European Bar Semi Final Winners

August 2, 2017 1:45 pm by International Chocolate Awards in News, Results, Winners

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The International Chocolate Awards is pleased to announce the Winners of the 2017 European Bar semi-final Competition, which was judged in Amsterdam, 9 – 12 June, 2017 at the Hilton Amsterdam.

The European Bar Semi Final 2017 focuses on cacao origins, varieties and chocolate production quality, exploring and celebrating the nuanced notes of fine origin chocolate from around Europe. Winners of this regional round for plain/origin chocolate bars go through to World Final in London in October 2017. The competition is supported by the Hilton Amsterdam, by Amsterdam’s leading chocolate festival Chocoa and bean to bar chocolate shop Chocolatl.

Judges

The judging panel included regular European judges, along with pastry chefs, restaurateurs, journalists and other specialists from the local area and members of our international Grand Jury panel.

Prizes

This was the third international competition devoted to plain unflavoured and origin chocolate bars made in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. This was the regional round for plain/origin chocolate bars, winners will go through to World Final in London in October 2017. 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.

Prizes are awarded only to entries that meet the required standard for each prize.

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(Prizes are shown in alphabetical order for each medal)


‘Best in competition’ overall winners

Plain/origin dark bar categories

Gold: Friis-Holm  (Denmark) – Chuno Tripple Turned 70 %

Plain/origin milk bar categories

Gold: Tobago Estate Chocolate / Pralus  (Sweden) – Laura ( * Pralus)


Plain/origin bars

Plain/origin dark chocolate bars

Gold: Friis-Holm  (Denmark) – Chuno Tripple Turned 70 %
Silver: Åkesson’s  (United Kingdom) – Akesson’s Brazil Fazenda Sempre Firme 75% Forastero Cocoa ( * Pralus)
Silver: Åkesson’s  (United Kingdom) – Akesson’s Madagascar Bejofo Estate 75% Criollo Cocoa – Organic ( * Bonnat)
Silver: Bonnat Chocolatier  (France) – M. Libanio
Silver: Chocolate Tree  (United Kingdom) – Chililique (Piura, Peru)
Silver: Chocolaterie Morin  (France) – Pérou Chanchamayo 63%
Silver: Friis-Holm  (Denmark) – Chuno Double Turned 70 %
Silver: Friis-Holm  (Denmark) – Johe 70 %
Silver: Friis-Holm  (Denmark) – Nicaliso 70 %
Silver: Friis-Holm  (Denmark) – Rugoso 70 %
Silver: Friis-Holm  (Denmark) – Rugoso BAD fermentation 70 %
Silver: Pump Street Bakery Chocolate  (United Kingdom) – Pump Street Chocolate Jamaica 75%
Silver: Utopick Cacao  (Spain) – LACHUÁ
Silver: Utopick Cacao  (Spain) – Nugu 70%
Bronze: Bonnat Chocolatier  (France) – Apotequil
Bronze: Bonnat Chocolatier  (France) – Cusco
Bronze: Bonnat Chocolatier  (France) – Kaori
Bronze: Chocolaterie Morin  (France) – Pérou Quilla 70%
Bronze: Friis-Holm  (Denmark) – Barba 70 %
Bronze: Friis-Holm  (Denmark) – Indio Rojo 70 %

Micro-batch – Plain/origin dark chocolate bars

Gold: Omnom Chocolate  (Iceland) – Madagascar 66%
Silver: Ara Chocolat  (France) – Porcelana 70%
Silver: Ara Chocolat  (France) – Tolita 72%
Silver: Duffy’s  (United Kingdom) – Duffy’s Guatemala Rio Dolce
Silver: Duffy’s  (United Kingdom) – Duffy’s Nicaragua Chuno
Silver: Solkiki Craft Chocolatemaker  (United Kingdom) – 68% Dark Chocolate – Fortunato No.4, Marañón, Peru
Silver: Solkiki Craft Chocolatemaker  (United Kingdom) – 78% Dark Chocolate, Gran Nativo Blanco, Peru
Bronze: Ara Chocolat  (France) – Chuncho 70%
Bronze: Ara Chocolat  (France) – Huallaga 74%
Bronze: Krak Chocolade  (Netherlands) – Philippines Kablon Farms 70%
Bronze: Martin Mayer Schokoladen  (Austria) – Lachua 70%
Bronze: Omnom Chocolate  (Iceland) – Nicaragua 73%

High % plain/origin dark chocolate bars (85% and over)

Gold: Feitoria do Cacao  (Portugal) – Feitoria do Cacao – Costa Rica 92%
Silver: Åkesson’s  (United Kingdom) – Akesson’s Madagascar Bejofo Estate 100% Criollo Cocoa – Organic ( * Bonnat)
Silver: Ara Chocolat  (France) – Chuncho 88%
Bronze: Delicacao Berlin  (Germany) – Peru 95% Schokolade
Bronze: Friis-Holm  (Denmark) – La Dalia 100 %
Bronze: Nadalina  (Croatia) – RAW 85%

Plain/origin milk chocolate bars

Gold: Tobago Estate Chocolate / Pralus  (Sweden) – Laura ( * Pralus)
Bronze: Chocolaterie Morin  (France) – Jamaique Marvia lait 48%
Bronze: Chocolaterie Morin  (France) – Vietnam Lait 48%
Bronze: Kilian & Close  (Germany) – 45 % Panama

Plain/origin ‘dark’ milk chocolate bars (50% and over)

Gold: Bonnat Chocolatier  (France) – Morenita
Silver: Åkesson’s  (United Kingdom) – Akesson’s Brazil Fazenda Sempre Firme 55% Dark Milk Chocolate
Silver: Friis-Holm  (Denmark) – Dark Milk 65 %
Silver: Pump Street Bakery Chocolate  (United Kingdom) – Pump Street Chocolate Peru Maranon Milk 64%
Silver: Solkiki Craft Chocolatemaker  (United Kingdom) – 63% Coconut Dark Milk Chocolate – Gran Nativo Blanco, Peru
Silver: Solkiki Craft Chocolatemaker  (United Kingdom) – 63% Coconut Dark Milk Chocolate – Gran Nativo Blanco, Peru
Bronze: Chocolate Tree  (United Kingdom) – Ambanja (Madagascar) Milk
Bronze: Duffy’s  (United Kingdom) – Duffy’s Honduras Mayan Red milk

Micro-batch – Plain/origin milk chocolate bars

Gold: Omnom Chocolate  (Iceland) – Milk of Madagascar
Silver: Omnom Chocolate  (Iceland) – Milk of Nicaragua
Bronze: Feitoria do Cacao  (Portugal) – Feitoria do Cacao – Tanzânia 60% Leite de Ovelha
Bronze: Lilla Chokladfabriken Borgå  (Finland) – Madagascar 40%

Plain/origin white chocolate bars

Gold: Åkesson’s  (United Kingdom) – Akesson’s Madagascar Bejofo Estate 43% White Chocolate – Organic ( * Morin)
Bronze: Pump Street Bakery Chocolate  (United Kingdom) – Pump Street Chocolate Ecuador Dirty White 42%

Caramelized plain/origin white chocolate bars

Gold: Summerbird  (Denmark) – Amber 36%


National awards

Given to Grand Jury finalists when there are 10 or more entries from one country in a category

Plain/origin dark chocolate bars

Gold – British: Chocolate Tree  (United Kingdom) – Chililique (Piura, Peru)

Gold – Danish: Friis-Holm  (Denmark) – Chuno Tripple Turned 70 %

Gold – French: Chocolaterie Morin  (France) – Pérou Chanchamayo 63%

Micro-batch – Plain/origin dark chocolate bars

Gold – British: Duffy’s  (United Kingdom) – Duffy’s Guatemala Rio Dolce


Special awards

Given for entries that qualify for the special category criteria

Plain/origin dark chocolate bars

Gold – Chocolate Maker: Friis-Holm  (Denmark) – Chuno Tripple Turned 70 %
Gold – Directly Traded: Friis-Holm  (Denmark) – Chuno Tripple Turned 70 %
Gold – Organic: Chocolate Tree  (United Kingdom) – Chililique (Piura, Peru)

Micro-batch – Plain/origin dark chocolate bars

Gold – Chocolate Maker: Omnom Chocolate  (Iceland) – Madagascar 66%
Gold – Directly Traded: Omnom Chocolate  (Iceland) – Madagascar 66%

Plain/origin milk chocolate bars

Gold – Directly Traded: Tobago Estate Chocolate / Pralus  (Sweden) – Laura ( * Pralus)

Plain/origin \’dark\’ milk chocolate bars (50% and over)

Gold – Chocolate Maker: Bonnat Chocolatier  (France) – Morenita
Gold – Directly Traded: Bonnat Chocolatier  (France) – Morenita

Micro-batch – Plain/origin milk chocolate bars

Gold – Chocolate Maker: Omnom Chocolate  (Iceland) – Milk of Madagascar
Gold – Directly Traded: Omnom Chocolate  (Iceland) – Milk of Madagascar

Plain/origin white chocolate bars

Gold – Directly Traded: Åkesson’s  (United Kingdom) – Akesson’s Madagascar Bejofo Estate 43% White Chocolate – Organic ( * Morin)
Gold – Organic: Åkesson’s  (United Kingdom) – Akesson’s Madagascar Bejofo Estate 43% White Chocolate – Organic ( * Morin)