LOVE CHOCOLATE? Don’t miss this sweet event!

2015 Chocolate Celebration 2

Go ahead and indulge during the 14th Annual Chocolate Celebration, an event celebrating all things chocolate!

Double Chocolate Jubilee Cake, Chocolate Mousse Torte, Oreo Cheesecake, Chocolate Cherry Cookies, Chocolate Covered Strawberry Popcorn, Candied Bacon Samoa Cupcakes, and Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie are just a few of the indulgent items that will featured during this year’s event.  My mouth is watering already!  See a full list of items here.

Tickets are 2 for $5, with each ticket redeemable for one delicious chocolate treat of your choice.  You can purchase tickets at the door.  Arrive early for best selection!

Chocolate Celebration will be held at Kokomo’s First Church of the Nazarene, 2734 S. Washington Street, on Friday, February 5, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Proceeds will benefit Samaritan Caregivers.  For more information, visit their website or call (765) 453-7611.

Indulge in Kokomo’s Chocolate Celebration on Feb. 6th

chocolateWhere can you find raspberry brownie parfaits, double chocolate cookies, banana split cheesecake, chocolate-covered fruit cups, and dark chocolate caramel cupcakes?  At the 13th Annual Chocolate Celebration on Friday, February 6, 2015! This sweet event will be held at Kokomo’s First Church of the Nazarene at 2734 South Washington Street from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

There is no admission to the event with free samples at many of the booths.  Tickets are 2/$5, and each ticket may be redeemed at any of the Chocolate Celebration booths for one chocolate item of your choice.  Arrive early for best selection!

Many booths will also have specialty items for sale – perfect for Valentine’s Day!  New to this year’s celebration, bring your smartphone along and connect on Twitter by live tweeting pictures of your favorite treats using #chocolatecelebration @SCaregivers.

This is one delicious event for a great cause!  Proceeds will benefit Samaritan Caregivers.

Want to find out more?  Call 765-453-7611 or check out the chocolate page at www.samaritancaregivers.org.

Kokomo’s Chocolate Celebration … A Chocolate Lovers Paradise!

Make your next visit to Kokomo extra sweet by attending the 12th Annual Chocolate Celebration on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

Sponsored by J. Edwards Fine Chocolates, Gourmet Cakes & Gifts, the event will be held at Kokomo First Church of the Nazarene from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Arrive early for best selection!  Tickets are only 2 for $5 and can be redeemed for one chocolate item of your choice while quantities last.  Chocolate selections vary from year to year and usually include a variety of cakes, brownies, candy, chocolate-dipped fruit, fudge and other delicious and decadent creations.  I have never had a chocolate dessert that I did not enjoy!

Chocolate Celebration 2013

During the event, Grace United Methodist Church will be selling soup and sloppy joe sandwiches (for eat-in or carry-out) and several businesses will offer chocolate items and gifts to purchase – right in time for Valentine’s Day!  Chocolate Celebration is held annually and proceeds benefit Samaritan Caregivers.  For more information about the event, call 765-453-7611 or visit their website.

Have a Sweet Time at Kokomo’s Chocolate Celebration – Feb. 1, 2013!

Calling all chocolate lovers!  Mark your calendar for Friday, February 1, 2013 as hundreds of chocolate lovers gather to satisfy their sweet cravings at the 11th Annual Chocolate Celebration presented by J. Edwards Fine Chocolates & Gourmet Cakes.  Local restaurants, caterers, bakeries and businesses will offer delicious chocolate creations from 11 am-2 pm at Kokomo First Church of the Nazarene (located at the corner of Washington & Lincoln.)  Chocolate selections include fudge, brownies, cupcakes, chocolate-covered fruit, pastries, homemade candy, and much more!  Here are a few photos of desserts offered at last year’s event . . .

 

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Tickets are 2 for $5 with each ticket redeemable for one chocolate treat.  Come early for best selection!  Admission is free.  Shopping bags and To-Go containers will be available so you can purchase sweet treats for friends, family or co-workers.  Proceeds will benefit Samaritan Caregivers.  Join us in Kokomo for the sweetest event of the year!  For more details, call 765.453.7611 or visit their website.

 

 

Visit the 2011 Chocolate Celebration For a Sweet Time!

One of my all-time favorite annual events in Kokomo is just around the corner, and my sweet tooth is ready!  J. Edwards Fine Chocolates will present the 9th Annual Chocolate Celebration on Thursday, February 3, 2011 at the Kokomo Mall.  Local restaurants, caterers, bakeries, and chocolate connoisseurs will offer their special (and delicious!) chocolate creations from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  My advice is come early for best selection!

Chocolate-dipped strawberries offered at 2010 event

Red Velvet Kisses offered at 2010 event (red velvet cake covered in chocolate - one of my favorite selections from last year!)

Chocolate lovers will be in paradise with the large variety of sweet desserts available, including brownies, cheesecake, flavored coffee, cookies, hot chocolate, cake, crème brulee, cupcakes, pastries, truffles, chocolate-dipped fruit, fudge, and many other tempting chocolate treats.  I am, of course, a HUGE chocolate fan and look forward to what will be offered at the event each year.  There is definitely something for everyone, including Valentine’s Day gift items you can purchase for your sweetheart or family members if you don’t enjoy chocolate yourself.  Visit their website for a list of items that will be offered this year.

J. Edwards Fine Chocolates' 2010 booth featured desserts & beautiful gift items

Half Moon Restaurant & Brewery served their decadent Chocolate Porter Cake in 2010

This is one day of the year that I completely enjoy devouring chocolate desserts for lunch.  However, if you wish to eat first, several vendors will offer lunch items, and Grace United Methodist Church will sell soup and sloppy joe sandwiches in the Kokomo Mall.   

Admission to the Chocolate Celebration is free.  Tickets are 2 for $5 and can be redeemed for one chocolate treat of your choice.  Tickets are available at the event or in advance at J. Edwards Fine Chocolates and Samaritan Caregivers.  Plan now to satisfy your sweet tooth at this great annual event!  For more information or to see more photos from last year’s event, visit their website.

The Culinary Corner presents Desserts!

Today, we’re talking desserts!

J. Edwards offers up a large assortment of tasty cakes!

J. Edwards offers up a large assortment of tasty cakes!

I’m going to start with Kokomo’s king of
dessert . . . J. Edwards.  This fine establishment is located at 2106 W. Sycamore Road.  There is a huge assortment of goodies to choose from, such as the carrot cake, cookies, and éclairs to name a few.  However, my focus will be on the Banana Split Cake – three layers of greatness!  It’s exactly what the name insinuates.  It stands almost a foot tall, with layers of banana, strawberry, and chocolate cakes.  The icing is sugar creamy goodness.  I’ve always been a chocolate cake lover at birthday time, but next December 26 (my birthday), I’ll be requesting a Banana Split Cake from J. Edwards.  Check out their homemade chocolates.  Wow, that’s the only word that will describe all those chocolate goodies.  I hope by the time you read this article, they will have those delicious deluxe caramel apples back.

It’s the beginning of Fall, but ice cream is always a favorite.  Scoops, located at 1231 W. Jefferson and 408 Arrow Street, has a variety of ice cream treats to please everyone.  From Super Man to Butter Pecan or even sugar-free choices, this ice cream parlor has become a family favorite of locals.  My favorite is Bear Claw.  Hmmmm . . . rich chocolate ice cream with caramel ribbons and nuts!  Yummy, yummy, yummy.  Ok, I know I’m getting a bit carried away, but it’s my all time favorite ice cream.

Next up is the signature dessert at Pastarrific, located on Kokomo’s Southside at 3001 S. Webster Street.  I had never had Crème Brulee, but this was an unexpected treat.  This custard-style dessert is awesome.  It has a caramelized sugar atop creamy custard with sweet sauce drizzle.  As we all know, Pastarrific is one of Kokomo’s restaurants of choice, but next time you go, save room for dessert.

The Quarry's Chocolate Layered Cake

The Quarry's Chocolate Layered Cake

Once again, the new kid on the block makes the list.  Voted as Kokomo’s favorite Patio Spot for best atmosphere in last month’s issue, The Quarry, located at 2130 W. Sycamore Street, has a Chocolate Layered Cake to die for.  Chocolate cake, chocolate ganache, hot fudge, whipped cream, and ice cream.  OMG!  Natalie, my server, informed me that everything is homemade, even the whipped cream and ice cream.  She tried to tempt me with a Snickers Frozen Pie and a Blueberry Cheesecake, by placing ALL three of these scrumptious desserts in front of me.  Ok, I can’t lie.  I did try all three, but I had back up with me.  My husband, who never eats desserts, downed the Chocolate Cake, and then had the nerve to ask for milk.  My friend, Anton, hovered over the Cheesecake like a kid over a cereal bowl!  Needless to say, all three desserts were super fantastic. 

Due to my waistline, I only visited a few local establishments seeking great desserts, but I’m sure there are great sweet treats all around town.

Next issue we will explore Kokomo’s favorite local pizza joints.  Leave a comment and let me know where you go for great pizza!

Kim Morgan,
Kokomo Visitors Bureau