Thanks to a generous community and local royalty, Holly House Bakery’s 1st Annual Love Chocolate? event in support of the Nakusp Food Bank was a lot of fun and a great fundraiser! Held on Valentine’s Day, local bakers were invited to make delicious and decadent chocolate desserts and enter them in a contest to determine Nakusp’s Chocolate Queen or King.
Over 18 cooks answered the challenge with a total of 20 dessert entries. Our very own royal chocolate experts, Queen Whitney Shkuratoff, Princess Danielle Aeichele and Congeniality Princess Chelsea Fisher of the Arrow Lakes Ambassador program were the lucky judges and these dedicated royals tasted every dessert, evaluating it on presentation, chocolate intensity, texture and flavour combination.
Debbie Curle, with her decadent Turtle Cheesecake took the crown in the Individual baker category; Jennifer Cross of Jennifer Chocolates was named Queen of the Business baker category for her divine Chocolate Truffles and Brenda Scott with a delectable Almond Fudge Brownie earned the crown for the Gluten-Free baker category.
Following the judging event, all the winning desserts and honourable entries were donated as bake-sale items with all proceeds going to the Nakusp Food Bank.
Participants included Tuxedo Chocolate and Strawberry Cakes, Chocolate Mousse Cake and Silky Chocolate Pie.
Terry Maxfield, owner of Holly House Bakery & Tea Room says she was thrilled by the participation in this first Love Chocolate? event which raised a total of over $330 for the food bank. Terry is already planning and looking forward to next year’s event.