Parkview Adventist Medical Center – Hospital in Brunswick, Maine

Fudge Contest

Posted Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

A FUDGE CONTEST BATTLE TO THE END!

Oh Yummy Fudge, oh yummy fudge
How lovely are you eaten
Oh Yummy Fudge, oh yummy fudge
Oh how you love my taste buds.
You come along and make me smile
You cheer me up when in denial
Oh Yummy Fudge, oh yummy fudge,
How lovely are you eaten.
~ John Henry

AND IS IT NOT TRUE THAT FUDGE IS BETTER EATEN THAN SET ON A SHELF TO BE LOOKED AT?

THE JUDGES OF THE SECOND ANNUAL PARKVIEW FUDGE CONTEST, SPONSORED BY THE FRIENDS OF PARKVIEW AUXILIARY, ALL NODDED IN UNISON WHEN POSED THAT QUESTION. THOSE LUCKY JUDGES: THE VENERABLE VOLUNTEER ROLAND BOUCHARD, EPICURIAN AUXILIARY MEMBER AND VOLUNTEER VICTORIA ROBERTSON, AMIABLE VOLUNTEER ALISHA HAMILTON AND THE EVER EFFERVESCENT PT REHAB GURU KAREN CHAMMINGS.

ALL FOUR ACCEPTED THE CHALLENGE THAT OTHERS WOULD COWER IN FEAR IN A CORNER TO AVOID: TASTE, NIBBLE, DELIGHT IN DELICIOUS FUDGE AND THEN VOTE ON THEIR FAVORITES. NOT AN EASY TASK WHEN THERE WERE 17…THAT’S RIGHT….17 DIFFERENT KINDS OF FUDGE!! “AND EVERY PIECE WAS A DELIGHTFUL MORSEL OF HEAVEN!” ROLAND BOUCHARD WAS OVERHEARD SAYING. SMILES ON ALL FOUR FACES, SEVERAL CLOSED THEIR EYES AS THEY TASTED ONE PIECE AFTER ANOTHER, SIPPING WATER IN BETWEEN TO CLEANSE THE PALATE. AUXILIARY MEMBER AND VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR EXTRAORDINAIRE SUE MARLEY PROVIDED THE LAUGHS AND THE GOOD LUCK CHICKEN APTLY TITLED ‘ME WANT FUDGE’ ON THE SIDELINES TO HELP CHEER THE TASTE TESTERS ALONG. “THAT’S MY FAVORITE, YES, THAT ONE,” VICKI ROBERTSON WHISPERED. THEN, MOMENTS LATER SHE FOLLOWED UP WITH, “NO, THIS ONE. THIS IS DEFINITELY IT!”

THE FUDGE, WHICH VARIED FROM DARK CHOCOLATE TO PEANUT BUTTER TO VANILLA AND CHEESECAKE, WAS LOVINGLY BAKED BY AMBITIOUS PARKVIEW EMPLOYEES. AFTER TASTE TESTING ALL 17 VARIETIES, JUDGES FILLED OUT THEIR OFFICIAL BALLOTS. WHEN VOTES WERE TABULATED, THE JUDGES FACED SUGAR SHOCK (AGAIN) WHEN IT WAS DEEMED THEY’D HAVE TO RETASTE FOR A TIE BREAKER.

THE JUDGES DID WHAT ANY TRUE SOLDIER WOULD DO: THEY BELLIED UP AND FORCED MORE CHOCOLATE DOWN. WE OWE THE FOUR JUDGES A SALUTE AND OUR HEARTY THANKS FOR THEIR SELFLESSNESS IN THE FACE OF FUDGE BATTLE.

TO THE WINNERS, THE SPOILS!! SUE MARLEY, A COSTUME DESIGNER ON THE SIDE, CREATED A LOVELY WINNER’S CROWN FOR THE FIRST PLACE PRIZE AND ADORABLE ITTY BITTY RUNNER UP TROPHIES. COULD THERE REALLY BE A LOSER WHEN IT COMES TO AMAZING FUDGE?

HEREWITH, THE WINNERS OF THE 2ND ANNUAL PARKVIEW FUDGE CONTEST:

Tory Ryden…first place winner….. with her delicious BlueBerry Cheese Cake Fudge

Marsha Penhaker….second place winner…..with her delightful white chocolate peppermint walnut fudge

Gil Michaud and his gang…..third place winner….with his delectable Chocolate Fudge

THE FUDGE THAT THE JUDGES JUST COULDN’T WORK THEIR WAY THROUGH WAS WRAPPED UP AND SOLD IN THE AUXILIARY MAY BASKET SALE. THESE WERE BEAUTIFUL BASKETS MADE BY STUDENTS AT PINE TREE ACADEMY. THIS IS ONE HUNGRY, OR REALLY SMART STAFF! EVERY PIECE OF FUDGE WAS SOLD WITHIN TWO HOURS! $250 WAS RAISED BY THE 2ND ANNUAL PARKVIEW FUDGE SALE AND EVERY PENNY WENT TO THE AMAZING FRIENDS OF PARKVIEW AUXILIARY WHICH HAS PAID FOR ALL OF THE RECENT RENOVATIONS AROUND THE HOSPITAL INCLUDING: THE FRONT LOBBY, THE WAYFINDING SIGN IN THE FRONT OF THE HOSPITAL, THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT WAITING AREA, THE MED SURG/ICU WAITING AREA AND THE CAFETERIA AND OUTDOOR SEATING AREAS. KUDOS TO ALL THAT THEY DO AND KUDOS FOR ALL OF YOU FOR TAKING PART IN THE GREAT FUDGE CONTEST AND SALE! GET THOSE FUDGE RECIPES TOGETHER NOW! WE’LL SEE YOU FOR THE 3RD ANNUAL FUDGE CONTEST AROUND MAY DAY 2013!

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