Belgian Competition 2016 – Grand Jury Finalists

The International Chocolate Awards is pleased to announce the Grand Jury Finalists of the Belgian competition which was held in Brussels, Belgium on 28 – 31 January.

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

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 received a prize.

The 2016 Belgian Finalists are:

(In alphabetical order within each category)

Flavoured bars

Dark chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces

Contes de Fèves (Belgium) - Casson noir au sésame grillé
Belvas (Belgium) - Belgian Thins - 85% Organic Dark Chocolate with Coco Blossom Sugar

Ganaches, palets, ganache pralines and truffles

Unflavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles

Galler (Belgium) - Praline Madagascar
Darcis Chocolatier (Belgium) - Barahona

Flavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles

Demaret Chocolatier (Belgium) - Passion
Deremiens (Belgium) - Blue Passion
Galler (Belgium) - Praline Vanille
Galler (Belgium) - Praline Citron Vert-Lavande
Chocolatier M (Belgium) - Elegance
Darcis Chocolatier (Belgium) - Ganache Citron & Yuzu
Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier (Belgium) - Ganache Mangue Coriandre Citron Vert

Flavoured milk chocolate ganaches or truffles

Galler (Belgium) - Parline Cannelle

Flavoured white chocolate ganaches or truffles

The Chocolate line by Dominique Persoone (Belgium) - Brasil
The Chocolate line by Dominique Persoone (Belgium) - Yuzu
Chocolatier M (Belgium) - Asian Secret

Flavoured ganaches or truffles with combination coating or filling

The Chocolate line by Dominique Persoone (Belgium) - Apero
The Chocolate line by Dominique Persoone (Belgium) - Samba
Jérôme Grimonpon Chocolatier - NOT USED (Belgium) - Figue Thym
Demaret Chocolatier (Belgium) - Palet-thé
Chocolatier M (Belgium) - Smokey lemon
Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier (Belgium) - Ganache caramel muscade


Nut based pralines with dark chocolate

Jérôme Grimonpon Chocolatier - NOT USED (Belgium) - Praliné sésame et komatsuna
Deremiens (Belgium) - Praslin
Deremiens (Belgium) - Tahiti
Deremiens (Belgium) - Pécan Soja
Belvas (Belgium) - Organic Manon Brut de Noir 82% - coconut blossom sugar
Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier (Belgium) - Praliné Pistache de Grèce
Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier (Belgium) - Praliné Amandes

Dark chocolate enrobed marzipan

Contes de Fèves (Belgium) - Praline Katia

Nut based pralines with milk chocolate

The Chocolate line by Dominique Persoone (Belgium) - Kalamansi
chocolaterie vandeparre (Belgium) - alex
Didier Smeets (Belgium) - Praliné Pistache
Chocolatier M (Belgium) - Peanuts & co
Chocolatier M (Belgium) - Woestyne
Darcis Chocolatier (Belgium) - Praliné à l'Ancienne

White chocolate dragées, enrobed whole nuts

L'Arbre à Bilous (Belgium) - Chocolat blanc à l'herbe de blé avec noix de cajou grillée


Dark chocolate enrobed caramels

Deremiens (Belgium) - Orval
Chocolatier M (Belgium) - Tokyo Dreams
Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier (Belgium) - Caramel au thé chinois fumé

Milk chocolate enrobed caramels

Deremiens (Belgium) - Exotic Touch

Others - fruit/sugar/butter/cream/misc

White chocolate enrobed manon/butter/cream

Darcis Chocolatier (Belgium) - Manon Café


Spreads with dark chocolate (no milk powder)

Eugène Chocolatier (Belgium) - Praliné Eugène

Spreads with milk chocolate

Deremiens (Belgium) - Pâte à tartiner aux Noisettes du Piémont