If you cheer for chocolate, check out the 2011 Ghirardelli Chocolate
Championship at the L.A. County Fair! The competition calls for tempting
treats, cakes and desserts featuring decadent Ghirardelli chocolate. From
individual sweet snacks, to rich desserts that can serve a party, anything that
delivers the intense flavor of Ghirardelli chocolate is welcome!
Make your entry with at least one all natural Ghirardelli baking product
(chocolate chips, bars and/or cocoa) and up to 10 other ingredients.
First and second place finishers win $150 and $50 respectively. The top three winners, plus one random contestant each take home a Ghirardelli gift basket.
Judges choose winners based on chocolate taste (40%), originality/creativity (30%), appearance (20%), and ease of preparation (10%). Ages 18 or older may enter; limit one entry per person.
As a warm up, try this delicious Magic Cookie Bar recipe. For baking tips, recipe ideas and product information, go to www.ghirardelli.com.
Entries are judged at the fairgrounds. For complete contest guidelines and entry information, contact the L.A. County Fair entry office at 909-865-4043 or visit the contest section of www.lacountyfair.com.
MAGIC COOKIE BARS
2 cups Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1-1/3 cup flaked coconut
1 cup chopped nuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (325 degrees F for glass dish). In 13 x 9-inch baking pan, melt butter in oven. Sprinkle crumbs over butter; pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over crumbs. Top with remaining ingredients; press down firmly with fork. Bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Chill if desired. Cut into bars. Store covered at room temperature. Yields: 24 to 36 bars.