The Scharffen Berger Chocolate Adventure Contest


Oh my gosh. I am so excited about this. The Scharffen Berger Chocolate Adventure Contest launched this week. And the theme is sandwich cookies. Think s’mores, whoopie pies, ice cream sandwiches, macarons and more.

Are you up for the adventure? I hope so because Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker and invite you to enter the fabulous, 6th annual Chocolate Adventure Contest. So go ahead … invent, create, and explore the boundaries of your own culinary imagination. This year the contest accepts entries in one category — Sandwich Cookies — for the chance to win a $25,000 grand prize.

Yes. Twenty. Five. Thousand. Dollars! Oh my.

Plus… Ten honoree winners will receive an engraved iPad.

Pretty sweet prizes!


To be eligible, combine any Scharffen Berger chocolate or cocoa with one or more of the following 12 select “adventure ingredients” in an original recipe.

  • Banana
  • Sweet Potato
  • Cacao Nibs
  • Yerba Mate
  • Coconut Cream or milk
  • Tapioca or tapioca flour
  • Tequila
  • Sumatra Coffee
  • Corn Meal
  • Pine Nuts
  • Chili Pepper
  • Fresh Ginger

Sounds fun. And adventurous!


The contest period is October 1 – January 2, 2013 which is great because that’s plenty of time to come up with some amazing and hopefully prize-worthy recipes. Yes, recipes plural.

Each contestant can enter up to 10 recipes. That means more chances to win.

So start baking. I can’t way to see your creative twists on the sandwich cookie.

And I can’t wait to taste them, too…because I am one of the judges again this year along with John Scharffen Berger, Top Chef Elizabeth Falkner, Matt Armendariz (Matt Bites) and renowned and author Alice Medrich. Here’s a look at the last time I judged – so much fun.

It’s going to be a tough and tasty job.

You can submit your recipes and view the complete contest details at

If you have questions after visiting the site and reading the rules, feel free to reach out to



Up for the adventure? Think you have a $25,000 sandwich cookie recipe?

What adventure ingredient sounds the most fun to work with?

I’m so excited for you guys and I hope someone that reads this site wins.

Good luck and happy, adventurous baking!


Credits: Matt Armendariz photographer, Elizabeth Colling food stylist, Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker chocolate

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33 comments on “The Scharffen Berger Chocolate Adventure Contest”

  1. Totally inspired but my first shot at writing a recipe!!! Yikes! A : )

  2. just as Ernest answered I’m startled that people can profit $5493 in 1 month on the computer. did you see this web page

  3. I would absolutely LOVE to enter, but alas, I am only 17 :( I was hoping to enter to fund my education next year in culinary school. I’m still going to experiment with this challenge, though.

  4. I had just stacked up some butterscotch pumpkin whoopie pies with salted caramel cream cheese icing when I saw THIS! IM slowly starting a home baking business with whoopie pies as my staple. They’re so fun to make! And so much more convenient. They are..the new cupcake. This contest is right up my alley! Tis’ destiny!

  5. Gosh, I really need to enter this year! I’ve seen this contest the past couple of years and always get too busy in the fall to remember it before the deadline hits. Marking it on my calendar this time! :)

  6. I think I am going to put coconut on top of a chocolate hersheys bar! What do you think? I have some coconut left over from oh a year or so ago. And i can just buy some chocolate at wherever. IS this a genius idea or what??

  7. My daughter and I are going to enter this fabulous contest. Aspen is 18, and she never liked it in the kitchen until she was a Barista at, Creme, a French Bakery in Seal Beach, Calif. This bakery is the real item. When we saw this contest she started putting together ingredients and exploring other ones also. Thank you for being you. kerbe

  8. How stinkin’ fun! I am totally entering this!! Putting on my baking pants when I head home tonight!

  9. Great contest!! Must put my ideas to work!! Cannot wait ;)

  10. Sooo going to enter this! I have a couple of recipes that will be perfect for this!

  11. Time to start baking, I will definitely enter this contest. I’ve never entered a contest before but it sounds like fun. I’m sure its pretty great to judge too. Thanks for the info.

  12. Bakerella, everything you do is simply amazing.

  13. bakerella, your such an inspiration and this contest would be just so amazing to be in. Everything in your site is just simply beautiful and i thank you for boosting up my wanting-to-bake-all-the-time side because my family loves how creative i can get just because you made it happen. i hope i can be as imaginative as you in my future baking career :-)


  14. What a fabulous contest!!! ; P
    Do you know how to make the smores of the trird photo??
    It looks yummy!!!!
    Congratulations for your work, Bakerella!! All delicious!!

  15. I am thinking sweet potato whoopie pie with a brownsugar, coconut milk cream cheese filling dipped half way dipped in dark chocolate, Sumatra coffee ganache! I know its a train wreck but I’m adventurous and not afraid to go for it!
    Also I just found this site.( I know I’ve been under a rock) I am in love with your techniques and ideas! Thank you Thank you :)

  16. Sweet blessings to you!

    Thank you for creating Bakerella, Ms. Angel Angie. Not only do you share your clever cake how-tos. you also help readers enter contests which could result in fabulous mixers and pocketbooks lined with much money.

    Congratulations, again, on the launch of your Christmas recipe book =)

  17. Sounds fun! Maybe if we move fast enough I can break out my baking goods in time =P

  18. *mouth waters-drool drool.* this is amazing!

  19. Thats sooo cool but is it open international?

  20. My head is spinning with ideas. This is awesome.

  21. Boo-urns………… USA only. :( No fair!!!

  22. That is SO COOL. Bakerella, I am IN LOVE WITH YOUR PAGE! I’m 13, and I want to be a baker! (: Can you please check out my blog? It would mean SO MUCH. Thanks! (: <3

  23. Sounds epic! Too bad it’s not international D:

  24. I’m starting now. Any great ideas Bakerella?

  25. O MY WHOOPIE PIES!!! I am getting started on whipping me up a winning Whoopie Pie…I love your website, and so happy to see your loving, and happy face. You are a genius.
    Thank you, and blessings to you and your family and friends.
    Kathy Erbe

  26. YES! This will be fun!

  27. Will enter if I can think of something, not much of a baker :(

  28. I didn’t hear about last year’s until a little too late. I’m definitely going to have to enter this year. I just need to figure out what qualifies as chili pepper if I pick that ingredient, because I have everything from chipotles to ghost chilies in my house.

  29. I’m thinking chocolate and coconut. Yummy…

  30. This is one of those times where I wish I knew how to bake!

  31. This looks so cool! Congrats!

  32. I didn’t get a chance to enter last year and I am so excited to enter this year! You just gave me the best excuse to get off my pregnant butt and bake! I dont think the hubby would mind if it meant $25k!

  33. I’m definitely entering this. Thanks.

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