"FAIRFAX, Va. (April 20, 2010) – Elizabeth Ilson of Tarpon Springs, Fla., beat out more than 260 other entries with her Double Chocolate Brownie Bites cookie to become the grand prize winner of the FAANtastic Divvies Cookie Contest, sponsored by the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) and Divvies, an allergy-friendly sweets and snacks company."By the way, that's me! (Can you believe it?) I was thrilled when I found out I'd made the final five, but didn't think I'd win, especially once I saw that one of the other finalists was the amazing Meg of Speedbump Kitchen with her awesome Chocolate Cherry Chunk Cookies. It turns out that another finalist is also an allergy mama food blogger. Kelly of Generation Allergy made some fine looking Chocoholic Cookies. I'm sure it's a coincidence that when asked for our best cookie recipes, we all reached for the chocolate! (If anyone has a link to either of the other two finalists, please let me know.)
I'm so psyched, I don't even know where to start. Divvies is actually going to produce the cookie for sale, with proceeds to benefit FAAN, and the important research they support. We've won a trip for our whole family to one of the Great Wolf Lodge Resorts with their mind blowing indoor water parks. The Kid is ecstatic that his cookie won us a vacation, and has insisted that we pore over every inch of their website.
When I entered the contest, reading the list of judges was kind of intimidating, but I loved that they had two kids on it, both Benjamin Sandler of Divvies and Grace Dodd, Senator Dodd of Connecticut's food allergic daughter. I am completely geeked out, though, for culinary star and food allergy hero Ming Tsai! (Is it wrong that I was more excited that he liked the cookie than that we'd won the trip?)
The Brownie Bites are scheduled to be rolled out by Divvies in time for this year's FAAN Walks. If you are in the Tampa Bay area, I hope that you'll come out and walk with The Kid and me on Saturday, November 13th. If not, please consider sponsoring our team!
So, thank you, thank you, thank you to both FAAN and Divvies, and I'm looking forward to seeing many of you at the walk in November!