Eastern European Winners 2016

The International Chocolate Awards is pleased to announce the Winners of our second Eastern European Competition, which was judged from 13 – 16 September, 2016 in Budapest, Hungary. Eastern European encompasses Eastern, Central and North Eastern Europe and is the first international competition to support the growing interest in fine cacao and chocolate in these regions.


The judging panel was made up of member of our Grand Jury and international judges who traveled to Budapest, joined by local chefs, journalists, bloggers and chocolate specialists.



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 an infusion or flavouring

Silver: Curioso  (Hungary) - Haiti 65% with thyme

Silver: Harrer Chocolat  (Hungary) - Lemon Verbena

Dark chocolate bars with a filling

Gold: Harrer Chocolat  (Hungary) - Wine Merlot

Milk chocolate bars with an infusion or flavouring

Gold: Harrer Chocolat  (Hungary) - Rosemary Caramelized

Milk chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces

Silver: Curioso  (Hungary) - Milk chocolate with bio mandarin oil and pink pepper

Milk chocolate bars with a filling

Gold: Harrer Chocolat  (Hungary) - Tonka

Silver: Harrer Chocolat  (Hungary) - Sea salt caramel

Flavoured white chocolate bars

Gold: Harrer Chocolat  (Hungary) - Chocolate Mint

Silver: Curioso  (Hungary) - White chocolate with bio lemon oil

Ganaches, palets, ganache pralines and truffles

Flavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles

Bronze: Lady Lavender Csokoládé Manufaktúra  (Hungary) - Sajmeggy pálinka-green pepper bonbon

Flavoured white chocolate ganaches or truffles

Bronze: Bonbonier Chocolate  (Hungary) - Melange

Bronze: Demeter Chocolate  (Hungary) - Strawberry lemongrass truffle

Flavoured ganaches or truffles with combination coating or filling

Gold: Zangio Chocolate  (Hungary) - Raspberry truffle

Silver: ChocoCard  (Hungary) - The Penguins of Madagascar

Silver: Christi's Choco  (Hungary) - Rhubarb Truffle with Amaretto liqueur

Bronze: ChocoCard  (Hungary) - Ginger and matcha

Bronze: Lady Lavender Csokoládé Manufaktúra  (Hungary) - Gorgonzola bonbon


Nut based pralines with milk chocolate

Silver: Bonbonier Chocolate  (Hungary) - Mango Passion Praline

Milk chocolate dragées, enrobed whole nuts

Gold: chocoMe  (Hungary) - Raffinée Piemonte hazelnut covered in Ethiopian Harrar coffee

Bronze: ChocoCard  (Hungary) - Nicaraguan cocoa beans dragée

White chocolate dragées, enrobed whole nuts

Silver: ChocoCard  (Hungary) - Pistachio dragée

Bronze: Sweetic  (Hungary) - White chocolate nuggets / Fehércsokoládé rögök

(*)  Declared chocolate maker for private label bars.

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