2009-07-30 / Local & State

Special Baking Contest At Fulton County Fair

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Calling all bakers for the 2009 Hershey's Cocoa Classic baking contest to be held on August 17, judging day at the Fulton County Fair. The contest is co-sponsored by The Hershey Company and the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs.

More than 110 fairs across Pennsylvania will offer ribbons for the best cake and tastiest cookies, brownies or bars in the youth category. Fulton County Fair's contest is a preliminary competition that leads to the selection of the final Hershey's Cocoa Classic blue ribbon winner held each January at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show.

The rules for the Fulton County Fair's contest are as follows:

Cocoa Cake contest rules

1. Open to any individual who is a Pennsylvania resident; one entry per person.

2. Entry must be a layered chocolate cake made from "scratch" and frosted (no mixes).

3. CAKE RECIPE: A minimum of 1/4 cup of Hershey's Cocoa must be used and listed as "Hershey's Cocoa" in the cake part of the recipe.

4. FROSTING/DRIZZLE: If frosting is chocolate, and if a chocolate drizzle is used, HERSHEY'S COCOA must be used and listed as "HERSHEY'S COCOA" in the frosting/drizzle parts of the recipe.

5. If candy, chocolate, or flavored baking chips products are used, they must be HERSHEY'S, REESE'S or HEATH branded products, and listed with their brand name in the recipe." (See www.hersheys.com for complete product list.)

6. The entire cake entry must be submitted for judging on cardboard or a disposable plate.

7. Recipe(s) must be submitted with the entry printed on one side of 8-1/2" x 11" paper. Recipe must list all ingredients, quantities and the preparation instructions. Entrant's name, address and phone number must be printed on the back side of all the pages.

8. Refrigeration is not available at the fair or PA Farm Show. Entries that require refrigeration after baking must indicate so in the recipe. Those entries will not be sold, auctioned or otherwise distributed for consumption after judging for food safety reasons.

9. Judging criteria:

Flavor 30 points (aroma, taste, good balance of flavorings).

Texture 25 points, (moist and tender crumb; not soggy or dry)

Inside characteristics 20 points (even grain, evenly baked; free from air pockets)

Outside characteristics 15 points (consistent shape, size, surface; overall appeal)

Frosting, 10 points

Cookie, brownie or bar contest rules

1. Exhibitor must be an individual (age 8 through and including 18 years only) who is a Pennsylvania resident; one entry per person.

2. Entry must be a plate of six (6) cookies, brownies or bars made from "scratch" (no mixes).

3. Cookie, brownie or bar: A minimum of 1/2 cup of Hershey's baking chips (any variety) must be used and listed as "Hershey's" plus the name of the specific chip variety in the cookie-brownie-bar part of the recipe.

4. Frosting/drizzle: If chocolate frosting or chocolate drizzle is used, Hershey's cocoa must be used and listed as "Hershey's cocoa" in the frosting/drizzle part of the recipe.

5. If candy, chocolate, or flavored baking chips products are used, they must be Hershey's, Reese's, or Heath brand products, and listed with their brand name in the recipe." (See www.hersheys.com for complete product list.)

6. Entry must be submitted for judging on a doily set on top of a cardboard or a disposable plate.

7. Recipe(s) must be submitted with the entry printed on one side of 8-1/2" x 11" paper. Recipe must list all ingredients, quantities and the preparation instructions. Entrant's name, address and phone number must be printed on the back side of all the pages.

8. Refrigeration is not available at the fair or PA Farm Show. Entries that require refrigeration after baking must indicate so in the recipe. Those entries will not be sold, auctioned or otherwise distributed for consumption after judging for food safety reasons.

9. Judging criteria:

Flavor, 30 points (aroma, taste, good balance of flavorings)

Texture, 25 points (appropriate for the type of cookie, brownie or bar)

Inside characteristics, 20 points (even grain, evenly baked; free from air pockets)

Outside characteristics, 15 points (uniform size, shape, appearance; overall appeal)

Creativity, 10 points

So dig out that favorite chocolate recipe and give it a try. You could be this year's Hershey's Cocoa Classic winner. For more information on entry requirements, obtain a Fulton County Fair premium book at local businesses or at the fair office August 16-17. All entries must be submitted by August 17 by 3:00 p.m.

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