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Treats bring funds for youth programs

ARLEE – A few crumbs were the only things left of the chocolate-chip cookies soon after the 13th annual Chocolate Lover’s Festival began on Wednesday, Feb. 8, despite a winter storm and icy roads outside.

Eighteen donated chocolate creations were on several long tables in the Brown Building. Arlee High School students in the Family and Consumer Science class served up the treats, and they also donated a few dishes.

“We wanted to do this as a way to say ‘thank you’ to the community and give back for all the help they have given us with our fundraisers,” said Leslie Jackson, Family and Consumer Science teacher.

Students Abby Yocum and Eden Morin whipped up a dish called “Death by Chocolate.” They used their skills in culinary design to develop white chocolate hearts that stood atop dark chocolate frosting.

Chocolate donations came in pairs. One dish was divided into bite-size pieces so those in attendance or “tasters” were able to try each creation for a small fee. The second dish was auctioned off.

Proceeds raised from the event benefit local youth activities from sports to the arts. The Jocko Valley Library’s summer reading program for kids also receives funding from the event.

People tasting the treats voted for their favorites. First place went to Josie Moulding for her Chocolate Lover’s Cake. She is an Arlee High School student. Darlene Henderson took second place with her Chocolate Magic bars. Third place went to Arlee High School students Summer DarcAngelo and TJ Knoll for their Mint Grasshopper Cheesecake.

Best in Show for children went to Elina Moore for her White Chocolate Brownie. Best of Show for young adults went to high school students Abby Yocum and Eden Morin. Best of Show, overall, went to Kris Gardner for her Chocolate Peanut Butter Delight.

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