Chocolate CelebrationDATE: 02/07/2015
TIME: 11 am - 2 pm
LOCATION: Kokomo First Church of the Nazarene
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Chocolate Celebration Guidelines 2014 updated
Chocolate Celebration Participation Agreement 2014 updated
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Even the snowiest winter on record couldn't keep chocolate lovers away from Kokomo's First Church of the Nazarene during Samaritan Caregivers 12th annual Chocolate Celebration. Over 3500 tickets were redeemed by people relieving their weather-related stress, raising $13,000 to help people 65 and over living at home in Howard County.
Making substantial contributions were sponsors: J. Edwards Fine Chocolates, Gourmet Cakes & Unique Gifts; Haynes International and Indiana American Water.
Other valuable assistance came from: Kokomo's First Church of the Nazarene, Horoho Printing, Coca-Cola of Kokomo, American Tool & Party Rental, R.D. Filip, St. Joseph Hospital, Kokomo Men of Note, Kokomo Herald, Kokomo Perspective, Kokomo Tribune, Shine 99, WFRN, WGNR, WWKI, Z92.5, Howard County Sheriff's Department, Kokomo Noon Kiwanis, Scared Rabbit Productions and Grace United Methodist Church Women.
The event ran flawlessly thanks to tremendous involvement from Chocolate Committee Chair, Dean Despinoy, and more than 50 volunteers, including area media reps, who served as judges.
Cheers to each person who chowed down on chocolate! Because of you, Samaritan Caregivers makes a difference every day!
Check out the listing below of the 2014 judges, participants and winners, with several day-of-event photos.
Next year's Chocolate Celebration is scheduled for Friday, February 6, 2015. We hope to see you there to enjoy chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate!
2014 CHOCOLATE CELEBRATION WINNERS
PEOPLES CHOICE1. Windmill Grill - 467 servings
2. J. Edwards - 443 servings
3. Half Moon Restaurant & Brewery - 437 servings
BEST DISPLAY1. Community Howard Regional Hospital
2. Indulgence Bakery
3. Gingerbread House Bakery
CRITIC'S CHOICE "BAKED ITEM"1. Golden Living Center - Chocolate Chip Cookie
2. Main Occasions - Raspberry Mousse Brownie
3. Half Moon Restaurant & Brewery - Chocolate Porter Cake
CRITIC'S CHOICE "OTHER"1. Bob Evans - Double Chocolate Hotcakes
2. Girl Scouts - Girl Scout Cookie Dessert
3. Fairmont Rehabilitation - Banana Split Cheesecake
CRITIC'S CHOICE BEVERAGE1. Bona Vista - Nutella Hot Chocolate
2. Community Howard Regional Hospital - Chocolate Soda
3. Crossroads Community Church - Red Velvet Frappe
CRITIC'S CHOICE CANDY1. Old World Fudge - Chocolate Fudge
2. Northwoods Commons - Cherry Bomb Fudge
3. Sunspot Natural Market - Unreal Chocolate Carmel Peanut Nougat
2014 CHOCOLATE CELEBRATION VENDORS
Ameriprise Financial - Serving Sugar Cookies with Half Chocolate and Peppermint Candy Sprinkles
Bob Evans - Serving Double Chocolate Hotcakes: Hotcakes with Chocolate Chips inside, topped with Chocolate Syrup and Whipped CreamBona Vista - Serving Nutella Hot Chocolate with a variety of toppings
Community Howard Regional Health Systems - Serving Chocolate Soda
Create-A-Cake - Serving Turtle Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Covered Rice Krispie Treats, Chocolate covered Cherry Balls, Sugar Free Brownies
Crossroads Community Church - Serving Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Red Velvet Frappe, Cookies
Fairmont Rehabilitation - Serving Silky Smooth Red Velvet Bistro, Banana Split Cheese Cake
Gingerbread House Bakery - Serving Chocolate Peanutbutter Supreme Cake: layers of Chocolate Cake and Peanutbutter Cream, covered with Chocolate Ganache, dollops of Buttercream, and Reese Cups
Girl Scouts - Girl Scout Cookie Dessert
Golden Living - Serving Chocolate Dipped Rice Krispy Treats with Sprinkles
Hairz to You - Serving Poppy Love: Chocolate Popcorn
Half Moon Restaurant & Brewery - Serving Chocolate Porter Cake with Porter Fudge Sauce
Indulgence Bakery - Serving Turtle Brownie: Fudge Brownie topped with Rich Ganache, Pecans, and Caramel
J. Edwards Fine Chocolates (Sponsor) - Serving Valentruffle: Layers of Red Velvet Cake & Cheesecake Mousse
Jefferson Manor - Serving Texas Delight: Texas Sheet Cake with Pecan/Caramel top then drizzled with Exotic Chocolate or Rocky Road Fudge
Main Occasions - Serving Peanut Butter Mousse Brownies, Raspberry Mousse Brownies
North Woods Commons - Serving Cherry Bomb Fudge
Old World Fudge - Serving Chocolate Fudge
PASTAriffic Ristorante Italiano - Serving Dark Chocolate Creme Brulee
St. Joseph Hospital - Serving Ooh la la Chocolate Crepe: A Dark Chocolate French Pancake filled with a White Chocolate Mousse tossed with Fresh Rapsberries; or (Low-Calorie Option) A Dark Chocolate French Pancake filled with Fresh Raspberries, Strawberries, and Blackberries drizzled with a White Chocolate and Dark Chocolate Sauce
Sam's Club - Serving Rolo Pretzel Delights, Dark Choc Pomegranates, Chocolate Covered Pretzels, Chocolate Covered Almonds & M&M Cookies
Sunspot Natural Market - Serving Endangered Species Natural Chocolate Bars, Unreal Chocolate Caramel Peanut Nougat Bars
Wildtree - Serving Chocolate Mousse with Natural Ingredients
Windmill Grill - Serving Chocolate Lined Raspberry Filled Cream Puffs, Hand Dipped Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Chocolate Shells filled with Fresh Fruit
Xocai Healthy Chocolate - Serving Healthy Chocolate Bars
2014 CHOCOLATE CELEBRATION JUDGESKokomo Herald, Shannon Crouch, Managing Editor, www.kokomoherald.com
Kokomo Perspective, Alyx Arnett, City Editor, www.kokomoperspective.com
Kokomo Tribune, Lindsey Ziliak, Lifestyle Editor, www.kokomotribune.com
Your Friend of the Family WFRN, Joe Hendershot, Marketing Consultant, www.wfrn.com
Moody Radio WGNR, Ray Hashley, Station Manager, www.moodyradioindiana.fm
WSHw, Shine 99, Scott Alan, Local Communications Liason, www.wshw.com
Hit Country 100.5, WWKI, Lindsey Eckert, Morning DJ, www.wwki.com
Hoosier AM/FM Z92.5, Chris Stevens, Morning DJ, www.z925fm.com