Are you up for an adventure? It’s chocolate. Yes. Chocolate.

by Matt on October 1, 2013


Ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of year again. The time when I ask you to dust off that kitchen counter (not that it was dusty, right?), conjure up that sweet creativity, and put those thinking caps on.


Because it’s time once again for The Chocolate Adventure Contest!

As I’ve done for the past few years, I’m joining and Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker for one amazing contest, and this year I’m particularly excited about the category. Well, I’m always excited, but this year, well, yes. Bring it.

It’s all about bars!

You. Chocolate. And a special ingredient. Are you up for the adventure?

Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker and invite you to show your spirit of adventure. Combine Scharffen Berger chocolate with one or more of 12 adventure ingredients to create an original bar recipe.

So what constitutes a bar?  The category is large! Brownies. Blondies. Seven-Layer Bars.  Cookie-Based Bars. Ice Cream Bars. Handcrafted Candy Bars. Chocolate Bark. And so much more. You get the picture. The big giant delicious picture. And the magic happens when you incorporate the Adventure Ingredients, because, well, that’s the competition. But trust me, you’re gonna love them.

Turbinado Sugar
Fresh Pomegranate
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Peppercorn (any type—black, green, red)
Pandan Leaf or Pandan Leaf Extract
Coconut Milk, Cream, Butter or Oil
Oat Flour
Sesame Seeds (black or white)
Fresh Croutons or Crostini

This year I’ll be judging along with John Scharffenberger, Alice Medrich and Angie Dudley of Bakerella. OH MY GOD I LOVE THESE PEOPLE. And the fact that I get to eat chocolate all day and judge, well, it’s tough. See my face? Tough I say.
You can enter the Chocolate Adventure Contest here, and make sure you’ve entered by January 2, 2014. This gives you a few months to come up with your winning creation, because the grand prize is so worth it. The Grand Prize is $25,000 plus a copy of Seriously Bittersweet and Essence of Chocolate. There are also Culinary Honorees:  10 Honorees awarded an iPad Mini. So you can’t NOT enter, if you’ll allow me to use a double negative there.

I’m excited to taste your creations!

Visit for official rules and entry form.

Bar images by yours truly, styled by the amazing Adam C. Pearson.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisa October 2, 2013 at 4:28 am

Matt; you did mean January of 2014 right?

Deborah @ Delicious Happens October 3, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Oh my! Yes it definitely sounds like a tough job – but somebody’s got to do it! You’re a trooper, Matt! Thank you for telling us about the contest! I’m in!!

Brittany October 4, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Whoa. I think it’s time to break out the chocolate! I love a good challenge, especially one that involves cash money. ;)

Valentina October 6, 2013 at 3:16 pm

I was so enthusiastic reading about the contest, already thinking about which recipe of mine to submitt….and then I discovered it’s only opened to USA people, then being from Italy I cannot join in…
It’s really unfair, and I’m still wondering: why the hell this rule, as it’s an internet contest…. :-(

Jeff @ October 9, 2013 at 10:21 pm

I’m up for the challenge!

Shikha @ Shikha la mode October 14, 2013 at 11:21 pm

Bourbon. Yes. This is going down.

Alana October 24, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Since it’s Thanksgiving, I’m always looking for blogs that will give me plenty of ideas. My friend just told me about “Cooking With Mr. C.” on Facebook (also a blog). I just “Liked” his page. He dedicates November for all Thanksgiving ideas. I was hoping I may find some things on your blog this season too. Alana

Matt October 30, 2013 at 7:09 am

Oops! Yes! Thank you for noticing that! Fixed :)

Ken November 5, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Matt, this contest looks like fun. While I live in LA now, I grew up in the Bay Area and took a tour of the Scharffen Berger chocolate factory. Their sipping cocoa is decadent.

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