citron Vert

Silver: Chocolatier M  (Belgium) - Elegance

Silver: Darcis Chocolatier  (Belgium) - Ganache Citron & Yuzu

Silver: Demaret Chocolatier  (Belgium) - Passion

Silver: Deremiens  (Belgium) - Blue Passion

Silver: Galler  (Belgium) - Praline Vanille

Bronze: Galler  (Belgium) - Praline Citron Vert-Lavande

Flavoured white chocolate ganaches or truffles

Gold: The Chocolate line by Dominique Persoone  (Belgium) - Yuzu

Silver: The Chocolate line by Dominique Persoone  (Belgium) - Brasil

Flavoured ganaches or truffles with combination coating or filling

Gold: Chocolatier M  (Belgium) - Smokey lemon

Silver: The Chocolate line by Dominique Persoone  (Belgium) - Apero

Bronze: Jérôme Grimonpon Chocolatier - NOT USED  (Belgium) - Figue Thym


Nut based pralines with dark chocolate

Gold: Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier  (Belgium) - Praliné Pistache de Grèce

Silver: Deremiens  (Belgium) - Praslin

Silver: Jérôme Grimonpon Chocolatier - NOT USED  (Belgium) - Praliné sésame et komatsuna

Bronze: Deremiens  (Belgium) - Pécan Soja

Bronze: Deremiens  (Belgium) - Tahiti

Bronze: Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier  (Belgium) - Praliné Amandes

Nut based pralines with milk chocolate

Gold: Chocolatier M  (Belgium) - Peanuts & co

Silver: Chocolatier M  (Belgium) - Woestyne

Bronze: Didier Smeets  (Belgium) - Praliné Pistache

White chocolate dragées, enrobed whole nuts

Gold: L'Arbre à Bilous  (Belgium) - Chocolat blanc à l'herbe de blé avec noix de cajou grillée


Dark chocolate enrobed caramels

Gold: Chocolatier M  (Belgium) - Tokyo Dreams

Bronze: Deremiens  (Belgium) - Orval

Milk chocolate enrobed caramels

Gold: Deremiens  (Belgium) - Exotic Touch

Others - fruit/sugar/butter/cream/misc

White chocolate enrobed manon/butter/cream

Gold: Darcis Chocolatier  (Belgium) - Manon Café


Spreads with dark chocolate (no milk powder)

Bronze: Eugène Chocolatier  (Belgium) - Praliné Eugène

(*)  Declared chocolate maker for private label bars.

(**) Winner has declared the product is made with their own bean-to-bar chocolate or couverture.