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Eastern European 2016 – Grand Jury Finalists

September 19, 2016 4:20 pm by International Chocolate Awards in Finalists

The International Chocolate Awards is pleased to announce the Grand Jury Finalists of the Eastern European competition which was held on 13 – 16 September in Budapest.

The judging panel was made up of pastry chefs, journalists, restaurant reviewers, bloggers, culinary educators and chefs, as well as members of our Grand Jury.

The Grand Jury Finalists are the entries that made it through to the final Grand Jury round, following an initial technical Selection round and four 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 2016 Eastern European Finalists are:

(In alphabetical order within each category)

Flavoured bars

Dark chocolate bars with an infusion or flavouring

Curioso (Hungary) – Haiti 65% with thyme
Harrer Chocolat (Hungary) – Lemon Verbena

Dark chocolate bars with a filling

Demeter Chocolate (Hungary) – Almasajt – Apple Jam Chocolate Bar
Harrer Chocolat (Hungary) – Wine Merlot

Milk chocolate bars with an infusion or flavouring

Harrer Chocolat (Hungary) – Rosemary Caramelized

Milk chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces

Curioso (Hungary) – Milk chocolate with bio mandarin oil and pink pepper

Milk chocolate bars with a filling

Harrer Chocolat (Hungary) – Sea salt caramel
Harrer Chocolat (Hungary) – Tonka

Flavoured white chocolate bars

Curioso (Hungary) – White chocolate with bio lemon oil
Curioso (Hungary) – White chocolate with cinnamon and sour cherry
Harrer Chocolat (Hungary) – Chocolate Mint

Ganaches, palets, ganache pralines and truffles

Flavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles

Lady Lavender Csokoládé Manufaktúra (Hungary) – Truffle-Pumpkin seed cream Bonbon
Lady Lavender Csokoládé Manufaktúra (Hungary) – Sajmeggy pálinka-green pepper bonbon
Lady Lavender Csokoládé Manufaktúra (Hungary) – Rose pepper-bergamot bonbon

Flavoured white chocolate ganaches or truffles

Sweetic (Hungary) – Sloe-coconut praline / Kökény-kókusz bonbon
Demeter Chocolate (Hungary) – Strawberry lemongrass truffle
Bonbonier Chocolate (Hungary) – Melange

Flavoured ganaches or truffles with combination coating or filling

Lady Lavender Csokoládé Manufaktúra (Hungary) – Gorgonzola bonbon
ChocoCard (Hungary) – The Penguins of Madagascar
ChocoCard (Hungary) – Ginger and matcha
Vásárhelyi csokoládé (Hungary) – Elderflower
Christi’s Choco (Hungary) – Rhubarb Truffle with Amaretto liqueur
Zangio Chocolate (Hungary) – Raspberry truffle
Bonbonier Chocolate (Hungary) – Irish Coffee
Bonbonier Chocolate (Hungary) – Caribbean rum and hazelnut diamond


Nut based pralines with milk chocolate

Bonbonier Chocolate (Hungary) – Mango Passion Praline

Milk chocolate dragées, enrobed whole nuts

ChocoCard (Hungary) – Nicaraguan cocoa beans dragée
chocoMe (Hungary) – Raffinée Piemonte hazelnut covered in Ethiopian Harrar coffee

White chocolate dragées, enrobed whole nuts

ChocoCard (Hungary) – Pistachio dragée
Sweetic (Hungary) – White chocolate nuggets / Fehércsokoládé rögök