Italian/Mediterranean Chocolatier Winners 2018

maart 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.


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)

Pure/origine repen

Grof gemalen pure/origine donkere chocoladerepen

Gold: Gardini  (Italy) – “Rustico”

Repen met toegevoegde smaak

Donkere chocoladerepen met een infusie of aroma

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

Donkere chocoladerepen met insluitsels of stukjes

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

Donkere chocoladerepen met een vulling

Gold: Piccola Pasticceria  (Italy) – Chinotto di Savona

Bronze: Gardini  (Italy) – “Insolito” , Gianduia Salata

Bronze: Piccola Pasticceria  (Italy) – Caramello e Sale di Mothya

Melkchocoladerepen met insluitsels of stukjes

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

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

Witte chocoladerepen met een infusie of aroma

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

Bronze: T’a Milano  (Italy) – Tavoletta zafferano e cioccolato bianco

Witte chocoladerepen met insluitsels of stukjes

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 en truffels

Donkere chocolade ganaches of truffels zonder toegevoegde smaak

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

Ganaches of truffels van donkere chocolade met toegevoegde smaak

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

Ganaches of truffels van melkchocolade

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

Ganaches of truffels van witte chocolade

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 of truffels met een coating of vulling van gemengde donkere/melk/witte chocolade

Gold: Pietro Macellaro Pasticceria Agricola Cilentana  (Italy) – Pistacchio Bronte

Silver: Ika Chocolate  (Israel) – Zaatar

Silver: Paola Francesca Bertani  (Italy) – Aleatica

Silver: Ronen Aflalo  (Israel) – Middle East Praline

Silver: Slitti  (Italy) – Pralina Cappuccino (**)

Bronze: Chiarascuro  (Italy) – Giò latte


Pralines op basis van noten

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 (**)

Gianduiotto of cremino van donkere chocolade

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

Bronze: Bardini  (Italy) – Cremino Bardini

Bronze: Bardini  (Italy) – Gianduiotto Bardini

Cremino van donkere chocolade met toegevoegde smaak

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

Met donkere chocolade omhuld marsepein

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

Pralines op basis van noten met melkchocolade

Gold: Giraudi  (Italy) – Pralina Pistacchio

Gianduiotto of cremino van melkchocolade

Gold: Piccola Pasticceria  (Italy) – Piccolo Gianduja

Bronze: Davide appendino Bean[TO]Ciok  (Italy) – Gianduiotto (**)

Bronze: Giraudi  (Italy) – Gianduiotto Classico

Cremino van melkchocolade zonder toegevoegde smaak

Gold: Piccola Pasticceria  (Italy) – Cremino Tre Colori

Bronze: Varvaro  (Italy) – Cremino a Tre Strati (**)

Met melkchocolade omhuld marsepein

Silver: Piccola Pasticceria  (Italy) – Zuppa Inglese

Melkchocolade dragees, omhulde hele noten

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

Nut based pralines with white chocolate

Gold: Bardini  (Italy) – Tartufo Bardini

Silver: Tartuflanghe  (Italy) – Pistacchio Praline

Bronze: Tartuflanghe  (Italy) – White praline with hazelnuts

Witte chocolade dragees, omhulde hele noten

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


Karamel omhuld met melkchocolade

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

Overige – fruit/suiker/boter/crème

Melkchocolade gevuld met een zachte gelei/pasta van fruit

Gold: Bruno Chocolate  (Israel) – Sesame and Pear

Met donkere chocolade omhuld heel fruit

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

Silver: Cioccolato Orsini  (Italy) – Liquorice Grappa Dark

Silver: Falicetto Cioccolato Puro Piacenza  (Italy) – Sgranfgnòn – Boero – Graffione

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

Silver: Slitti  (Italy) – GInger (**)

Met melkchocolade omhuld heel fruit

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

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

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

Met witte chocolade omhulde manon/boter/crème

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


Donkere chocoladepasta (geen melkpoeder)

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

Silver: La Botteghina del Cioccolato  (Italy) – La nocciolosa


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

(*)  Declared chocolate maker for private label bars.

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