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Sewickley Walk Attracts Chocolate Lovers for Valentine's Day: PHOTOS

Sewickley Chocolate Walk serves up a variety of chocolate delights, from chocolate goat cheese to chocolate wine.

With maps in hand, participants of the inaugural Sewickley Chocolate Walk walked through February snow to visit a number of businesses serving delectable treats.

The Chocolate Walk included a number of businesses serving up samples of everything from a chocolate goat cheese spread to chocolate wine.

Jennifer Markus of Village Green Partners, estimated at least 100 people attended Wednesday's walk, including 78 people who checked-in at Wolcott Park with tickets.

The final head count was 125 participants, according to Alex DeLoia of Village Green, organizer of the event, who felt the turnout was great for the first walk and on what turned out to be a snowy evening.

"We've received nothing but positive and constructive comments from attendees. Many of them spent time shopping in the stores and said that they would have liked a little more time to browse," DeLoia said.

"Everyone commented on how friendly the store owners and employees were, and that Sewickley is such a great place to live and shop because of the unique shopping options."

Winners:

DeLoia said 93 ballots were cast for the "Most Creative" chocolate award.

First place winner was Vivo for their duroc pork bacon with peanut butter, dipped in chocolate and topped with togarashi powder.

Second place was B Gourmet for their chocolate caramel crunch bars.

Third place went to the Sewickley Confectionery with their trio of chocolate gelato, followed closely by Thomas Jewelers with their hand-poured chocolate in branded molds.

The winner of the chocolate and tea basket, donated by Courtney Yates at Cocothé, was Corinna Skorpenske.

Tell us: Did you participate in the walk? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Cindi Lash February 15, 2013 at 10:10 AM
What fun this was, even in the snow. My family really enjoyed it — the walk in the flurries, popping in and out of the businesses and, oh, that chocolate gelato!

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