The International Chocolate Awards is pleased to announce the Winners of our fifth Eastern European Competition, which was judged from 8 – 12 March, 2019 in Florence, Italy. The competition encompasses Eastern, Central and North Eastern Europe and is the first international competition to support the growing interest in fine cacao and fine chocolate making in these regions.
The judging panel was made up of member of our Grand Jury and international judges who traveled to Florence, joined by local chefs, journalists, bloggers and chocolate specialists.
The categories judged included flavoured bars, filled chocolates and spreads and are based on yearly feedback from our entrants and in consultation with the fine chocolate industry. Plain/origin and plain milk or white bars will be judged at the 2019 European Bean-to-bar Competition, June 12–16, in Copenhagen, Denmark. 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)
Dark chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces
Bronze:(Bulgaria) - Benjamissimo Raw cacao nibs / Dark 75% (**)
White chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces
Bronze:(Slovakia) - Biela čokoláda s kávou Etiópia
Ganaches, palets, ganache pralines and truffles
Flavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles
Bronze:(Russia) - Praline "Chulu-lulu" (**)
Bronze:(Estonia) - Balsamic vinegar ganache
Flavoured milk chocolate ganaches or truffles
Gold:(Hungary) - Irsai Olivér Grape Pálinka Truffle
+ Special: Local ingredients
Silver:(Russia) - "Dark honey" bonbon (**)
+ Gold: Dark milk
+ Special: Local ingredients
Dark chocolate enrobed marzipan
Bronze:(Russia) - "Dream of Asia" bonbons (**)
Dark chocolate dragées, enrobed whole nuts
Gold:(Hungary) - chocoMe Raffinée RF105
+ Special: Craft
+ Special: Recipe
Silver:(Hungary) - chocoMe RF109
Nut based pralines with milk chocolate
Bronze:(Slovakia) - White praline
Milk chocolate dragées, enrobed whole nuts
Gold:(Hungary) - chocoMe Raffinée RF107
Silver:(Hungary) - chocoMe Raffinée RF103
Bronze:(Hungary) - chocoMe Raffinée RF104
White chocolate dragées, enrobed whole nuts
Gold:(Slovakia) - Maximum Hazelnuts Caramel
Silver:(Hungary) - chocoMe Raffinée RF108
Others - fruit/sugar/butter/cream/misc
Dark chocolate enrobed fruit pastes, jellies/gelée
Gold:(Hungary) - chocoMe Voilé VL103
Silver:(Hungary) - chocoMe Petit 21 Raspberry
Bronze:(Estonia) - Lemon, honey, rosemary caramel
Bronze:(Estonia) - Rum caramel in dark chocolate.
Milk chocolate enrobed fruit pastes, jellies/gelée
Gold:(Hungary) - Yoghurt White chocolate coated cherries
Silver:(Hungary) - chocoMe RF106
(*) Declared chocolate maker for private label bars.
(**) Winner has declared the product is made with their own bean-to-bar chocolate or couverture.