Sweet and sumptuous

Chocoholic Frolic sweetens pot for Literacy Council
Feb. 08, 2013 @ 07:33 PM

There are not sufficient words to describe the second annual Chocoholic Frolic benefiting the Literacy Council of Union County.

Delicious? No, not glorious enough. Ambrosial, perhaps? Nectarous even.

A concentration of cacao settled on Crossroads Ford in Indian Trail Thursday night for the event chocolate-lovers talked about all year. About 200 guests were expected to sample chocolate brought by 21 Union County businesses, Literacy Council Board member and Chocoholic Frolic co-chair Caroline Cate said.

“We had 17 vendors last year,” Cate said. “So this year, it means there’s more chocolate for everybody.”

It was a Nirvana for the sweet tooth, a Valhalla for sugary appetites, the Tír na nÓg of dreamy desserts, possibly even the Elysian Fields of decadent confections. It was chocolate as far as the eye could see. Chocoholics dipped strawberries in milk chocolate fondue, partook of raspberry truffle ice cream, chomped white-chocolate covered grapes, noshed rich chocolate mousse, devoured chocolate-peanut butter fudge and nibbled bacon strips enrobed in chocolate and sprinkled with curry powder. In every corner were piles of coconut buttercream chocolate cupcakes and stately rows of layered chocolate and toffee desserts.

Scores of people stood around glassy-eyed, smiling dopily into the distance after tasting some little chocolate creation. Have you tried the chocolate and potato chips yet, they asked each other. They made first one round to each of the 21 vendors, then doubled back for one more bite of their favorite sweet.

All that bounty was available for a small fee, an amount that goes toward the Literacy Council’s annual fundraising goal, Cate said.

“That goes to pay for our computer lab, books for our students, training for our tutors,” she said.

The Literacy Council provides free tutoring for Union County adults who have trouble reading or who never learned to read. Most of their students - about 80 percent - are parents with children in school, Cate said. They come to the Literacy Council for tutoring so they can read to their kids and help them with homework.

The Literacy Council set the Frolic’s fundraising goal at $10,000, but the event does more than provide funding.

“It’s mainly where we get to spread awareness of our mission and involve the community,” Cate said. “There are 21 businesses here, learning about the Literacy Council. They’re going to tell their customers, and they will tell their friends. We’ve had volunteers and donors contact us because they heard about us through the Chocoholic Frolic.”