Sunday, October 22, 2017

Chocolate Related Recalls for Mid-October 2017

It has been a few weeks since recalls to share with you all. That's good. I'd love to never need to tell you about these recalls. Read, follow the links, and protect yourself and your loved ones.

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Kenny's Buckeye Pie
Kenny's Buckeye Pie Recall

Kenny’s Great Pies, Inc. of Smyrna, GA, is voluntarily recalling its 22 ounce packages of "Kenny’s Buckeye Pie" because they may contain undeclared wheat. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to wheat run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The recalled "Buckeye Pies" were distributed in retail stores in the Ohio area and have the product UPC# 7 11276 50277 7. All affected product has been removed from distribution and off store shelves. The product comes in 22 ounce, clear plastic package with a black base.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered by an employee of a retailer that the wheat containing product was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of wheat. Kenny’s Great Pies subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a labeling production error.

Consumers who have purchased 22 ounce packages of "Buckeye Pies" between the dates of 8/26/2017 and 10/16/2017 are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (770) 333-0043 Ext. 113 Monday through Friday between the hours 8am-5pm EST.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Melting Pot Focuses Spooky Treat Creations

Wilton Melting Pot
I know that just last week we looked at Wilton but they want to win the 9th Annual Halloween Treat Challenge! This time we aren't looking at their candy melts but instead at their Candy Melting Pot a dedicated kitchen item that I hope works better than similar gadgets we've tested before. I was sent this Wilton Party Pack, Candy Melts and Candy Melting Pot Set from Wilton via the Amazon Vine Program; neither one knew I'd do more than a review on the Amazon website so this is a bonus. No other form of compensation was received in exchange for that website review and this article.

Melting Pot Kit



Speciality kitchen gadgets can be a useful or wasteful; this one is very useful if you work a lot with melting chocolate or products similar to the candy melts that WIlton also makes. In this kit you get one bag of their Light Cocoa Candy Melts made with cocoa powder processed with and without alkali. The pot has two parts -- the heating unit that you plug into a standard outlet and the silicone pot with handle that you place inside of it.









The silicone pot cleans very easily but as with all silicone product do not use anything metallic or with sharp/rough edges or you may damage it. Clean ups is very easy but should be done by hand. Just follow the simple directions. Use only silicone or rubber utensils when stirring or cleaning, just as you'd for any silicone product or non-stick surface. Water did get caught between the rim and the outside but the body of the pot is very flexible so that was easy to dry. You need it to be dry -- water is a serious problem for chocolate, it will make it seize and then is it useless.








It does take the heating unit a bit more than the 5 minutes to preheat but once it does, it takes less than a melt for 20 or so candy melts discs to fully melt. Adding more discs in will slow down the melt time. I also tested it with 72% pure chocolate and it melted very well and cleaned up and melted both with ease if you only add a handful of discs at a time. I'll talk about the candy melts themselves next week so come back to see that, please.







The candy melts and the chocolate are hot when melted but the silicone pot stayed relatively cool. This had the benefit of making it very easy for me to dip in cookies by hand and not worry about burning myself. This is a huge plus if your chocolate want to help you make candy coating or chocolate treats that require melting the coating/chocolate first. The pots is also very sturdy and I was able to remove it to pour or dip out the melted candy into molds or drizzle over treats. As I said though, the candy melts are a bit too thick to pour and I tried it with the Light Cocoa Candy Melts and the White Candy Melts.

If this pot looks like it would make your candy and treat making easier and you have room in your kitchen, buying one through our links helps out The Chocolate Cult through the Amazon Associates program. I've linked to the exact set we were sent to test for review. Happy Treat Making for Halloween!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Little Bags of Brownie Brittle for Halloween

Box of Individual Brownie Brittles
Candy, Candy, Candy! Hey, Halloween is also here and you are probably feeling a bit overwhelmed by candy choices. One thing we do in my household is also have non-candy treats for anyone allergic to chocolate (sad but it happens) and non-food treats for those with too many allergies. But what about a third option? Something non-candy yet still a food treat? That might appeal to older kids and adults accompanying trick or treaters. Earliest in the Halloween evening we get little kids but as the hours go by the ages increase. I know that ticks off some old coots who think it should only be kids in grade school but unless you demand a copy of a report card, who do you know how old someone at your door is? I hit puberty at age 9 but I was only in 4th grade! I would have been very sad if some grump had turned me away when I was trick or treating at 9 or 10 years old. Basically if you are wearing a costume, we will give you something at my house. No, I'm sharing our address, we do have a budget to consider, and we normally get 150-200 people every Halloween! Sheila G's Brownie Brittle sent us a big box of the three varieties of their snack sized treats in their Ultimate 30-Pack to show them as a possible Halloween Treat choice for our 9th Annual Halloween Treat Challenge; no other form of compensation was received in exchange for our honest review.

Brownie Brittle Individual Bags
These come in snack size 1 ounce packs and in three varieties -- Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt, and Salted Caramel.  The packages are color coded so you can tell them apart though the brown and caramel color are a bit similar in a photo they are different when you see them in person.

The pieces themselves also look different as this photo shows -- Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate Chip and Sea Salt, and Salted Caramel just as in the photo of the bags

Brownie Brittle Individual Bag Pieces Laid Side by Side

Would this Ultimate 30-Pack of Sheila G's Brownie Brittle meet a need or desire in your house this Halloween?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Time is Running Out to Get Chocolate Walk Tickets


In one month, I, my hubby, and a handful of friends will be marching through Nashville, Indiana, hopping into stores and restaurants on the annual Chocolate Walk for the Brown County Humane Society.

To buy tickets visit this site. Remember, tickets are limited and prices go up on November 1st. Don't miss out on this because it has sold out prior to the event the last few years.

If helping animals and getting chocolate isn't enough of a reason for you., let's look at the "stops" on the walk. I'll put a * next to the 10 businesses that have been a part of the walk every year and a • next to new stops that were not listed in last year's guidebook. These are in the numerical order in which the stops will be listed in the booklet you'll get when you check in at the start on November 11, 2017.

Brown County Art Gallery
Touch of Silver, Gold, and Old
The Back Porch
•Nashville Spice Company
*Brown County Human Society
The Woodlands Gallery
•The Educated Otter
•Fables and Fairy Tales
*Nashville Candy Store
Artists Colony Inn
Kiss the Cook
Dawn's Nashville House of Jerky (if this is the same House of Jerky)
Wishful Thinking
Nashville General Store
Casa del Sol
*Bone Appetit Dog Bakery
*Nashville Fudge Kitchen
Brown County Visitors Center
Sweetea's Tea Shop
•Chocolate Moose
4th Sister Vintage
*Jack & Jill Nut Shop
Brown County Playhouse
*Hob Nob Corner Restaurant
The Wild Olive
*The Candy Emporium
•Gnaw Bone Bakery & Country Store
Brozinni's Pizzeria
*Common Ground Coffee Bar & Tea Shoppe
*Carmel Corn Cottage
Brown County Historical Society
Friends of the Brown County Public Library
Brown County IGA

If you have your tickets, leave us a comment and let us know. If we run into you, I might ask to take your photo.

If you aren't going, leave a comment and tell us why.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

More UNREAL Halloween Treats

I was so excited! We chosen again by UnReal and Tryazon to host a second UnReal Halloween Party. I invited folks and then the day of, people starting saying that they were sick or worse just didn't change their status on the party page to "no" -- that's rude, folks. I don't do that to people when they invite me to their events. I may say "no" but at least you get a response from me. So now I'm not sure that Tryazon and UnReal will accept the party and all of the work I put into it -- decorating, getting other candy (uncompensated for) to try with it. Thank goodness I didn't feel the need to spend even more money to find two more products to compare. UnReal sent me the following products to try out and have guests try out -- dark chocolate peanut butter cups, dark chocolate crispy quinoa gems, dark chocolate peanut gems, dark chocolate crispy peanut butter cups in the Halloween box, and milk chocolate gems in a Halloween box. Other than the five free products, some stickers, coupons, and information sheets no other form of compensation was received in exchange for this article and hosting a party.

In terms of Halloween the two themed boxes had a day of the dead sort of look to them but that stopped at the box. The individual cups and candy bags didn't carry on the theme. Disappointing really. If you can't find these themed boxes in your local stores (I can't) you can find UNREAL Halloween Gluten-free, Vegan, Non-GMO Dark Chocolate Crispy Peanut Butter Cup case of 9 x 20 ct boxes (180 cups) or the UNREAL Halloween Non-GMO Milk Chocolate Gems - case of 9 x 20 ct boxes (180 packs)on Amazon.com.


We had the milk chocolate gems last year so those don't count in the 9th Annual Halloween Treat Challenge so really it is the dark chocolate crispy peanut butter cups that are in the running. Here they are alongside the UnReal dark chocolate peanut butter cups.


The five adults I had for the tasting were willing to show you their favorites that turned out to be the ones you see above. Two people prefered the dark chocolate crispy peanut butter cups in the lime green wrapper from the Halloween themed box.



Three people prefered the basic dark chocolate peanut butter cups from the plain red pouch.



People prefer the UnReal gems to the other candy but the duller colors were a bit odd and the sugar candy coating more of the main flavor. Here's a photo of one pairing we did so you can see yourself.


It isn't UnReal's fault that the party didn't turn out as I hoped. This experience has turned me off from doing any more of these in the future. If I'm not paid for it and my friends are interested, I'm just wasting my time and my family's resources.

Luckily I had a travel to see some friends and I took them the gems to try out. They liked them.  Here one of them loved the scent of the dark chocolate peanut butter gems that she just breathed that in after opening the bag.


The crispy gems brought a smile to one of her boy's face after he tried them out. They put their coupons on their frig and told me "We're gonna be using these real soon."


UnReal still gets Sacramental Status as a candy option. Have you see it in your local stores? Would you get some to hand out to trick o'treaters or have at a Halloween party this year? Leave a comment and let me know, plase.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

More to Celebrate than Halloween in October

This year is The Chocolate Cult's 9th Annual Halloween Treat Challenge and we have a field of challengers for our Saturdays on the schedule. If you are a chocolate or candy maker, a baker, or goodie seller, we would be open to adding you in a mid-week position but you have to contact us fast! There are a lot of "holidays" in October that are not Halloween that you can celebrate with chocolate. Here are a few with links to previous articles we have written about them in the past 9 years.

October is the home for three, that's right, 3 month long "holidays" that are screaming for chocolate.

October is National Dessert Month!

Remember our testing of Kane Candy's Chocolate Dessert Cups? No? Here's just one of our articles plus a photo from another article featuring a different shape of chocolate cup from that same company.


October is National Cookie Month!

October is National Caramel Month!

I'm so sad that starting next week and for 1.5 to 2 years I won't be able to have caramel or anything else sticky while I deal with some misaligned teeth that are causing me headaches. I do have several assistants willing to "jump on the caramel" if some maker out there insists on sending us some.

October = first full week is National Mental Health Illness Week -- While chocolate, particularly darker and purer chocolate, can have a positive impact on our bodies it shouldn't be used as a substitute for therapy or medication.

October 1 = National Homemade Cookie Day -- What? I guess homemade cookies are different from just any cookie so I'll let this one pass in this month. Have you tried our last recipe for homemade cookies yet?

Berry Delicious Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

October 7 = National Frappe Day

2ndWeek of October = National School Lunch Week -- Hey, my school lunches either in the cafeteria or what I packed were always better with a little chocoolate.

October 9, 1797 = Birthday of Philippe Suchard, founder of what was once the greatest chocolatier in Switzerland, creator of the Milka bar

October 10 = National Angel Food Cake Day; World Mental Health Day

October 14 = National Chocolate-Covered Insect Day -- Have never tried this, would never buy this, but if some maker out there wanted to send us samples, I'll try to be objective.

2nd Thursday = National Dessert Day -- Seriously? One day in an entire month celebrating desserts? Does that seem like overkill to anyone else? If you'd like to do something extra to celebrate that day but not add calories check out this card game we reviewed: Just Desserts


3rd Saturday in October = Sweetest Day -- Is it just me or is this like an off-season Valentine's Day attempt?

October 16 = World Food Day -- Go out and find a chocolatey product from another country. Better yet, try to find one from another continent.

October 17 = National Pasta Day -- Yes, there is chocolate pasta and you can use chocolate sauces or chocolate shavings to make a dessert pasta.

October 18 = National Chocolate Cupcake Day -- Some of the best cupcakes in my town come from Palette Cupcakes.


October 22 = National Nut Day -- Nuts + Chocolate = YUM!

October 28 = National Chocolate Day -- Two thoughts about celebrating this. #1 get some chocolate made in your own nation or #2 just eat chocolate!

October 30 = Buy a Donut Day -- Where is your favorite donut shop? A new place is opening not far from us so I may check it out this day and report back to you all. Would you like that?

October 31 is, of course, Halloween but it is also National Candy Apple Day

How are you planning to celebrate with Chocolate this month?

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Berry Delicious Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Berry Delicious Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Today I'm sharing the wonderful Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips from Enjoy Life. This is our final of the current set of feature articles about Enjoy Life. We've looked at other baking chips, individual chocolate chips bags, and snack bars from them. I had to go to a pitch-in or potluck party this month and I asked my colleagues if they had a request for what I should bring: They said "chocolate". This gave an excuse to craft a new recipe using these baking chips and a few other ingredients I had on hand at home. The final cookie was yummy and came in at around 130 calories a cookie. Keep reading if you'd like to learn about these Berry Delicious Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies. Ingredient marked by * are one I received from from a company in the past and am still using today. Enjoy Life sent me a 10 ounce bag of their Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips in exchange for a fair and honest article; no other form of compensation was received for this essay and recipe.

Berry Delicious Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
By TammyJo Eckhart, PhD

Ingredients:

3/4 C Margarine at room temperature

1/2 C SPLENDA Sugar Blend*

9 T Egg Whites

1 T Real Vanilla Extract*

2.25 C Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats

1.75 C Whole Wheat Flour

1.5 tsp baking soda

Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips
1/2 tsp salt

10 oz bag of Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips*

1 3.5 oz bag of Fresh Gourmet Dried Blueberries and Dried Cranberries







Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375°F and lightly spray baking sheet(s) with non-stick spray.

2. Cut margarine into smaller pieces and place it and the SPLENDA into a stand-up mixer and beat until smooth and creamy.


3. Add in egg whites and vanilla extract and beat until well blended.


4. In a separate bowl, stir together oats, flour, baking soda, and salt.


5. Spoon in the dry ingredients as you let the mixer blend it into the wet ingredients. The resulting dough will be slightly stiff but still sticky.

6. Add in the dried fruit and mini chips and fold these throughout the dough.


7. Using a cookie scoop, place the dough on the prepared cookie sheet. Then press the dough lightly down with your fingers to flatten them out a bit. Depending on the size of your cookie scoop, you could get between 24-48 cookies. I got 45 cookies.


8. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the bottom of the cookies look golden.

Bottoms of Berry Delicious Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

9. Remove cookies immediately from the baking sheet and put on either paper to cool or a wire rack. Note that a rack might let pieces of the cookies fall through or stick to it. I always just use an opened up paper grocery bag like my mother did.


10. Let them cool a bit then enjoy. the blend of slightly bitter chocolate with the tart of the cranberries and the sweet of the blueberries and dough was wonderful. The different textures are also very interesting.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Zamora! The Newest Askinosie Single-Origin Chocolate Bar

Askinosie Zamora 72% Bar
It isn't often that a socially minded chocolate brand comes out with a new product. When you care about the land that sustains the cocoa trees and the people who care for and harvest from those trees, developing a new products requires more forethought than just what added flavors or new shapes might inspire consumers to give it a try. If all you are really doing is a new shape -- square versus circular -- or a new added flavor or ingredient -- caramel to a plain chocolate bar -- you spend a lot of time on marketing research as well as in the kitchens or labs. But if you are looking for a new source of cocoa beans and you want to partner with the people who make it, you have to not only interview then but let them get to know and trust you. That process takes time. Thus I was thrilled when Askinosie Chocolate announced their first new bar in seven years. Today we are going to look at the Zamora 72% bar. I will include the normal full sensory descriptions as well as information about the bar, how and why it was created, and which cocoa farming community is benefiting from the production and sell of this product. I was sent two of the 3 ounce bars to try out in exchange for this feature article; no other form of compensation was received.

Zamora 72% Bar from Askinosie
The bars coming in paper that you can see in our first photo and this one as well. They are further in a plastic sleeve that I cut open. Immediately the scent of darker chocolate greeted my nose. As you may recall, Your Chocolate Priestess is a fan of darker chocolate. This comes in at 72% of the ingredients are chocolate liquor or mass. In fact this bar is just three ingredients: cocoa beans of the Arriba Nacional variety, organic cane sugar, and cocoa butter. This means that the bar is also vegan and gluten free but it is also certified Kosher as well. This is as pure as your chocolate gets unless you want to go real dark and no have sugar or a sweetener at all, Sisters and Brothers, and I don't think most of us what that in a bar we eat. Each of these 3 oz bars are two servings (9 squares) but with such pure dark chocolate I generally don't even want let alone need a full serving to get a cocoa rush. I let the first square I break off just melt on my tongue. Yes their is a bitterness to it but as I let it melt I also get a sweetness that is a bit like raisins. The melted chocolate is thick and has a bit of a fudgy texture to it. While the wrapper suggests a mocha flavor I luckily do not get that because I'm not a coffee fan at all. Instead there is an intense earthiness to the flavor. The cocoa buzz begins in my head as the single square finishes melting and the world around me seems brighter and I feel more relaxed. This is better than any painkillers you can buy over the counter or from a doctor. I take a water break and a few minutes to clear my mouth before biting and chewing the next square. The chocolate is quiet, not at all what I'm expecting. It is smooth and creamy as I chew it, the intensity of the raisin like sweetness is more intense as it the bitterness; ah, there is a bit of mocha edge. I'll let the other squares melt in my mouth then.

Askinosie Zamora Bar Label
The beans come from Zamora in the Amazonia region of southeastern Ecuador. According to the International Cocoa Organization, Ecuador is the 5th largest producer of cocoa beans. Some news articles in the past few years have argued that the region may produce some of the best cocoa beans in the world. One reason may be that cooperative farming communities have been gaining ground there in the past couple of decades compared to the huge plantations elsewhere. The Shuar tribe have been cocoa farmers for almost 8000 years! The woman on the wrapper is Monica Guaman who is the lead farmer partner who works with Askinosie. Her family has their own farm and she head a cocoa coop in their village, called APEOSAE. The coop cultivates the trees, harvest them, and ferments them using wooden boxes and the sun. The beans are lightly roasted then conched for a short time to before the product is ready to be used by Askinosie. The area does not only produce cocoa beans but also coffee, lime, mandarin, plantains, and other foods.That gives them more economic flexibility and stability.

Askinosie has done it again! They earn Sacrament Worthy Status with the 72% Dark Chocolate Bar from Zamora, Amazonia.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Organic Improves Sheila G's Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle

We've tried and loved a lot of different varieties of Sheila G's Brownie Brittle here on The Chocolate Cult over the past few years. In general the difference in flavor between their regular and organic versions of the same variety has been minimal. Today we finally get to try out their Organic version of Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle. The organic ingredients account for every one on the packages list with these few exceptions: sea salt, baking soda, natural flavor, and water. To be blunt I'm not sure how you'd qualify sea salt or water as organic. Baking soda is mined as Sodium bicarbonate and then is processed with another chemical so it can't be organic. As for natural flavor... it is derived from another ingredient and without more information I can't say where it would be considered organic or not but since all of the ingredients that have flavors are organic, it might be just not legally speaking. We were sent two 5 ounce bags of this product directly from Sheila G's headquarters to test out and write about in a fair and as objective fashion as possible; no other form of compensation was received.

As you can see it looks very much like the previous chocolate chip version we covered here. The scent when I opened the bag was very dark, it really made me eager to try it out. Individually eat piece's fragrance isn't very intense. The darker chips stand out against the lighter brittle and the amount of them varies per piece. When I place a piece on my mouth, there is a sweetness but also a strong cocoa edge. It crunches with each bite and the intensity of the chocolate increases with each bite but it never gets bitterly dark. This was pretty additive to eat. It didn't need a dip or spread, in fact I'd hesitate to add anything to it. The intensity may reflect a generally more dark tasting natures of organic cocoas and unsweetened chocolate which this has. It also has organic cocoa butter This also reminded me a lot of the Dark Chocolate Sea Salt version we wrote about here but without the saltiness.

If you have not yet tried Organic Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle from Sheila G's, you need to do so. This is Sacrament Worthy. Great job, Sheila G!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

In Honor of Milton Hershey's Birthday

Hershey's Cookie Layer Crunch Bar, Caramel variety
I'm sure many of you have heard of Hershey. In the USA this is the chocolate brand that many of us grew up with. The company bears the name of its founder, Milton S. Hershey and today, September 13, back in 1857, he was born in Derry Township, Pennsylvania. In honor of this American candy and chocolate icon, I'm going to look at a relative new Hershey product I got to try through my Kroger membership card in the form of a Freebie. Even though this post is also to honor the man himself, I won't be anything other than honest about my experience with this product. Kroger and Hershey had no idea their freebie would turn into this article so, of course, no other form of compensation was received either.

Before we get to the bar let's look back at Milton S. Hershey. What is interesting about Hershey in light of the product I'll be talking about later, is that he started in the candy business making caramels (Lancaster Caramel Company) so we shouldn't be surprised that in their candy today they often include caramel. Yet today we think of chocolate when we think of Hershey so how did that happen? Hershey went to the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893 and there he saw how chocolate was made. In 1900 he sold his successful caramel company and focused on chocolate, particularly milk chocolate. By 1905 he had his first Hershey Chocolate Company factory up and running.

From: By unknown (original image); Centpacrr (derivative image) - Hershey Community Archives (original image), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25759267

Unwrapped Hershey's Caramel Cookie Layer Crunch Bar
Now let's look at Hershey's Caramel Cookie Layer Crunch Bar. It looks a bit like a regular Hershey's milk chocolate bar with the sectioned pieces all bearing the Hershey's logo but it is much thicker and as you can see inside is a lot of caramel and some solid pieces (probably the cookie crunch part of the bar). The sections break apart fairly easily and also very quietly. Where's the crunch? The crunch happens when I bite into a section but primarily chewy it is both crunchy and sticky. The chocolate is the standard Hershey's milk chocolate, the cookies pieces while crunchy don't add that much flavor, and the caramel is primarily sweet, not tangy or buttery. This is a candy bar so I'm not surprised that it has 200 calories, half of these from fat and 19 grams of sugars.

As a candy bar this is okay but it doesn't impress me, I'm not pulled to seek it out again. Have you had one? What did you think about this newer Hershey treat?

Online Articles Consulted for this Post:

1: Biography.com article

2: The Hershey Story

3: Hershey History.org

4: Wikipedia

Monday, September 11, 2017

10 for 10 Years Makes Chocolate Walk Tradition

For 10 years the Brown County Humane Society has been inviting pet lovers and chocolate lovers to come together to help support their operations with a November event called "Chocolate Walk." For nine of those ten years, I've been going with between 1-8 other people, walking the full length over the course of a few hours, eating a lot of different chocolatey treats, and telling you all about it. But there are 10 businesses in Nashville, Indiana, that have been a spot on the map, put forth their own time, money, and many times their own chocolate creations. Today I'm going to list them and give you a few memories I have of them on the Chocolate Walk. If you have memories of your own, please do leave a comment and let us know. If you don't have your tickets, get them because they will sell out!

Hob Nob Corner Restaurant

The Candy Emporium

Nashville Fudge Kitchen

Carmel Corn Cottage

Common Grounds
Nashville Candy Store

Artist Colony Inn

Bone Appetit

Jack and Jill's Nut Shop
Ice Cream Cottage on the Right

Ice Cream Cottage is also a sponsor this year. They've won the "Best" vote for several years as well. And they deserve those "bests" because you get so many choices of treats when you are there from ice creams to hot cocoa to cookies or brownies in past years.

In another note, Crystal Jeffries of Forever Sweet is once more the official chocolatier for the event. I wonder if she'll have cupcakes again

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