Chocolate Celebration

DATE: 02/06/2015
TIME: 11 am - 2 pm
LOCATION: Kokomo First Church of the Nazarene


Click here for a map and directions to First Church of the Nazarene.
J. Edwards


This year's Samaritan Caregiver's Chocolate Celebration turned out to be the lucky 13th! No snow and the largest crowd ever chowed down on a record high 4745 chocolate treats, generating $14,000 to help needy seniors!

Heartfelt thanks to our sponsors who made significant contributions to this year's event: J. Edwards Fine Chocolates, Gourmet Cakes & Unique Gifts, Haynes International and Indiana American Water.

Those who attended found more chocolate than ever from 32 contributors of scrumptious chocolate: A Michael's, Aperion Care, Avon, Balanced Elements Therapeutic Massage, Bob Evans, Bona Vista, Community Howard Regional Health, Create-A-Cake, Crossroads Community Church, Dreams to Reality Cakes, Gingerbread House Bakery, Girl Scout Troop 4434, Indulgence Bakery, J. Edwards Fine Chocolates, Jefferson Manor, Kokomo Confectioners' Company (Kokomo Area Career Center Baking/Pastry), Kroger - Maplecrest, Krush Nail & Hair Salon, Love-on-a Leash, Miller's Merry Manor, Old World Fudge, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, PASTArrific, Primrose Retirement Community, St. Joseph Hospital, Security Federal, Sunspot Natural Market, Velata, Waterford Place, Wildtree, Windmill Grill and Xocai---The Healthy Chocolate Company.

Success would not have been possible without the valuable assistance from: Kokomo's First Church of the Nazarene, Grace United Methodist Church Women, Horoho Printing, American Tool & Party Rental, Huston Signs, Kokomo Men of Note, Kokomo Herald, Kokomo Perspective, Kokomo Tribune, Shine 99, WGNR, WWKI, Z92.5, Howard County Sheriff's Department, Kokomo Noon Kiwanis, Scared Rabbit Productions, St. Joseph Hospital, Get Secure Solutions and Midwest Living.

The event ran flawlessly thanks to tremendous assistance from Sherry Otto and Dean Despinoy, Samaritan Caregivers Board Members and Chocolate Celebration Co-Chairs, with a crew of over 50 volunteers, including local personalities (listed below) who served as judges.

And the biggest thank you of all to everyone who bought and ate chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate! Because of you, we provide help and hope to needy seniors!

Check out our photos and the complete list of winners below and we hope to see you next year on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016!


1. Windmill Grill - 482 servings
2. J. Edwards - 372 servings
3. Dreams to Reality - 366 servings

1. Dreams to Reality
2. Windmill Grill
3. Primrose Retirement

1. Jefferson Manor - Triple Chocolate Cheesecake with Oreo Crust
2. Create A Cake - Turtle Cake
3. Kokomo Confectioners' Company (KHS Career Arts) - Triple Chocolate Cheesecake with Chocolate Covered Strawberries

1. J. Edwards - Red Velvet Cake Waffle
2. Waterford Place - Almond Macaroon
3. Windmill Grill - Chocolate Covered Bacon

1. Crossroads Community Church - Frozen Hot Chocolate

1. Miller's Merry Manor - Oreo Truffles
2. Old World Fudge - Chocolate Fudge
3. Primrose Retirement - Snow White Fantasy


A. Michael's - Chocolate and Peanut Butter Pot de Creme Tarts, Raspberry Brownie Parfaits (raspberries, brownie chunks, chocolate pastry cream, raspberry puree)

Aperion Care - Banana Split Cheesecake

Avon Rep. Lorraine Ellis - Chocolate Chip Cookies, Brownies

Balanced Elements - Hand Massage with Chocolate Cherry Lotion

Bob Evans - Double Chocolate Cookies, Cherry Bread, Football Cookies, Cherry Cinnamon Blossoms

Bona Vista - Chocolate Covered Popcorn

Community Howard - Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie

Create-A-Cake - Turtle Cake, Chocolate Covered Rice Krispies, Specialty Brownie (Pappy's Kitchen)

Crossroads Community Church - Blended Hot Chocolate / White Chocolate Drinks

Dreams to Reality Cakes Inc - Cakeballs, Cupcakes, Cookies, Cookie Pops, Push Pops, Cakes

Gingerbread House Bakery - Chocolate Covered Cherries

Girl Scouts Troop 4434 - Samoa Krispies

Indulgence Bakery - Trio of Mini Cupcakes: Double Chocolate, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate Caramel

J. Edwards - It's a Surprise!

Jefferson Manor - Triple Chocolate Cheesecake with Oreo Crust, Chocolate Raspberry Truffles

Kokomo Confectioners' Company (KHS Career Arts) - Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Topped with Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Kokomo Love on a Leash - Bark-O-Licious Pretzels with Hershey Kiss & M&M's, Meow-O-Licious Pretzels with Hershey Caramel Kiss & M&M's

Krush Nail & Hair Salon - Chocolate Pretzel/M & M Bag with Sample Size of Chocolate Body Scrub

Maplecrest Kroger - Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Millers Merry Manor - Oreo Truffles

Old World Fudge - Fudge

Orange Leaf - Cups of Frozen Yogurt with a Variety of Toppings

PASTArrific Ristorante Italiano - Dark Chocolate Creme Brulee, Chocolate Bread Pudding, Mini Chocolate Tarts

Primrose Retirement Community - Snow White Fantasy

Security Federal - Kuppy Kakes (double chocolate with caramel drizzle, chocolate with strawberry icing and chocolate drizzle)

St. Joseph Hospital - Radiant Red Velvet Surprise (chocolate ganache filled red velvet cupcakes with white chocolate and cream cheese frosting)

Sunspot Natural Market - Chocolove Bars, Endangered Species Chocolate Bars

Velata - Chocolate Covered Fruit Cups

Waterford Place - Chocolate Covered Almond MacaroonJ

Wildtree - Chocolate Eclair: Popover with Chocolate Mousse Drizzled with Chocolate Syrup

Windmill Grill - Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, Fruit Filled Chocolate Cups, Raspberry Mousse Chocolate Lined Cream Puffs

Xocai- The Healthy Chocolate Company - Healthy Chocolate Bars


Kokomo Herald, Shannon Crouch, Managing Editor,

Kokomo Perspective, Alyx Arnett, City Editor,

Kokomo Tribune, Martin Slagter, Life Style Editor,

Kokomo's First Church of the Nazarene, David Leeder, Senior Pastor,

Moody Radio WGNR, Ray Hashley, Station Manager,

WSHW, Shine 99, Scott Alan, Local Communications Liason,

Hit Country 100.5, WWKI, Lindsay Fisher, Morning Show Co-Host,

Hoosier AM/FM Z92.5, Kim Seals, Afternoon Host Z92-5,

Photo Gallery