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Sweet Reward for Winners of State Fair Candies Contests

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- It's a tasty looking Iowa State Fair contest involving a lot of chocolate. There were sweet treats of all shapes and sizes in the Chocolate Storybook candies contest Wednesday.

The judges were looking for a winner in three categories: fudge, chocolate works, and variations of candy.

The sweets were scored on appearance, texture, and flavor.

“We are looking for something that is unique in taste, but we’re judging chocolate fudge so anything that is close to chocolate fudge as possible. That one was just a little too spicy for me to give it...the go ahead,” says judge Steve Shearer.

Harold Magg of Spirit Lake took home first place in two of the categories. Lisa Alessandro of Winterset took home first place in the other.