So Much Chocolate

Chocolate Madness 2012 was an event that I will not soon forget. It was full of sweet delights, delicious appetizers, fun with friends, and all for a good cause. Chocolate Madness is an event that raises money for NARAL Pro Choice Massachusetts and helps NARAL to further its mission of being able to develop and sustain a grassroots constituency that uses the political process to guarantee every woman the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices.

The event was held at the Cyclorama in the South End, an impressive space that has held a variety of events including Taste of the South End and Wine Riot.


I arrived early, per usual, checked in as a judge and was soon joined by Daisy, Rachel, and Elizabeth for the opening reception.

The reception appetizers were incredible. I was hungry, and Choice Catering put out a beautiful spread. There were little tartlets filled with cheese, pepper, and olives, cucumbers topped with hummus, shrimp salad wraps, chicken skewers and several other options. I am not kidding; I parked myself at that table.


Although I was invited to be a judge of the chocolate, I have to admit that I would take tuna tartare over a cupcake pretty much any day, any time. These gorgeous Caprese skewers were also a hit. I made something similar for my husband’s birthday last year, and they were a crowd pleaser, not to mention so easy.

Caprese skewers

This food was seriously good. Can you tell I liked it?


After the reception, it was time to do our duty as judges. I was at the Heavenly Homemade and Sublimely Sweet table.

judging table

Initially, I only saw the judging sheet for four items. I could do this, piece of cake. Winking smile

I liked my first bite  (which ended up being a chocolate peanut butter roulade from Amanda’s Cakes and Things) so much that I ate the whole thing. It was a few bites in that I realized we had an additional four items to judge. Still, the roulade was amazing, especially the frosting, and it was worth being a little full for the rest of the judging.

chocolate peanut butter

My other favorite desserts included a peanut butter chocolate fudge brownie from Butter Girl Baking Co. and the chocolate carrot cupcake from Cares Bakery. What a fun combination!


In addition to the category we were judging, we also got to wander the event and taste some of the other amazing treats. Honestly, I was pretty full after judging, but I enjoyed looking at all of the creativity and deliciousness in the room.

amazing cake - Amanda Oakleaf


Butter Girl

And I nabbed one of these chocolate mousse parfaits from Union to go. It was divine.

Union Boston


I loved getting to see Robin from Doves and Figs. She makes great jam and here incorporated it into cupcakes.

Doves and Figs

I heard that over 600 chocolate lovers eventually attended the event. That’s a lot of chocolate and a lot of support for women’s rights which is pretty sweet.

chocolate carrot cake

And now I sign off for the weekend. It will be great to unplug a little, that’s for sure. We have some boat cleaning and waxing to do in preparation for the big launch back into the ocean, and I might try to get a massage. Mostly, I just don’t want to spend the weekend in front of a computer, iPad, phone, or anything else that connects me to the world. I need a break!

Have a great weekend!

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  1. Michelle’s avatar

    Enjoy the weekend! I need to definitely unplug and unwind too….let’s just hope it happens!


  2. Daisy’s avatar

    so great to see you! enjoy the weekend!!


  3. Elizabeth’s avatar

    Can this be a weekly occurrence? ;)


  4. Erica @ In and Around Town’s avatar

    I don’t know how you would even begin to judge an event like that!


  5. Michelle Collins’s avatar

    Looks like a fantastic event, for a great cause!


  6. Colleen @ Culinary Colleen’s avatar

    Looks like a great event, and I’m with you on the tuna tartare over dessert!


  7. melissanibbles’s avatar

    The chocolate carrotcake cupcake sounds intriguing! Enjoy your weekend!


  8. Carolyn Cope’s avatar

    Thank you for judging the event and for tasting our Chocolate Carrot Cupcakes! I’m so glad you had fun! See you next year :-)

    ~Carolyn (from Care’s Bakery)


    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      Thanks for commenting! I didn’t get to see where the cupcakes were from, but I will update my post now. They were delicious and so creative! :)


    2. Shani’s avatar

      We were there too, later. My favorite thing was the malted milk ball macaroons! All those cupcakes tend to fill you up fast.


    3. Megan’s avatar

      I wish I had been able to go. This event had my name written all over it. All of the savory bites you had look amazing too!


    4. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

      This sounded like an incredible event! Lucky you to judge it :)


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