Past Chocolate Lovers’ Flings

The 2017 Winners!

President’s Award: Reilly’s Bakery – Dark Chocolate and Coconut Cheesecake
Best Display/Presentation: Southern Maine Community College
People’s Choice Award: Maine Gourmet Chocolates – Blueberry Truffle

Best Cake: Rossi’s Italian Bakery – Mini Chocolate Whoopie Pie
Best Candy/Truffle: Sweet Kisses Confections – Salted Caramel Apple Truffle
Best Cheesecake: Izzy’s Cheesecake – Quadruple Chocolate Rapture
Best Cookie: Standard Baking Co. – Chocolate Chip Cookie
Best Specialty: Southern Maine Community College – Brownie Stuffed Chocolate Covered Strawberry
Best Chocolate Culinary Confection: Sweet Kisses Confections – Salted Caramel Apple Truffle

 

The 2016 Winners

President’s Award: Aprilla’s Cakes of Maine – The Chocolate Italian
Best Display/Presentation: Dolce Vivian

Best Cake/Bars: Dolce Vivian – Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownie
Best Candy/Truffle: Sweet Kisses Confections – S’More Truffle
Best Cheesecake: Izzy’s Cheesecake – Mocha Turtle Cheesecake
Best Cookie: Reilly’s Bakery – Peanut Buttercup Cookie
Best Needham: Country Chocolates – Chocolate Caramel Needham
Best Sea Salt: Christopher Hastings Confections – Maine Sea Salt Caramel Bon Bon
Best Specialty: Southern Maine Community College – Chocolate Chunk Brownie Fritter

30th Anniversary Pearl Award
Like a pearl, each of these candy confections are unique so the Culinary Judges select from candy categories of Candy/Truffle/Needham to identify the most unique palette pleaser in these categories.

30th Anniversary Pearl Award: Christopher Hastings Confections – Maine Sea Salt Caramel Bon Bon
People’s Choice Award: Christopher Hastings Confections – Maine Sea Salt Caramel Bon Bon

 

The 2015 Winners

President’s Award: Sunrise Corner – Bacon Fudge Crisps
Best Display/Presentation: La Crème Chocolat
Best Candy: Southern Maine Community College – Sea Salt Dark Chocolate with Raspberry Filling and Ginger Infused Caramel
Best Cookie/Bar: Chewy Chewy Yum Yum – Chewy Chewy Yum Yum Bar
Best Cupcake: Aprilla Cakes – Dream Fling Cupcake
Best Needham: Country Chocolates – Blueberry Needham
Best Specialty: Vena’s Fizz House – Fling Fizz Surprise!
Best Truffle: Chef Paul’s Truffles – Peanut Butter Scotch Truffle
Best Chocolate Culinary Confection: Country Chocolates – Blueberry Needham
People’s Choice Award: Aprilla Cakes – Dream Fling Cupcake

The 2014 Winners

President’s Award: La Crème Chocolat – Chocolate Stout Truffles
Best Display/Presentation: La Crème Chocolat
Best Brownie: Kids Gone Raw – Moose Mint Brownies
Best Cake/Cupcake: Grammie Lucy’s Cupcakes
Best Candy: Country Chocolates – Peppermint Needham
Best Cheesecake: Ragamuffin’s Baking Co. – Death by Chocolate Cheesecake
Best Fudge: SunRise Corner – Witch’s Brew Fudge
Best Truffle: Chef Paul’s Truffles – Migration of the Wimbrel
People’s Choice Award: Ragamuffins Baking Co. – Death by Chocolate Cheesecake

Kids Choice Ballot by Kai Stewart-Fox: Best Chocolate: SunRise Corner; Best Display: Pepper Club

 

The 2013 Winners

President’s Award: Country Chocolates – Classic Needham
Best Display: Southern Maine Community College
People’s Choice Award: Pepper Club – Black & Tan Cookie Sandwich

Best Candy: Sue’s Needhams – Peanut Butter & Chocolate Fudge
Best Cheesecake: Ice It! Bakery – Dark Chocolate Cheesecake Bites
Best Cupcake: Y-Lime’s Gourmet Desserts – Dark Chocolate Blood Orange Cupcake
Best Needham: Country Chocolates – Raspberry Cream Needham
Best Specialty Item: Bam Bam Bakery – Chocolate Dipped Cookie Dough Bar

 

The 2012 Winners

President’s Award: Pepperclub — Chocolate Peppercake with Mocha Buttercream
Best Presentation: Southern Maine Community College
People’s Choice Award: Bella Cheesecakes — Salted Caramel Mocha Cheesecake

Best Cake: Pepperclub — Chocolate Peppercake with Mocha Buttercream & Y-Lime’s Gourmet Desserts — Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Cupcake (tie)
Best Candy: Dean’s Sweets — Maine Sea Salt Caramel
Best Cheesecake: York County Community College — Chocolate Dipped Cheesecake Truffle
Best Cookie: Southern Maine Community College — Chocolate Macaroon with Valhrona Orange Dark Chocolate Ganache
Best Needham: Country Chocolates — Needhams
Best Pie/Pastry: The Great Lost Bear — Snickers Pie
Best Specialty Item: Federal Jack’s Restaurant & Brew Pub — Chocolate Stout “Patty Melt”

The 2011 Winners

President’s Award: County Chocolates — Maple Chocolate
Best Presentation: Flour Design
People’s Choice Award: Southern Maine Community College — Chambord Cups

Best Cake: Flour Designs — Mini Cake Pop
Best Candy Fudge: Maine Gourmet Chocolate — Chocolate Sea Salt Nut Bars
Best Cheesecake: Bella Cheesecake — German Chocolate Cheesecake
Best Mousse: Green Elephant Vegetarian Bistro — Vegan Chocolate Coconut Mousse
Best Needham: Sue’s Needhams – Sue’s All Natural Homemade Needhams
Best Pie Pastry: The Great Lost Bear — Snickers Pie
Best Specialty Item: Pepper Club — Death by Chocolate Circa 1986
Best Torte: Southern Maine Community College — Gianduja Margulaine
Best Truffle: York County Community College — Chocolate Oreo Truffle

 

The 2010 Winners

President’s Award: York County Community College — Chocolate Toffee Coyote Crunch
Best Presentation: Yummy Tummy Bakery & Chocolates
People’s Choice Award: Bella Cheesecake — S’mores Cheesecake

Best Brownie: Green Elephant — Green Elephant Vegan Brownies
Best Cake: Cinque Terre/Vignola — Mocha Toffee Truffle Cake
Best Candy/Fudge: York County Community College — Chocolate Toffee Coyote Crunch
Best Cheesecake: Maine Gourmet Chocolate — Cheesecake Bomb
Best Mousse: Chocolate Falls In Maine — Chocolate Mousse Cups
Best Pie/Pastry: The Great Lost Bear — Snicker’s Pie
Best Truffle: Dean’s Sweets — Raspberry Truffle
Best Specialty Item: Green Elephant — Chocolate Thai Rice Pudding
Best Torte: Bar of Chocolate — Bocca Negra

 

The 2009 Winners

President’s Award: Federal Jack’s Restaurant & Brew Pub — Chocolate Quesadilla
Best Presentation: 20 Milk Street at the Portland Regency Hotel
People’s Choice Award: Old Port Candy Co. — Black Bear Paw Fudge

Best Brownie: Twenty Milk Street at The Portland Regency Hotel — Buddha Brownies
Best Cake: The Bar of Chocolate — Chocolate Cupcake with Salted Caramel Frosting
Best Candy/Fudge/Truffle: Nutmeg Foods — The Maine Sea Salt Bar
Best Cheesecake: Izzy’s Cheesecake – Triple Chocolate Cheesecake and Cake
Best Mousse: Chocolate Falls in Maine — Chocolate Mousse Cups
Best Pie: Green Elephant — Chocolate Orange Mousse Pie
Best Specialty Item: Federal Jack’s Restaurant & Brew Pub — Chocolate Quesadilla
Best Torte: Holiday Inn By the Bay — Flourless Chocolate Mousse Torte with Chocolate Grand Marnier Glaze

 

The 2008 Winners

President’s Award – The Bar of Chocolate – Dark Chocolate Espresso Truffles
People’s Choice Award – Federal Jack’s Restaurant & Brew Pub – Chocolate Bruschetta
Presentation Award – Izzy’s Cheesecake

Best Brownie – Izzy’s Cheesecake – White Chocolate Cheesecake Brownie
Best Cake/Torte – The Bar of Chocolate – Chocolate Decadence Cake with White Chocolate Bourbon Sauce
Best Candy/Fudge/Truffle – Old Port Candy Company – Toffee Caramel Crunch
Best Cheesecake – Izzy’s Cheesecake – Mocha Turtle Cheesecake
Best Cookie – Corsetti’s Market – Peanut Butter Cup Flat
Best Mousse – Chocolate Falls in Maine – Chocolate Mousse Cup
Best Pastry – Corsetti’s Market – The Zebra
Best Specialty – Federal Jack’s Restaurant & Brew Pub – Chocolate Bruschetta

 

2007 Winners

President’s Award – Southern Maine Community College Culinary Department – Grand Manier Ganache Brownie
Best Presentation – The Daily Thymes
Honorable Mentions for Best Presentation: Corsetti’s Market and Geo’s Patisserie Cafe
People’s Choice Award: Corsetti’s Market – The Zebra

Best Brownie – Southern Maine Community College Culinary Department – Grand Manier Ganache Brownie
Best Cake – Holiday Inn By the Bay – Double Chocolate Macadamia Cake
Best Candy/Fudge – Old Port Candy Company – No Bake Cookie Fudge
Best Cheesecake – Izzy’s Cheesecake
Best Pastry – Corsetti’s Market – The Zebra
Best Mousse – Jonathon’s – Chocolate Chambord Mousse with Almond Tuile Elderberry Creme Frieche
Best Pie – The Great Lost Bear – Snicker’s Pie
Best Speciality – MaggieMoo’s Ice Cream & Treatery – Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Cupcake with Chocolate Ganache
Best Torte – Geo’s Patisserie Cafe – Chocolate Othello Torte
Best Truffle – Bintliff’s American Cafe – Chocolate Truffle
Best Vegan – Pepperclub – Double Chocolate Vegan Custard

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