European Bean-to-bar Competition 2018 – Winners

August 16, 2018 5:28 pm by International Chocolate Awards in News, Results, Winners

The International Chocolate Awards is pleased to announce the Winners of the 2018 European Bean-to-bar Competition, which was judged in Amsterdam, Netherlands, May 10 – June 11, at the Hilton Amsterdam and with ongoing Grand Jury sessions through to August 2018.

The Bean-to-bar competition focuses on fine, craft and micro-batch chocolate makers who work directly from cacao beans to produce plain/origin and flavoured chocolate bars from around Europe. Winners will go through to the World Final in Florence in October 2018. The competition is supported by the Hilton Amsterdam, and bean-to-bar chocolate shop Chocolatl.

2018 Highlights

The European Bean-to-bar was the Award’s first competition focusing only on bars of all types made by bean-to-bar chocolate makers, for the first time including flavoured inclusion, infusion and filled bars made directly from cacao beans. This year we saw an improved standard from European micro-batch producers, with both the dark and milk overall ‘Best-in-show’ prizes going to small craft chocolate makers, from Belgium and the UK.

European craft chocolate is fast catching up with the US craft chocolate movement, with almost 500 bars entered in the European competition, including from emerging small chocolate makers from Eastern Europe, as well as established French and Belgian chocolatiers going back to making their own chocolate.

The Grand Jury is very pleased to announce the winners and looks forward to a tough competition at the World Final as European, Americas and Asia-Pacific winners compete for the world’s most prestigious chocolate prizes.

Prize celebration, York, UK, 17 October 2018

The European Bean-to-bar winners will be celebrated at a combined event with the British Winners Ceremony at York Cocoa Works on the evening of 17 October 2018, as part of UK Craft Chocolate Week. Entry is by invitation.

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 fourth international competition devoted to bean-to-bar chocolate bars produced in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and for the first year, included flavoured bars made by chocolate makers. 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: Legast  (Belgium) – Gran Nativo Blanco

Plain/origin milk bar categories

Gold: Duffy’s  (United Kingdom) – Duffy’s Honduras Mayan Red 61% Milk


Plain/origin bars

Plain/origin dark chocolate bars

Gold: Friis-Holm  (Denmark) – Nicaliso
Silver: Alessandro Palozzo  (Italy) – Peru 70%
Silver: Chocolaterie Morin  (France) – Honduras 70%
Silver: Chocolaterie Morin  (France) – Pérou Chanchamayo 63%
Silver: Friis-Holm  (Denmark) – Chuno 70% – Double Turned
Silver: Friis-Holm  (Denmark) – Chuno 70% Triple Turned
Silver: Friis-Holm  (Denmark) – Johe 70%
Silver: Friis-Holm  (Denmark) – La Dalia 70%
Silver: Friis-Holm  (Denmark) – Medagla 70%
Silver: Friis-Holm  (Denmark) – O’Payo 68%
Silver: Friis-Holm  (Denmark) – Rugoso 70%
Silver: Friis-Holm  (Denmark) – Rugoso 70% Bad Fermentation
Silver: Michel Cluizel  (France) – Organic dark chocolate (66% cocoa minimum) from Mokaya’s Plantation in Mexico.
Silver: Pralus  (France) – Tablette 100gr 75% Costa Rica
Bronze: Chapon  (France) – Tablette Bolivie
Bronze: Chocolat Beussent Lachelle  (France) – Origine Equateur 78%
Bronze: Chocolaterie Morin  (France) – Nicaragua Rugoso 70%
Bronze: Chocolaterie Morin  (France) – Pérou Cusco 70%
Bronze: Chocolaterie Morin  (France) – Venezuela Carenero 70%
Bronze: Deremiens  (Belgium) – Colombia – Cordoba 70%
Bronze: Friis-Holm  (Denmark) – Indio Rojo 70%
Bronze: Friis-Holm  (Denmark) – La Dalia 60%
Bronze: Holy Cacao Chocolate  (Israel) – 70% Cacao Blend
Bronze: Pralus  (France) – Tablette 100gr 75% République Diminicaine
Bronze: Zotter Schokolade  (Austria) – Labooko 75% Ecuador Seversal
Bronze: Zotter Schokolade  (Austria) – Labooko 75% Peru Huallaga Nativo

Micro-batch – Plain/origin dark chocolate bars

Gold: Legast  (Belgium) – Gran Nativo Blanco
Silver: Amazing Cacao  (Russia) – Boca Anapate 62%
Silver: Ara Chocolat  (France) – Antioquia 70%
Silver: Ara Chocolat  (France) – Chuncho 70% – 4 days of fermentation
Silver: Ara Chocolat  (France) – Tolita 72%
Silver: ChocoCard  (Hungary) – Nica La Dalia 72%
Silver: Chocolat Encuentro  (France) – 70% Guatemala – Asochivite
Silver: Chocolat Encuentro  (France) – 70% Madagascar – Akesson’s Organic
Silver: Chocolatoa  (Belgium) – India 70% Kerala GoGround
Silver: Duffy’s  (United Kingdom) – Guatemala Sweet River 80%
Silver: Duffy’s  (United Kingdom) – Honduras Indio Rojo 72%
Silver: Duffy’s  (United Kingdom) – Nicaragua Juno 70%
Silver: Duffy’s  (United Kingdom) – Nicaragua Nicaliso 72%
Silver: Duffy’s  (United Kingdom) – Venezuela Ocumare 72%
Silver: Fjåk Chocolate  (Norway) – 68% dark India
Silver: Fjåk Chocolate  (Norway) – 70% dark Madagascar
Silver: Guido Castagna  (Italy) – Nicaragua 24 mesi
Silver: Harrer Chocolat  (Hungary) – Peru 72% Chililique
Silver: Harrer Chocolat  (Hungary) – Peru 74% Gran Nativo Blanco
Silver: Martin Mayer Schokoladen  (Austria) – Alto Beni – Bolivia
Silver: Martin Mayer Schokoladen  (Austria) – Lachua – Guatemala
Silver: Martin Mayer Schokoladen  (Austria) – Maya Mountain – Belize
Silver: Omnom Chocolate  (Iceland) – Madagascar 66%
Silver: Omnom Chocolate  (Iceland) – Tanzania 70%
Silver: Patrick Gelencser Chocolatier  (France) – “Accro” 65% Madagascar
Silver: Solkiki Chocolatemaker  (United Kingdom) – 70% Gran Chililique – Chulucanas, Piura, Peru
Silver: Solkiki Chocolatemaker  (United Kingdom) – 72% Gran Palo Blanco – Chulucanas, Piura, Peru
Silver: Svenska Kakaobolaget  (Sweden) – Ucayali 72%
Silver: Zoto  (Belgium) – El Castillero 70% ( * Chocolatoa)
Bronze: Ara Chocolat  (France) – Maceo 70%
Bronze: Ara Chocolat  (France) – Tumbaga 72%
Bronze: Bodrato Cioccolato  (Italy) – Dark Chocolate Bar Tanzania 78%
Bronze: ChocoCard  (Hungary) – Ambanja 69%
Bronze: Chocokoo  (Estonia) – Chocokoo Vietnam 80%
Bronze: Chocolat Encuentro  (France) – 70% Haïti – PISA
Bronze: Duffy’s  (United Kingdom) – Guatemala Rio Dulce 70%
Bronze: Foodgeek Chocolate  (Denmark) – Dark Muscovado 70%
Bronze: Garçoa  (Switzerland) – Garçoa Chulucanas 75%
Bronze: Kaitxo  (Spain) – Palo Blanco 75%
Bronze: Latitude Trade Company  (Uganda) – 70% Dark Semuliki Forest
Bronze: Legast  (Belgium) – Maleku
Bronze: Martin Mayer Schokoladen  (Austria) – El Cibao (Öko Caribe) – Dominican Republic
Bronze: Martin Mayer Schokoladen  (Austria) – Tumaco – Kolumbien
Bronze: Meybol Cacao  (Germany) – Single Origin Chuncho Peru ( * Pirwa Company S.A.C., Ayacucho, Peru)
Bronze: Nadalina  (Croatia) – Venezuela – Porcelana 80%
Bronze: Pangea Chocolate  (Spain) – Peru Chililique 71%
Bronze: Patrick Gelencser Chocolatier  (France) – “Plaisir” 72% Honduras
Bronze: Svenska Kakaobolaget  (Sweden) – Tanzania 74%
Bronze: Zart Pralinen Chocolate Makers  (Austria) – Cotabato 75%
Bronze: Zoto  (Belgium) – Rugoso 75% ( * Chocolatoa)

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

Gold: Coup De Chocolat  (Belgium) – Jerome
Silver: Åkesson’s  (United Kingdom) – Madagascar – Bejofo Estate – 100% Criollo Cocoa – Organic ( * Damiens Chocolats)
Silver: Chocolat Madagascar  (Madagascar) – Chocolat Madagascar 100% Cocoa
Silver: Chocolaterie Morin  (France) – Pérou Chanchamayo 100%
Silver: Friis-Holm  (Denmark) – La Dalia 100%
Silver: Utopick Cacao  (Spain) – Nugu 100%
Silver: Zart Pralinen Chocolate Makers  (Austria) – La Dalia Tenor 100%
Bronze: Ara Chocolat  (France) – Tolita 87%
Bronze: Friis-Holm  (Denmark) – La Dalia 85%
Bronze: Holy Cacao Chocolate  (Israel) – 100% Marañon
Bronze: Kakau Worship  (Greece) – Kakau Worship 90% Guatemala Collection
Bronze: Svenska Kakaobolaget  (Sweden) – Darkness 100%

Rough ground/textured plain/origin dark chocolate bars

Gold: Donna Elvira  (Italy) – Zero Dosage Carmelo 1
Silver: Antica Dolceria Bonajuto  (Italy) – From Bean to Bar Bonajuto – Gran Nativo Blanco
Silver: Donna Elvira  (Italy) – Cioccolato di Modica Fortunato n°4
Bronze: Ajala Chocolate  (Czech Republic) – Rustic 70%

Plain/origin dark chocolate bars made with alternative natural sugar

Gold: Aruntam – Sensory Chocolate – Coraggio Nativo  (Italy) – Trinitario Fine Raw Chocolate 72½ Kokoa Kamili Organic Cacao Single Origin Mbingu, Tanzania
Silver: Aruntam – Sensory Chocolate – Coraggio Nativo  (Italy) – Curarai Acriollado Amazonico Ecuador Fine Raw Chocolate 72½ Single Origin Archidona, Napo
Silver: Aruntam – Sensory Chocolate – Coraggio Nativo  (Italy) – Nacional Blanco Acriollado Fine Raw Chocolate 72½ Single Region Piura, Perú
Silver: Kakau Worship  (Greece) – Kakau Worship 70% Peru Collection
Bronze: 20Chocolate  (Slovenia) – Cuba 72%
Bronze: Aruntam – Sensory Chocolate – Coraggio Nativo  (Italy) – Nacional Ecuador Fine Raw Chocolate 72½ Single Farm “El Pechichal–Gran Cacao” Guayas – Ecuador
Bronze: Cococaravan  (United Kingdom) – 70% Lachua

Plain/origin milk chocolate bars

Gold: Idilio Origins  (Switzerland) – Idilio con Leche No 15
Silver: Tobago Estate Chocolate Laura  (Trinidad and Tobago) – Tobago Estate Chocolate Laura Pralus ( * Pralus)
Bronze: Chocolaterie Morin  (France) – Equateur Esmeralda Lait 48%
Bronze: Pralus  (France) – Tablette 100gr. 45% Melissa

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

Gold: Duffy’s  (United Kingdom) – Duffy’s Honduras Mayan Red 61% Milk
Silver: Åkesson’s  (United Kingdom) – Brazil – Fazendan Sempre Firme – 55% Dark Milk Chocolate
Silver: Fjåk Chocolate  (Norway) – 60% Dark Milk Madagascar
Silver: Hotel Chocolat  (United Kingdom) – Nicaragua Chuno 76% Supermilk
Bronze: Amazing Cacao  (Russia) – Dark Milk 80%, Marañon
Bronze: Cédric De Taeye – Torréfacteur Chocolatier  (Belgium) – Intense Milk Brésil (Bahia) – Scavina – 57%
Bronze: Cédric De Taeye – Torréfacteur Chocolatier  (Belgium) – Intense Milk Cuba (Baracoa) – Trinitario – 60%
Bronze: ChocoCard  (Hungary) – Nica La Dalia Milk 58%
Bronze: Foodgeek Chocolate  (Denmark) – Dark Milk Chocolate 55%
Bronze: Friis-Holm  (Denmark) – O’Payo Milk 50% – Organic
Bronze: Michel Cluizel  (France) – Milk chocolate (51% of cocoa minimum) from Riachuelo’s Plantation in Brazil.
Bronze: Omnom Chocolate  (Iceland) – Dark Milk of Tanzania
Bronze: Omnom Chocolate  (Iceland) – Milk of Nicaragua
Bronze: Zotter Schokolade  (Austria) – Labooko 60% Nicaragua, Milk Chocolate

Micro-batch – Plain/origin milk chocolate bars

Gold: Omnom Chocolate  (Iceland) – Milk of Madagascar
Silver: Duffy’s  (United Kingdom) – Duffy’s Oh Juno! 45% Milk
Silver: Kevin Kugel Chocolatier  (Germany) – Dominikanische Republik 35% Single Origin
Bronze: Kevin Kugel Chocolatier  (Germany) – Mexiko 40% Single Origin
Bronze: Lilla Chokladfabriken Borgå  (Finland) – Madagascar 40%

Plain/origin white chocolate bars

Gold: Åkesson’s  (United Kingdom) – Madagascar – Bejofo Estate – 43% Single Plantation White Chocolate – Organic ( * Damiens Chocolats)
Silver: Chocolat Madagascar  (Madagascar) – Chocolat Madagascar White Gold, 45% cocoa
Silver: Lyra  (Slovakia) – Trapiche
Bronze: Friis-Holm  (Denmark) – White 40% – Organic

Caramelized plain/origin white chocolate bars

Bronze: Hotel Chocolat  (United Kingdom) – Organic Dominican Republic 42% Caramelised White (**)


Flavoured bars

Dark chocolate bars with an infusion or flavouring

Gold: Solkiki Chocolatemaker  (United Kingdom) – 71% Marañon with Maraba Coffee – Peru/Rwanda (**)
Silver: ChocoCard  (Hungary) – Voatsiperifery 69% (**)
Silver: Georgia Ramon  (Germany) – Pfifferlinge (**)
Silver: Harrer Chocolat  (Hungary) – Peru 72% with Charapita Chili (**)
Silver: Lilla Chokladfabriken Borgå  (Finland) – Licorice 65%
Bronze: Ajala Chocolate  (Czech Republic) – Coconut Cream 55% (**)
Bronze: Amazing Cacao  (Russia) – Dark Chocolate Glühwein (**)
Bronze: Georgia Ramon  (Germany) – Kardamom (**)
Bronze: Goodio  (Finland) – Café Ubuntu

Dark chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces

Gold: Åkesson’s  (United Kingdom) – Madagascar – Bejofo Estate – 75% Trinitario Cocoa & “Wild” Voatsiperifery Pepper – Organic
Silver: Ajala Chocolate  (Czech Republic) – Oranges & Blossoms 70% (**)
Silver: Åkesson’s  (United Kingdom) – Madagascar – Bejofo Estate – 75% Trinitario Cocoa & Black Pepper – Organic
Silver: Åkesson’s  (United Kingdom) – Madagascar – Bejofo Estate – 75% Trinitario Cocoa & Pink Pepper – Organic
Silver: Chocokoo  (Estonia) – Dark Chocolate with Rye Bread (**)
Silver: Xoco Norway  (Norway) – Gauk Spring (**)
Bronze: Casa Kakau  (Bulgaria) – Casa Kakau Dark & Orange 70% (**)
Bronze: CauCawa  (Austria) – 75% Tumaco mit Kakaonibs
Bronze: Fjåk Chocolate  (Norway) – 70% Dark with Lingoberry & Reindeer Lichen (**)
Bronze: Friis-Holm  (Denmark) – Medagla Dried Soy (**)
Bronze: Kakau Worship  (Greece) – Kakau Worship 62% Guatemala Collection Coffee (**)

Dark chocolate bars with a filling

Gold: Zotter Schokolade  (Austria) – Hand-scooped Chocolate “Gourmet Journey to Peru” Passion Fruit, Lime, Sweet Potato, Maize (**)
Silver: Zart Pralinen Chocolate Makers  (Austria) – Kissed by the Muse (Kalê & ZART) (**)
Bronze: Millesime Chocolat  (Belgium) – 2016 Nicaragua Nougatine Pistaches (**)

‘Naked’ filled dark chocolate bars (filling only, no coating)

Gold: Guido Castagna  (Italy) – Gianduja-Fondente (**)
Silver: Aruntam – Sensory Chocolate – Coraggio Nativo  (Italy) – Gianduja Fine Dark Chocolate Single Origin Cacao Arriba Nacional Los Rios & Nocciole Piemonte I.G.P. 72½ (**)
Silver: Solkiki Chocolatemaker  (United Kingdom) – Piedmont Gran Palo Gianduja (**)

Milk chocolate bars with an infusion or flavouring

Gold: J.Cocoa  (United Kingdom) – Coffee & Cacao – Milk Chocolate – Chuno cacao variety, Nicaragua (**)
Silver: Fjåk Chocolate  (Norway) – 50% Milk Blueberry (**)
Silver: Friis-Holm  (Denmark) – O’Payo Milk Sansho Pepper (**)
Silver: Utopick Cacao  (Spain) – Gin Tonic (**)
Bronze: Lilla Chokladfabriken Borgå  (Finland) – Smokey Brazil 45%
Bronze: Lyra  (Slovakia) – Coffee – Milk Chocolate

Milk chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces

Gold: Friis-Holm  (Denmark) – O’Payo Milk Chunky Salty Liquorice (**)
Silver: Kilian & Close  (Germany) – Dominican Cocoa Nibs (**)
Silver: Slitti  (Italy) – Tavoletta Caffè Latte (**)
Silver: Solkiki Chocolatemaker  (United Kingdom) – 60% Marañon Coconut Dark Milk with Union’s House Blend Coffee and Pink Mountain Salt (**)
Silver: Solkiki Chocolatemaker  (United Kingdom) – 63% Gran Nativo Rum & Raisin – Chulucanas, Piura, Peru (**)
Silver: Svenska Kakaobolaget  (Sweden) – Lakrits (**)
Bronze: Chapon  (France) – Tablette Fevory Lait/Noire
Bronze: Feitoria do Cacao  (Portugal) – Feitoria do Cacao Chocolate de Leite Colômbia 58% + Café da Colômbia (**)
Bronze: Feitoria do Cacao  (Portugal) – Feitoria do Cacao Chocolate de Leite Nicarágua 57% + Nibs (**)
Bronze: Georgia Ramon  (Germany) – Kaffee & Kakao-Nibs 55% (**)
Bronze: Mirzam  (United Arab Emirates) – 52% Dark Milk with Coconut (**)
Bronze: Omnom Chocolate  (Iceland) – Caramel + Milk (**)

Milk chocolate bars with a filling

Bronze: Millesime Chocolat  (Belgium) – Madagascar 2017 Lacté Praliné (**)
Bronze: Zotter Schokolade  (Austria) – Hand-scooped Chocolate Peanut Butter and Banana (**)

White chocolate bars with an infusion or flavouring

Gold: Omnom Chocolate  (Iceland) – Lakkrís + Sea Salt (**)
Silver: Georgia Ramon  (Germany) – Himbeere & Rose (**)
Silver: Kaitxo  (Spain) – Pistatxo Karamelizado
Silver: Krak  (Netherlands) – Krak – Hibiscus/Vanilla 40% (**)
Silver: Omnom Chocolate  (Iceland) – Coffee + Milk (**)
Silver: Pralus  (France) – Carré de Café Lait Tablette 50gr
Silver: Solkiki Chocolatemaker  (United Kingdom) – 39% Yirgacheffe Coffee with Redskin Peanut and Madagascan Vanilla (**)
Bronze: Harrer Chocolat  (Hungary) – Mango Maracuja (**)

White chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces

Gold: Omnom Chocolate  (Iceland) – Black n’ Burnt Barley (**)
Silver: Edelmond  (Germany) – Edelmond Joghurt Erdbeer weiße Schokolade
Silver: Fjåk Chocolate  (Norway) – White & Lingonberry (**)
Silver: Solkiki Chocolatemaker  (United Kingdom) – 35% Hazelnut Cream – White Gianduja with Piedmont Hazelnuts (**)
Bronze: Aruntam – Sensory Chocolate – Coraggio Nativo  (Italy) – Fine Raw White Veg Cacao Single Farm Ecuador & Mandolat di Toritto 72½
Bronze: Edelmond  (Germany) – Edelmond Weiße Pistazien Schokolade (**)
Bronze: Fjåk Chocolate  (Norway) – Caramelised White & Norwegian Gingerbread (**)
Bronze: Friis-Holm  (Denmark) – White Nibs – Organic (**)

White chocolate bars with a filling

Silver: Amazing Cacao  (Russia) – White Chocolate Cappuccino (**)


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 – Danish: Friis-Holm  (Denmark) – Nicaliso

Gold – French: Chocolaterie Morin  (France) – Honduras 70%

Micro-batch – Plain/origin dark chocolate bars

Gold – Belgian: Legast  (Belgium) – Gran Nativo Blanco

Gold – British: Duffy’s  (United Kingdom) – Nicaragua Nicaliso 72%

Gold – French: Ara Chocolat  (France) – Tolita 72%

Gold – Italian: Guido Castagna  (Italy) – Nicaragua 24 mesi


Special awards

Given for entries that qualify for the special category criteria

Plain/origin dark chocolate bars

Gold – Chocolate Maker: Friis-Holm  (Denmark) – Nicaliso
Gold – Directly Traded: Friis-Holm  (Denmark) – Nicaliso
Gold – Organic: Michel Cluizel  (France) – Organic dark chocolate (66% cocoa minimum) from Mokaya’s Plantation in Mexico.

Micro-batch – Plain/origin dark chocolate bars

Gold – Organic: Solkiki Chocolatemaker  (United Kingdom) – 70% Gran Chililique – Chulucanas, Piura, Peru

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

Gold – Growing Country: Chocolat Madagascar  (Madagascar) – Chocolat Madagascar 100% Cocoa
Gold – Organic: Chocolaterie Morin  (France) – Pérou Chanchamayo 100%
Gold – Directly Traded: Zart Pralinen Chocolate Makers  (Austria) – La Dalia Tenor 100%

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

Gold – Chocolate Maker: Duffy’s  (United Kingdom) – Duffy’s Honduras Mayan Red 61% Milk
Gold – Directly Traded: Duffy’s  (United Kingdom) – Duffy’s Honduras Mayan Red 61% Milk
Gold – Organic: Fjåk Chocolate  (Norway) – 60% Dark Milk Madagascar

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) – Madagascar – Bejofo Estate – 43% Single Plantation White Chocolate – Organic ( * Damiens Chocolats)
Gold – Organic: Åkesson’s  (United Kingdom) – Madagascar – Bejofo Estate – 43% Single Plantation White Chocolate – Organic ( * Damiens Chocolats)
Gold – Growing Country: Chocolat Madagascar  (Madagascar) – Chocolat Madagascar White Gold, 45% cocoa
Gold – Chocolate Maker: Lyra  (Slovakia) – Trapiche