Judges Donna Barnett, Constable Matt Young and 100 Mile fire chief Roger Hollander deliberating on the available options. Max Winkelman photos.

Baking contest a huge success according to judges

Nanaimo Bars take home first place

The first Christmas baking contest organized by the 100 Mile Free Press was a huge success according to the judges who got to eat all the treats. There were some contestants from the Free Press office but also multiple community members. Entry fees were $25, which raised $250 for the Women’s Centre.

“The entries were all wonderful, delicious, tasteful. [I] probably put on about 400 calories the first three and then after that, we quit counting,” says judge and Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett.

Judges were given a total of 15 points each spread over five cards ranging from one to five points. They were asked to place the five-point card next to their favourite and so forth.

The winner, a truly Canadian entry, came as a surprise to some but was awarded 13 out of a maximum of 15 possible points for Our Kitchen Corner staff Patti Regan’s Nanaimo Bars.

“I think the winner apart was the taste and the texture and the colour, everything. They were all excellent and I commend everybody and I hope you do this again next year,” says Barnett.

They were all amazing according to judge and Constable Matt Young.

“They were so rich in their flavours, I mean, so much chocolate with all the chocolate ones and then the baking… There’s nothing bad to say really about any of them.”

“I’m gonna need to go up a size in my vest here at the pace I’m getting chocolate now.”

Judge and Fire Chief Roger Hollander says sometimes you weren’t sure what something was until you tasted them which made for a nice surprise.

“The alcohol didn’t hurt,” he said referring to the rumballs, baileys fudge and mudslides.

As many recipes as possible will be in this year’s special Christmas Greetings insert.


Janet Lilly accepting the winning trohpy, made out of a rolling pin by Kerri Mingo, on behalf of Patti Regan, who’s Nanaimo Bars won the contest.

LEFT: Contestants and others early awaiting the results (and leftovers) while the judges sample the baking.

The first place trophy designed by Kerri Mingo. Max Winkelman photos.

Caramel covered popcorn with peanuts

Baileys fudge


Reese’s Peanut Butter Mini Cheesecakes

Peacan Sandies


Nanaimo Bars


Chocolate squares

Cinnamon Buns

Just Posted

Police asking for assistance regarding trafffic fatality near Clinton

A single male occupant was killed on Oct. 21 when his car went off the highway.

Did you exercise your civic duty by voting for mayor and council of 100 Mile House?

Did you exercise your civic duty by voting for mayor and council… Continue reading

Incumbents and acclaimed mayors win elections all across B.C.’s north

Fraser Lake saw their first female mayor elected

Mayoral results from across B.C.

Voters in 162 municipalities in B.C. set to elect mayor, council, school board and more

Every vote counts: 10 tightest races in B.C.’s municipal elections

Peachland saw their election decided by just one vote

B.C. sailor surprised by humpback whale playing under her boat

Jodi Klahm-Kozicki said the experience was ‘magical’ near Denman Island

Ovechkin has 4 points as Caps rough up Canucks 5-2

WATCH: Defending champs pick up impressive win in Vancouver

B.C. government moves to tighten resource industry regulations

New superintendent will oversee engineers, biologists, foresters

Election watchdog seeks digitally savvy specialists to zero in on threats

Move follows troublesome evidence of online Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election

More court before Dutch man charged in Amanda Todd case is extradited here

Appeals must be dealt with in Europe, before charges faced in B.C.

Crown says man guilty of B.C. girl’s 1978 murder based on alleged confession

Jury hears details of girl’s 1978 murder while Crown says man should be convicted of girl’s murder based on alleged confession.

BCHL alumni has NHL jersey retired by Anaheim Ducks

Paul Kariya played with the Penticton Vees from 1990-1992

Most Read