Chocolate Fest

Chocolate Truffles!

By Taylor Fengya

At Chocolate Fest this year, a handful of vendors will be bringing samples of their delicious chocolate truffles to Dallara on Saturday, October 17! Have you ever wondered what ingredients are in truffles or how they are made? You’re in luck! Try out this recipe from Food Network. You won’t be disappointed!


10 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped fine

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

½ cup heavy cream

1 tablespoon light corn syrup

¼ cup brandy

½ cup Dutch process cocoa powder, finely chopped nuts, and/or toasted coconut, for coating truffles

8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped fine


  1. Place the 10 ounces of chocolate and butter in a medium size glass mixing bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds. Remove and stir, and repeat this process 1 more time. Set aside.
  2. Heat the heavy cream and corn syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat until simmering. Remove from the heat and pour the mixture over the melted chocolate mixture; let stand for 2 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, stir gently, starting in the middle of bowl and working in concentric circles until all chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth and creamy. Gently stir in the brandy. Pour the mixture into an 8 by 8-inch glass baking dish and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  3. Using a melon baller, scoop chocolate onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and return to the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  4. Place the cocoa powder, nuts, and/or toasted coconut each in its own pie pan and set aside.
  5. In the meantime, place the 8 ounces of chocolate into a medium mixing bowl which is sitting on top of a heating pad lined bowl, with the heating pad set to medium. Depending on the heating pad, you may need to adjust the heat up or down. Stirring the chocolate occasionally, test the temperature of the chocolate and continue heating until it reaches 90 to 92 degrees F; do not allow the chocolate to go above 94 degrees F. If you do, the coating will not have a nice snap to it when you bite into the chocolate. Once you have reached the optimal temperature, adjust the heat to maintain it.
  6. Remove the truffles from the refrigerator and shape into balls by rolling between the palms of your hands. Use powder-free vinyl or latex gloves, if desired.
  7. Dip an ice cream scoop into the chocolate and turn upside down to remove excess chocolate. Place truffles 1 at time into the scoop and roll around until coated. Then place the truffle into the dish with either the cocoa powder, nuts or coconut. Move the truffle around to coat; leave truffle in the coating for 10 to 15 seconds before removing. In the meantime, continue placing the chocolate-coated truffles in the cocoa or other secondary coating. After 10 to 15 seconds, remove the truffle to a parchment lined sheet pan. Repeat until all truffles are coated. Allow to set in a cool dry place for at least 1 hour; or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Truffles are best when served at room temperature.

To view the recipe online, click here.

Brown, Alton. “Chocolate Truffles.” Food Network, 2004. Accessed August 3, 2015.


Have you marked your calendar?

By Taylor Fengya
We are now just about 2 ½ months away from Chocolate Fest, Arts for Learning’s largest and most delicious annual fundraiser! This year, Chocolate Fest will be held on Saturday, October 17 from noon – 4pm at the Dallara IndyCar Factory in Speedway.

Tickets can be purchased beginning Saturday, September 5th on our website. Pre-sale tickets will cost $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 3-13 (2 and under are FREE). Tickets AT THE DOOR will cost $20 for adults and $5 for children ages 3-13 (2 and under are FREE). You are encouraged to by your tickets beforehand to eliminate long lines to get into the event!

Just in case you are curious to see who has come on board as a vendor for Chocolate Fest this year, here is the vendor list thus far:

  1. Sun King Brewing Co.
  2. Peacetree Mountain Truffles
  3. SoBro Café
  4. Schakolad Chocolate Factory
  5. Louise’s Sweets
  6. Confection Delights
  7. Wicked Suga
  8. The Best Chocolate in Town
  9. Mallow Run Winery
  10. Butler Winery
  11. Endangered Species Chocolate
  12. Donaldson’s Finer Chocolates
  13. Greenfield Chocolates comprised of Litterally Divine Chocolates and J. Evelyn Confections
  14. Simply Divine Cupcakes
  15. Chilly Water Brewing Co.
  16. Hubbard & Cravens
  17. Simple Taste Inc.
  18. Princess Confections

Out of this list, eleven have been vendors at Chocolate Fest in previous years. We are excited to welcome them back! We are also thrilled to welcome for the first time Peacetree Mountain Truffles, SoBro Café, Butler Winery, Donaldson’s Finer Chocolates, Simply Divine Cupcakes, Simple Taste, and Chilly Water Brewing Co who will be providing both beer and a chocolate dessert! It is always great to “sweeten up” this event with new vendors!

Don’t worry—we aren’t stopping here! We are actively seeking out another 5 chocolate shops, bakeries, or restaurants with unique chocolate desserts for this year’s Chocolate Fest. We are confident that our new additions will add a nice variety to this already versatile list of vendors!

Be sure to add this event to your calendar and spread the word to your fellow chocolate-lovers, beer and wine connoisseurs, family, friends, and colleagues. We don’t want anyone to be left out! We know that everyone will be able to find something to enjoy at Chocolate Fest—from a variety of chocolate samples and desserts, to beer and wine, and art stations, it’s an event for everyone!

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Vendor Highlights!

By Taylor Fengya

This week, we would like to welcome back The Best Chocolate in Town and Mallow Run Winery for Chocolate Fest on Saturday, October 17 from noon – 4pm at the Dallara IndyCar Factory!  Both vendors have participated at this delicious event in the past, and we are very excited that they will be joining us again this year!

The Best Chocolate in Town has been a vendor for the past two years, and we hope they are as excited as we are to see them return!  This year, The Best Chocolate in Town will be handing out samples of their peanut butter crunch along with an assortment of truffles.  The Best Chocolate in Town will also be selling assorted chocolates: truffles, caramels, peanut butter crunch, and dipped pretzels and Oreos!

Best Chocolate in Town

Mallow Run Winery participated in last year’s Chocolate Fest and will be returning this year to hand out samples of 6-7 varieties of wine!  In addition, Mallow Run will be selling wine by the glass and bottle for guests who would like more than just a taste!  Mallow Run, along with our other beer and wine vendors, will be located in an exclusive room at the event for guests 21 and older.

Mallow Run

Interested in trying out The Best Chocolate in Town or Mallow Run Winery?  Come to Chocolate Fest on Saturday, October 17 from noon – 4pm at the Dallara IndyCar Factory in Speedway, IN!  Invite your friends and family—everyone should be given the opportunity to attend this delicious event!

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Chocolate Fest Vendor Highlights!

By Taylor Fengya

This week we would like to introduce to you Wicked Suga and Butler Winery, our two newest confirmed vendors for Chocolate Fest on October 17 from noon – 4pm at the Dallara IndyCar Factory in Speedway!

Wicked Suga, a Chocolate Fest 2014 vendor, will be returning this year with delicious samples of their cotton candy and butterscotch-caramel corn.  In addition, they will be selling old fashioned hand-pulled taffy, gourmet caramel apples, candied cashews, and pretzel bark!

We would also like to announce that Butler Winery of Bloomington, IN has come on board as our first wine vendor!  We are thrilled to have them as a first-time vendor at Chocolate Fest on October 17 and hope that you all are as excited as we are!

Please invite all of your friends and family to Chocolate Fest this year!  It’s event that people of all ages will enjoy!

Be sure to follow Chocolate Fest on Twitter (@ChocFestIndy), Instagram (@chocfestindy), and Facebook!