Eastern European Chocolatier Competition 2019 – Winners

The International Chocolate Awards is pleased to announce the Winners of our fifth Eastern European Competition, which was judged from 8 – 12 March, 2019 in Florence, Italy. 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 Florence, 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 will be judged at the 2019 European Bean-to-bar Competition, June 12–16, in Copenhagen, Denmark. 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 inclusions or pieces

Bronze: Benjamissimo  (Bulgaria) - Benjamissimo Raw cacao nibs / Dark 75% (**)

White chocolate bars with inclusions or pieces

Bronze: Alma Cokolady  (Slovakia) - Biela čokoláda s kávou Etiópia

Ganaches, palets, ganache pralines and truffles

Flavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles

Bronze: Amazing Cacao  (Russia) - Praline "Chulu-lulu" (**)

Bronze: Chocolala  (Estonia) - Balsamic vinegar ganache

Flavoured milk chocolate ganaches or truffles

Gold: Demeter Chocolate  (Hungary) - Irsai Olivér Grape Pálinka Truffle

+ Special: Local ingredients

Silver: Amazing Cacao  (Russia) - "Dark honey" bonbon (**)

+ Gold: Dark milk

+ Special: Local ingredients


Dark chocolate enrobed marzipan

Bronze: Amazing Cacao  (Russia) - "Dream of Asia" bonbons (**)

Dark chocolate dragées, enrobed whole nuts

Gold: chocoMe  (Hungary) - chocoMe Raffinée RF105

+ Special: Craft

+ Special: Recipe

Silver: chocoMe  (Hungary) - chocoMe RF109

Nut based pralines with milk chocolate

Bronze: Lyra  (Slovakia) - White praline

Milk chocolate dragées, enrobed whole nuts

Gold: chocoMe  (Hungary) - chocoMe Raffinée RF107

Silver: chocoMe  (Hungary) - chocoMe Raffinée RF103

Bronze: chocoMe  (Hungary) - chocoMe Raffinée RF104

White chocolate dragées, enrobed whole nuts

Gold: Lyra  (Slovakia) - Maximum Hazelnuts Caramel

Silver: chocoMe  (Hungary) - chocoMe Raffinée RF108

Others - fruit/sugar/butter/cream/misc

Dark chocolate enrobed fruit pastes, jellies/gelée

Gold: chocoMe  (Hungary) - chocoMe Voilé VL103

Silver: chocoMe  (Hungary) - chocoMe Petit 21 Raspberry

Bronze: Chocolala  (Estonia) - Lemon, honey, rosemary caramel

Bronze: Chocolala  (Estonia) - Rum caramel in dark chocolate.

Milk chocolate enrobed fruit pastes, jellies/gelée

Gold: Nobilis  (Hungary) - Yoghurt White chocolate coated cherries

Silver: chocoMe  (Hungary) - chocoMe RF106

(*)  Declared chocolate maker for private label bars.

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