Monday, August 16, 2010

Texan survives the Ghirardelli cut

Stacey Rider, from Austin, has survived the first round cut and is a top 4 finalist in the Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate Bring Your Dark to Light contest and is the only contestant from Texas.   More than 14,000 people entered the competition by creating a unique flavor idea using one of Ghirardelli’s Intense Dark chocolates and 3 extra ingredients.   In addition to creating a unique taste, each entrant had to name and write the story of their creation that would capture attention.

Rider’s creation?  A combination of 72% dark cocoa chocolate with pecans and chili named Spicy Pecan.
“My inspiration was Central Texas with its pecan trees and spicy food influence,” said Rider.  “It was an ‘aha’ moment that intense dark chocolate, pecans and chili would blend into a memorable taste combination.”

Rider is mother to 5, cook, and local Realtor with the Bartlett Real Estate Group, Keller Williams Realty.  In her spare time, she is also the Four Points Foodie food blogger, where she writes about creating custom cuisine and shares her recipes.

To vote for Stacey's flavor, SPICY PECAN, go to


Kim - Liv Life said...

Congratulations!!!!!! You've definitely got a winner there. We vote every day!!

May Ling Wu said...

Congrats! Sounds like a great dish!

Unknown said...

Yahoo! I've been voting on all my e-mail accounts every day. Today I shared your creation with my facebook friends so hopefully they'll go vote too. We'll get this done! You deserve it.

~Lisa~ said...

Go Stacy. I'd love to try your creation. Dark chocolate and pecans are my favorites.

Becky said...

Congratulations on making it to the Final Four! I'm voting everyday