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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Women create sweets and treats for church fund-raiser

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  • They may not really be “sugar plum fairies,” but the women of Trinity Heights United Methodist Church have been hard at work the past several weeks working their magic in the kitchen and creating various sweets and treats for the church’s upcoming holiday bazaar. “We do have a lot of fun,” said volunteer Pat Rosing. The church will host a Chocolate Walk and Christmas Around the World Bazaar from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the church, which is on Boyd Street across from Newton High School. It is one of several church bazaars in town this weekend. About 25 volunteers from Trinity Heights have been working for three weeks to prepare all the candies, including chocolate-covered cherries wrapped in almond panache and then dripped in dark chocolate; milk chocolates with caramel and hazelnut filling; almond clusters; chocolate lollipops; decorated cake balls; fudge; almond bark; and more. Volunteers are kept busy manning eight ovens and also baking cookies and brownies. Rosing said the women specialize in coming up with creative combinations for their sweet treats. “You never know what you’re going to eat,” she said. “(The volunteers) have fun trying to outdo each other on their decorations.” One unique item the group has created is milk chocolate-covered Wasabi peas. Rosing enjoys eating this treat, but she jokes that the candy is quite hot and you should keep a “fire extinguisher” nearby as you try it. “It is very good,” she said. The church’s “Chocolate Walk” consists of eight tables filled with goodies. You can grab a box and fill it with whatever chocolates you like. Your box then will be weighed, and the cost is $6 per pound. Also at the bazaar will be various vendors, such doll clothes for 18-inch, “American Girl” style dolls; crafts from a church in Zimbabwe; and designer cross necklaces. The funds raised by the bazaar are donated to various local organizations that support women and children, Rosing said. Last year, the church donated $500 each to Respite Care, Heart-to-Heart, the Sunset Elementary School Backpack Food Program, Health Ministries and the Harvey County Safe House.
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