Monday, October 19, 2009

Scharffen Berger Contest

I'm an adventurous chocolate person, are you? Now's your chance to create an innovative recipe for any course or drink using Scharffen Berger Chocolate and at least one of the adventure ingredients (see below) and submit it to the Chocolate Adventure Contest. You might win $10,000... the grand prize in each category.

Last year, Frank Price, our resident chocolate teambuilder, entered a terrific recipe for African chocolate stew which he's perfected over the years. He was in Peace Corps in the Ivory Coast, so it was a natural. Alas he didn't win. I'm sure he'll try again.

Here are the basics of the Chocolate Adventure Contest:

There are two categories: Sweet and Savory. You can create recipes for one or both categories.

Each recipe must include Scharffen Berger chocolate—with anywhere from 41% to 99% cacao—and at least one of our enticing adventure ingredients (see below). This year, the adventure ingredients are from countries along the cacao-belt.

Recipes will be judged on creativity, taste, ease of preparation and whether the recipe reflects a spirit of adventure. Review the Official Contest Rules here.

PRIZES: TWO GRAND PRIZES

$10,000 for the winning recipe in both the Sweet and Savory categories as well as a delectable, custom selection of Scharffen Berger® chocolates. The recipes will be featured on chocolateadventurecontest.com, ScharffenBerger.com and TuttiFoodie.com

TWO SECOND PLACE PRIZES

Second-place prize in both the Sweet and Savory categories. Winners receive a signed copy of Demolition Desserts by Elizabeth Falkner, Pure Dessert by Alice Medrich, and The Essence of Chocolate, by John Scharffenberger and Robert Steinberg as well as a delectable, custom selection of Scharffen Berger® chocolates. The recipes will be featured on chocolateadventurecontest.com, ScharffenBerger.com and TuttiFoodie.com.

Deadline for contest is January 3, 2010. Get cooking and mixing!

ADVENTURE INGREDIENTS

Fresh mint (any varietal)
Crystallized ginger
Pandan leaf
Banana leaf
Sumac
Raw honey
Cacao nibs
Fresh or whole dried chili pepper
Malbec
Peanut butter
Black-eyed peas
Rice flour
Papaya
Cumin
Paprika (any varietal)
Smoked sea salt

Have a look at the past winning recipes Here.

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