Chocolate fundraiser brings home the bacon for women's ministries

February 13, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER |
  • Lisa Crawford of Greencastle, Pa., and her daughter Olivia, 11, dip apples and other goodies into the chocolate fountain manned by Dewayne Dunagan at Saturday's All Things Chocolate event at First United Methodist Church in Greencastle.
By Roxann Miller/Staff Writer

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — It was a sinfully delicious day at the First United Methodist Church, with tables filled with numerous decadent chocolate treats.

Chocolate lovers like Dave Martin of Greencastle were in heaven at the church’s All Things Chocolate fundraiser on Saturday.

For $8, chocoholics could graze over an array of tempting homemade goodies from noon to 3 p.m. Church members donated the treats.

But it wasn’t the mouthwatering frosted cupcakes, the luscious brown chocolate dripping from the chocolate fountain or even the rich chocolate mousse that had Martin salivating. It was the chocolate-covered bacon.

“I can die a happy man now that I’ve had the chocolate-covered bacon,” Martin said.

It might seem a bit odd, but he is serious about his chocolate and bacon combination.

“We’ve had conversations about bacon and chocolate being the two perfect food groups,” Martin said. “My wife was at a place that had chocolate bars that had bits of bacon in them and it was OK. But to me it was backward. They got it right here because it’s more bacon and less chocolate.”

When asked how many pieces of the unusual taste treat he consumed, he said: “There are some questions you shouldn’t ask. I had a few, less than a dozen.”

Martin’s wife, Carol Corwell-Martin, enjoyed her first time at the event.

“The money is going for a good cause, and I just love small towns and community gatherings,” said Carol Martin, who plans to return next year.

“They had me at chocolate,” said Martin, who admitted to being a bit more superficial than his wife.

Judene Dunagan, event organizer and women’s ministry coordinator, said the money raised will benefit the women’s ministry and Pregnancy Ministries Inc.

“This is our biggest year. We had people waiting in line for the doors to open,” Dunagan said.

About 100 people attended the food festival, and Dunagan said all of the approximately 60 food items had to contain some chocolate, even the chili, chicken and sloppy Joe (steamer) sandwiches.

Brooklyn Hilliards, a 23-month-old from Luray, Va., opened her mouth wide like a tiny bird while her grandmother Carolyn Horchner of Luray fed her a steamer (with chocolate as an ingredient).

“She ate it. It was good. I could eat it, and there was chocolate in it,” Horchner said. “You can’t go wrong with chocolate.”

Lisa Crawford of Greencastle and her daughter, Olivia, 11, circled the chocolate fountain deciding whether to choose an apple, grape or cheesecake ball to dip into the decadence cascading from the fountain.

“Lots of people love chocolate, and it gives people a chance to try chocolate in mass quantities. It also gives you a chance to try different things that are chocolate,” Crawford said. “This year the chocolate-covered bacon is new, and it’s almost gone. So people must like it. There’s always something new and different each year.”

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