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Last week I attended a very cookie-filled event, #CookieSwapNYC, hosted by one of my favorite bloggers and part-time events maven, Lillian from Sweets by Sillianah.  This was my second cookie swap event, an intimate gathering of 30 bloggers partnered with City Harvest.

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Can we talk about City Harvest? City Harvest is a food rescue organization dedicated to feeding the city’s hungry men, women, and children. They work with various restaurants, grocers, corporate cafeterias, and farms to collect food which is delivered free of charge to more than 500 community food programs in need throughout NYC. City Harvest’s manager of volunteer services came to the event to share how we as food bloggers can better assist in our communities. Living in an undeserved neighborhood I see firsthand the affects of hunger, the faces of defeat, and early morning lines in food pantries which help stretch over-extended budgets. I was thrilled when Britanny mentioned the opportunities available for volunteering, and how we can use our knowledge to help teach New Yorkers how to cook nutritious meals for their families.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention – Every time someone uses the hashtag #feedourpeople, $5 is donated to City Harvest – So tweet and hashtag away!

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We gathered at the Coffee Faundry amidst great people and amazing conversation over tea, coffee and hot chocolate made with delicious Divine cocoa.  Taking center stage – or in this case THE stage – were 30 different types of sweets -Cookies, delicious macarons, cakes, and brownies gave a holler.

In other words, heaven.

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I was given samples of Divine Chocolate to bake for this event. One would think – Chocolate -Easy, right? Wrong! In the weeks preceding the event I agonized over what to bake, not to mention the best way to utilize all this delicious chocolate.

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Let’s talk about Divine chocolate. Divine is the only fairtrade chocolate company owned by its cocoa farmers. This means Divine gives farmers a share of its profits and a voice in the cocoa industry. As Divine says – “That’s good business!” As for the chocolate itself? Oh, man… I had to exert full control; otherwise, I would have eaten all their chocolate with nothing to show for it but the chocolate stains in my teeth.

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I was at T-minus 2 days prior to the event when came to me – Double dark chocolate thumbprint cookies! Cookies which use cocoa powder and a healthy dose of semi-sweet chocolate, topped with melted milk and semi-sweet chocolate flavored with a tiny hint of vanilla bean paste. These cookies are left under-baked for maximum gooey tenderness. Combined with a milk chocolate center, these cookies are sure to make the knees of any chocoholic buckle.

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I brought one dozen cookies and immediately wished I baked more as they were gone in minutes. These are sure to please – Sure to make your eyes roll to the back of your head – And sure to serve as bartering currency should some catastrophic event come to pass, and cash is no longer king.

 

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