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The International Chocolate Awards is pleased to reveal the winners of the Italian round of judging, which took place in Artimino, Tuscany, April 14-16. The organisers received over 100 entries for the inaugural event, with a fantastic array of styles and flavours on offer.
The International Chocolate Awards is a new scheme set to recognise the best fine quality chocolate from around the world. The awards are designed to reflect international tastes and offer a level playing field for international entries. The judging panel is made up of experts, food journalists and pastry chefs from the host country, overseen by a Grand Jury who travel to each competition.
The categories, which range from flavoured bars to filled chocolates to spreads, are designed to reflect the current chocolate industry. Prizes are separated according to category, with Gold and Silver awards available. Winners go through to the International Grand Final, in October 2012 in London.

The winners of the 2012 Italian round are:

Tavolette – aromatizzate e alla pietra
Tavolette – Cioccolato fondente aromatizzato
GOLD: Slitti ‘CaffèNero’
SILVER: L’Artigiano – ‘Extra fondente caffè e cardamomo’

Tavolette – Cioccolato al latte aromatizzato
GOLD: Domori ‘Lattesal’
SILVER: Slitti ‘CaffèLatte’

Tavolette – Alla pietra
SILVER: Donna Elvira Dolceria – ‘Modicana Pepe Nero Kuching’

Cioccolato ripieno – fondente con aroma
Fondente con aroma – Ganaches e tartufi
GOLD, ALCOHOL: Dolci Libertà ‘Tartufo modellato al Nucillo’
GOLD, FRUIT: De Bondt Cioccolato Originale ‘Ganache al limone’
SILVER: Slitti ‘Cappuccino’
SILVER: Slitti ‘Passion Fruit’
SILVER: De Bondt Cioccolato Originale ‘Ganache al tè’
SILVER: Dolci Libertà ‘Tartufo modellato al Barolo Chinato Cocchi’

Fondente con aroma – Praline con frutta a guscio e gianduia
GOLD: A Giordano ‘Giandujotti fatti a mano’
SILVER: Guido Castagna ‘Giandujotti’

Cioccolato ripieno – al latte con o senza aroma
Al latte – Praline con frutta a guscio e gianduia
GOLD: De Bondt Cioccolato Originale ‘Pralina alla nocciola al latte’
SILVER: Dolci Libertà ‘Rocher al Latte e Nocciola’


GOLD: L’Artigiano ‘Cremino latte fondente con amarena’
SILVER: L’Artigiano ‘Cremino latte fondente con liquerizia’

Al latte – Frutta ricoperta
GOLD: De Bondt Cioccolato Originale ‘Pinoli’

Spalmabili Fondente
SILVER: Guido Castagna ’55+’

Spalmabili al latte
GOLD: Slitti ‘Riccosa’
SILVER: Piluc ‘Pilucchella’