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Chocolate lovers monkey around at Zoo-Bilee

Abre McMannis, 12, daughter of Jennifer and Milan McMannis, samples some of the chocolate at Chocolate Fantasia on Friday afternoon at the La Plata County Fairgrounds.
Fans of Sweet Treats by Morgan were greeted by a smiling monkey and a Bananas Foster confection featuring caramelized bananas, dark chocolate and ice cream at the 27th annual Chocolate Fantasia Zoo-Bilee, Friday at the La Plata County Fairgrounds.
And the winners are...

“People’s Choice Award” professional winners



First place: Sweet Treats by Morgan, “Monkey Hijack”

Second place: Dig’s Restaurant & Bar, “Animal Truffles & Salted Caramels”

Third place: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, “Chocolate Dip’t & Champagne Truffles”

Honorable mention: Animas Chocolate Co., “The Snake Bite”



Professional winners



First place, visual and taste: The Historic Strater Hotel, “Chocolate Banana Panda”

Second place, visual and taste: Chimayo Stone Fired Kitchen, “Cocoa Loco Menagerie”

Third place, visual and taste: Dig’s Restaurant & Bar, “Animal Truffles & Salted Caramels”

Honorable mention, visual and taste: Carver Brewing Co., “Animal Cracker Madness”

Honorable mention, visual and taste: Sweet Treats by Morgan, “Monkey Hijack”

First place, visual: Albertsons, “Cool Chocolate Safari”

Second place, visual: Steamworks Brewing Co., “Leatherback Sea Turtle”

First place, taste: Animas Chocolate Co., “The Snake Bite”

Second place, taste: Zia Taqueria, “Zoo-bilicious Cookies”



Amateur winners



First National Bank Dessert of the Year: Shari Gustafson, “Party with the Pandas”

First place, visual and taste: Shaunda Quimby, “Merry-go-round the Zoo”

First place, visual: Jessica Kirk, “Happy Feet”

Second place, visual: Matthew Kirk, “Choco-Odette”

First place, taste: Robert Laird, “Eagle Talons”

Second place, taste: Anita Rancatti, “Ocelote Chocolate”

Third place, taste: Nicki Massieon: “Monkey Madness”



“Just Kiddin’ Around” winners



First place: Bethany Quimby, “A Chocolate-filled Outing at the Zoo”

Second place: Melissa Kirk, “Edan Elephant”

Third place: Stevi and Davis Cameron, “Too Tall Giraffe”

Honorable mention: Rachel Kirk, “Jerry Giraffe”

Honorable mention: Eleanor Tate, “Zebra Cakes”

Chocolate lovers monkey around at Zoo-Bilee

Abre McMannis, 12, daughter of Jennifer and Milan McMannis, samples some of the chocolate at Chocolate Fantasia on Friday afternoon at the La Plata County Fairgrounds.
Fans of Sweet Treats by Morgan were greeted by a smiling monkey and a Bananas Foster confection featuring caramelized bananas, dark chocolate and ice cream at the 27th annual Chocolate Fantasia Zoo-Bilee, Friday at the La Plata County Fairgrounds.
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