Italian/Mediterranean Competition 2015 – Grand Jury Finalists

The International Chocolate Awards is pleased to announce the Grand Jury Finalists of the first Italian/Mediterranean Competition, which was judged in Florence, Italy, 19 – 23 February 2015.

The judging panel included judges from Italy, France, Japan, the USA and UK 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.

The Gold, Silver and Bronze winning products voted for by the Grand Jury in each category will be announced online on our website on 23 March 2015.

The 2015 Italian/Mediterranean Grand Jury Finalists are:

(In alphabetical order within each category)

Flavoured bars

Dark chocolate bars with an infusion or flavouring

Il Teatro del Gelato (Italy) - Fondente all'Olio d'oliva agrumato
Vestri (Italy) - Gianduia Fondente sale & pepe

Dark chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces

Gardini (Italy) - Fondente con caffè e cardamomo
Bodrato Cioccolato (Italy) - Tavoletta di cioccolato fondente con caffe' e anice stellato
Vestri (Italy) - "I Tocchi" Fiori del Mediterraneo
Pasticceria Vacchieri Marco - Dolci Intuizioni (Italy) - Fondentemente

Dark chocolate bars with a filling

Nadalina (Croatia) - DRIED FIGS & SWEET WINE
Nadalina (Croatia) - HONEY SAGE
Gardini (Italy) - Fondente con gianduia salata

Rough ground flavoured dark chocolate bars

Barbuto Natural (Malta) - barbuto modica chocolate carob
Vestri (Italy) - Boglio

Milk chocolate bars with an infusion or flavouring

Prodotti Gianduja Torino (Italy) - Giandujone

Milk chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces

Gardini (Italy) - Cioccolato al latte con sale e liquerizia
Gardini (Italy) - Cioccolato al latte con anice stellato
Slitti (Italy) - Tavoletta CaffèLatte

Flavoured white chocolate bars

Bodrato Cioccolato (Italy) - Tavoletta di cioccolato bianco con mirtilli e cannella
Vestri (Italy) - "I Tocchi" Pistacchi e Uvetta
Vestri (Italy) - "Sfogliate" Sesamo e Sale Rosa dell'Himalaya

Ganaches, palets, ganache pralines and truffles

Unflavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles

Damian Allsop Chocolates (Spain) - Piura water ganache
Piccola Pasticceria (Italy) - Quetzalcoatl

Flavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles

Damian Allsop Chocolates (Spain) - Sea Water ganache
Piccola Pasticceria (Italy) - INCONTRO
Vestri (Italy) - Ganache all'arancino cinese

Flavoured milk chocolate ganaches or truffles

Torta Pistocchi Firenze (Italy) - Pralina Miele e Curry
Gardini (Italy) - Pralina Grappa Barricata
Pasticceria Vacchieri Marco - Dolci Intuizioni (Italy) - Tartufino

Flavoured ganaches or truffles with combination coating or filling

Ika Chocolate (Israel) - Za'atar ganache
Il Teatro del Gelato (Italy) - Pralina al Recioto della Valpolicella
Slitti (Italy) - Pralina Passion Fruit
Slitti (Italy) - Pralina Irish Coffee
Slitti (Italy) - Pralina Lampone
Riccardo Pelagagge (Italy) - Pralina con Coriandolo di Taddei
Piccola Pasticceria (Italy) - Tartufo Zabajone
Piccola Pasticceria (Italy) - Amarena
Vestri (Italy) - Ganache al Basilico
Gian Luca Forino (Italy) - Antanarivo-Roma


Nut based pralines with dark chocolate

Prodotti Gianduja Torino (Italy) - Delizia
Gardini (Italy) - Pralina Gianduia e mandaranci
Guido Castagna (Italy) - Cremino cannella e calendula
Guido Castagna (Italy) - Cremino pistacchio
Ika Chocolate (Israel) - Sesame Lemon praline
Giuseppe Manilia (Italy) - Mediterraneo
Tartuflanghe (Italy) - Mini tartufo dolce nero
Autore (Italy) - Croccantino honey and figs

Dark chocolate gianduiotto / cremino

Guido Castagna (Italy) - Giuinott (giandujotto)

Dark chocolate enrobed marzipan

Torta Pistocchi Firenze (Italy) - MA' Fondant, Marzapane e Arancia

Nut based pralines with milk chocolate

Tartuflanghe (Italy) - mini tartufo dolce pistacchio

Milk chocolate gianduiotto or cremino

Piccola Pasticceria (Italy) - Piccolo gianduja

Unflavoured milk chocolate cremino

Gustolato (Croatia) - Cremino classico Nocciola Piemonte ( da noi Tostata e raffinata), ricoperto al latte (40%)
Piccola Pasticceria (Italy) - Cremino tre colori
Vestri (Italy) - Cremino

Flavoured milk chocolate cremino

Gardini (Italy) - Cremino bigusto con amarene
Gardini (Italy) - Cremino bigusto con liquerizia
Vestri (Italy) - Cremino al Caffè

White chocolate dragées, enrobed whole nuts

Torta Pistocchi Firenze (Italy) - Drageè Pistacchio e Arancia
Gustolato (Croatia) - Mandorla d'Avola (da noi tostata) ricoperta di cioccolato bianco con infusione di Zafferano Istriano (Croazia)


Dark chocolate enrobed caramels

Andrea Bianchini Chocolate Luxory Collection (Italy) - Balsamico

Others - fruit/sugar/butter/cream/misc

Dark chocolate enrobed fruit pastes, jellies/gelée

Gardini (Italy) - Pralina Mostarda Cesenate

Dark chocolate enrobed whole fruit

Riccardo Pelagagge (Italy) - Clementina candita intera con honeybush e mango
Riccardo Pelagagge (Italy) - Clementina calabrese biologica candita

Milk chocolate enrobed fruit pastes, jellies/gelée

Torta Pistocchi Firenze (Italy) - Drageè Uvetta, Latte e Mandorla
Slitti (Italy) - Alkekengi

Milk chocolate enrobed fondants

Andrea Bianchini Chocolate Luxory Collection (Italy) - Pop ciocc crok


Spreads with dark chocolate (no milk powder)

Guido Castagna (Italy) - Crema gianduja +55

Spreads with milk chocolate

Piccola Pasticceria (Italy) - Buongiorno alla nocciola
Gustolato (Croatia) - Spalmabile al Pistacchio Greco
Slitti (Italy) - Crema da Spalmare Riccosa
Gusti di Napoli (Italy) - Crema di cioccolata al latte di bufala
Vestri (Italy) - Vellutata al Latte
Pasticceria Vacchieri Marco - Dolci Intuizioni (Italy) - Crema gianduia