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Chocolatiers for a day

Ruby Nelson is surrounded by helping hands as she creates chocolate Easter eggs on Saturday. Nelson was one of five who won a chance to be a chocolatier for a day. See page 1B for more photos. Ruby Nelson is surrounded by helping hands as she creates chocolate Easter eggs on Saturday. Nelson was one of five who won a chance to be a chocolatier for a day. See page 1B for more photos. Photo by Margaret A. Ontl1 / 2
Each of the five winners could bring a friend along, for the children it was an adult. From the left, are Dave Knoke owner of Knoke's Chocolates, winner Jill Redmond, her niece Haley Trudeau, Katie Gherty, winner Sue Gherty, winner Lauren Goulette, her aunt Marie Planski, winner Ruby Nelson and her dad Todd Nelson. Photo by Margaret A. Ontl2 / 2

For five lucky individuals, Saturday brought chocolate making to life. Knoke's Chocolates offered a contest tied in with the recent Phipps Children's Theatre production of "Willy Wonka Junior." Dave Knoke created a special milk chocolate candy bar for sale as the Golden Chocolate Bar. Five of the 1,250 bars sold had a golden ticket in them. Those who found a golden ticket in their bars received tickets to the play and a chance to be a chocolatier for a day.

Knoke and his staff rolled out the red carpet for the winners. All of them had a chance to make an assortment of delicacies, chocolate covered strawberries and potato chips, chocolate Easter eggs and butterflies. The adult winners also visited each work station which included bagging specialty items as well as cupping and boxing truffles and caramels. Sampling the products was a bonus feature.

The winners took home not only chocolate of their own creation but a deeper knowledge of the inside 'magic' that makes chocolate the specialty treat everyone seems to love.

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