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Italian/Mediterranean Winners 2017

April 9, 2017 7:00 pm by International Chocolate Awards in News, Results, Winners

The International Chocolate Awards is pleased to announce the Winners of the Italian/Mediterranean Competition, which was judged in Florence, Italy from 16 – 20 March 2017. This competition was open to all companies with their main business or head office in the countries listed: Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Italy, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and all Middle East and North African companies.

The combined Italian National and Mediterranean regional rounds, bringing together cultures and chocolate companies sharing the influence and ingredients of the Mediterranean sea. Winners will pass through to the World Final in London in October 2017.

This regional competition awards prizes for chocolatier products including filled chocolates/bonbons, pralines, flavoured bars and chocolate spreads. Plain/origin dark, milk and white bars from all European, African and Middle East chocolate makers are judged at the European Semi-final competition, held in Amsterdam in June 2017.

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

Judges

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

Prizes

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

Gold: Luca Mannori  (Italy) – Tavoletta Nicaliso 72% Spicy and Salted
Bronze: Bodrato Cioccolato  (Italy) – Dark chocolate with coffee and star anise
Bronze: Just Justin  (Israel) – Cinnamon Dark Chocolate (**)
Bronze: T’a Milano  (Italy) – Tavoletta al limone

Dark chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces

Gold: Pasticceria Vacchieri Marco – Dolci Intuizioni  (Italy) – Opaque
Silver: Gardini  (Italy) – Spezial fondente con caffè e cardamomo
Silver: Pasticceria Vacchieri Marco – Dolci Intuizioni  (Italy) – Bergamot
Silver: Pasticceria Vacchieri Marco – Dolci Intuizioni  (Italy) – Pancaglieri
Silver: Utopick Cacao  (Spain) – Dark chocolate with caramelized macadamia nut with salt (**)
Bronze: Bodrato Cioccolato  (Italy) – dark chocolate with pink pepper and cocoa beans
Bronze: Nadalina  (Croatia) – Dark Chocolate and Cocoa Nibs (**)

Dark chocolate bars with a filling

Gold: Gardini  (Italy) – Insolito gianduja salata
Silver: Mirzam  (United Arab Emirates) – Dates and Fennel (**)

Rough ground flavoured dark chocolate bars

Gold: Donna Elvira  (Italy) – Cioccolato di Modica – Peperoncino (**)
Silver: Donna Elvira  (Italy) – Cioccolato di Modica – Arancia

‘Naked’ filled dark chocolate bars (filling only, no coating)

Gold: Guido Castagna  (Italy) – Gianduja Fondente (**)

Milk chocolate bars with an infusion or flavouring

Bronze: Utopick Cacao  (Spain) – Bean to bar milk saffron (**)

Milk chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces

Gold: Cacao Sampaka  (Spain) – Milk chocolate with black truffle
Silver: Piccola Pasticceria  (Italy) – Gianduja
Silver: Slitti  (Italy) – Tavoletta Caffe’ Latte
Bronze: Gardini  (Italy) – Finissimo al latte con sale e olio EVO

Milk chocolate bars with a filling

Gold: Piccola Pasticceria  (Italy) – Arancia di Calabria
Bronze: Piccola Pasticceria  (Italy) – Limone di Sorrento

Flavoured white chocolate bars

Gold: T’a Milano  (Italy) – Tavoletta cioccolato bianco al caramello e sale delle Hawaii
Bronze: T’a Milano  (Italy) – Tavoletta zafferano e cioccolato bianco


Ganaches, palets, ganache pralines and truffles

Unflavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles

Gold: Pietro Macellaro Pasticceria Agricola Cilentana  (Italy) – Piura buffalo cream
Silver: Ika Chocolate  (Israel) – Papua

Flavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles

Gold: Luca Mannori  (Italy) – Red Honduras Sour and Spicy
Silver: Torta Pistocchi Firenze  (Italy) – Torta Fondente Uvetta e Rhum Agricolo della Martinica
Bronze: Pasticceria Ernst Knam  (Italy) – Pralina alla mora (**)
Bronze: Piccola Pasticceria  (Italy) – Vietnam, cocco e mandorla

Milk chocolate ganaches or truffles

Bronze: Kuppelrain – Nathalie Trafoier  (Italy) – L´Amore

White chocolate ganaches or truffles

Silver: Pasticceria Ernst Knam  (Italy) – Pralina capperi e limone (**)
Silver: Piccola Pasticceria  (Italy) – Tea alla rosa con litchi

Ganaches or truffles using mixed dark/milk/white for coating and fillings

Gold: Slitti  (Italy) – Pralina Irish Coffee
Silver: Ika Chocolate  (Israel) – Zaatar
Silver: Piccola Pasticceria  (Italy) – Perù mango e fave di tonka
Silver: Slitti  (Italy) – Pralina Passion Fruit
Bronze: Andrea Bianchini Chocolate Luxory Collection  (Italy) – Spirit
Bronze: Emilya Chocolate  (Israel) – Middel East raw tehini bonbon
Bronze: Pasticceria Ernst Knam  (Italy) – Pralina mango e frutto della passione (**)
Bronze: Slitti  (Italy) – Pralina Ginger


Nuts

Nut based pralines with dark chocolate

Gold: Guido Castagna  (Italy) – Cremino Menta e Liquirizia (**)
Gold: Guido Castagna  (Italy) – Cremino Pistacchio di Bronte (**)
Silver: Giraudi Cioccolato  (Italy) – Praline with pistachios
Silver: Guido Castagna  (Italy) – Cremino Cannella e Calendula (**)
Silver: Guido Castagna  (Italy) – Cremino Cardamomo e Malva (**)
Bronze: Bardini  (Italy) – Tartufo Bardini
Bronze: Tartuflanghe  (Italy) – Trifulot, dark praline with hazelnuts

Dark chocolate gianduiotto / cremino

Gold: Guido Castagna  (Italy) – Giuinott (**)
Bronze: Bardini  (Italy) – Gianduiotto Bardini
Bronze: Giraudi Cioccolato  (Italy) – Gianduiotto fondente

Unflavoured dark chocolate cremino

Silver: Bardini  (Italy) – Cremino Bardini

Flavoured dark chocolate cremino

Gold: Gardini  (Italy) – Cremino Bigusto con Liquirizia
Silver: Gardini  (Italy) – Cremino Bigusto con Amarene
Silver: Gardini  (Italy) – Cremino Bigusto con Uva di Corinto

Dark chocolate enrobed marzipan

Gold: Pietro Macellaro Pasticceria Agricola Cilentana  (Italy) – Wild oregano and lemon of Sorrento
Silver: Torta Pistocchi Firenze  (Italy) – Ricciarello and fondente Tanzania 75%
Bronze: Pietro Macellaro Pasticceria Agricola Cilentana  (Italy) – Violetta

Nut based pralines with milk chocolate

Silver: Giraudi Cioccolato  (Italy) – Praline with sesame
Bronze: Layla  (Tunisia) – “Sesame Flower” (“Fiore di Sesamo”)
Bronze: Tartuflanghe  (Italy) – Trifulot, Peanuts praline

Milk chocolate gianduiotto or cremino

Gold: Piccola Pasticceria  (Italy) – Piccolo Gianduja
Silver: Giraudi Cioccolato  (Italy) – Gianduiotto Classico

Unflavoured milk chocolate cremino

Gold: Piccola Pasticceria  (Italy) – Cremino Tre Colori

Milk chocolate dragées, enrobed whole nuts

Gold: Slitti  (Italy) – Mandorle d’Avola

Nut based pralines with white chocolate

Gold: Tartuflanghe  (Italy) – Trifulot, White praline with cardamom
Bronze: Tartuflanghe  (Italy) – Trifulot, pistachio praline

White chocolate dragées, enrobed whole nuts

Gold: Torta Pistocchi Firenze  (Italy) – Dragée Pistacchio, Cioccolato Bianco, polvere di arancia e sale


Caramels

Milk chocolate enrobed caramels

Silver: Andrea Bianchini Chocolate Luxory Collection  (Italy) – Black Spirit


Others – fruit/sugar/butter/cream

Dark chocolate enrobed fruit pastes, jellies/gelée

Silver: Pietro Macellaro Pasticceria Agricola Cilentana  (Italy) – Wild apples and fresh basil
Silver: Torta Pistocchi Firenze  (Italy) – Lemon and Yuzu

Dark chocolate enrobed whole fruit

Gold: Pelagagge Riccardo  (Italy) – Clementina candita ricoperta di fondente
Silver: Pietro Macellaro Pasticceria Agricola Cilentana  (Italy) – Boero
Silver: Pietro Macellaro Pasticceria Agricola Cilentana  (Italy) – Organic Orangette Piura 70%
Bronze: Bardini  (Italy) – Graffione Bardini
Bronze: Falicetto Cioccolato Puro  (Italy) – Sgranfgnon di Piacenza
Bronze: Slitti  (Italy) – Ginger
Bronze: Torta Pistocchi Firenze  (Italy) – Pralina allo Yuzu e olio di Oliva

Milk chocolate enrobed whole fruit

Gold: Torta Pistocchi Firenze  (Italy) – Dragée uvetta, cioccolato al latte e mandorla
Silver: Slitti  (Italy) – Black Cherry

White chocolate enrobed manon/butter/cream

Gold: Andrea Bianchini Chocolate Luxory Collection  (Italy) – Red Heart


Spreads

Spreads with dark chocolate (no milk powder)

Gold: Guido Castagna  (Italy) – Crema Di Nocciole +55 (**)
Silver: Giraudi Cioccolato  (Italy) – Giacometta Fondente
Silver: Luca Mannori  (Italy) – Spalmabile alle Nocciole IGP con Puro Ocumare 72%
Bronze: La Botteghina del Cioccolato  (Italy) – Nocciolosa
Bronze: Slitti  (Italy) – Crema da spalmare Gianera

Spreads with milk chocolate

Gold: Piccola Pasticceria  (Italy) – Buongiorno alla nocciola
Silver: Giraudi Cioccolato  (Italy) – Giacometta Pistacchio
Silver: Pasticceria Vacchieri Marco – Dolci Intuizioni  (Italy) – Crema Gianduia
Silver: Piccola Pasticceria  (Italy) – Buongiorno allo zabaione
Silver: Slitti  (Italy) – Crema da spalmare Riccosa