Italian/Mediterranean Competition 2015 – Winners

The International Chocolate Awards is pleased to announce the Winners of the 2015 Italian/Mediterranean Regional Competition for chocolatier products, which was judged in Florence at the Scuola di Arte Culinaria “Cordon Bleu” – Firenze, 19 – 23 February 2015.

The International Chocolate Awards is an independent competition recognising excellence in fine chocolate making and in the products made with fine chocolate.

International judges

The judges were drawn from local experts, food journalists and pastry chefs from Italy, France and Japan and members of our permanent international Grand Jury.


The entry categories include 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, included at the Grand Jury final session, where Golds, Silver and Bronze prizes are awarded by private voting.

In view of near identical scores of the top two products in the “Spreads with milk chocolate” category, two Golds were awarded at the Grand Jury’s discretion.

(Prizes are shown in alphabetical order for each medal)

Flavoured bars

Dark chocolate bars with an infusion or flavouring

Gold: Vestri  (Italy) - Gianduia Fondente sale & pepe

Silver: Il Teatro del Gelato  (Italy) - Fondente all'Olio d'oliva agrumato

Dark chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces

Gold: Pasticceria Vacchieri Marco - Dolci Intuizioni  (Italy) - Fondentemente

Silver: Bodrato Cioccolato  (Italy) - Tavoletta di cioccolato fondente con caffe' e anice stellato

Silver: Gardini  (Italy) - Fondente con caffè e cardamomo

Dark chocolate bars with a filling

Bronze: Gardini  (Italy) - Fondente con gianduia salata

Rough ground flavoured dark chocolate bars

Silver: Vestri  (Italy) - Boglio

Milk chocolate bars with an infusion or flavouring

Silver: Prodotti Gianduja Torino  (Italy) - Giandujone

Milk chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces

Gold: Slitti  (Italy) - Tavoletta CaffèLatte

Silver: Gardini  (Italy) - Cioccolato al latte con anice stellato

Silver: Gardini  (Italy) - Cioccolato al latte con sale e liquerizia

Flavoured white chocolate bars

Gold: Vestri  (Italy) - "I Tocchi" Pistacchi e Uvetta

Silver: Vestri  (Italy) - "Sfogliate" Sesamo e Sale Rosa dell'Himalaya

Bronze: Bodrato Cioccolato  (Italy) - Tavoletta di cioccolato bianco con mirtilli e cannella

Ganaches, palets, ganache pralines and truffles

Unflavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles

Gold: Damian Allsop Chocolates  (Spain) - Piura water ganache

Silver: Piccola Pasticceria  (Italy) - Quetzalcoatl

Flavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles

Gold: Damian Allsop Chocolates  (Spain) - Sea Water ganache

Bronze: Vestri  (Italy) - Ganache all'arancino cinese

Flavoured milk chocolate ganaches or truffles

Silver: Pasticceria Vacchieri Marco - Dolci Intuizioni  (Italy) - Tartufino

Bronze: Gardini  (Italy) - Pralina Grappa Barricata

Flavoured ganaches or truffles with combination coating or filling

Gold: Ika Chocolate  (Israel) - Za'atar ganache

Silver: Gian Luca Forino  (Italy) - Antanarivo-Roma

Silver: Piccola Pasticceria  (Italy) - Amarena

Silver: Slitti  (Italy) - Pralina Irish Coffee

Silver: Slitti  (Italy) - Pralina Passion Fruit

Silver: Vestri  (Italy) - Ganache al Basilico

Bronze: Piccola Pasticceria  (Italy) - Tartufo Zabajone

Bronze: Riccardo Pelagagge  (Italy) - Pralina con Coriandolo di Taddei

Bronze: Slitti  (Italy) - Pralina Lampone


Nut based pralines with dark chocolate

Gold: Guido Castagna  (Italy) - Cremino pistacchio

Silver: Guido Castagna  (Italy) - Cremino cannella e calendula

Silver: Ika Chocolate  (Israel) - Sesame Lemon praline

Bronze: Tartuflanghe  (Italy) - Mini tartufo dolce nero

Dark chocolate gianduiotto / cremino

Gold: Guido Castagna  (Italy) - Giuinott (giandujotto)

Nut based pralines with milk chocolate

Bronze: Tartuflanghe  (Italy) - mini tartufo dolce pistacchio

Milk chocolate gianduiotto or cremino

Gold: Piccola Pasticceria  (Italy) - Piccolo gianduja

Unflavoured milk chocolate cremino

Gold: Gustolato  (Croatia) - Cremino classico Nocciola Piemonte ( da noi Tostata e raffinata), ricoperto al latte (40%)

Silver: Vestri  (Italy) - Cremino

Bronze: Piccola Pasticceria  (Italy) - Cremino tre colori

Flavoured milk chocolate cremino

Gold: Gardini  (Italy) - Cremino bigusto con amarene

Silver: Gardini  (Italy) - Cremino bigusto con liquerizia

Silver: Vestri  (Italy) - Cremino al Caffè

White chocolate dragées, enrobed whole nuts

Gold: Torta Pistocchi Firenze  (Italy) - Drageè Pistacchio e Arancia

Silver: Gustolato  (Croatia) - Mandorla d'Avola (da noi tostata) ricoperta di cioccolato bianco con infusione di Zafferano Istriano (Croazia)

Others - fruit/sugar/butter/cream/misc

Dark chocolate enrobed whole fruit

Gold: Riccardo Pelagagge  (Italy) - Clementina calabrese biologica candita

Silver: Riccardo Pelagagge  (Italy) - Clementina candita intera con honeybush e mango

Milk chocolate enrobed fruit pastes, jellies/gelée

Silver: Slitti  (Italy) - Alkekengi

Silver: Torta Pistocchi Firenze  (Italy) - Drageè Uvetta, Latte e Mandorla


Spreads with dark chocolate (no milk powder)

Gold: Guido Castagna  (Italy) - Crema gianduja +55

Spreads with milk chocolate

Gold: Pasticceria Vacchieri Marco - Dolci Intuizioni  (Italy) - Crema gianduia

Gold: Slitti  (Italy) - Crema da Spalmare Riccosa

Silver: Gustolato  (Croatia) - Spalmabile al Pistacchio Greco

Bronze: Gusti di Napoli  (Italy) - Crema di cioccolata al latte di bufala

Bronze: Vestri  (Italy) - Vellutata al Latte

(*)  Declared chocolate maker for private label bars.

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