The awesome benefit of chocolate

Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, German chocolate, Dutch chocolate, walnuts, almonds, cherries, whipped cream, fudge – and all of it for a good cause.

It was a chocolate lovers delight at the 21st annual Chocolate Festival at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Colusa.

“This is a fabulous event, there are so many delicious items to choose from,” said Barbara Donnelly.

The goal of the Chocolate Festival is to raise money to help those in need.

“The proceeds from the event help with the Colusa County Food Basket project, and to continue providing meals with ‘A Hand Up,’” said Arnold.

‘A Hand Up’ is a local organization that provides meals for the hungry served each week at noon on Monday, and at 5 PM on Wednesday and Friday, at the First Presbyterian Church in Colusa.

Gerry Hernandez said that she looks forward to the event each year.

“I love all of the desserts. Each time they bring something out new, I want to try it.” said Hernandez. “But there is so much, you can’t try it all.”

“We had over 130 cakes this year,” said Arlene Arnold, event coordinator. “I know my oven was baking cakes for two days just to prepare.”

Arnold said that the cakes she prepared were from her mothers cookbook.

“They are recipes from World War II. They were fun to make,” said Arnold.

While Arnold prepared a small number of cakes, many of the cakes and desserts were prepared and donated by community members.

“Every year, Toni Ann Roach comes to the back door of the church and delivers her German Chocolate Cakes,” said Arnold. “People ask for it. It’s delicious.”

In addition to the sweet treats, the group held a silent auction and sells handmade wreaths for the holidays.

“Each year Jan Orr and Joyce Keller decorate a Christmas tree to be auctioned off,” said Arnold. “It’s fully decorated, the winner takes the tree and all its decorations.”

Another item featured in the auction was a ice chest filled with fresh-cut beef from Broken Box Ranch. ■

Lloyd Green Jr. is the Owner and Publisher of the Williams Pioneer Review. He is dedicated in publishing the news and informing the community of Colusa County. Lloyd has been with the publication since 2008, and purchased the business in 2010. Under his ownership the newspaper has grown significantly in subscriptions, publishes weekly, and obtained the title of Newspaper of General Circulation by the Superior Court of Colusa County in Sept. 2007. Lloyd is also the director of advertising, classified manager, legal notice clerk, and circulation manager. To contact Lloyd, email him at or call (530) 458-4141 ext. 100.