Kennett Square >> Hundreds of people attended the annual Chocolate Lovers Festival in Kennett Square Sunday, despite downpours at times.
The fund-raiser for the United Way of Southern Chester County, held at Kennett High School, raised thousands of dollars, and the proceeds from that will go to helping needy people and organizations locally.
More than 200 local residents and restaurant employees baked cakes, cupcakes, brownies, candy, and cookies and donated it to the event. There were 30 judges.
Restaurant professionals, amateur chefs and students ages 12 and up competed for bragging rights and ribbons. The big winners this year in the professional division were Barretta’s Italian Restaurant in Kennett Square, Country Butcher in Kennett Square and Magnolia Bakery in Kennett Square
The United Way of Southern Chester County serves the residents of four Pennsylvania school districts: Avon Grove, Kennett, Oxford, and Unionville-Chadds Ford. Over 30 different health and human service programs and over 13,000 people received support from UWSCC last year.
The complete list of winners:
Professional --First: Joan Barretta for Deep Dark Chocolate Cookies; second: Kelly Barboni for White chocolate Macadamia Nut; third: Jennifer Miller for Chester’s Chubbies.
Amateurs -- First: Lisa Gross for Lisa’s Dark Chocolate Raspberry Bars; second: Roberta Carlson for Rocky Road Chocolate Chunks; third: Emma Stanton for Chocolate Macaroons with Peppermint Genache.
Students – First: Emma Schmidt for Chocolate Salted Caramel Macaroons; second: Family Consumer Science students at Kennett High; third: Chayse D’Andrade for Chocolate Butter Tarts.
Professional – First: Kevan Baszczewski for Maple Peanut Butter Bon-Bons; second: Kelly Barboni for Double Peanut Caramel Clusters; third: Diane Simmons (Sweet Magnolia Bakery) for Salted Caramel Chocolates.
Amateurs – First: Joe Ambrosino for Jojo’s Dark Passion; second: Jennifer Scattolino for her Strawberry Buttercream; third: Robin Mastrippolito for her Caramel Chocolate Covered Marshmallows.
Students: First: Family Consumer Science Students at Kennett High for Graham Cracker Toffee; second: Ms. B KHS Pastry Arts Strawberry Cake Mix Truffles; third: Mrs. B. KHS Pastry Arts Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Truffle.
Professional – First: Joan Barretta (Barretta’s Italian Restaurant) for Spiced Dusted Brownies; second: Angela Hawkins (Sweet Enthusiasm) Chocolate Chip Brownies; third: Jennifer Miller for Grandma’s Brownies.
Amateurs – First: Ellen McKilney for her Salted Caramel Brownies; second: Patti Beauchesne for her Peanut Butter Ganache; third: Carol Haaf for her Hershey Brownies.
Students – First: Amanda Bell for her Caramel Rocky Road Brownies; second: Dawn Kohl (After-The-Bell) for Chocolate Nutella Brownies; third: Family Consumer Science Students at Kennett High for Brownie Cake Pops.
Professional – First: Gianni Feliciano (Country Butcher) for Mocha Chip Cupcake; Diane Simmons (Sweet Magnolia Bakery) for Triple Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting; third: Kelly Barboni for Chocolate Coffee Caramel Cupcakes.
Amateurs – First: Sandra Speakman for Snicker Out Loud Chocolate Cupcakes; second: Susan Dubowy for Hazelnut Dream; third: Severina Kluizenaaar for Black Magic Triple Chocolate Espresso Cupcakes.
Students – First: Jessica DeSaro for her Creative Cupcake Surprise; second: Maggie Buchanan for her Peppermint Patty Cupcakes; third: Kendall Rybarczyk for Death by Chocolate Cupcakes.
Professional – First: Nick Quiroz (Mexican Table), Kennett Square Chocolate Cake; second: Diane Simmons (Sweet Magnolia Bakery), Decadent Chocolate Raspberry Cake; third: Diane Simmons (Sweet Magnolia Bakery), Outrageous Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake.
Amateurs – First: Karly Mazza, Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Filling; second: Lisa Gross with Lisa G’s Choco Flan Cake; third: Michelle Paltrone with her Kahlua Mocha Cake.
Students – First: Emma Schmidt with Reese’s Drip Cake; second: Amanda Bell, German Chocolate Cake with Banana; third: Nicholas Stalford, Goteau DuSaleil Et De La Lune.