Hundreds of pounds of chocolate up grabs at fundraiser

It was a chocolate lovers dream in the queen city Saturday night. Hundreds of pounds of the sweet treat was up for grabs as part of a fundraiser for Community Link.

It's a heavenly get together for those with a sweet tooth.

"They tell me there are 500 pounds of chocolate or more," said Mary Katherine Stukes, a Community Link Committee Chair and Parker Poe Partner.

There was a quarter ton of the sweet treat to raise thousands of dollars for community link.

"The agencies mission is to help individuals and families find and most importantly keep housing that is safe, decent and affordable," said Stukes.

It was a mission that caught the attention of local chocolatiers.

"The things they are doing for the community has probably warmed my heart more than anything I have ever done," said Deidre Mallow.

"I love watching it evolve and watching it grow. I believe in what they are doing," said Tessia Harman.

Harman wants to continue making a difference. She volunteers hundreds of hours every year, putting together thousands of individual chocolates.

"When you are doing an event that is this large, we probably spend two months working on how we are going to execute the production of chocolate and make sure everything comes together well," said Harman.

But for chococaltiers, even the best plan, could come crashing down.

"I think the most stressful part is transportation. Making sure that the small and large sculptures stay intact and still stand," said Harman.

"We say that tempering chocolate gives you a temper. It is very temperamental," said Harman.

The most difficult piece of chocolate art is the first sculpture you see walking through the front door.

"We spend two days pouring all the individual pieces and making each individual flower pedal. We create our own transfer sheets for all the color splattering that you see we did that ourselves by taking some Cocoa Cocoa butter and putting in it with dark chocolate and some shimmer dust and that way it has a nice shine and shaping it individually."

It's a masterpiece, that some guests aren't happy just looking at.

"We have had people in the past nibble off the sculptures, but we recommend not doing that," said Mallow.

This was the 5th annual Sweet Escapes fundraiser for Community Link. Organizers expect to raise close to from this year's event.

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