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Italian/Mediterranean Chocolatier Winners 2018

March 10, 2018 9:00 am 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 23 – 26 February 2018. 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 chocolate competition brings together cultures and chocolate companies sharing the influence and ingredients of the Mediterranean sea. Winners will pass through to the World Final in November 2018.

This regional competition awards prizes for chocolatier products including filled chocolates/bonbons, pralines, flavoured bars and chocolate spreads. Plain/origin and flavoured bean-to-bar products from all European, African and Middle East chocolate makers will be judged at the European Bean-to-bar Chocolate Maker competition, held in Amsterdam in June 2018.

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

Silver: T’a Milano  (Italy) – Tavoletta al limone

Dark chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces

Gold: Bodrato Cioccolato  (Italy) – Dark chocolate with coffee and star anice
Silver: Bodrato Cioccolato  (Italy) – Dark chocolate with pink pepper and cocoa beans
Silver: Gardini  (Italy) – “Speziali” , fondente con caffè e cardamomo
Silver: Gardini  (Italy) – “Speziali”: fondente con tè verde Sakura

Dark chocolate bars with a filling

Gold: Piccola Pasticceria  (Italy) – Chinotto di Savona
Bronze: Gardini  (Italy) – “Insolito” , Gianduia Salata
Bronze: Piccola Pasticceria  (Italy) – Caramello e Sale di Mothya

Rough ground flavoured dark chocolate bars

Gold: Gardini  (Italy) – “Rustico”

Milk chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces

Silver: Gardini  (Italy) – Cacao e Sale: latte con sale e olio EVO
Silver: Gardini  (Italy) – Cacao e Sale: latte sale e liquerizia

White chocolate bars with an infusion or flavouring

Bronze: T’a Milano  (Italy) – Tavoletta cioccolato bianco al Caramello e Sale delle Hawaii
Bronze: T’a Milano  (Italy) – Tavoletta zafferano e cioccolato bianco

White chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces

Gold: Bruno Chocolate  (Israel) – Tiras bar
Bronze: Bodrato Cioccolato  (Italy) – White chocolate bar with cranberry and cinnamon
Bronze: Bodrato Cioccolato  (Italy) – White Chocolate Bar With Strawberry, Vanilla and Lemon


Ganaches, palets, ganache pralines and truffles

Unflavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles

Gold: Pietro Macellaro Pasticceria Agricola Cilentana  (Italy) – Piura Buffalo Cream
Silver: Pietro Macellaro Pasticceria Agricola Cilentana  (Italy) – Vietnam Buffalo Cream
Bronze: Ika Chocolate  (Israel) – Dark ganache

Flavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles

Gold: Torta Pistocchi Firenze  (Italy) – Torta Martinica Dream
Silver: Ika Chocolate  (Israel) – Basil ganache
Silver: Ika Chocolate  (Israel) – Earl grey tea ganache
Silver: Piccola Pasticceria  (Italy) – Bonet
Silver: Slitti  (Italy) – Pralina Irish Coffee (**)
Bronze: Fanucchi Daniel  (Italy) – Vietnouth
Bronze: Ika Chocolate  (Israel) – Coffee and Cardamon Ganache
Bronze: Ika Chocolate  (Israel) – Grapefruit Ganache
Bronze: Ika Chocolate  (Israel) – Rum and Marzipan
Bronze: Ronen Aflalo  (Israel) – A Middle East and Caribbean Date
Bronze: Slitti  (Italy) – Pralina Lampone (**)
Bronze: Torta Pistocchi Firenze  (Italy) – Alchermes Fiorentino

Milk chocolate ganaches or truffles

Gold: Pietro Macellaro Pasticceria Agricola Cilentana  (Italy) – Salty Madagascar

White chocolate ganaches or truffles

Gold: Torta Pistocchi Firenze  (Italy) – Elisa’s Cake
Silver: Piccola Pasticceria  (Italy) – Biancomangiare
Silver: Torta Pistocchi Firenze  (Italy) – Torta di cioccolato bianco e Albicocche al Cognac
Bronze: Bruno Chocolate  (Israel) – Strawberry cheesecake

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

Gold: Pietro Macellaro Pasticceria Agricola Cilentana  (Italy) – Pistacchio Bronte
Silver: Ika Chocolate  (Israel) – Zaatar
Silver: Paola Bertani  (Italy) – Aleatica
Silver: Ronen Aflalo  (Israel) – Middle East Praline
Silver: Slitti  (Italy) – Pralina Cappuccino (**)
Bronze: Chiarascuro  (Italy) – Giò latte


Nuts

Nut based pralines with dark chocolate

Gold: Guido Castagna  (Italy) – Cremino Menta liquirizia (**)
Silver: Guido Castagna  (Italy) – Cremino Cannella Calendula (**)
Silver: Guido Castagna  (Italy) – Cremino Cardamomo Malva (**)
Silver: Guido Castagna  (Italy) – Cremino Pistacchio (**)

Dark chocolate gianduiotto / cremino

Gold: Guido Castagna  (Italy) – Giuinott (**)
Bronze: Bardini  (Italy) – Cremino Bardini
Bronze: Bardini  (Italy) – Gianduiotto Bardini

Flavoured dark chocolate cremino

Gold: Gardini  (Italy) – Cremino Bigusto con Liquerizia
Silver: Gardini  (Italy) – Cremino Bigusto con Amarene
Bronze: Andrea Bianchini Chocolate Luxory Collection  (Italy) – 2018
Bronze: Bodrato Cioccolato  (Italy) – cremino with salt maldon flakes
Bronze: Gardini  (Italy) – Cremino Bigusto con Noci
Bronze: Gardini  (Italy) – Cremino Bigusto con Uvetta di Corinto

Dark chocolate enrobed marzipan

Gold: Pietro Macellaro Pasticceria Agricola Cilentana  (Italy) – Wild oregano and lemon of Sorrento
Silver: Pietro Macellaro Pasticceria Agricola Cilentana  (Italy) – Piura Violetta
Silver: Sensaciones de Chocolate  (Spain) – Azahar

Nut based pralines with milk chocolate

Gold: Giraudi  (Italy) – Pralina Pistacchio

Milk chocolate gianduiotto or cremino

Gold: Piccola Pasticceria  (Italy) – Piccolo Gianduja
Bronze: Davide appendino Bean[TO]Ciok  (Italy) – Gianduiotto (**)
Bronze: Giraudi  (Italy) – Gianduiotto Classico

Unflavoured milk chocolate cremino

Gold: Piccola Pasticceria  (Italy) – Cremino Tre Colori
Bronze: Varvaro  (Italy) – Cremino a Tre Strati (**)

Milk chocolate dragées, enrobed whole nuts

Silver: Slitti  (Italy) – Mandorle d’Avola (**)

Milk chocolate enrobed marzipan

Silver: Piccola Pasticceria  (Italy) – Zuppa Inglese

Nut based pralines with white chocolate

Gold: Bardini  (Italy) – Tartufo Bardini
Silver: Tartuflanghe  (Italy) – Pistacchio Praline
Bronze: Tartuflanghe  (Italy) – White praline with hazelnuts

White chocolate dragées, enrobed whole nuts

Gold: Torta Pistocchi Firenze  (Italy) – Drageès di Pistacchio Siciliano, cioccolato bianco, polvere di arancia e sale marino


Caramels

Milk chocolate enrobed caramels

Silver: Pietro Macellaro Pasticceria Agricola Cilentana  (Italy) – Salty Buffalo Caramel


Others – fruit/sugar/butter/cream

Dark chocolate enrobed whole fruit

Gold: Pietro Macellaro Pasticceria Agricola Cilentana  (Italy) – Boero
Silver: Cioccolato Orsini  (Italy) – Liquorice Grappa Dark
Silver: Falicetto Cioccolato Puro Piacenza  (Italy) – Sgranfgnòn – Graffione
Silver: Pelagagge Riccardo  (Italy) – Clementina candita con honeybush e mango
Silver: Slitti  (Italy) – GInger (**)

Milk chocolate enrobed fruit pastes, jellies/gelée

Gold: Bruno Chocolate  (Israel) – Sesame and Pear

Milk chocolate enrobed whole fruit

Gold: Torta Pistocchi Firenze  (Italy) – Uvetta cioccolato al latte e mandorla
Silver: Slitti  (Italy) – Alkekengi (**)
Silver: Slitti  (Italy) – Black Cherry (**)

White chocolate enrobed manon/butter/cream

Silver: T’a Milano  (Italy) – Dragees caramello e sale rivestito di cioccolato biondo


Spreads

Spreads with dark chocolate (no milk powder)

Gold: Guido Castagna  (Italy) – +55 (**)
Silver: La Botteghina del Cioccolato  (Italy) – La nocciolosa

Spreads with milk chocolate

Gold: Giraudi  (Italy) – Giacometta Pistacchio
Gold: Piccola Pasticceria  (Italy) – Buongiorno allo Zabaione
Silver: Maison della Nocciola  (Italy) – Crema Gianduja
Silver: Piccola Pasticceria  (Italy) – Buongiorno alla Nocciola