September 22, 2019
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Black Dinah Chocolatiers announces contest for winner to be ‘Chocolatier for a Day’

Community Author: Jennifer Durgin
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WESTBROOK Black Dinah Chocolatiers, the award-winning, Maine-based makers of signature chocolate truffles and sea salt caramels, is launching a contest in which one lucky entrant will win the opportunity to don a chef’s hat, and get elbow deep in chocolate at the company’s state-of-the-art Westbrook factory.

“People tell me how they’ve always wanted to work in a chocolate factory,” company founder Kate Shaffer says about the inspiration for the contest. “Well, this is their big chance. Full — but supervised! — access to our equipment, and me and my team.”

The prize is a chocolate lover’s dream come true. The winning chocolatier will work side by side with Kate and her team, receiving one-on-one instruction on how to make ganache (the chocolate-and-cream center of a truffle), cook caramel, enrobe truffles, temper chocolate, and mold bonbons. The winner will also take home a selection of what they make over the course of the day, plus Kate’s award-winning cookbook “Desserted” and their very own Black Dinah Chocolatiers chef’s cap and apron.

The contest will launch via the company’s Facebook page on Sept 4, 2018 and will close at 11:59 pm on September 17, 2018. The winner will be announced on Facebook on September 20th, and their day at the chocolate factory will be scheduled in cooperation with Black Dinah Chocolatiers.

At Black Dinah Chocolatiers, Kate Shaffer combines exquisitely textured, sustainably produced chocolates from Venezuela and Peru with fresh, local cream, butter, herbs, fruits and flowers gathered from a dynamic network of farms and gardens in Maine, resulting in world-class confections.


Kate and Steve Shaffer founded Black Dinah Chocolatiers ( in 2007 on Isle au Haut, Maine – one of only 15 remaining year-round island communities in the state. The company expanded to Southern Maine in 2015. Kate and her team make all the company’s confections by hand in Westbrook, Maine.

Black Dinah Chocolatiers has been awarded two national Good Food Awards, and has been lauded and written about in publications such as Gourmet Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, the Boston Globe, New York Times, Yankee Magazine, and Down East Magazine, among others.

A self-taught chocolatier, Kate has been recognized by Dessert Professional Magazine as one of 10 top chocolatiers in North America. Her award-winning book, “Desserted”, features over 45 of her delicious recipes, and describes the realities of living on a remote Maine Island.



Jennifer Durgin