Tasty Treats

Cakes, brownies, cookies, and cupcakes were among the treats to taste at the 8th Annual Chocolate Festival. The NCO Youth & Family Services fundraiser includes live entertainment, a family fun room, chocolate vendors with free samples, and adult and kids kitchen demonstrations. Kids especially loved the demos.

“You get to eat it afterwards,” said Brooke Kuzniewicz, a demonstrator.

NCO Youth & Family Services hosts three main fundraisers each year. The chocolate festival usually raises about $10,000. It isn’t their largest fundraiser, but it’s definitely the tastiest.

“Chocolate, how can you ever go wrong with chocolate?” said Ron Hume, Executive Director of NCO Youth & Family Services. “This is a family friendly event. If you look around this isn’t just a bunch of adults, it’s families.”

The attendees weren’t the only ones who ranged in age. The annual Sweet Treats Baking Competition brought children and adult bakers.

“I think it’s really fun to bake, so I like entering the contests,” said Breanne Dunfee, the Best Cookies Winner in the children’s division.

“I do a lot of baking and a lot of cake decorating. So this is just a little different for me,” said Terri Jones, Best Candy Winner in the adult division.

But what do the judges look for?

“The taste I think was important, and how it felt in your mouth, and all the combinations of flavors. It was really fun,” said Janine Perry, judge.

But don’t forget presentation! One pair of winners-and their dog-shaped cupcakes-showed baking is fun for all ages.

“I think we won because we were really creative and very precise,” said Kaley Letcher.

“We wanted it to look very good and we wanted the presentation to look really good.”

She, and her partner, are already looking ahead to next year.

“We’re going to win this again next year,” said Marcy Sidebottom.

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