European Open Competition 2016 – Winners

The International Chocolate Awards is pleased to announce the Winners of the 2016 European open Competition, which was judged in Budapest, 13-16 September.

This special competition is for European chocolate companies who have not been included in other European competitions in 2016, giving winners a chance to progress to the World Final in October. The competition was judged in Budapest alongside the Eastern European competition.

International Judges

The judging panel included judges from Europe, and members of our international Grand Jury panel.



All judging is anonymised, included 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

Silver: Michel Cluizel  (France) - Noir 63% Grué de cacao

Bronze: Michel Cluizel  (France) - Noir 63% Écorces d'Orange

Milk chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces

Gold: Michel Cluizel  (France) - Grand Lait 45% Noisettes

Ganaches, palets, ganache pralines and truffles

Unflavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles

Gold: Ara Chocolat  (France) - Porcelana ganache

Silver: Bello et Angeli Les Chocolatiers  (France) - Ba Lai

Silver: Raoul Boulanger  (France) - Mexique

Bronze: Raoul Boulanger  (France) - Pérou

Flavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles

Bronze: Ara Chocolat  (France) - Tonka bean and Belize ganache


Nut based pralines with milk chocolate

Gold: Michel Cluizel  (France) - Bergerac

Silver: Michel Cluizel  (France) - Capri


Dark chocolate enrobed caramels

Bronze: Michel Cluizel  (France) - Intrépide

(*)  Declared chocolate maker for private label bars.

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