Eastern European Chocolatier Competition 2020 – Winners

The International Chocolate Awards is pleased to announce the Winners of our sixth Eastern European Competition, which was judged over March and April, 2020. 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. Winners will pass through to the World Final later in 2020.


The judging panel was made up of member of our Grand Jury and international judges, 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 2020 European Bean-to-bar Competition. 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)

Ganaches, palets, ganache pralines and truffles

Flavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles

Bronze: JK Patisserie  (Russia) - Truffle Tocache-Pisco

Bronze: ZAX  (Slovakia) - Raspberry Praline

Flavoured milk chocolate ganaches or truffles

Gold: Choklid  (Czech Republic) - Passion Fruit Bonbon

Bronze: Amazing Cacao  (Russia) - Pecozu (**)

Bronze: Amazing Cacao  (Russia) - Spicy Coffee (**)

Bronze: Elena Ovsyannikova  (Russia) - The Brunost

Flavoured white chocolate ganaches or truffles

Gold: Elena Ovsyannikova  (Russia) - Caramel Apple

Silver: Elena Ovsyannikova  (Russia) - Passion Fruit with Lavender

Bronze: Chocokoo  (Estonia) - Bergamot Bonbon

Flavoured ganaches or truffles with combination coating or filling

Gold: DantoniChocolate  (Hungary) - Rum Cherry Rumos Meggyes Trüffel

Silver: Choklid  (Czech Republic) - MalaCara Arabica Espresso Bonbon

Silver: Elena Ovsyannikova  (Russia) - Cheese Truffle with Gorgonzola

+ Special: Gastronomic

Bronze: DantoniChocolate  (Hungary) - Lavazza-Kahlùa Kávélikőrös Trüffel

Bronze: DantoniChocolate  (Hungary) - Salty Caramel Sós Karamell Bonbon

Bronze: Mákvirág Kézműves Bonbon  (Hungary) - Rozmaring (rosemary&lemon)


Combination chocolate dragées, enrobed whole nuts

Gold: chocoMe  (Hungary) - chocoMe Raffinée 301/C

+ Special: Ingredients

Milk chocolate dragées, enrobed whole nuts

Bronze: Slowlandia  (Slovakia) - Salted Caramel Almonds

Nut based pralines with white chocolate

Silver: Chocoleya  (Bulgaria) - Handmade White Chocolate Pralines

Bronze: Elena Ovsyannikova  (Russia) - Сaramel Pink Pepper

White chocolate dragées, enrobed whole nuts

Gold: chocoMe  (Hungary) - chocoMe Raffinée 301/A

+ Special: Ingredients

Silver: chocoMe  (Hungary) - chocoMe Raffinée 301/B

Silver: Slowlandia  (Slovakia) - Hazelnuts With Raspberry Dust

Bronze: Nobilis  (Hungary) - Coconut, White Chocolate Coated Almonds


Dark chocolate enrobed caramels

Bronze: ZAX  (Slovakia) - Salted Caramel Praline

Others - fruit/sugar/butter/cream/misc

Dark chocolate enrobed fruit pastes, jellies/gelée

Gold: Chocokoo  (Estonia) - Baked Apple Calvados Bonbon

Silver: chocoMe  (Hungary) - chocoMe Petit 21 mango

+ Special: Ingredients

Silver: Original Prager Taler  (Czech Republic) - Original Prager Taler

+ Special: Ingredients

Dark chocolate enrobed whole fruit

Bronze: Amazing Cacao  (Russia) - Manzu (**)


Spreads with dark chocolate (no milk powder)

Gold: Slowlandia  (Slovakia) - Slowtella

Bronze: Chocoleya  (Bulgaria) - Organic Dark Cocoa Spread 50% Hazelnuts

White spreads

Spreads with white chocolate

Bronze: Lyra  (Slovakia) - Nutty Salted Caramel Spread (**)

(*)  Declared chocolate maker for private label bars.

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