Lauren Rose Hofland of Sheboygan, Wisconsin is the winner of the Kohler Chocolate Brandy Sip it or Savor it Recipe Contest.
The first, second, and third place winners were chosen last night in the Kohler Design Center’s Appley Theatre during the 2017 Kohler Food & Wine event, which is taking place this weekend. The host for the event was Amy Hanten, “The Cooking Mom,” who hosts a cooking/lifestyle called Fox 11’s Living with Amy, which appears on Green Bay’s Fox affiliate station.
Hofland’s winning entry was Austrian Steam, a warm drink that combines Kohler Original Recipe hot chocolate, Kohler Dark Chocolate Brandy, and Jake’s Ginger Tea. The concoction is heated and garnished with whipped cream and chopped pieces of Kohler Savory Dark Chocolate. During her presentation, Hofland recited an Edgar Allan Poe poem that she modified to include references to Kohler and chocolate.
Second place went to LaRon Buettner, of Shawano, Wisconsin for his Swan Surprise on Chocolate Pond, a swan-shaped dessert similar to a cream puff, swimming on a pond of chocolate brandy sauce.
Third place went to Michael Kroes of McFarland, Wisconsin, for his Kohler Dark Chocolate Brandy Soufflé.
The other two finalists were Kasey Klein of Waldo, Wisconsin and Eric Ehmann of Appleton, Wisconsin.
Kasey’s creation was called Dark Chocolate Praline: Two Bites Make You Say “Whoopee!” Pies. Her recipe consisted of a pecan praline and fluffly cream cheese and chocolate filling sandwiched between two soft chocolate cookies. Eric’s creation was a “Kohler Hodag” spiced drink in honor of his home town of Rhinelander’s mascot, the Hodag.
Judges for the event were David and Nina Kohler of Kohler Co., Evan Hughes of Central Standard Craft Brewery, and Marcus Collier of Delaware North Green Bay Sports Service. The audience also participated in voting for their favorites.
First Prize was the Ultimate LODGE KOHLER Getaway – a weekend of choice in November or December 2017, that includes two room nights for up to two guests in a Terrace Suite at the AAA Four-Diamond LODGE KOHLER – the brand new premiere hotel in Green Bay’s Titletown – total of four spa services at the KOHLER Waters SPA at LODGE KOHLER, and a special bonus prize presented upon arrival.
Second Prize was a 2018 Kohler Food and Wine Giveaway – two room nights in the Five-Diamond, Five-Star American Club and two all-access passes to the exclusive 2018 Kohler Food and Wine experience.
Third Prize was the Ultimate Destination Kohler Get Away – two room nights at the Five-Diamond, Five-Star American Club and choice of four rounds of golf on Whistling Straits or Blackwolf Run, or four spa services at the Five-Star KOHLER Water SPA, a leader in hydrotherapy experiences.