The Chocolate Adventure Contest: Let the Games Begin!

by Marla on October 3, 2012 · 31 comments

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Cream that butter & sugar, whisk those eggs, melt that decadent chocolate.  Don’t forget to choose one or more adventure ingredients. The time is now ~ The Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker | Chocolate Adventure Contest has begun! (oh did I mention the grand prize winner can take home $25,000!!)

This years challenge speaks to me. Loudly. Chocolate meets Sandwich Cookies. OMG. Heaven found. How do you enter your WOW the judges creation?

I thought you’d never ask. Here’s how…


All it takes to enter this chocolatey challenge is your genius in the kitchen. You can have a blog but you sure don’t need one. This challenge is open to all bakers & food enthusiasts (non professional and professional) in the 50 United States and District of Columbia who are 18 years or older. You can review the Official Contest Rules for details.

To Enter

Invent a sandwich cookie creation. It must use Scharffen Berger artisan chocolate and at least one of the Chocolate Adventure ingredients. Your cookies will be judged on creativity, taste, use of chocolate, ease of preparation and whether your recipe reflects a spirit of adventure.

The adventure ingredients razzle dazzle…

  • Get sassy with Sweet Potato
  • Spunky with Sumatra Coffee
  • Tango with Tequila
  • Bring it with Banana

You get my drift. Go check out the other 8 ingredients that are all native to cacao-belt countries.


This is the 6th annual Chocolate Adventure competition. The fun began in 2007 and it just keeps getting better and better each year. You can take a look at the past winners, their tasty treats and sandwich cookie ideas on the Inspiration page.


The Judges

Who is going to taste your amazing cookies? The finalists will be judged by some of my favorite people.

  • John Scharffenberger started this company with the mission to create the finest artisan chocolate from bean to bar. Using the highest quality cacao beans from around the world, Scharffenberger helped to create the first new premium American dark chocolate in decades.
  • Do you know Matt Armendariz from Matt Bites? He is a judge (also a really nice guy!) By the way he took all of these stunning photos of sandwich cookies in this post. I look up to Matt as a photography genius and mentor.
  • Another judge? The beautiful and craaaaazy talented Angie Dudley, your probably know her better as BAKERELLA! Angie always amazes me with her perfectly adorable, stop you in your tracks cake pops and sweet treats. She has great taste and certainly knows a thing or two about swoon worthy desserts.
  • Chef Elizabeth Falkner is one of the most recognizable faces of the culinary world. Elizabeth was a finalist and runner up on Next Iron Chef on the Food Network, she is the owner of amazing restaurants. She is a cookbook author too. (And she watched in awe as I slammed fistfuls of her cake in a box at the inaugural BlogHer Food in 2009.) She is a great spirited gal and I LOVE her cropped, platinum blond hair.
  • Alice Medrich. Author, chocolate chef, and teacher, Alice has won more James Beard and IACP cookbook-of-the-year and best-in-category awards than any other author. Amazing! She also wrote the go-to cookie  cookbook Chewy, Gooey, Melt-in-Your Mouth Cookies.

Chocolate Adventure Contest 2013

Go For It!

So that is all you need to know for now folks. I hope I have inspired you to create a recipe for potential cookie fame. You can submit up to 10 recipes. Have a blast with this ~ a chocolate adventure is supposed to be just that.

A dance with sweetness & great taste!

Keep your recipes hush, hush though. Your secret sandwich cookies creations can be shared with the folks right here on this entry form.

Good luck!

Photo Credits

All cookie photos in this post are shot by Matt Armendariz. Styled by Elizabeth Colling. Cookie inspirations by the super talented cookie queen Alice Medrich.

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Disclosure: This is an advertorial to help promote this contest. All thoughts, opinions and expressions are my own. Hope you can join in on the FUN!

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Maria October 3, 2012 at 6:38 am

Fun and yum!


2 Amanda October 3, 2012 at 7:21 am

Talk about the who’s who in blogging and foodie-world! Neat contest!


3 Ashley@BakerbyNature October 3, 2012 at 7:25 am

A contest encouraging me to buy loads of chocolate and go nuts…?! Best news I’ve read all morning!


4 Marla October 3, 2012 at 7:56 am

Hi Ashley, so glad you are impressed. Have fun with this one girl, I just know you will 😉


5 Heather (Heather's Dish) October 3, 2012 at 8:11 am

anything that means i get to buy more chocolate – well, i’m in 😉


6 Marla October 3, 2012 at 8:41 am

That is GREAT news Heather. I am positive you will come up with brilliant sandwich cookies!


7 Nancy@acommunaltable October 3, 2012 at 8:22 am

Love Scharffenberger chocolate – great contest!!


8 Averie @ Averie Cooks October 3, 2012 at 8:59 am

What a fun contest – saw Matt post about it. I really should enter something. Not sure if it’s gonna happen though!


9 Marla October 3, 2012 at 9:41 am

Oh Averie, you must enter something!! You have such a way with sweets :)


10 Melissa @ Bless This Mess October 3, 2012 at 9:24 am

Just in time to round up my favorites for holiday cookie plates! Let the testing begin!


11 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. October 3, 2012 at 9:34 am

big fun!


12 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet October 3, 2012 at 10:05 am

This really sounds like a can’t-miss event! Besides, we get to play with chocolate – yay!!!


13 Aya B. October 3, 2012 at 10:21 am

I love anything with chocolate/Cocoa
so yes… these looks incredible


14 susan October 3, 2012 at 10:54 am

This is a must for me!


15 Loretta E October 3, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Wow, what a cool contest. I’d be nervous that I’d mess it up and waste all that awesome chocolate. To this day, I still haven’t screwed up straight-up chocolate!


16 Kristina Vanni October 3, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Yum. Such a great competition. Thanks for sharing!


17 Kankana October 3, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Last week, I attended the bakers’ crawl at SF with Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker and it was a day filled with chocolate and more chocolate and yes, the sandwich cookies too :) Even though I am not much of a baker myself, this year i want to give it a try for sure!


18 Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 3, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Love it, I can’t wait to enter!


19 Jackie @ Domestic Fits October 3, 2012 at 2:16 pm

This was the first recipe contest I ever entered! I placed in the top 10 in 2011 with a Churro Cupcake. I’m totally going to enter again this year.


20 TidyMom October 3, 2012 at 2:33 pm

can’t go wrong with a chocolate contest!


21 carolinaheartstrings October 3, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Chocolate is the winning ingredient in any contest. Great recipes.


22 Marla October 3, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Carolina, yup chocolate is always a winner!


23 Kathy Steger @FoodWineThyme October 3, 2012 at 6:53 pm

I wish I could bake :( Not very good at it.


24 Marla October 3, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Kathy….practice makes perfect. Even with baking – pinky promise!


25 Lynda October 4, 2012 at 6:37 am

This sounds so much fun! But how on earth can you create anything more perfect than the ones above!? Yum!



26 Marla October 4, 2012 at 7:36 am

Lynda – that is the fun of the challenge!! Thanks for stopping by :)


27 Kiran @ October 4, 2012 at 9:58 am

I don’t think many needs any more convincing when it comes to chocolate 😉


28 Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking October 4, 2012 at 10:28 am

Did someone say chocolate? I’m loving it! More reasons to eat chocolate. Mmmm


29 Deliciously Organic October 4, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Great contest! Love it!


30 Faith October 5, 2012 at 7:43 am

This looks like so much fun! I’ll have to think about something to submit and try to make it happen. Thanks for sharing the info with us, Marla!


31 Marla October 28, 2012 at 6:44 am

I am sure you could come up with many FABULOUS recipes Faith :)


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