Chocolate Classic

Chocolate Classic will satisfy your sweet tooth

Cookies and cupcakes, some truffles and maybe some sweet apple pie.

There will be only place to find all the sweet treats one can imagine during the 42nd annual University of Okoboji Winter Games.

The Chocolate Classic & Galleria sponsored by the Mary Lynn Ingvall Real Estate Team at the Dickinson County Expo Center in Spirit Lake.

“It’s kind of like a dessert version of the Chili Cook-Off,” said Kiley Zankowski, director of membership and events for the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. “Businesses, nonprofits, groups of people bring in recipes for some kind of dessert — it can be anything from cookies to chunks of fudge or edible cookie dough — and people who attend pay one dollar for one ticket and can exchange that for whatever sweet treat they choose.”

The dessert destination is open from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, and visitors can purchase as many tickets as they’d like.

They will also receive one voting ticket to cast for their favorite treat, which will be announced at the end of the event.

“It’s a ton of fun to see the creativity people come up with,” Zankowski said. “A few people come back every year and a lot of times come up with different things and another cool thing is that it’s also a fundraiser for a lot of the businesses and groups. For every dollar spent on a ticket, half goes back to the booth, so you’ll see different booths like Relay For Life, After Prom and many others all fundraising for wonderful causes and activities. It’s a fun way to give back and enjoy some desserts.”

She advises getting to the expo center early to be able to sample as many sweets as possible.

People can also load up on treats to go if they’re need to hurry off to another event.

“Even if a lot of vendors make 300-500 pieces they run out quick, so you’ll want to get there as fast as you can,” Zankowski said.

In between bites of dessert, visitors can also do a bit of shopping with the Galleria side of the event with wide range of vendors from near and far.

“It’s really a fun event with a lot of rich history,” Zankowski said. “It’s great for all ages and it’s nice and warm there inside the expo building.”

Sweet tooth, satisfied.