British National Competition 2016 – Grand Jury Finalists

The International Chocolate Awards is pleased to announce the Grand Jury Finalists of the 2016 British National Competition, which was judged in York, 21 – 24 April, 2016.

The judging panel included regular UK judges, along with pastry chefs, restaurateurs, journalists and other specialists from the York area and members of our international Grand Jury panel.

The Grand Jury Finalists are the entries that made it through to the final Grand Jury round, following an initial technical Selection round and two days of Main round judging. The Finalists are the nominations from which the Grand Jury select the prize winners, through private voting. The Grand Jury follow strict rules, which you can read here (PDF).

While listing as a Grand Jury Finalist is an achievement in itself, it does not necessarily indicate that the entry will receive a prize.

Winners will be announced at a Prize Ceremony, 16 June 2016,  in York,  more details to follow.

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The 2016 British National Grand Jury Finalists are:

(In alphabetical order within each category)

Flavoured bars

Dark chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces

Åkesson's (United Kingdom) - 75% Madagascar Trinitario Cacao & Black Pepper
Åkesson's (United Kingdom) - Akesson's 75% Madagascar Trinitario Cacao & Pink Pepper
Åkesson's (United Kingdom) - 75% Madagascar Trinitario Cacao & 'Wild' Voatsiperifery Pepper
Cathryn Cariad Chocolates (United Kingdom) - Raspberry & Toasted Coconut - dark chocolate bar
Chocolate Tree (United Kingdom) - Orange & Amaretti
Chocolate Tree (United Kingdom) - Whisky Nibs
Pump Street Bakery Chocolate (United Kingdom) - Chocolate Eccles 55%

'Naked' filled dark chocolate bars (filling only, no coating)

Winchester Cocoa Company (United Kingdom) - Smooth Hazelnut

Milk chocolate bars with an infusion or flavouring

Solkiki Chocolatemaker (United Kingdom) - Maranon Dark Salted Mylk 60%
Pump Street Bakery Chocolate (United Kingdom) - Honduras Bread & Butter 58%
Baravelli's (United Kingdom) - Madagascan Sambirano 50% with Coffee

Milk chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces

Åkesson's (United Kingdom) - 45% Bali Milk Chocolate with Fleur de Sel & Coconut Blossom Sugar
Cathryn Cariad Chocolates (United Kingdom) - Coffee & Cardamom - milk chocolate bar
Chocolate Tree (United Kingdom) - Chai Spice

Flavoured white chocolate bars

Chocolate Tree (United Kingdom) - Raspberry & Bergamot
Solkiki Chocolatemaker (United Kingdom) - Raspberry White Chocolate
Solkiki Chocolatemaker (United Kingdom) - Tahitian Nougat White Chocolate

Ganaches, palets, ganache pralines and truffles

Unflavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles

The Chocolate Society (United Kingdom) - Dark House Truffle

Flavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles

Chika Watanabe London (United Kingdom) - Salty Olive with Bergamot Ganache
Matthieu de Gottal Chocolatier (United Kingdom) - Cardenal Mendoza's Bitter Mandarin
Taylors of Whitstable (United Kingdom) - Damson plum & Amaretto dark chocolate truffles
Taylors of Whitstable (United Kingdom) - Lavender, Kentish honey & whisky dark truffles
Winchester Cocoa Company (United Kingdom) - Fennel and Orange
Chococo (United Kingdom) - Arbequina & Sea Salt
Baravelli's (United Kingdom) - Forager's Gin and Botanical Tonic

Flavoured milk chocolate ganaches or truffles

The Chocolate Society (United Kingdom) - Yuzu Basil Bon Bon
Ben Le Prevost Chocolatier (United Kingdom) - Peanut Butter on Toast
The Chocolate Society (United Kingdom) - Mandarin Bon Bon

Flavoured white chocolate ganaches or truffles

Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier (United Kingdom) - Caramel & Hint of Liquorice Velvet Truffle

Flavoured ganaches or truffles with combination coating or filling

Fifth Dimension Chocolates (United Kingdom) - Lemon Chutney
Fifth Dimension Chocolates (United Kingdom) - Yuzu & Pink Peppercorn
Chandler's Cocoa (United Kingdom) - Chai Sencha Praline
Matthieu de Gottal Chocolatier (United Kingdom) - Mother Christmas' 105
Charlotte Flower Chocolates (United Kingdom) - Lady's smock flavoured ganache filled chocolate
Rococo Chocolates (United Kingdom) - Wild Strawberry & Pink Peppercorn
The Chocolate Society (United Kingdom) - Smokey Earl Grey & Blackberry Bon Bon


Nut based pralines with dark chocolate

Baravelli's (United Kingdom) - Pecan and Muscovado Gianduja

Nut based pralines with milk chocolate

Winchester Cocoa Company (United Kingdom) - Almond and mandarin praline

Milk chocolate gianduiotto or cremino

Spire Chocolates (United Kingdom) - Hazelnut Gianduja

White chocolate dragées, enrobed whole nuts

Rococo Chocolates (United Kingdom) - Persian Pistachios


Dark chocolate enrobed caramels

Ben Le Prevost Chocolatier (United Kingdom) - Caramelized Pineapple and Pink Peppercorn
Chococo (United Kingdom) - Salt Sweet Smoke

Milk chocolate enrobed caramels

AuBel Chocolate (United Kingdom) - Sea Salt Caramel with Pecan
Fifth Dimension Chocolates (United Kingdom) - Soy Caramel
Fifth Dimension Chocolates (United Kingdom) - Apple & Calvados Caramel
Chococo (United Kingdom) - Gingerbread Caramel

Others - fruit/sugar/butter/cream/misc

Dark chocolate enrobed fruit pastes, jellies/gelée

Fifth Dimension Chocolates (United Kingdom) - Passion fruit - Pate de Fruits Chocwich
Chococo (United Kingdom) - Tawny Fig