Seventeen enter delectable sweets in Dessert Wars
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Twice as many entries competed for top honors in last Thursday’s Dessert Wars, giving taste-testers twice as many delectable sweets to sample.
Seventeen contestants entered 19 desserts compared to eight entries last year in the Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Dessert Wars.
Coordinator Courtney Burke said they were very pleased with the increased number this year, and are looking forward to next year’s event.
Sixty-five people submitted votes for People’s Choice. The top vote-getter, by one slim vote, was Juana Moreno’s layered strawberry cake. She received a specially designed apron as her prize.
Second place went to Lance Howard with his triple citrus cheesecake decorated with gummy bears. Third place was won by Emma Jenkins and her lemon bars.
Howard and Jenkins, both of Imperial, received goodie bags with miscellaneous cooking utensils.
All of the remaining contestants received participation ribbons from the Chamber.
The Chamber changed this year’s contest slightly by having everyone compete in one division. Last year, there were three individual classes for pies, cakes/tortes and a children’s division.
Here are the other Dessert Wars contestants and their entries:
Merrilyn Leibbrandt—Twinkie cakes.
Jana Pribbeno—Coca-Cola cake.
Virginia Kimble—Oreo truffle dessert.
Joslyn Kimble—Strawberry jam sandwich cookies.
Annabelle Kimble—Red, white and blue Rice Krispie bars.
Carleigh Lewis—Oreo brownie cupcakes.
Olivia Eckert—Tiramisu (Italian cake).
Tom Elder—(2) Rhubarb bars and rhubarb cookies.
Samantha Ritchie—Bacon-wrapped doughnuts.
Kendra Burke—Cookie Monster cupcakes.
Karen Hayes—Salted caramel cheesecake.
Barb Prottsman (2)—Peanut butter chocolate dessert and banana toffee brownies.
Christy Colson—Rhubarb dream bars.
Jenna Lewis—Peanut butter chocolate cake.