Sugarfuse, Schoenbrunn Healthcare Tops at 18th Annual 'Chocolate Love A'fair'


Sugarfuse was the Judges' Choice award winner with its

Sugarfuse at Dover earned the “Judges’ Choice” award for the fifth time in the last six years for its chocolate-themed treat during the Union Hospital Auxiliary’s 18th Annual “Chocolate Love A’fair” fund-raiser.

Sugarfuse’s “Mirror Glaze Cake” was selected by a panel of area “celebrity judges” as its top tasty selection, while Schoenbrunn Healthcare at New Philadelphia earned the “People’s Choice” award with a “Turtle Trifle” in voting by those in attendance at the event held in Buckeye Career Center.

Sugarfuse and Schoenbrunn Healthcare were two of the 24 area chocolate and dessert experts who prepared and offered treat samples to the 400 ticketholders at the event. All proceeds from the Chocolate Love A’fair are used by the UH Auxiliary to buy patient care equipment and improve facilities at Union Hospital.

“I am forever grateful to and amazed by the outpouring of support from the participants and those purchasing tickets for the Chocolate Love A’fair every year,” said Lynn Ballantyne of Dover, who serves as chair of the event for the UH Auxiliary. “It takes a lot of dedicated volunteers to prepare for and host this event, and the Auxiliary and Union Hospital are very grateful to everyone who participated and attended.”

Gift baskets, gift certificates, desserts and other items donated by local restaurants and businesses also were auctioned off during the event though services donated by Rick Keffer Auctions at New Philadelphia.

The chocolate-themed desserts offered for sampling were prepared by the following chefs, bakeries and chocolatiers:

  • A Taste of Dante’s at New Philadelphia
  • Benson’s Market and Catering at Dover
  • Biscotti by the Bunch at Zoar
  • Buehler’s Fresh Foods at Dover and New Philadelphia
  • Canal Street Diner at Bolivar
  • Claymont Health & Rehab at Uhrichsville
  • Coblentz Chocolate Co. at Walnut Creek
  • Country Club Rehabilitation Campus at Dover
  • Country Inn & Suites by Carlson at Dover
  • Giant Eagle at Dover
  • Grinders Above & Beyond at Dover
  • Hampton Inn at New Philadelphia
  • Hennis Care Centre at Dover and Bolivar
  • L & J at Dover
  • Litty’s Cakes and Cookies at New Philadelphia
  • Mandy’s Candies at Dennison
  • Miller’s Creamery at New Philadelphia
  • Schoenbrunn Healthcare at New Philadelphia
  • Schoenbrunn Inn & Conference Center at New Philadelphia
  • Sugarfuse at Dover
  • Sweetie’s Place at Bolivar
  • The Inn at Northwood Village at Dover
  • Union Country Club at Dover
  • Union Hospital Nutrition Services

Coffee was provided by K & M Coffee Services Inc. at North Canton.

The Union Hospital Auxiliary hosts several events throughout the year as fund-raisers to support the hospital, which is a not-for-profit organization. Visit the Auxiliary page at for more details.

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