Chocolate Lovers Festival draws capacity crowd to Kennett Square
● By J. Chambless
Chocolate in its many forms packed the Kennett High School gym on Feb. 8.
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Generally speaking, there are two methods of eating chocolate. You can either pick politely at it, with pinkies outstretched, or you can dig in with the gargantuan appetite of a Wing Bowl participant. At the annual Kennett Square Chocolate Lovers Festival, held on Feb. 8 at Kennett High School, the hundreds in attendance did a little of both.
The festival, held as a benefit for the United Way of Southern Chester County, was a sold-out show of sweetness and confection, as dozens of professional, amateur and student bakers displayed a wide array of brownies, cakes, candies, cookies and cupcakes throughout the school's gymnasium. As Honor Society students from Unionville and Kennett high schools doled out sweets, chocolate lovers of all ages sampled more than 200 goodies on display.
Forty-five professional, amateur and student bakers got awards handed out in all five categories. First-place winners in each category were:
Professional: The Gables at Chadds Ford, Chocolate Espresso Cake
Amateur: Yukiko Savini and Geri Green, Love Child Chocolate Raspberry Torte
Student: Alexander Wank, Chocolicious Candy Cake
Professional: Delaware Tech Culinary Arts, Hazelnut Fudge Brownies
Amateur: Jeannie Mudwick, Jeannie's Caramel Brownies
Student: Alisa Morales, Jon Sweet and Keiante Jones, Ultimate Fudge Brownies
Professional: The Country Butcher, Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
Amateur: Jonathan Kissell, Chocolate Berry Lollipop Cookies
Student: Several students from Kennett High School, S'Mores Bars
Professional: Talula's Table, Salted Caramel & Chocolate Shooters
Amateur: Alison Snyder, Chocolate Raspberry Truffles
Students: Elana Lindner, Orange Chocolate Candies
Professional: Rosa's Cupcakery, Rose Bouquet
Amateur: Robyn Ingram, Robyn's Mocha Cupcakes
Student: Emilie Tannert-Schmidt, Double Chocolate Raspberry-filled Cupcakes
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