Never go wrong with chocolat’: DUMC women’s Choclat’ Fare turns 10

Pam Griffin
Roselie Worthington and Kitty Phelps prepare the chocolate display.

It is said that "God gave the angels wings, and He gave humans chocolate."

And no one uses chocolate like the Destin United Methodist Women.

Soon the ladies will head for their kitchens to create luscious chocolate concoctions in preparation for their annual Fare, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

The 10th Annual Chocolat’ Fare takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in the Atrium at Destin United Methodist Church, 200 Beach Drive.

“Ten years ago Destin United Methodist Women started sponsoring an event called Chocolat' Fare,” Waynnette Culwell, communications chairman for the group, told The Log. “It has been a lot of fun for the members as well as the attendees.”

Shirl Boddie introduced the idea to the DUMW and always chaired the event, but due to health problems, she has turned the event over to Shirley Constable.

She told The Log the favorite item seems to be the chocolate fountain.

“We drench fruit in chocolate — yummy. And the trifles that our two special folks make each year — also yummy.  These are sold in side dishes and generally eaten on the premises.  We have an area where folks can sit and visit and eat.”

Many different items are available for purchase, such as cakes, pies, chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate popsicles, cookies, and candies.

“If it's made of chocolate, we will have it — and it’s all homemade,” Culwell said. “You can also purchase a bowl of our yummy trifle and sit and enjoy it along with a cup of coffee or hot cocoa.”

Although no numbers are kept on the number of people attending the event, Constable said snowbirds are definitely chocoholics.

“Sorry to say, our own church members don’t come flocking in, but they do support us by baking,” she said.

Money raised at the event goes to the Church Benevolent Fund, which helps provide for some of the many requests it receives from the needy in this community.

The group’s handcrafted jewelry will also be on display. Jewelry and chocolate just seem to go together, especially for Valentine’s Day.

“Money earned from the jewelry goes directly into our mission money,” Constable said. “We support many missions throughout the year, Mission Love Seeds being one of them.”

Anyone wishing to help out by donating chocolate baked goods can take them to the church Atrium Room on Friday, Feb. 8, from 9 a.m. until setting up is completed.