Italian/Mediterranean Chocolatier Winners 2019

marzo 31, 2019 10:10 am by International Chocolate Awards in Winners

The International Chocolate Awards is pleased to announce the Winners of the Italian/Mediterranean Competition, which was judged in Florence, Italy from 8 – 12 March 2019. 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 Florence, in October 2019.

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 Copenhagen, Denmark 12–16 June, 2019.

The International Chocolate Awards is an independent competition recognising excellence in fine chocolate making and in the products made with fine chocolate.


The judges were drawn from local experts, food journalists and pastry chefs and members of our permanent international Grand Jury and guest judges.


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)

Barrette aromatizzate

Barrette cioccolato fondente con infusione o aromi

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

Barrette di cioccolato fondente con inclusioni o pezzi

Bronze: Gardini  (Italy) – “Speziali” fondente con caffè e cardamomo

Bronze: Gardini  (Italy) – “Speziali”: fondente con tè verde Sakura

Barrete cioccolato fondente ripiene

Bronze: Gardini  (Italy) – “Insolito” gianduia salata

Barrette ciccolato al latte con infusione o aromi

Bronze: Monper Chocolate  (Spain) – Chocolate Anchoa Monper

+ Special: Gastronomic

Barrette di cioccolato al latte con inclusioni o pezzi

Silver: Monper Chocolate  (Spain) – Chocolate Curry con Kikos Monper

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

Bronze: Gardini  (Italy) – Cacao e Sale: latte sale e liquerizia

Barrette di cioccolato al latte ripiene

Gold: Volpati Davide  (Italy) – Gianduia ai Tre Gusti

Bronze: Volpati Davide  (Italy) – Gianduia Caterina

Barrette al cioccolato bianco aromatizzato con infusione o aromi

Silver: Monper Chocolate  (Spain) – Chocolate Leche Merengada Monper

Silver: Monper Chocolate  (Spain) – Chocolate Mojito Monper

Silver: T’a Milano  (Italy) – Tavoletta zafferano

Barrette al cioccolato bianco con inclusioni o pezzi

Bronze: T’a Milano  (Italy) – Tavoletta sale delle Hawaii

Ganaches, paletes, praline e tartufi alla ganache

Ganache o tartufi di cioccolato fondente non aromatizzato

Gold: Pietro Macellaro Pasticceria Agricola Cilentana  (Italy) – Piura Buffalo Cream

+ Special: Local ingredients

Silver: Giuseppe Manilia  (Italy) – Tartufo Piura 72,5%

+ Special: Classic

+ Gold: Alternate sugars

Silver: Paola Francesca Bertani  (Italy) – Elba Piura

+ Special: Classic

Silver: Paola Francesca Bertani  (Italy) – Piura Paolina

Ganache o tartufi con cioccolato fondente aromatizzato

Gold: Paola Francesca Bertani  (Italy) – Silosò

+ Special: Gastronomic

Silver: Slitti  (Italy) – Pralina Irish Coffee (**)

Silver: Torta Pistocchi Firenze  (Italy) – Torta Martinica Dream

Silver: Vestri  (Italy) – Praline Cipolla e Aceto Balsamico

+ Special: Gastronomic

Bronze: Slitti  (Italy) – Pralina Caffè Turco (**)

Bronze: Slitti  (Italy) – Pralina Passion Fruit (**)

Ganache o tartufi al cioccolato al latte

Silver: Piccola Pasticceria  (Italy) – Albicocca e Sambuco

Silver: Piccola Pasticceria  (Italy) – Moscato e Menta

Ganaches o tartufi di cioccolato bianco

Gold: Torta Pistocchi Firenze  (Italy) – Torta Albicocca e Cognac

Ganache o tertufi prodotti utilizzando ciccolati misti Fondente /latte/bianco per copertura o ripieno

Gold: Paola Francesca Bertani  (Italy) – Dressing

+ Special: Gastronomic

+ Special: Local ingredients

Silver: Paola Francesca Bertani  (Italy) – Aleatica

+ Special: Local ingredients

+ Silver: Mixed dark/milk/white

Praline a base di noci e noci ricoperte

Praline a base di frutta/ gianduja con ciccolato fondente

Gold: Guido Castagna  (Italy) – Cremino Menta e Liquirizia (**)

+ Gold: Flavoured cremino

Gold: Guido Castagna  (Italy) – Giuinott (**)

+ Gold: Gianduiotto

+ Special: Innovation

Silver: Bardini  (Italy) – Tartufo Bardini (**)

Silver: Guido Castagna  (Italy) – Cremino Cannella e Calendula (**)

Silver: Guido Castagna  (Italy) – Cremino Fiore di malva e Cardamomo (**)

Silver: Guido Castagna  (Italy) – Cremino Pistacchio di Bronte (**)

Bronze: Bardini  (Italy) – Cremino Bardini (**)

Bronze: Bardini  (Italy) – Gianduiotto Bardini (**)

Bronze: Bodrato Cioccolato  (Italy) – Cremino Tanzania (**)

Bronze: Giraudi  (Italy) – Croccantello Nocciola

Bronze: Giraudi  (Italy) – Gianduiotto 4.3

Marzapane ricoperto al cioccolato fondente

Gold: Pietro Macellaro Pasticceria Agricola Cilentana  (Italy) – Wild oregano and lemon of Sorrento

+ Special: Local ingredients

Silver: Cioccolateria FAGIOLO PEIRANO  (Italy) – Bacio del Tricolore (Marchio Registrato)

+ Special: Classic

Dragées di cioccolato fondente, noci intere ricoperte

Bronze: Piccola Pasticceria  (Italy) – Nocciola Piemonte Bassinata al Gianduia

Praline a base di noci/gianduja con cioccolato al latte

Gold: Vestri  (Italy) – Cremino Sale Miyakojima

Silver: Cioccolato TAF  (Italy) – Cremino al Rosmarino

Silver: Gardini  (Italy) – Cremino Bigusto con Amarene

Silver: Gardini  (Italy) – Cremino Bigusto con Liquerizia

Silver: Gardini  (Italy) – Cremino Bigusto con Noci

Silver: Piccola Pasticceria  (Italy) – Cremino Tre Colori

+ Special: Classic

+ Gold: Organic

Silver: Varvaro  (Italy) – Cremino al Pistacchio e Nocciole

Bronze: Piccola Pasticceria  (Italy) – Piccolo Gianduja

Bronze: Varvaro  (Italy) – Cremino a tre strati

Bronze: Vestri  (Italy) – Pralina Sale e Sesamo Nero Caramellato

Dragées al latte/noci intere ricoperte di cioccolato al latte

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

Silver: Slitti  (Italy) – Pistacchi di Bronte (**)

Dragées di cioccolato bianco, noci intere ricoperte

Silver: Torta Pistocchi Firenze  (Italy) – Drageès Pistacchio Siciliano e arancia

Bronze: T’a Milano  (Italy) – Dragees caramello e sale

Altre -frutti/zucchero/burro/crema

Paste di frutta, gelatine, gelée ricoperte con cioccolato fondente

Gold: Falicetto Cioccolato Puro Piacenza  (Italy) – Sgranfgnòn

+ Gold: Boero

+ Special: Local ingredients

Silver: Pelagagge Riccardo  (Italy) – Clementina candita con honeybush e mango

Silver: Pietro Macellaro Pasticceria Agricola Cilentana  (Italy) – Boero

+ Silver: Boero

+ Special: Local ingredients

Bronze: Oberhöller  (Italy) – Il coure al caramello (**)

Bronze: Pietro Macellaro Pasticceria Agricola Cilentana  (Italy) – Piura Violetta

+ Special: Local ingredients

Paste di frutta gelatine, gelée ricoperte con cioccolato al latte

Silver: Depetris Riccardo / Depetris…i Ciculaté  (Italy) – Persi Pien

+ Special: Local ingredients

Silver: Slitti  (Italy) – Black Cherry (**)

Silver: Slitti  (Italy) – Fragole (**)

Silver: Torta Pistocchi Firenze  (Italy) – Uvetta cioccolato al latte e mandorla


Spalmabili con cioccolato fondente (senza latte in polvere)

Gold: Guido Castagna  (Italy) – Crema Nocciola +55 (**)

Silver: Ciokkolando di Grillo Salvatore  (Italy) – Crema Spalmabile Fondente EVO

Bronze: Ciokkolando di Grillo Salvatore  (Italy) – Crema Spalmabile Gianduia

Bronze: Vestri  (Italy) – La Pura

Bronze: Volpati Davide  (Italy) – Elenella Nocciola (**)

Spalmabili con cioccolato al latte

Silver: Slitti  (Italy) – Crema da Spalmare Riccosa (**)

Spalmabili al latte

Spalmabili con cioccolato bianco

Gold: Piccola Pasticceria  (Italy) – Buongiorno allo Zabaione

(*)  Declared chocolate maker for private label bars.

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