Eastern European Competition 2017 – Winners

The International Chocolate Awards is pleased to announce the Winners of our third Eastern European Competition, which was judged from 8 – 11 September, 2017 in Budapest, Hungary. The competition encompasses Eastern, Central and North Eastern Europe and is the first international competition to support the growing interest in fine cacao and fine chocolate making in these regions.


The judging panel was made up of member of our Grand Jury and international judges who traveled to Budapest, joined by local chefs, journalists, bloggers and chocolate specialists.



The categories judged included flavoured bars, filled chocolates and spreads and are based on yearly feedback from our entrants and in consultation with the fine chocolate industry. Plain/origin and plain milk or white bars were judged at the European plain/origin bar competition in Amsterdam, 9 – 12 June 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.

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

Silver: Harrer Chocolat  (Hungary) - Espresso (**)

Bronze: Harrer Chocolat  (Hungary) - Grandmother's Herbs (**)

Bronze: Míšina čokoláda (Misha's chocolate)  (Czech Republic) - Dark Chocolate 75% & Orange (**)

Dark chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces

Silver: Casa Kakau  (Bulgaria) - Dark & Cranberry (**)

Silver: Harrer Chocolat  (Hungary) - Nicaragua Chino 70%+Caramellcacaonibs (**)

Silver: Sweetic  (Hungary) - Caramelized pecan & granola dark chocolate bar

Bronze: Chocomaze  (Slovakia) - Peru dark organic chocolate with tonka beans and aridan fruit

Bronze: chocoMe  (Hungary) - Délice Carré 72.2% dark chocolate bar with Kampot pepper

Dark chocolate bars with a filling

Gold: Cadeau Bonbon Manufaktúra  (Hungary) - Quadrat szilvás - Quadrat plum

Silver: Harrer Chocolat  (Hungary) - Winter Warmer (**)

Milk chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces

Silver: Harrer Chocolat  (Hungary) - Cappuccino (**)

Silver: Sweetic  (Hungary) - Piemonte hazelnut & granola milk chocolate bar

Bronze: Harrer Chocolat  (Hungary) - Nicaragua Chuno 60% dark milk+ Caramel cacaonibs (**)

Milk chocolate bars with a filling

Gold: Harrer Chocolat  (Hungary) - Orange Gin (**)

Silver: Cadeau Bonbon Manufaktúra  (Hungary) - Quadrat gesztenyével - Quadrat with chestnut

Bronze: Cadeau Bonbon Manufaktúra  (Hungary) - Quadrat naranccsal - Quadrat with orange

Flavoured white chocolate bars

Gold: Harrer Chocolat  (Hungary) - Hibiskus (**)

Silver: chocoMe  (Hungary) - Entrée/Carré BL101

Silver: chocoMe  (Hungary) - Entrée/Carré BL102

Silver: chocoMe  (Hungary) - Entrée/Carré BL105

Silver: Harrer Chocolat  (Hungary) - Raspberries/Málna (**)

Bronze: chocoMe  (Hungary) - Entrée/Carré BL104

Bronze: Maya Chocolate  (Hungary) - Dulcey blonde chocolate with Roasted Walnuts & Plum & Ceylon Cinnamon

Ganaches, palets, ganache pralines and truffles

Flavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles

Gold: Cadeau Bonbon Manufaktúra  (Hungary) - Dupla meggy - Double sour cherry

Silver: Gingalló Csokoládé  (Hungary) - Szilvapálinkás kocka / Plum "pálinka"

Flavoured milk chocolate ganaches or truffles

Gold: Chocolala  (Estonia) - Handcraft Gin and juniper berries ganache enrobed in milk chocolate

Silver: Cadeau Bonbon Manufaktúra  (Hungary) - Yuzu-caramel

Flavoured white chocolate ganaches or truffles

Bronze: Cadeau Bonbon Manufaktúra  (Hungary) - Dupla kajszi-karamel - Double apricot-caramel

Flavoured ganaches or truffles with combination coating or filling

Gold: Cadeau Bonbon Manufaktúra  (Hungary) - Fekete szilva - Black plum

Silver: Cadeau Bonbon Manufaktúra  (Hungary) - Spicces gesztenye - Tipsy chestnut

Silver: ChocoCard  (Hungary) - Dominican rum

Silver: Lady Lavender Csokoládé Manufaktúra  (Hungary) - Zölddió likőr bonbon/Green walnut liquor bonbon

Bronze: Zangio Chocolate  (Hungary) - Bergamot chocolate


Dark chocolate dragées, enrobed whole nuts

Gold: ChocoCard  (Hungary) - Passion fruit and hazelnut dragée

Bronze: ChocoCard  (Hungary) - Blackcurrant, violet and hazelnut dragée

Milk chocolate enrobed marzipan

Gold: Cadeau Bonbon Manufaktúra  (Hungary) - Dupla narancs - Double orange

White chocolate dragées, enrobed whole nuts

Silver: ChocoCard  (Hungary) - Taste of Italy

Silver: Lyra  (Slovakia) - Absolut Caramel

Bronze: chocoMe  (Hungary) - Cantonese macadamia nut coated with blond chocolate and tonka beans


Dark chocolate enrobed caramels

Silver: Chocolala  (Estonia) - Bonbons filled with birch sap caramel

Bronze: Chocofacture  (Hungary) - Spicy Kiss

Milk chocolate enrobed caramels

Gold: Gingalló Csokoládé  (Hungary) - Sós karamell / Salty caramel

Others - fruit/sugar/butter/cream/misc

Dark chocolate enrobed whole fruit

Silver: ChocoCard  (Hungary) - Voatsiperifery-berry (blueberry dragée) (**)

Bronze: ChocoCard  (Hungary) - Ginger and matcha dragée

Milk chocolate enrobed whole fruit

Silver: Lyra  (Slovakia) - Absolut Physalys

(*)  Declared chocolate maker for private label bars.

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